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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
Taylor Swift)
other nominees:

Doja Cat - "Attention"
Drake - "Falling Back"
Kendrick Lamar - "Count Me Out"
Megan Thee Stallion - "Her"
Sam Smith & Kim Petras - "Unholy"
SZA - "Kill Bill"
2022 MTV VMAs

Taylor Swift - 'Red (Taylor's Version)'
Taylor Swift
"All Too Well"
(10 Minute Version)
Taylor Swift)
other nominees:

Baby Keem
Kendrick Lamar - "family ties"
Billie Eilish - "Happier Than Ever"
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow - "Industry Baby"
Ed Sheeran - "Shivers"
Harry Styles - "As It Was"
2021 MTV VMAs

Lil Nas X - 'Montero'
Lil Nas X
"Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"
(Lil Nas X & Tanu Muino)
other nominees:

DJ Khaled
Drake- "Popstar"
Billie Eilish - "Your Power"
Taylor Swift - "willow"
Travis Scott, Young Thug & M.I.A. - "Franchise"
Tyler, The Creator - "Lumberjack"
2020 MTV VMAs

Taylor Swift - 'Folklore'
Taylor Swift
"The Man"
Taylor Swift)
other nominees:

Billie Eilish - "Xanny"
Doja Cat - "Say So"
Dua Lipa - "Don't Start Now"
Harry Styles - "Adore You"
The Weeknd - "Blinding Lights"
2019 MTV VMAs

Lil Nas X - '7' (EP)
Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
"Old Town Road" (remix)
other nominees:

Billie Eilish - "bad guy"
FKA Twigs - "Cellophane"
Ariana Grande - "thank u, next"
Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus - "Old Town Road" (remix)
LSD - "No New Friends"
Taylor Swift - "You Need To Calm Down"
2018 MTV VMAs

Childish Gambino - "This Is America" (Single)
Childish Gambino
"This Is America"
(Hiro Murai)
other nominees:

The Carters
Beyoncé & Jay-Z) - "Apesh**"
Drake - "God's Plan"
Shawn Mendes - "In My Blood"
Ed Sheeran - "Perfect"
Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton - "Say Something"
2017 MTV VMAs

Kendrick Lamar - 'DAMN.'
Kendrick Lamar
(Dave Meyers &
The Little Homies)
other nominees:

Alessia Cara - "Scars To Your Beautiful"
Bruno Mars - "24K Magic"
Katy Perry & Skip Marley - "Chained To The Rhythm"
The Weeknd - "Reminder"
2016 MTV VMAs

Beyoncé - 'Lemonade'
other nominees:

Adele - "Hello"
David Bowie - "Lazarus"
Coldplay - "Up&Up"
Tame Impala - "The Less I Know The Better"
2015 MTV VMAs

Kendrick Lamar - 'To Pimp A Butterfly'
Kendrick Lamar
(Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
other nominees:

Childish Gambino - "Sober"
Hozier - "Take Me To Church"
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
2014 MTV VMAs

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What" (Single)
DJ Snake & Lil Jon
"Turn Down For What"
other nominees:

Beyoncé - "Pretty Hurts" Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
Eminem & Rihanna - "The Monster"
OK Go - "The Writing's On The Wall"
2013 MTV VMAs

Justin Timberlake - 'The 20/20 Experience'
Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z
"Suit & Tie
[from the LP
The 20/20 Experience]
other nominees:

Drake - "Started From The Bottom"
Fun. - "Carry On"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Can't Hold Us"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sacrilege"
2012 MTV VMAs

M.I.A. - "Bad Girls" (Single)
"Bad Girls"
(Romain Gavras)
other nominees:
Coldplay featuring Rihanna - "Princess Of China
Duck Sauce - "Big Bad Wolf"
Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Otis"
Frank Ocean - "Swim Good"
2011 MTV VMAs
Beastie Boys - 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at
Beastie Boys
"Make Some Noise" (Adam Yauch)

[ from the LP
Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 ]
other nominees:
Adele - "Rolling In The Deep" (Sam Brown)
Eminem & Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie" (Joseph Kahn)
Katy Perry & Kanye West - "E.T." (Floria Sigismondi)
30 Seconds To Mars
- "Hurricane" (Bartholomew Cubbins)
2010 MTV VMAs
Lady Gaga - 'The Fame Monster'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at
Lady Gaga
"Bad Romance"

