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We have ranked the pop songs that have charted over the past 50+ years on The ARC Weekly Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100, and come up with
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2023 MTV VMAs

Taylor Swift - 'Midnights'
Taylor Swift -
(Rina Yang)
other nominees:

Adele - "I Drink Wine"
Miley Cyrus - "Flowers"
Kendrick Lamar - "Count Me Out"
Janelle Monae - "Lipstick Lover"
Olivia Rodrigo - "Vampire"
Ed Sheeran - "Eyes Closed"
2022 MTV VMAs

Harry Styles - 'Harry's House'
Harry Styles
"As It Was"
(Nikita Kuzmenko)
other nominees:

Baby Keem
Kendrick Lamar - "family ties"
Camila Cabello & Ed Sheeran - "Bam Bam"
Kendrick Lamar - "N95"
Normani & Cardi B - "Wild Side"
Taylor Swift - "All Too Well" (10 Minute Version)
2021 MTV VMAs

Beyonce - 'The Lion King: The Gift'
Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, Saint Jhn & Wizkid
"Brown Skin Girl"
(Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez & Ryan Helfant)
other nominees:

Justin Bieber & Chance The Rapper - "Holy"
Billie Eilish - "Therefore I Am"
Foo Fighters - "Shame Shame"
Lady Gaga - "911"
Lorde - "Solar Power"
2020 MTV VMAs

Lady Gaga - 'Chromatica'
Lady Gaga &
Ariana Grande
"Rain On Me"
(The Lab & Son Sung Deuk)
other nominees:

Camila Cabello & DaBaby - "My Oh My"
Billie Eilish - "All The Good Girls Go To Hell"
5 Seconds Of Summer - "Old Me"
Katy Perry - "Harleys In Hawaii"
The Weeknd - "Blinding Lights"
2019 MTV VMAs

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello - "Senorita" (Single)
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
(Scott Cunningham)

Kendrick Lamar - "Tints"
Billie Eilish - "hostage"
Ariana Grande - "thank u, next"
Solange - "Almeda"
Taylor Swift & Brendon Urie - "Me!"
2018 MTV VMAs

The Carters (Beyoncé & Jay-Z) - 'Everything Is Love'
The Carters
Beyoncé & Jay-Z)
(Benoit Debie)
other nominees:

Alessia Cara - "Growing Pains"
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Eminem & Ed Sheeran - "River"
Ariana Grande - "No Tears Left To Cry"
Shawn Mendes - "In My Blood"
2017 MTV VMAs

Kendrick Lamar - 'DAMN.'
Kendrick Lamar
(Scott Cunningham)
other nominees:

DJ Shadow
& Run The Jewels - "Nobody Speak"
Halsey - "Now Or Never"
Imagine Dragons - "Thunder"
Ed Sheeran - "Castle On The Hill"
2016 MTV VMAs

Beyoncé - 'Lemonade'
other nominees:

Adele - "Hello"
Alesso - "I Wanna Know"
David Bowie - "Lazarus"
Ariana Grande - "Into You"
2015 MTV VMAs

Flying Lotus - 'You're Dead'
Flying Lotus
"Never Catch Me"
(Larkin Seiple)

- "Left Hand Free"
FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks"
Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
2014 MTV VMAs

Beyoncé - 'Beyoncé'
"Pretty Hurts"
other nominees:

Arcade Fire - "Afterlife"
Gaesaffelsteing - "Hate Or Glory"
Lana Del Rey - "West Coast"
30 Seconds To Mars - "City Of Angels"
2013 MTV VMAs

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - 'The Heist'
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Can't Hold Us"
(Jason Koenig, Ryan Lewis & Mejo Lin)

[from the LP
The Heist]
other nominees:

& Tommy Trash - "Tuna Melt"
Lana Del Rey
- "Ride"
30 Seconds To Mars
- "Up In The Air"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sacrilege"
2012 MTV VMAs

M.I.A. - "Bad Girls" (Single)
"Bad Girls"
(Alexander Hammer & Jermiah Shuff)
other nominees:
Adele - "Someone Like You"
Coldplay featuring Rihanna - "Princess Of China"
Lana Del Rey - "Born To Die"
Drake featuring Rihanna - "Take Care"
2011 MTV VMAs
Adele - '21'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at
"Rolling In The Deep"
(Tom Townend)

