Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More
Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012)

Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniable pop music hit machine. Since its inception on June 11, 2002, "Idol" has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Undewood, Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks while remaining TV ratings juggernaut. Here then, are charts breaking down "Idol"'s chart dominance.

'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary Today: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

American Idol No. 1s by contestant
Kelly Clarkson 73
Carrie Underwood 62
Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 38
Fantasia 31
Ruben Studdard 16
Jennifer Hudson 15
Mandisa 15
Clay Aiken 12
Adam Lambert 9
David Cook 8
Kimberley Locke 8
Scotty McCreery 7
Josh Gracin 7
Jordin Sparks 7
Kris Allen 4
David Archuleta 4
Kellie Pickler 4
Elliott Yamin 4
Taylor Hicks 3
American Idol Finalists 2
Bo Bice 2
Jason Castro 2
Bucky Covington 2
Blake Lewis 2
Chris Sligh 2
Paris Bennett 1
Diana DeGarmo 1
Lee DeWyze 1
Tamyra Gray 1
Phillip Phillips 1
William Hung 1

TOP 10 LONGEST-RUNNING 'AMERICAN IDOL' NO. 1s
41 weeks: "Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood (2008) Top Country Catalog Albums

35 weeks: "Inside Your Heaven," Carrie Underwood (2005) Hot Country Singles Sales

28 weeks: "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson (2005) Adult Contemporary Audience

27 weeks: "Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood (2005) Top Country Albums

24 weeks: "Live Like We're Dying," Kris Allen (2010) Christian Digital Songs

24 weeks: "Live Like We're Dying," Kris Allen (2010) Christian/Gospel Digital Songs

21 weeks: "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson (2005) Adult Contemporary

15 weeks: "The Time of My Life," David Cook (2008) Adult Contemporary

14 weeks: "Daughtry," Daughtry (2006) Top Rock Albums

14 weeks: "Daughtry," Daughtry (2008) Top Hard Rock Albums

American Idols Who Have Charted on the Billboard Charts:
Season one: (five)
Kelly Clarkson
Justin Guarini
Tamyra Gray
RJ Helton
Jim Verraros

Season two: (five)
Ruben Studdard
Clay Aiken
Kimberley Locke
Josh Gracin
Kimberly Caldwell

Season three: (eight)
Fantasia
Diana DeGarmo
Jasmine Trias
La Toya London
George Huff
John Stevens
Jennifer Hudson
Leah LaBelle

Season four: (four)
Carrie Underwood
Bo Bice
Constantine Maroulis
Mario Vazquez

Season five: (nine)
Taylor Hicks
Katharine McPhee
Elliott Yamin
Chris Daughtry
Paris Bennett
Kellie Pickler
Ace Young
Bucky Covington
Mandisa

Season six: (seven)
Jordin Sparks
Blake Lewis
Melinda Doolittle
LaKisha Jones
Chris Richardson
Phil Stacey
Chris Sligh

Season seven: (seven)
David Cook
David Archuleta
Jason Castro
Brooke White
Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen)
Michael Johns
Kristy Lee Cook

Season eight (six)
Kris Allen
Adam Lambert
Danny Gokey
Allison Iraheta
Matt Giraud
Michael Sarver

Season nine (four)
Lee DeWyze
Crystal Bowersox
Casey James
Michael Lynche

Season 10 (seven)
Scotty McCreery
Lauren Alaina
Haley Reinhart
James Durbin
Casey Abrams
Paul McDonald (The Grand Magnolias)
Pia Toscano

Season 11 (two)
Phillip Phillips
Jessica Sanchez

Just counting finalists gives you a total of 64 charted Idols, but the number increases to 69 when you add non-finalists William Hung, Josiah Leming, Frenchie Davis, Chris Medina and Johnny Keyser and to 70 if you include non-finalist, non-contestant General Larry Platt.