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3rd May '16 9:48:42 AM Twentington
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* The ''Billboard'' Year-End charts rank the most popular songs of each year for the pop, R&B, and country charts. On a few occasions, the top song of the year has been one that did not reach #1 on the actual chart:
** Music/FaithHill's "Breathe" and Music/{{Lifehouse}}'s "Hanging by a Moment", both of which only got to #2 on the Hot 100 but were that chart's top songs of 2000 and 2001, respectively.
** This also happened three times on the country charts: 2010's biggest hit was "Love Like Crazy" by Lee Brice, which only got to #3; 2012's biggest hit was "Time Is Love" by Josh Turner, which only got to #2; and Brice did it again in 2015 when "Drinking Class" was the top hit of the year despite also only peaking at #2.

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* The ''Billboard'' Year-End charts rank the most popular songs of each year for the pop, R&B, and country charts. On a few occasions, the top song of the year has been one that did not reach #1 on the actual chart:
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chart: Music/FaithHill's "Breathe" and Music/{{Lifehouse}}'s "Hanging by a Moment", both of which only got to #2 on the Hot 100 but were that chart's top songs of 2000 and 2001, respectively.
** * This is also happened three times on true of the Year-End charts for the CountryMusic format, which have presented a few oddities:
** "Friends in Low Places" by Music/GarthBrooks only ranked at ''#28'' for the year, with the top hit of 1990 being the largely-forgotten "Nobody's Home" by Music/ClintBlack.
** Surely the biggest
country charts: hit of 1992 was Billy Ray Cyrus's inescapable "Achy Breaky Heart", right? Nope, according to ''Billboard'' it was "I Saw the Light" by Wynonna Judd; Billy Ray ranked #2 for the year.
** 2003 presents a real oddity. The year had multiple long-lasting #1 hits, including "19 Somethin'" by Music/MarkWills, "Have You Forgotten?" by Darryl Worley, "Beer for My Horses" by Music/TobyKeith and Music/WillieNelson, and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Music/AlanJackson and Music/JimmyBuffett. So what was the biggest hit? "My Front Porch Looking In" by Music/{{Lonestar}}, which barely squeaked in a single week at #1 after "Beer" did. Respectively, "19 Somethin'", "Have You Forgotten?", "Beer for My Horses", and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" ranked at #3, #12, #2, and #4.
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2010's biggest hit was "Love Like Crazy" by Lee Brice, which only got to #3; #3, and became the first song ever to take the ''Billboard'' Year-End honor for country despite not peaking at #1 on the main charts. This is due mainly to "Love Like Crazy" setting a new record for the longest run in the chart's history, as it spent a whopping ''56'' weeks on the charts.
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2012's biggest hit was "Time Is Love" by Josh Turner, which only got to #2; and #2, but also benefited from an abnormally long chart run.
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Brice did it again in 2015 when "Drinking Class" was the top hit of the year despite also only peaking at #2.#2, but [[RuleOfThree also benefited from an abnormally long chart run]].
14th Apr '16 5:58:59 PM PerfumePreppy
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* The most recent seasons of ''TheBachelor'' had an interesting take on this trope. Jason selected Melissa Rycroft as the winner over Molly Malaney in the Finale. But during the "after show", he dumped winner Melissa in favor of Molly. Melissa ended up on ''Dancing With the Stars'', while Molly ended up with the "not as rich as he says he is, and willing to humiliate Melissa on national television, so how great can he be" Jason.

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* The most recent seasons of ''TheBachelor'' had an interesting take on this trope. Jason selected Melissa Rycroft as the winner over Molly Malaney in the Finale. But during the "after show", he dumped winner Melissa in favor of Molly. Melissa ended up on ''Dancing With ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' (and wound up winning the Stars'', All-Stars season), while Molly ended up with the "not as rich as he says he is, and willing to humiliate Melissa on national television, so how great can he be" Jason.