[ from the LP
21 ]
other nominees:
Beyoncé - "Run The World (Girls)" (Jeffrey Kimball)
Eminem & Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie" (Christopher Probst)
Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream" (Paul Laufer)
30 Seconds To Mars
- "Hurricane" (Benoit Debie, Jared Leto, Rob Witt & Daniel Carberry)
2010 MTV VMAs
Jay-Z - 'The Blueprint 3'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
"Empire State Of Mind"
(John Perez)

The Blueprint 3 ]
other nominees:
Eminem - "Not Afraid"
Florence + The Machine - "Dog Days Are Over"
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"
Mumford & Sons - "Little Lion Man"
2009 MTV VMAs
Green Day '21st Century Breakdown'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at
Green Day
"21 Guns"

[ from the LP
21st Century Breakdown ]
other nominees:
Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
Coldplay - "Viva la Vida"
Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi"
Britney Spears - "Circus"
2008 MTV VMAs
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
White Stripes
(Wyatt Troll)
[from Icky Thump ]
other nominees:
Erykah Badu - "Honey" (Crash/Karsten Gopinath)
Death Cab For Cutie - "I Will Possess Your Heart" (Aaron Stewart Ahn / Shawn Kim)
Katy Perry - "I Kissed A Girl" (Simon Thrilaway)
Pussycat Dolls - "When I Grow Up" (Christopher Probst)
category not awarded in 2007
2006 MTV VMAs
James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
James Blunt
"You're Beautiful"

Back To Bedlam ]
other nominees:
- "Miss Murder"
Prince - "Black Sweat"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California"
Ashlee Simpson - "Invisible"
2005 MTV VMAs
Green Day - American Idiot
Green Day
"Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"
(Samuel Bayer)
[from American Idiot ]
other nominees:
Coldplay - "Speed Of Sound"
Modest Mouse - "The Ocean Breathes Salty"
Simple Plan - "Untitled"
U2 - "Vertigo"
White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
2004 MTV VMAs
Jay-Z - The Black Album
"99 Problems"
(Joaquin Baca-Asay)

[ from
The Black Album ]
other nominees:
Christina Aguilera - "The Voice Within"
Beyoncé Knowles - "Naughty Girl"
No Doubt - "It's My Life"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps"
2003 MTV VMAs
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash
(Jean-Yves Escoffier)

[ from
American IV: The Man Comes Around ]
other nominees:
Missy Elliott - "Work It"
No Doubt - "Underneath It All"
Radiohead - "There There"
2002 MTV VMAs
Moby - 18
"We Are All Made Of Stars"
(Brad Rushing)

[ from
18 ]
other nominees:
Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris & Trina - "One Minute Man"
Alicia Keys - "A Woman's Worth"
Shakira - "Whenever, Wherever"
2001 MTV VMAs
Fatboy Slim - Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars
Fatboy Slim
"Weapon Of Choice"
(Lance Acord)

[ from
Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars ]
other nominees:
Aerosmith - "Jaded"
Missy Elliott - "Get Ur Freak On"
Eminem featuring Dido - "Stan"
2000 MTV VMAs
Macy Gray - On How Life Is
Macy Gray
"Do Something"
(Jeff Cronenwett)

[ from
On How Life Is ]
other nominees:
Filter - "Take A Picture"
Madonna - "American Pie"
Metallica - "I Disappear"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Sour Girl"
1999 MTV VMAs
Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson
"The Dope Show"
(Martin Coppen)

[ from
Mechanical Animals ]
other nominees:
Hole - "Malibu"
Korn - "Freak on a Leash"
Madonna - "Beautiful Stranger"
Will Smith - "Miami"
1998 MTV VMAs
Fiona Apple - Tidal
Fiona Apple
(Harris Svides)

[ from
Tidal ]
other nominees:
Garbage - "Push It"
Madonna - "Ray Of Light"
Dave Matthews Band - "Don't Drink The Water"
Radiohead - "Karma Police"
1997 MTV VMAs
Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
"Virtual Insanity"
(Steven Keith-Roach)

