News: 50 Cent, Ludacris & Nelly Top Most No. 1 Songs Of Decade

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 11:30AM

Written by Biz Jones

Rappers 50 Cent, Ludacris and Nelly have been recognized as artists with the most number one songs over the past ten years.

R&B acts like Usher and Justin Timberlake were also found on that list.

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 (Billboard)

Flo Rida's hit single, "Low," was recently named the biggest digital-selling song over the past ten years.

Flo Rida's "Low," a single from his Atlantic Records debut album Mail on Sunday, is the top-selling digital song of the decade, with more than 5.2 million downloads. His 2009 single, "Right Round," ranks #11, with nearly 4 million, and is the highest-selling digital debut of all time, with more than 636k sold its first week. The former one-week record was held by Flo Rida's "Low," which ranks #2 all-time with more than 467k digital downloads sold in a single week. In addition, "Right Round" is the fastest-selling digital single ever, with 1 million downloads sold in just two weeks. (Hits Daily Double)

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has reportedly sold the most albums of the past ten years, outselling other rappers such as Jay-Z and Nelly.

1. Eminem, 31,127,000. First charted: 1999. Eminem, 36, is the top male artist and the top rap artist so far in this decade. His 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP is his best-seller. It has sold 10,178,000 copies. 7. Nelly, 21,206,000. First charted: 2000. Nelly, 34, is the #1 new artist to emerge in this decade, edging out Linkin Park. He's also the #1 African American artist, edging out Jay-Z, and the #2 rap artist. Nelly's 2000 debut, Country Grammar, is his best-selling album. It has sold 8,454,000 copies. 10. Jay-Z, 19,379,000. First charted: 1996. Jay-Z, 39, is the #3 rap artist of the decade. 2003's The Black Album is his best-selling album of this decade. It has sold 3,338,000 copies. Jay-Z was the #152 album-selling act of the '90s. (Yahoo News)

Kanye West's College Dropout was named Entertainment Weekly's best CD of the decade.

The 2004 debut from West -- a revolutionarily relatable rapper who also happened to be a beatmaking genius -- was accepted into the hip-hop canon instantly, no diploma needed. For more Bests of the Decade, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Dec. 4. (Entertainment Weekly)

Check out Lil Scrappy speaking on the past decade below:

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