2006's top 20 radio hits reported by USA Today

Blige’s total audience for 2006 (a figure derived from Nielsen BDS electronic airplay monitoring of radio stations in all formats and Arbitron radio-listening estimates) was more than 30% higher than that of runner-up Temperature, by Sean Paul. Be Without You spent nine weeks at No. 1, the calendar year’s longest-lasting chart-topper. Cassie’s Me & U had the second-longest stint at No.1: seven weeks.

Although Blige is a veteran airwaves presence, newcomer status proved no barrier to radio acceptance. The year’s top 20 was filled with artists releasing singles from their first major-label albums: Cassie, Natasha Bedingfield, Ne-Yo, Chamillionaire, Yung Joc, Daniel Powter, James Blunt and Dem Franchize Boyz.

The year’s top 20 radio hits:

Artist Total audience (in billions) Peak position

Mary J. Blige, Be Without You
3.4
1 (9 weeks)

Sean Paul, Temperature
2.6
1 (4 weeks)

Cassie, Me & U
2.4
1 (7 weeks)

Shakira, Hips Don’t Lie
2.3
1 (3 weeks)

Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten
2.1
7

Nelly Furtado, Promiscuous
2.1
2

Ne-Yo, So Sick
2.1
2

Beyoncé, Check On It
2.0
1 (3 weeks)

Chamillionaire, Ridin’
1.9
1 (3 weeks)

Yung Joc, It’s Goin’ Down
1.9
1 (3 weeks)

Justin Timberlake, SexyBack
1.8
1 (4 weeks)

Justin Timberlake, My Love
1.8
1 (4 weeks)

Daniel Powter, Bad Day
1.8
4

Lil’ Jon, Snap Yo Fingers
1.8
4

James Blunt, You’re Beautiful
1.7
5

Sean Paul, Give It Up to Me
1.7
1 (1 week)

Ludacris, Money Maker
1.7
1 (3 weeks)

Kelly Clarkson, Because of You
1.6
3

Rascal Flatts, What Hurts the Most
1.6
22

Dem Franchise Boyz, Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It
1.6
3

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