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Best Of The 2000s: By-The-Numbers

Usher notched the most No. 1s on the Hot 100 in the 2000s, while Jay-Z earned the most leaders on the Billboard 200 during the decade.

Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard’s charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade.

Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1
Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2

Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1
Wednesday, Dec. 23: Best of the 2000s, Part 2

Tuesday, Dec. 29: Best of 2009 By-the-Numbers
Wednesday, Dec. 30: Best of the 2000s By-the-Numbers

FROM ‘FALLIN’ ‘ TO ‘THE RISING’: The past decade yielded Billboard chart-toppers from “Up!” (Shania Twain, 2002) to “Down” (Jay Sean, 2009). Plus “Upside Down” (Jack Johnson, 2006).

And “The Middle” (Jimmy Eat World, 2002). And “Sideways” (Dierks Bentley, 2009).

NEW SLANG: Titles that charted in the 2000s that would likely confuse a music fan from 1999: “Hella Good” (No Doubt, 2002), “Chillaxin” (Euge Groove, 2006) and “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (T-Pain, 2007).

And “LOL :-)” (Trey Songz, 2009).

Or, any title by LMFAO.


MOST NO. 1 ALBUMS: Here is a look at the artists with the most leaders on the Billboard 200 during the 2000s:

10, Jay-Z
5, Kenny Chesney
5, Eminem
5, R. Kelly

Christian/gospel duo Bill & Gloria Gaither totaled the most overall appearances (39) on the Billboard 200 during the decade. Pearl Jam (24), Kidz Bop Kids (23), Phish (22) and Willie Nelson (19) round out the eclectic top five.

MOST NO. 1 SONGS: Correspondingly, here is a recap of the artists with the most No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 over the same span:

7, Usher
5, Beyonce
5, Rihanna
4, 50 Cent
4, Mariah Carey
4, Alicia Keys
4, Ludacris
4, Nelly
4, Justin Timberlake

Lil Wayne made the most visits (50) to the Hot 100 in the 2000s, the highest sum by an artist in a decade since Elvis Presley (72) and runners-up the Beatles (62), Ray Charles (59) and James Brown (54) in the 1960s.

Comparatively, Madonna led in the ’90s (25), Prince in the ’80s (26) and Brown in the ’70s (36).

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE: “Fireflies” was both a No. 1 Billboard 200 album (Faith Hill, 2005) and a No. 1 Hot 100 song (Owl City, 2009) in the 2000s. And, Hill’s husband Tim McGraw doubled as both an artist and a song title (Taylor Swift, 2006). As did Johnny Cash (Jason Aldean, 2007).

(The decade’s only like-titled No. 1 Billboard 200 album and Hot 100 song by the same artist was “Music” by Madonna in 2000. An honorary mention goes to Coldplay‘s “Viva La Vida” single and “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” album in 2008.)

EXTREME-LY GOOD: The first new No. 1 album of the decade on the Billboard 200 featured rap rhymes and rhythms (“…And Then There Was X,” DMX). The last No. 1 of the decade sports the soaring vocals of a Scottish balladeer (“I Dreamed a Dream,” Susan Boyle).

PLAY SOMETHING COUNTRY: Here are the artists with the most No. 1s on Country Songs in the 2000s:

16, Toby Keith
14, Kenny Chesney
13, Brad Paisley
12, Tim McGraw
11, Keith Urban

Kenny Chesney logged the most visits (47) to Country Songs in the 2000s. On Country Albums, Chesney and George Strait scored the most No. 1s, nine each, from 2000 through 2009.

URBAN LEADERS: Here are the artists with the most No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the 2000s:

8, Usher
7, Alicia Keys
7, Jay-Z
5, Beyonce

Jay-Z made the most appearances (76) on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the 2000s. He also enjoyed the most No. 1s (10) on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums during the decade.

JT: Between 1998 and 2002, ‘N Sync sent an impressive 12 titles onto the Hot 100. Between 2002 and 2009, Justin Timberlake managed to best his bandmates, notching 17 charted titles on his own.

B: Similarly, Destiny’s Child collected 14 Hot 100 entries from 1998 to 2005, while Beyonce surpassed the trio’s output with 25 solo chart hits beginning in 2002.

PERFECT 10: 10 numerical album titles that graced the Billboard 200 in the 2000s:

“1,” the Beatles
“2 Fast 2 Furious,” soundtrack
“3 Doors Down,” 3 Doors Down
“4,” A.B. Quintanilla III Presents Kumbia Kings
“5,” Lenny Kravitz
“Six Feet Under, Volume Two: Everything Ends,” soundtrack
“7,” S Club 7
“8 Mile,” soundtrack
“9,” Damien Rice
“10,” LL Cool J

ANOTHER PERFECT 10: And, 10 numerical song titles that scaled the Hot 100 over the past 10 years:

“#1,” Nelly
“2 Step,” Unk
“3,” Britney Spears
“4 Minutes,” Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
“5 Star Chick,” Yo Gotti
“Six-Pack Summer,” Phil Vassar
“7 Things,” Miley Cyrus
“8th World Wonder,” Kimberley Locke
“Nine in the Afternoon,” Panic at the Disco
“Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,” Tracy Byrd

KID AUDIO: When the decade began, Miley Cyrus was seven years old. Sean Kingston was nine. Taylor Swift was a wise old 10.

(Surely, some of the artists who will dominate music in the 2010s are currently on winter vacation from elementary school.)

ROCK ON: Veterans weren’t ready to cede the spotlight entirely to younger competitors in the 2000s. Iconic names that topped the Billboard 200 in the past decade include the Beatles (2000), Elvis Presley (2002), Jimmy Buffett (2004), Rod Stewart (2004, 2006), Ray Charles (2005), Johnny Cash (2006), Bob Dylan (2006, 2009) and Barbra Streisand (2009).