The Hit List

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season

The Hit List is our hot list of global musical artists and groups. Themed episodes profile big stars and exciting newcomers alike. This really is the ultimate collection of mini biographies on those musical artists who have kept us entertained with their personality, talent, antics, lifestyle and occasionally controversial behavior.

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The Brit Pack
26. The Brit Pack
July 2, 2009
They're young, they're pretty, and they're known as the "Brit Pack", a group of talented artists who've recently made their mark on the UK pop music charts.
The Fab Four
25. The Fab Four
July 2, 2009
It's impossible to sum up the Fab Four's contribution to music and popular culture in just a few minutes. Suffice to say that they remain number one on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. According to the same magazine, their groundbreaking music and style helped define the 1960's.
Jamiroquai, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Corrine Bailey Rae
24. Jamiroquai, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Corrine Bailey Rae
July 2, 2009
Veteran soul queen Patti Labelle has never been a shy performer. Nor has she given to false modesty. Sometimes criticized for grandstanding, she is unapologetic, saying she's got a big voice, and she's going to use it. Also featuring, British funk group Jamiroquai, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Mystique, and Corrine Bailey Rae.
The Beatles, Oasis, Fiona Apple, Kasabian, The Ting Tings, Razorlight, and Franz Ferdinand
23. The Beatles, Oasis, Fiona Apple, Kasabian, The Ting Tings, Razorlight, and Franz Ferdinand
July 2, 2009
Icelandic oddball Bjork got her first break after her version of the Tina Charles hit "I Love to Love" was heard on national radio back in 1975. By the time she was 21 she was fronting the alternative rock band the Sugarcubes. Also featuring the Beatles, Oasis, Fiona Apple, Kasabian, The Ting Tings, Razorlight, and Franz Ferdinand.
Ozzie Osborne, Alice Cooper, KISS, Aerosmith, AC-DC, and Iron Maiden
22. Ozzie Osborne, Alice Cooper, KISS, Aerosmith, AC-DC, and Iron Maiden
July 2, 2009
Rolling Stone Magazine described Led Zeppelin as the "heaviest band of all time" and the biggest band of the 70's, for their ability to rock across any number of musical styles from reggae, soul and funk, to Celtic, classical and country. Also featuring, Ozzie Osborne, Alice Cooper, KISS, Aerosmith, AC-DC, and Iron Maiden.
Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Charlotte Church, and Ashley Tisdale
21. Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Charlotte Church, and Ashley Tisdale
July 2, 2009
On the Hit List this time, a bunch of big-hitters who know all about the pleasures and pitfalls of being a teenage star. Featuring Australian Gabriella Cilmi, Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Charlotte Church, and Ashley Tisdale.
Christina Aguilera, George Michael, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones, and Toni Braxton
20. Christina Aguilera, George Michael, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones, and Toni Braxton
July 2, 2009
According to the Rolling Stone Magazine, it's impossible to overrate the vocal ability of Aretha Franklin, who came in at Number One on its list of greatest singers of all time. Often referred to as the Queen of Soul, she's won twenty Grammys and released twenty number one singles during her career. Also featuring, Christina Aguilera, George Michael, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones, and Toni Braxton.
Kylie Minogue, Australian Sam Sparro and Ashlee Simpson.
19. Kylie Minogue, Australian Sam Sparro and Ashlee Simpson.
July 2, 2009
Kylie Minogue is so well-known by just one name that it's hard to believe that back in the early eighties, she was better known as Charlene Mitchell, the tomboy mechanic from Neighbors. Twenty chart-topping UK hits later, her level of achievements have left both Danni and former boyfriend Jason Donovan for dead. Also featuring, Australian Sam Sparro and Ashlee Simpson.
Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez
18. Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez
July 2, 2009
This time, we celebrate the crossover success of Latin music's brightest stars. Born to parents of Spanish, Italian, Lebanese and American descent, Shakira had a wealth of influences to draw from. Also featuring, Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and of course, Jennifer Lopez.
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Mar Bolan
17. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Mar Bolan
July 2, 2009
On The Hitlist this time, nine music legends that were never destined to grow old gracefully. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Mar Bolan all died at too young of an age.
Duffy, Timbaland, Gorillaz, Enya, Moby and Cher
16. Duffy, Timbaland, Gorillaz, Enya, Moby and Cher
July 2, 2009
This time on the Hit List, nine one-name wonders, who like to keep the introductions short and sweet! Featuring, Duffy, Timbaland, British animated group Gorillaz, Enya, Moby and Cher.
Reality TV Pop Stars
15. Reality TV Pop Stars
July 2, 2009
They're strong and very competitive. They're the group of performers who battled their way to stardom on reality TV. We examine the careers of these sudden celebrities, from the very first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson to Leona Lewis, the winner of Britain's X-Factor.
Bon Jovi, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Ritchie and Julio Iglesias
14. Bon Jovi, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Ritchie and Julio Iglesias
July 2, 2009
This time on The Hit List we check out the survival techniques of eight acts who were big in the 1980's. Named after the villain in 1960's sci-fi film Barberella, Duran Duran became one of the most successful bands of the decade. Also featuring, Bon Jovi, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Ritchie, Julio Iglesias, and REM.
Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Michael BublĀ©, Bryan Adams, and Nelly Furtado.
13. Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Michael BublĀ©, Bryan Adams, and Nelly Furtado.
July 2, 2009
