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.

March

Kristine W collects her 15th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, as "The Power of Music" ascends 2-1. In the chart's archives, she and Mariah Carey trail only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19) for most toppers. "I am so honored to be in the company of these amazing women," the artist born Kristine Weitz tells Billboard. "I've built a fan base one show at a time over years. It has given me a career and fans that feel like my family" ...

Taio Cruz skyrockets 53-1 on the Hot 100 with his maiden chart entry, "Break Your Heart," featuring Ludacris. The song's ascent to the apex marks the loftiest jump to the top for an artist's first Hot 100 entry, passing Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This," in 2002, by one position ...


Lady Antebellum
's "Need You Now" becomes the second Adult Pop Songs No. 1 to have crossed from Country Songs, following Faith Hill's "Breathe" in 2000. The song's success is not lost on the trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, who tell Billboard, "We could have never even imagined the acceptance we've had to 'Need You Now' and are overcome that it's reaching so many people in so many different places and walks of life. We're pinching ourselves. This is too surreal!" ...

Taylor Swift
lifts 12-10 on Country Songs with the title cut from "Fearless," which becomes the album's fifth top 10 on the tally. Having banked five top 10s from her self-titled debut album, Swift is the first solo female to post five Country Songs top 10s from each of her first two releases ...

Rihanna rules the Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. The song marks the 10th with the word "boy" in its title to rule, a list started with Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy" in 1959. Rihanna's gender, however, maintains a comfortable lead in No. 1 representation: as of the coronation of "Rude Boy," 21 songs sporting "girl" in their titles have led the Hot 100 ...

Easton Corbin becomes the first solo male to cap Country Songs with a debut single in more than six years, as "A Little More Country Than That" climbs 2-1. The song is the first by a male newcomer to command Country Songs since Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin' " the week of Sept. 27, 2003.