[ from
Travelling Without Moving ]
other nominees:
Eels - "Novocaine For The Soul"
Nine Inch Nails - "The Perfect Drug"
Smashing Pumpkins - "The End Is The Beginning Is The End"
1996 MTV VMAs
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
Smashing Pumpkins
"Tonight, Tonight"
(Decklan Quinn)
[ from Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness ]
other nominees:
Brandy - "Brokenhearted"
Eric Clapton - "Change The World"
Madonna - "You'll See"
1995 MTV VMAs
Rolling Stones - Voodoo Lounge
Rolling Stones
"Love Is Strong"
(Fary Waller & Mike Trim)

[ from
Voodoo Lounge ]
other nominees:
Boyz II Men - "Water Runs Dry"
Green Day - "Basket Case"
Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson - "Scream"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Interstate Love Song"
TLC - "Waterfalls"
1994 MTV VMAs
R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
"Everybody Hurts"
(Harris Savides)

[ from
Automatic For The People ]
other nominees:
Aerosmith - "Amazing"
Deep Forest - "Sweet Lullaby"
Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
1993 MTV VMAs
Madonna - Erotica
(Harris Savides)

[ from
Erotica ]
other nominees:
Duran Duran - "Oridnary World"
En Vogue - "Free Your Mind"
k.d. lang -"Constant Craving"
Sting - "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You"
1992 MTV VMAs
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illussion I
Guns N' Roses
"November Rain"
(Mike Southon & Daniel Pearl)

Use Your Illusion I ]
other nominees:
Tori Amos - "Silent All These Years"
Eric Clapton - "Tears In Heaven"
En Vogue - "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
Genesis - "I Can't Dance"
Michael Jackson - "In The Closet"
Madonna - "Holiday"
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - "Good Vibrations"
Metallica - "Enter Sandman"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Give It Away"
Vanessa Williams - "Running Back To You"
1991 MTV VMAs
Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World
Chris Isaak
"Wicked Game"
(Rolf Kesterman)

Heart Shaped World ]
other nominees:
LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out"
George Michael - "Freedom"
R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
1990 MTV VMAs
Madonna - I'm Breathless
(Pascal Lebeque)

[ from
I'm Breathless ]
other nominees:
Aerosmith - "Janie's Got A Gun"
Don Henley - "The End Of The Innocence"
Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start The Fire"
1989 MTV VMAs
Madonna - Like A Prayer
"Express Yourself"
(Mark Plummer)

[ from
Like A Prayer ]
other nominees:
Michael Jackson - "Smooth Criminal"
Tanita Tikaram - "Twist In My Sobriety"
Steve Winwood - "Roll With It"
1988 MTV VMAs
Sting - Nothing Like The Sun
"We'll Be Together"
(Bill Pope)

[ from
Nothing Like The Sun ]
other nominees:
George Michael - "Father Figure"
Pink Floyd - "Learning To Fly"
Robert Plant - "Heaven Knows"
Suzanne Vega - "Luka"
1987 MTV VMAs
Robbie Nevil
Robbie Nevil
"C'est La Vie"
(Mark Plummer)

[ from
Robbie Nevil ]
other nominees:
Cyndi Lauper - "What's Going On"
Madonna - "Papa Don't Preach"
U2 - "With Or Without You"
Steve Winwood - "Higher Love"
1986 MTV VMAs
a-ha - Hunting High And Low
"The Sun Always Shines On TV"
(Oliver Stapleton)

[ from
Hunting High And Low ]
other nominees:
Pat Benatar - "Sex As A Weapon"
Joe Walsh - "The Confessor"
X - "Burning House Of Love"
ZZ Top - "Rough Boy"
1985 MTV VMAs
Don Henley - 'Building The Perfect Beast'
Don Henley
"The Boys Of Summer"
(Pascal Lebeque)

[ from
Building The Perfect Beast ]
other nominees:
Bryan Adams - "Heaven"
Bryan Adams - "Run To You"
Lindsey Buckingham - "Go Insane"
Madonna - "Like A Virgin"
1984 MTV VMAs
The Police - Synchronicity
The Police
"Every Breath You Take"

[ from
Synchronicity ]
other nominees:
David Bowie - "China Girl"
Billy Idol - "Eyes Without A Face"
Kiss - "All Hell's Breaking Loose"
John Cougar Mellencamp - "The Authority Song"
Stray Cats - "Sexy And 17"
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