Our Best of 2012 series continues after the grand reveal of our Best of 2012 Premium Channel last week, featuring staff favorites and top played tracks on the Music Unlimited service.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday focuses on the latter, counting down the Top 10 Played Artists of the year. Since many of them didn’t have a release in 2012, we’ll instead focus on re-visiting the debut albums that put them on the map and kept you listening all the way to 2012.

10) Linkin Park
Album: Hybrid Theory (2000)
Song: “One Step Closer”

9) JAY Z and Kanye West
Album: Watch the Throne (2011 )
Song: “Otis”

Album: Party Rock (2009)
Song: “Shots (ft. Lil John)”

7) Adele
Album: 19 (2008)
Song: “Chasing Pavements”

6) Flo Rida
Album: Mail on Sunday (2008)
Song: “Low”

5) Rihanna
Album: Music of the Sun (2005)
Song: “Pon fe Replay”

4) Nicki Minaj
Album: Pink Friday (2010)
Song: “Moment 4 Life”

3) Drake
Album: So Far Gone (2009)
Song: “Best I Ever Had”

2) Lil Wayne
Album: The Block is Hot (1999) 
Song: “The Block is Hot”

1) Eminem
Album: The Slim Shady LP (1999)
Song: “My Name Is”

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