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** Several ''So You Think...'' alumni also went on to do bigger and better things even without having actually won. Many of the Latin Ballroom dancers went on to join the line-up of professional dancers on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' (with Witney Carson going as far as to win Season 19 alongside Alfonso Ribeiro).
14th Apr '16 5:53:33 PM PerfumePreppy
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14th Apr '16 5:46:59 PM PerfumePreppy
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*** That's not even pointing out that the most successful singing contestant from the season was Tori Kelly who didn't even make it past Hollywood but emerged in 2015 as a singer.

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*** That's not even pointing out that the most successful singing contestant from the season was Tori Kelly who didn't even make it past Hollywood but emerged in 2015 as 2015, still making music.
*** [=MacKenzie Bourg=], who finished fourth on Season 15, may be on his way to becoming another example of this, which could be owed to both his surprising diligence and the efforts of his fiercely loyal fanbase that's been with him since his stint on Season 3 of ''Series/TheVoice''. A mere two days after his elimination, [=MacKenzie=] went on to record his widely-praised original song "Roses", releasing it the night before the finale, which led to it skyrocketing up the iTunes charts in less than
a singer.day. Overall it sold 22,000 copies, enough for it to debut at #4 on the Rock Digital Songs chart, the best position for an ''Idol'' alum since Phillip Phillips' coronation single "Home".
30th Mar '16 1:48:26 PM BigBertha
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** The top six of the 1997 poll were Music/{{Blink 182}}'s "Dammit", Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Paranoid Android", Music/TheVerve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony", Music/{{Chumbawamba}}'s "Tubthumping", Music/{{Blur}}'s "Song 2", and the winner was..."No Aphrodisiac", a song by a not particularly well known Aussie group.
** Powderfinger nabbed the top spot in 1999 and 2000, beating out the likes of "[[Music/FatboySlim Praise You]]", [[Music/TheBloodhoundGang "The Bad Touch"]], "[[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Guerrilla Radio]]", "Nookie", and [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers "Scar Tissue"]] the former year and [[Music/{{U2}} "Beautiful Day"]], "Teenage Dirtbag", "Yellow", [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers "Californication"]], and "Bohemian Like You" the latter.[[note]]As a postscript to this, their next highest-placing song on a Triple J Hottest 100 was at #4 in 2003 with "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind", whereas the rest of the top 5 consisted of four of the most iconic songs of the 2000s: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Hey Ya!", "Seven Nation Army," and "Clocks". They're tied with the Music/FooFighters with 22 Hottest 100 hits.[[/note]]

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** The top six of the 1997 poll were Music/{{Blink 182}}'s "Dammit", Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Paranoid Android", Music/TheVerve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony", Music/{{Chumbawamba}}'s "Tubthumping", Music/{{Blur}}'s "Song 2", and the winner was...was… "No Aphrodisiac", a song by a not particularly well known Aussie group.
** Powderfinger nabbed the top spot in 1999 and 2000, beating out the likes of "[[Music/FatboySlim Praise You]]", [[Music/TheBloodhoundGang "The Bad Touch"]], "[[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Guerrilla Radio]]", "Nookie", "[[Music/LimpBizkit Nookie]]", and [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers "Scar Tissue"]] the former year and [[Music/{{U2}} "Beautiful Day"]], "Teenage Dirtbag", "Yellow", "[[Music/{{Coldplay}} Yellow]]", [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers "Californication"]], and "Bohemian "[[Music/TheDandyWarhols Bohemian Like You" You]]" the latter.[[note]]As a postscript to this, their next highest-placing song on a Triple J Hottest 100 was at #4 in 2003 with "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind", whereas the rest of the top 5 consisted of four of the most iconic songs of the 2000s: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Hey Ya!", "Seven Nation Army," and "Clocks". They're tied with the Music/FooFighters with 22 Hottest 100 hits.[[/note]]



