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by David Balls
Welcome to 2001! Before we get into new year though, let's look at which artists turned out to be the most successful in the past year. Was it a pop year, or an R&B/hip-hop one? How do Westlife's chart achievements compare to others?
Covering the whole of 2000, the author of this article has compiled each week's Top 10 into a database to see which are the biggest singles of the year. A certain number of points were given to each song, according to its chart position.
Therefore a No. 1 would get ten points, No. 2 - nine points and so on, until No. 9 would get two points and finally No. 10 - one point. You get the idea.
So let's look at the most successful singles of 2000!
Hip-hop rules! At least according to the top two artists - Baha Men and their 'woof' anthem, "Who Let The Dogs Out", managed to beat Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" and achieved an amazing 76 points! No. 3 brings us Sonique, who represents UK garage/soul with her hit "It Feels So Good".
Enter Miss country/pop, LeAnn Rimes with "Can't Fight The Moonlight" from the Coyote Ugly soundtrack, bringing some classic pop flavour to our chart. The All Saints follow, with "Pure Shores", their first collaboration with William Orbit. Other pop icons don't fail us either - next places belong to Gabrielle, S Club 7 and Craig David.
The Top 20 includes another Eminem track, "Stan", some "Independent Women" aka. Destiny's Child, Ronan Keating, Mariah Carey with Westlife. The UK's most famous balladeers didn't do too well overall, appearing just this one time in the top 20, and sharing the glory with the US diva.
Big acts just missing out on the top 20 include Craig David (21), Britney Spears (22) and Madonna (28). Some suprisingly high entries include Oxide And Neutrino (27), Donnel Jones and Left Eye (30) and Darude at 33. Melanie C's higest entries were at 35 and 36, "I Turn To You" beating "Never Be The Same Again" by one point. Madonna's "Music" only reached No. 37.
Biggest hits of 2000
Disclaimer: The author of this analysis, as well as the UKMIX team realise this is just one of many ways of looking at chart success, and therefore it's a matter of your opinion whether you agree with this chart or not!