Canada isn't just about lumberjacks, mounted police, ice-hockey and maple syrup. It's also produced its fair share of chart-topping artists. Avril Lavigne is one of them as well as Celine Dion, Michael Buble, veteran rocker Bryan Adams, and pop/R&B singer Nelly Furtado.
Neo, Ludacris, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, and Fergie
12. Neo, Ludacris, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, and Fergie
July 2, 2009
This time on the Hit List, it's a rap! Featuring famous rappers such as Neo, Christopher Bridges, aka Ludacris, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, and the Black Eyed Peas' singer Fergie.
Diana Ross, 50 Cent, Hilary Duff, Phil Collins, and Natalie Imbruglia
11. Diana Ross, 50 Cent, Hilary Duff, Phil Collins, and Natalie Imbruglia
July 2, 2009
Dreamgirls star Jamie Foxx was into music way before he took up acting. Growing up in Texas, he began taking piano lessons at the age of five. Although his career in standup comedy and acting began to overshadow his music in the 90's, he's never lost sight of his original dream. Also featuring, Danni Minogue, Diana Ross, 50 Cent, Hilary Duff, Phil Collins, and Natalie Imbruglia.
Bruce Springsteen, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, David Bowie, and Deborah Harry
10. Bruce Springsteen, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, David Bowie, and Deborah Harry
July 2, 2009
The career of former Beatle Paul McCartney speaks for itself. After almost fifty years in the music industry, he's still recording, touring and supporting causes he believes in, such as animal rights. Bob Dylan has been described as a poet, a dreamer and a voice of a generation. Also featuring, Bruce Springsteen, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, David Bowie, and Deborah Harry.
Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Outkast, and Sean
9. Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Outkast, and Sean "Diddy" Combs
July 2, 2009
One the Hit List this time we celebrate some of the most durable stars of hip-hop. As hard as it may be to believe, the Black Eyed Peas have been around since 1995. Since their hit album Elephunk, the quartet has released two more albums, Monkey Business and The End. Also featuring, Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Outkast, and Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, and Reba McIntyre
8. Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, and Reba McIntyre
July 2, 2009
Country music has had its fair share of kings and queens; some so young they were still in high school when they hit the big time. LeAnn Rimes is one such star, rocketing to fame in 1996 with her debut single "Blue" at the age of just thirteen! Also featuring, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Reba McIntyre.
Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, and Rod Stewart
7. Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, and Rod Stewart
July 2, 2009
This time, we pay tribute to nine very different artists, who all like to tickle the ivories! The multi-talented crooner Jamie Cullum released his first recording while he was still at college. His second album sparked a bidding war that saw him sign a one million pound contract with Universal. Also featuring, Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jnr, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, and Rod Stewart.
James Blunt, Natasha Beddingfield and Lisa Marie Presley
6. James Blunt, Natasha Beddingfield and Lisa Marie Presley
July 2, 2009
Some of them want to change the world, others just want to sing about love and heartache. Here come the singer/songwriters! Featuring, James Blunt, Natasha Beddingfield and Lisa Marie Presley.
Jesse McCartney, Jessica Simpson, Gary Barlow, Gwen Stefani and Rod Stewart
5. Jesse McCartney, Jessica Simpson, Gary Barlow, Gwen Stefani and Rod Stewart
July 2, 2009
In this installment of The Hit List, we meet nine performers intent on proving that blondes really do have fun, including teen idol Jesse McCartney, Jessica Simpson, Gary Barlow, Gwen Stefani, Rod Stewart, and Anastacia.
The Backstreet Boys, Destiny's Child, Beach Boys, Pussycat Dolls, and Westlife
4. The Backstreet Boys, Destiny's Child, Beach Boys, Pussycat Dolls, and Westlife
July 2, 2009
This time on the Hit List we pay tribute to some of pop music's most successful boy and girl bands. Featurig the British trio Atomic Kitten, The Backstreet Boys, Girls Aloud, Destiny's Child, Beach Boys, Pussycat Dolls, and Westlife.
Goo Goo Dolls, Nickelback, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Motley Crue
3. Goo Goo Dolls, Nickelback, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Motley Crue
July 2, 2009
After more than two decades, Goo Goo Dolls' lead singer Johnny Rzeznik likens the relationship between band members to a marriage. So no wonder the boys are ready for a break from each other! Other bands who have reunited after a hiatus or lineup change are Nickelback, Foo Fighters, Metallica and 80's Glam Rock heavyweights, Motley Crue.
Pink, Radio, Pearl Jam, Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams, and Beyonce Knowles
2. Pink, Radio, Pearl Jam, Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams, and Beyonce Knowles
 
Pink, the pint-sized rocker from Pennsylvania, always believed she was meant to be a star. Her amazing live performances and an ability to turn the spotlight on causes such as animal cruelty have won her legions of fans. Also visited on The Hit List in this episode are: Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams and Beyonce Knowles.
Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Fergie, and Michael Jackson
1. Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Fergie, and Michael Jackson
 
They can sing, write, and dance. Some of them can even act. On The Hit List this time, five multi-talented entertainers who know how to bust a move, including Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Fergie, and Michael Jackson.
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The Hit List is our hot list of global musical artists and groups. Themed episodes profile big stars and exciting newcomers alike. This really is the ultimate collection of mini biographies on those musical artists who have kept us entertained with their personality, talent, antics, lifestyle and occasionally controversial behavior.

  • Premiere Date
    July 2, 2009