10. Cake, Showroom of Compassion
Billboard 200 No. 1, 2011 Could anyone have ever predicted that this would hit #1? Cake hadn't put out an album since 2004 and hadn't had a big, big hit since 1998. As a matter of fact, this is their first #1 album in their entire career. Maybe there are just that many fans of Chuck.
9. Vampire Weekend, Contra
Billboard 200 No. 1, 2010 Love them or hate them, Vampire Weekend made a big splash in 2010 by breaking into the No. 1 spot on an independent label (XL), something almost unheard of before them. Even indie-rockers Modest Mouse signed to a major label before they hit No. 1 in 2007.
8. Prince, "Batdance"
Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, 1989 Hip hop was barely making a dent in the charts, much less club remixes with hip-hop, funk and metal overtones -- all thrown in with a lot of samples from Tim Burton's first Batman movie, but the popularity of that film and Prince improbably propelled this song to No. 1.