** The winner taking it all is actually very rare in the contest - of the 23 annual Hottest 100's that have been held, there have been only ten cases thus far where the winner took it all -- or, at the very least, is still well-known today: Music/TheCranberries' "Zombie" in 1994, Music/{{Oasis}}' "Wonderwall" in 1995, Music/TheOffspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" in 1998, Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" in 2003, Music/FranzFerdinand's "Take Me Out" in 2004, Music/{{Muse}}'s "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" in 2006[[note]]which almost became an example of this trope as its win over the eventual runner-up, Silverchair's "Straight Lines", was by a mere 14 votes, the closest margin in Triple J history[[/note]], Music/KingsOfLeon's "Sex on Fire" in 2008, Mumford and Sons' "Little Lion Man" in 2009, Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know" in 2011 and Music/{{Macklemore}}'s "Thrift Shop" in 2012. "Riptide" would be listed here since it also crossed over to the US charts but as noted below, it was nowhere near as big as the second and third-placed songs and also tends to be overshadowed by the fourth placed song.

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** The winner taking it all is actually very rare in the contest - of the 23 annual Hottest 100's that have been held, there have been only ten eleven cases thus far where the winner took it all -- or, at the very least, is still well-known today: Music/TheCranberries' "Zombie" in 1994, Music/{{Oasis}}' "Wonderwall" in 1995, Music/TheOffspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" in 1998, Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge's "No One Knows" in 2002, Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" in 2003, Music/FranzFerdinand's "Take Me Out" in 2004, Music/{{Muse}}'s "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" in 2006[[note]]which almost became an example of this trope as its win over the eventual runner-up, Silverchair's "Straight Lines", was by a mere 14 votes, the closest margin in Triple J history[[/note]], Music/KingsOfLeon's "Sex on Fire" in 2008, Mumford and Sons' "Little Lion Man" in 2009, Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know" in 2011 and Music/{{Macklemore}}'s "Thrift Shop" in 2012. "Riptide" would be listed here since it also crossed over to the US charts but as noted below, it was nowhere near as big as the second and third-placed songs and also tends to be overshadowed by the fourth placed song.
30th Mar '16 12:21:01 PM twilicorn
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninet_Tayeb Ninet Tayeb]] won the first season of Israel's equivalent of ''Series/AmericanIdol''. Her most significant career move since then was her role as an {{Expy}} of herself in "Hashir Shelanu" ("Our Song"), a SoapOpera about music school. Two-odd seasons of this later she finally got to releasing an album, then went on tour to thundering, embarassed silence whenever she tried to have the audience join in the singing, for lack of familiarity with the words. Meanwhile the runner-up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiri_Maimon Shiri Maimon]] released an album that went gold, performed a ballad in the EurovisionSongContest ranking fourth and won the MTV Europe Awards for Best Israeli Act.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninet_Tayeb Ninet Tayeb]] won the first season of Israel's equivalent of ''Series/AmericanIdol''. Her most significant career move since then was her role as an {{Expy}} of herself in "Hashir Shelanu" ''Hashir Shelanu'' ("Our Song"), a SoapOpera about music school. Two-odd seasons of this later she finally got to releasing an album, then went on tour to thundering, embarassed silence whenever she tried to have the audience join in the singing, for lack of familiarity with the words. Meanwhile the runner-up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiri_Maimon Shiri Maimon]] released an album that went gold, performed a ballad placed fourth in the EurovisionSongContest ranking fourth Series/EurovisionSongContest and won the MTV Europe Awards Award for Best Israeli Act.



* Heather Morris was eliminated just before the top 20 of ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance''. She went on to dance for BeyonceKnowles in the Single Ladies tour and is best known for playing the famously brainless Brittany in ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
** Likewise with Amber Riley. She was rejected on ''Series/AmericanIdol'' (in fact, she didn't even get to appear on TV) and now she has probably gotten more fame and exposure than some ''Idol'' winners thanks to her role of Mercedes.

