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Top Of Charts During Election Years

By Ryan Orsini

In 2008, current president Barack Obama ran against Republican John McCain.

According to the Huffington Post, Taylor Swift was the top selling artist in 2008, selling around 4 million records with her album Fearless. The album had the two number one hits, “Love Story”, and “You Belong With Me.”

Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, Rihanna’s “Disturbia”, “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne and “Low” by Flo Rida (Ft T-Pain) are among other top selling songs of that year.

In 2004 George W. Bush was running for his second term against Democratic representative John Kerry.

According to Blog Critics Usher was the top selling artist of 2004. His album Confessions sold just fewer than 8 million copies. The album was supported by one of the highest selling singles of the decade “Yeah.” The song featured both Ludacris, and Lil John.

Eminem’s “Encore”, Evanescence’s “Fallen”, and “Songs About Jane” by Maroon Five are among the year’s other top selling albums. Encore, featuring songs such as “Mockingbird” and “Like Toy Soldiers” was on top. Fallen, which was released in 2003 but didn’t receive popularity until 2004, had the hits “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal”. Songs About Jane by Maroon 5 was released in early 2002 but didn’t receive mainstream popularity until 2004. The album had the songs “This Love”, “Harder to Breathe” and “She Will Be Loved.”

In 2000 Bush beat Democratic representative Al Gore to win his first term as President.

In that same year Linkin Park was the best selling artist with their debut record Hybrid Theory selling over 20 million copies to date there for being certified platinum. Hybrid Theory consisted of twelve rock/rap songs, which would later be defined as “Nu Metal.” Hybrid Theory had the hit singles “In the End”,  “Crawling”,  “One Step Closer” and “Papercut.”

No Strings Attached by NSYNC sold a little more than 11 million copies that year and was another one of the top selling albums. The album had the single “Bye Bye Bye”, which would go on to be one of the most successful songs of the 2000’s.