Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 1
Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 1

Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010.

From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid," Train to "Airplanes" (specifically, a "G6"), let's recap the most impressive honors achieved on Billboard surveys this year.

February

Train travels back to the summit of Adult Pop Songs, as "Hey, Soul Sister" rises 3-1. The first single from the album "Save Me San Francisco" is the group's third leader on the list, following "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (2001) and "Calling All Angels" (2003). "'Hey Soul Sister' has eclipsed the platinum mark! and #7 on the Billboard hot 100!" the band Tweets. "From the bottom of our hearts, we can't thank you enough!" ...

Madonna pads her lead for most Dance/Club Play Songs top 10s, as "Revolver," featuring Lil Wayne, jumps 11-7 to become her 54th. It's her 25th in-a-row, a run that began with "Nothing Really Matters" in 1999 ...

Lady Antebellum begins atop the Billboard 200 with its sophomore set, "Need You Now." The trio is just the third country group to perch atop the list, joining Dixie Chicks (three No. 1s, 1999-2006) and Rascal Flatts (four, 2004-09) ...

The Jazz Songs chart hosts its first No. 1 with vocals, as Sade's "Soldier of Love" marches 2-1. The song follows the tally's 45 previous instrumental leaders, dating to the chart's Oct. 22, 2005, launch ...

Phoenix
's "1901" reaches the Alternative Songs summit in its 31st chart week, marking the longest trip to the top since the ranking premiered Sept. 10, 1988. Released on Glassnote Records, the song is just the fourth leader on an independent label. Says Glassnote president/CEO Daniel Glass, "'1901' received its first spin at radio on March 2, 2009, and, almost a year later, it has reached No. 1. This is a perfect example of our commitment to artist development. We are thrilled and proud" ...

After her astonishing acrobatics at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, P!nk performs a similar highwire act on the Hot 100, as the aptly titled song she sang above the Staples Center floor, "Glitter in the Air," bows at No. 18. The track is the fifth chart entry from P!nk's album "Funhouse," the highest haul of any of her five studio sets ...

25 years after the original version by USA for Africa spent four weeks at No. 1, "We Are the World 25: For Haiti," credited to Artists for Haiti, blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 2. The new recording starts at No. 1 on Digital Songs. Four artists who take turns on lead vocals on the remake - Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas and T-Pain - were not yet born when the first "We Are the World" was released ...

Jimi Hendrix appears atop a Billboard chart for the first time since Nov. 23, 1968, when his landmark "Electric Ladyland" spent its second of two weeks atop the Billboard 200. "Valleys of Neptune" shoots 20-1 on Hot Singles Sales. The song is the title cut to the late legend's March 9 album featuring 12 previously-unreleased studio recordings.

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