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* Heather Morris was eliminated just before the top 20 of ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance''. She went on to dance for BeyonceKnowles Music/BeyonceKnowles in the Single Ladies tour and is best known for playing the famously brainless Brittany in ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
** Likewise with fellow Gleester Amber Riley. She was rejected on ''Series/AmericanIdol'' (in fact, she didn't even get to appear on TV) and now she has probably gotten more fame and exposure than some ''Idol'' winners thanks to her role of Mercedes.
30th Mar '16 12:17:36 PM twilicorn
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** Music/SamSmith, the 2014 winner, has averted this so far. He is still far and away the most successful act to have been featured that year.

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** Music/SamSmith, the 2014 winner, has averted this so far. He is still far and away the most successful act to have been featured that year. This would happen again with 2015 winners Years And Years.
** The ''Sound of 2016'' poll was won by Jack Garratt, who's obscure compared to second placer Alessia Cara.
30th Mar '16 12:29:03 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Powderfinger nabbed the top spot in 1999 and 2000, beating out the likes of "[[Music/FatboySlim Praise You]]", "The Bad Touch", "[[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Guerrilla Radio]]", "Nookie", and "Scar Tissue" the former year and "Beautiful Day", "Teenage Dirtbag", "Yellow", "Californication", and "Bohemian Like You" the latter.[[note]]As a postscript to this, their next highest-placing song on a Triple J Hottest 100 was at #4 in 2003 with "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind", whereas the rest of the top 5 consisted of four of the most iconic songs of the 2000s: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Hey Ya!", "Seven Nation Army," and "Clocks". They're tied with the Music/FooFighters with 22 Hottest 100 hits.[[/note]]

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** Powderfinger nabbed the top spot in 1999 and 2000, beating out the likes of "[[Music/FatboySlim Praise You]]", [[Music/TheBloodhoundGang "The Bad Touch", Touch"]], "[[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Guerrilla Radio]]", "Nookie", and [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers "Scar Tissue" Tissue"]] the former year and [[Music/{{U2}} "Beautiful Day", Day"]], "Teenage Dirtbag", "Yellow", "Californication", [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers "Californication"]], and "Bohemian Like You" the latter.[[note]]As a postscript to this, their next highest-placing song on a Triple J Hottest 100 was at #4 in 2003 with "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind", whereas the rest of the top 5 consisted of four of the most iconic songs of the 2000s: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Hey Ya!", "Seven Nation Army," and "Clocks". They're tied with the Music/FooFighters with 22 Hottest 100 hits.[[/note]]
28th Mar '16 5:09:45 PM BigBertha
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** The Starland Vocal Band of 1977 were a very infamous winner, ended up a one-hit wonder -- Boston definitely won in the long run.

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** The Starland Vocal Band of 1977 were a very infamous winner, ended up a one-hit wonder OneHitWonder -- Boston definitely won in the long run.



** Marc Cohn, who won in 1991, hasn't exactly aged as well as Boyz II Men or Seal.

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** Averted in 1991, when Music/MariahCarey won the award and would have far more success than any of her competition.
** Marc Cohn, who won in 1991, 1992, hasn't exactly aged as well as Boyz II Men or Seal.



* The annual Creator/TripleJ Hottest 100, which lists the biggest alternative/indie songs of the year as voted by the Australian public, has produced these results from time to time:

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* The annual Creator/TripleJ Hottest 100, which lists the biggest alternative/indie songs of the year as voted by the Australian public, has produced these results from time to time:time, usually showing favoritism for local acts:



** Powderfinger nabbed the top spot in 1999 and 2000, beating out the likes of "[[Music/FatboySlim Praise You]]", "The Bad Touch", "[[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Guerrilla Radio]]", "Nookie", and "Scar Tissue" the former year and "Beautiful Day", "Teenage Dirtbag", "Yellow", "Californication", and "Bohemian Like You" the latter.[[note]]As a postscript to this, their next highest-placing song on a Triple J Hottest 100 was at #4 in 2003 with "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind", whereas the rest of the top 5 consisted of four of the most iconic songs of the 2000s: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Hey Ya!", "Seven Nation Army," and "Clocks".[[/note]]

