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Want to know how big Justin Timberlake is. He's bigger than Justin Timberlake.

The pimply, pre-"Sexyback" Timberlake topped all comers, including his latter-day self, as his little old boy band 'N Sync scored the No. 1 album of the Aughts, per Billboard—despite breaking up back in 2002.

The group's Y2K effort, No Strings Attached, tallied 10 million copies for the decade, outdistancing the runner-up (Usher's Confessions) and showing just how dire the music biz is these days (the most recent album to crack the decade's Top 10 was Confessions, which came out in 2004—there was nary a Swift, Gaga, Cyrus or Jonas Brother within spitting distance).

The 2000s' top artist was Eminem, with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide.

Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" was the most popular song of the decade,  Nickelback the best-selling group, and the Rolling Stones the top touring act, pocketing $869 million from 264 shows.

Get the lists after the jump...

Top 10 Best-Selling Albums:

  1. No Strings Attached, 'N Sync
  2. Confessions, Usher
  3. The Eminem Show, Eminem
  4. Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
  5. Human Clay, Creed
  6. Oops!...I Did It Again, Britney Spears
  7. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
  8. 1, The Beatles
  9. Supernatural, Santana
  10. Country Grammar, Nelly

Top 10 Best-Selling Artists:

  1. Eminem
  2. Usher
  3. Nelly
  4. Beyoncé
  5. Alicia Keys
  6. 50 Cent
  7. Nickelback
  8. Britney Spears
  9. Destiny's Child
  10. Jay-Z

Top 10 Best-Selling Singles:

  1. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
  2. "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil' Jon and Ludacris
  3. "Low" Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
  4. "How You Remind Me," Nickelback
  5. "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas
  6. "No One," Alicia Keys
  7. "Boom Boom Pow," The Black Eyed Peas
  8. "Let Me Love You," Mario
  9. "Gold Digger," Kanye West
  10. "Apologize," Timbaland featuring OneRepublic


Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin into the future. Take a look back at the last 10 years of Grammy winners here.