During the week of October 3, 1992, Billboard launched its Pop Songs radio airplay chart, gauging the biggest hits on mainstream Top 40 radio. To commemorate the chart’s 20th anniversary, Billboard is counting down the Top 100 Pop Songs on the chart over the past two decades (1992-2012). From rock to country music and everything in between, each genre is represented well in the countdown. That said, you’ll be surprised to know who lands in the Top 10.

Given that it’s a Pop Chart, you’d assume the artists in the above picture would’ve made the upper echelon of the list. Sure Katy Perry, Britney Spears, LMFAO and Adele make the Top 100 cut, but fail to make the Top 10. Instead, the list is occupied mostly by pop-rock ballads with a dance track thrown in for good measure. Even more shocking is who landed the No. 1 slot. Here are a few highlights from the Top 100 Pop Song list, with the Top 10 after that.

  • 97. “Grenade” Bruno Mars (2011)
  • 81. “My Love” Justin Timberlake Featuring T.I
  • 79. “Stickwitu” The Pussycat Dolls
  • 73. “Complicated” Avril Lavigne (2002)
  • 68. “Promiscuous” Nelly Furtado
  • 66. “Genie In A Bottle” Christina Aguilera
  • 51. “Lovefool” The Cardigans
  • 48. “The Sign” Ace Of Base
  • 43. “You Belong To Me” Taylor Swift (2009)
  • 40. “Don’t Let Go (Love)” En Vogue
  • 30. “You Were Meant For Me” Jewel
  • 27. “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis
  • 16. “…Baby One More Time” Britney Spears
  • 15. “Tik Tok” Ke$ha
  • 12. “We Found Love” Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris


10. Since U Been Gone

Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Released: 2005

9. Slide

Artist: Goo Goo Dolls
Released: 1999

8. Here Without You

Artist: 3 Doors Down
Released: 2003

7. Don’t Speak

Artist: No Doubt
Released: 1996

6. Truly Madly Deeply

Artist: Savage Garden
Released: 1998

5. Smooth

Artist: Santana ft. Rob Thomas
Released: 1999

4. Hanging By A Moment

Artist: Lifehouse
Released: 2001

3. Apologize

Artist: OneRepublic ft. Timbaland
Released: 2008

2. Another Night

Artist: Real McCoy
Released: 1994

1. Iris

Artist: Goo Goo Dolls
Released: 1998

According to Billboard, “Iris” spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1998 on the Pop Chart and spent 39 weeks total on the chart (tied for the second-longest run). Do you think the Goo Goo Dolls song from the City of Angels soundtrack is a worthy No. 1? What surprised you most about the Top 10 list? Which artist do you think was robbed of a spot? Sound off below. To check out the entire Top 100 list, head over to http://www.billboard.com.

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