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** Powderfinger nabbed the top spot in 1999 and 2000, beating out the likes of "[[Music/FatboySlim Praise You]]", "The Bad Touch", "[[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Guerrilla Radio]]", "Nookie", and "Scar Tissue" the former year and "Beautiful Day", "Teenage Dirtbag", "Yellow", "Californication", and "Bohemian Like You" the latter.[[note]]As a postscript to this, their next highest-placing song on a Triple J Hottest 100 was at #4 in 2003 with "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind", whereas the rest of the top 5 consisted of four of the most iconic songs of the 2000s: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Hey Ya!", "Seven Nation Army," and "Clocks".[[/note]] They're tied with the Music/FooFighters with 22 Hottest 100 hits.[[/note]]
*** Powderfinger's lead singer, Bernard Fanning, topped the 2005 countdown with "Wish You Well". He notably beat out "Feel Good Inc." and "Best of You".



** 1993 may be the most infamous example in British history. It was won by Tasmin Archer, a singer who faded into obscurity almost completely after her hit "Sleeping Satellite". One of the acts she beat? ''Music/TakeThat''.

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** 1993 may be the most infamous example in British history. It was won by Tasmin Archer, a singer who faded into almost complete obscurity almost completely after her hit "Sleeping Satellite". One of the acts she beat? ''Music/TakeThat''.



** Music/ArcticMonkeys, who won in 2006 was initally overshadowed by James Blunt. However, they later turned it around and are far more respected than Blunt ever was despite the fact that they never had a bona-fide hit.

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** Music/ArcticMonkeys, who won in 2006 was 2006, were initally overshadowed by James Blunt. However, they later turned it around and are far more respected than Blunt ever was despite the fact that they never had a bona-fide hit.was, scoring two #1 singles in their native UK.
28th Mar '16 2:52:51 AM LaptopGuy
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** The winner taking it all is actually very rare in the contest - of the 23 annual Hottest 100's that have been held, there have been only ten cases thus far where the winner took it all: Music/TheCranberries' "Zombie" in 1994, Music/{{Oasis}}' "Wonderwall" in 1995, Music/TheOffspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" in 1998, Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" in 2003, Music/FranzFerdinand's "Take Me Out" in 2004, Music/{{Muse}}'s "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" in 2006[[note]]which almost became an example of this trope as its win over the eventual runner-up, Silverchair's "Straight Lines", was by a mere 14 votes, the closest margin in Triple J history[[/note]], Music/KingsOfLeon's "Sex on Fire" in 2008, Mumford and Sons' "Little Lion Man" in 2009, Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know" in 2011 and Music/{{Macklemore}}'s "Thrift Shop" in 2012. "Riptide" would be listed here since it also crossed over to the US charts but as noted below, it was nowhere near as big as the second and third-placed songs.

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** The winner taking it all is actually very rare in the contest - of the 23 annual Hottest 100's that have been held, there have been only ten cases thus far where the winner took it all: all -- or, at the very least, is still well-known today: Music/TheCranberries' "Zombie" in 1994, Music/{{Oasis}}' "Wonderwall" in 1995, Music/TheOffspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" in 1998, Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" in 2003, Music/FranzFerdinand's "Take Me Out" in 2004, Music/{{Muse}}'s "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" in 2006[[note]]which almost became an example of this trope as its win over the eventual runner-up, Silverchair's "Straight Lines", was by a mere 14 votes, the closest margin in Triple J history[[/note]], Music/KingsOfLeon's "Sex on Fire" in 2008, Mumford and Sons' "Little Lion Man" in 2009, Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know" in 2011 and Music/{{Macklemore}}'s "Thrift Shop" in 2012. "Riptide" would be listed here since it also crossed over to the US charts but as noted below, it was nowhere near as big as the second and third-placed songs.songs and also tends to be overshadowed by the fourth placed song.
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