(Francis Lawrence)
The Fame Monster ]
other nominees:
Eminem - "Not Afraid"
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys - "Empire State Of Mind"
Pink - "Funhouse"
30 Seconds To Mars - "Kings And Queens"
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)"
Cobra Starship - "Good Girls Go Bad"
Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi"
Britney Spears - "Circus"
2008 MTV VMAs
Erykah Badu - New AmErykah, Pt. One: 4th World War
Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto)
[from New AmErykah, Pt. One: 4th World War ]
other nominees:
Linkin Park - "Shadow Of The Day" (Joe Hahn)
Panic! At The Disco - "Nine In The Afternoon" (Shane Drake)
Rihanna - "Take A Bow" (Anthony Mandler)
Pussycat Dolls - "When I Grow Up" (Joseph Kahn)
2007 MTV VMAs
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex / LoveSounds
Justin Timberlake
"What Goes Around... Comes Around"
(Samuel Ba
[ from
FutureSex / LoveSounds ]
other nominees:
Beyoncé & Shakira - "Beautiful Liar" (Jake Nava)
Christina Aguilera - "Candyman" ( Matthew Rolston & Christina Aguilera)
Linkin Park - "What I've Done" (Joseph Hahn)
Rihanna & Jay-Z - "Umbrella" (Chris Applebaum)
2006 MTV VMAs
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Gnarls Barkley
(Robert Hales)

St. Elsewhere ]
other nominees:
- "Miss Murder" (Marc Webb)
Common - "Testify" (Anthony Mandler)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California" (Tony Kaye)
10 Years - "Wasteland" (Kevin Kerslake)
2005 MTV VMAs
Green Day - American Idiot
Green Day
"Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"
(Samuel Bayer)

American Idiot ]
other nominees:
Missy Elliott - "Lose Control" (Dave Meyers & Missy Elliott)
Jennifer Lopez - "Get Right" (Francis Lawrence & Diane Martel)
White Stripes - "Blue Orchid" (Floria Sigismondi)
U2 - "Vertigo" (Alex & Martin)
2004 MTV VMAs
Jay-Z - The Black Album
"99 Problems"
(Mark Romanek)

[ from
The Black Album ]
other nominees:
No Doubt - "It's My Life"
Outkast - "Hey Ya!"
Steriogram - "Walkie Talkie Man"
White Stripes - "The Hardest Button To Button"
2003 MTV VMAs
Coldplay - Rush Of Blood To The Head
"The Scientist"
(Jamie Thraves)

[ from
Rush Of Blood To The Head ]
other nominees:
Johnny Cash - "Hurt"
Missy Elliott - "Work It"
Justin Timberlake - "Cry Me A River"
Sum 41 - "The Hell Song"
2002 MTV VMAs
Eminem - The Eminem Show
"Without Me"
(Joseph Kahn)

[ from
The Eminem Show ]
other nominees:
Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris & Trina - "One Minute Man"
Elton John - "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"
P.O.D. - "Alive"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "By The Way"
2001 MTV VMAs
Fatboy Slim - Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars
Fatboy Slim
"Weapon Of Choice"
(Spike Jonze)

[ from
Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars ]
other nominees:
R.E.M. - "Imitation Of Life"
Linkin Park - "Crawling"
Eminem featuring Dido - "Stan"
OutKast - "Ms. Jackson"
2000 MTV VMAs
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers
(Johnathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)

[ from
Californication ]
other nominees:
D'Angelo - "Untitled
Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady"
Foo Fighters - "Learn To Fly"
Lauryn Hill - "Everything Is Everything"
1999 MTV VMAs
Fatboy Slim - You've Come A Long Way Baby
Fatboy Slim
"Praise You"
(Torrence Community Dance Group)

[ from
You've Come A Long Way Baby ]
other nominees:
Busta Rhymes featuring Janet Jackson - "What's Gonna Be"
Eminem - "My Name Is"
Korn - "Freak On A Leash"
TLC - "No Scrubs"
1998 MTV VMAs
Madonna - Ray Of Light
"Ray Of Light"
(Jonas Akerlun)

