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TRL Finale Celebrates Past Decade’s Top Pop Records
by Alexis Andrews 
posted on November 24, 2008

TRL Finale Celebrates Past Decade’s Top Pop Records
Carson Daly, original host of MTV's Total Request Live
You may have heard the Total Request Live – or TRL – recently aired its 2,247th and last episode, held at MTV’s Time Square studios in New York. The video countdown show, which was the music channel’s most popular platform for artists and bands to promote their pop records and CDs and launch their videos, ended with live in-studio performances and appearances by such pop, rock, hip hop, rap and R&B artists as Beyonce, Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock, Hillary Duff, and Diddy.

Of course, original host Carson Daly was there. He had been instrumental in developing a cult-like following for the afternoon show, a following usually made up of thousands of squealing teenage girls and young pop fans. When TRL made its official premiere in MTV on September 1998, no one foresaw how big an impact it would make on the careers of the artists it was featuring. But sure enough, without Total Request Live, boy bands like N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees, pop singers like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Jessica Simpson, and Disney artists such as Hillary Duff, Miley Cirus, Vanessa Hudgens, and The Jonas Brothers would probably not have sold as many music CDs, singles, and albums. No wonder, then, that in the May issue of VIBE Magazine, TRL was ranked #11 in a list of the most influential TV shows in the past decade and a half.

To highlight a decade of TRL’s phenomenal success, here are five of some of the #1 singles - most of them pop records - whose videos appeared on the show and stayed in its charts for the most number of days.

1. Shape of My Heart: this was the first CD single released from the Backstreet Boys CD, Black & Blue, under Jive Records. It stayed in the charts for a total of 61 days and went on to become – according to the United World Chart – the most successful Backstreet Boys record ever.

2. Bye Bye Bye: American pop boyband N Sync received two Grammy nominations for this 2000 CD single, which stayed in the TRL countdown charts for a total of 54 days. The infectious dance pop record is included in the band’s second album, No Strings Attached, which was released under the Jive label. It was also well received critically, having garnered several awards and nominations in MTV’s Video Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, among many others.

3. Behind These Hazel Eyes: this Kelly Clarkson song was officially released in 2005 under RCA Records as a digital download, digital maxi single, and a 7” vinyl single. “Behind These Hazel Eyes” can also be found in the former American Idol winner’s music album, Breakaway; its music video had a very successful run in Total Request Live, peaking at #1 and staying in the charts for 33 days.

4. “If Only”: American pop rock band Hanson made noise for their second studio album, This Time Around, with this April 2000 CD single. Released under Mercury/ Universal Records, “If Only” hit #1 in the TRL charts and stayed there for 27 days. The song was also a big commercial hit internationally, especially in countries such as Australia, Finland, and Italy.

5. “The Anthem”: Total Request Live wasn’t just for bubblegum pop acts. Punk band Good Charlotte, for example, garnered huge success in the show’s countdown with the release of this 2003 CD single; it stayed there for 22 days and also achieved #1 status. The song appeared on the band’s music CD, The Young and the Hopeless, which was released under the Epic record label.

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