[ from
Ray Of Light ]
other nominees:
Garbage - "Push It"
Wyclef Jean - "Gone Till November"
Prodigy - "Smack My Bitch Up"
Radiohead - "Karma Police"
1997 MTV VMAs
Beck - Odelay
"The New Pollution"
(Beck Hansen)

[ from
Odelay ]
other nominees:
Missy Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity"
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"
(Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)

[ from
Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness ]
other nominees:
Björk - "It's Oh So Quiet"
Foo Fighters - "Big Me"
Alanis Morissette - "Ironic"
1995 MTV VMAs
Weezer LP
"Buddy Holly"
(Spike Jonze)

[ from
Weezer ]
other nominees:
Green Day - "Basket Case"
Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson - "Scream"
TLC - "Waterfalls"
1994 MTV VMAs
R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
"Everybody Hurts"
(Jake Scott)

[ from
Automatic For The People ]
other nominees:
Aerosmith - "Amazing"
Beastie Boys - "Sabotage"
Deep Forest
- "Sweet Lullaby"
1993 MTV VMAs
Pearl Jam - Ten
Pearl Jam

(Mark Pellingston)
[ from Ten ]
other nominees:
En Vogue - "Free Your Mind"
Los Lobos - "Kiko & The Lavender"
R.E.M. - "Man On The Moon"
1992 MTV VMAs
Van Halen - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Van Halen
"Right Now"
(Mark Fenske)

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge ]
other nominees:
En Vogue - "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Give It Away"
Sir Mix-A-Lott - "Baby Got Back"
1991 MTV VMAs
R.E.M. - Out Of Time
"Losing My Religion"

[ from
Out Of Time ]
other nominees:
Chris Isaak - "Wicked Game"
George Michael - "Freedom"
- "Silent Lucidity"
1990 MTV VMAs
Madonna - I'm Breathless
(David Fincher)

[ from
I'm Breathless ]
other nominees:
Paula Abdul - "Opposites Attract"
Aerosmith - "Janie's Got A Gun"
Don Henley - "The End Of The Innocence"
1989 MTV VMAs
Madonna - Like A Prayer
"Express Yourself"
(David Fincher)

[ from
Like A Prayer ]
other nominees:
D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Parents Just Don't Understand"
Van Halen - "Finish What Ya Started"
Jody Watley - "Real Love"
Steve Winwood - "Roll With It"
1988 MTV VMAs
George Michael - Faith
George Michael
"Father Figure"
(Andy Morahan &
George Michael)
[ from
Faith ]
other nominees:
Eurythmics - "You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart"
Pink Floyd - "Learning To Fly"
R.E.M. - "The One I Love"
XTC - "Dear God"
1987 MTV VMAs
Peter Gabriel - So
Peter Gabriel
(Stephen Johnson)

[ from
So ]
other nominees:
Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"
Genesis - "Land Of Confusion"
U2 - "With Or Without You"
Steve Winwood - "Higher Love"
1986 MTV VMAs
a-ha - Hunting High And Low
"Take On Me"
(Steven Barron)

[ from
Hunting High And Low ]
other nominees:
Pat Benatar - "Sex As A Weapon"
Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing"
X - "Burning House Of Love"
ZZ Top - "Rough Boy"
1985 MTV VMAs
Don Henley - 'Building The Perfect Beast'
Don Henley
"The Boys Of Summer"
(Jean Baptiste Mondino)

[ from
Building The Perfect Beast ]
other nominees:
Bryan Adams - "Run To You"
Duran Duran - "The Wild Boys"
Chris Isaak - "Dancin'"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Don't Come Around Here No More"
Simple Minds - "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
Toto - "Stranger In Town"
1984 MTV VMAs
ZZ Top - Eliminator
ZZ Top
"Sharp Dressed Man"
(Tim Newman)

[ from
Eliminator ]
other nominees:
Bongos - "Numbers With Wings"
Ian Hunter - "All Of The Good Ones Are Taken"
Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
Cyndi Lauper - "Time After Time"
Huey Lewis & The News - "I Want A New Drug"
The Police - "Every Breath You Take"
ZZ Top - "Gimme All Your Lovin'"
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