Top songs of the 2010s: The best of the decade
2020 is finally here, and what a decade it's been! We've witnessed Lady Gaga wearing a questionable meat dress, Leo finally got the Oscar he deserved, and a picture of a debatably coloured dress divided the nation. It's fair to say the 2010s were a wild ride. To start the new year right, we've compiled the best of the past decade's music. From songs you'd rather stay forgotten to absolute musical gems, here are all the top songs of the 2010s.
2010 - TiK ToK by Kesha
2010 was a great year for the music industry. Eminem collaborated with Rihanna, Bruno Mars came into our lives, and Kesha hit the scene with TiK ToK. This first single went on to start off Kesha's career in the pop scene until she stopped recording music in 2014 due to a legal battle with Sony and Dr Luke. Since the smash hit back 2010, Kesha has released singles such as Bla Bla Bla, Your love is my drug, and Die Young. In 2017, Kesha released her newest material after 3 years of silence, with song Praying becoming another hit. She has also produced music with Flo Rida, 3OH!3, and Pitbull.
Other mentions: Rude Boy by Rihanna, California Gurls by Katy Perry, Love the way you lie by Eminem
2011 - Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
In 2011, Adele and Bruno Mars were shooting up into stardom and Rihanna was smashing the charts, but we also found a new set of lovable artists - LMFAO. Now they weren't exactly one-hit-wonders, but after releasing a few chart-topping songs, LMFAO disappeared off the radio and the charts. The two-man duo made hits such as Party Rock Anthem, I'm sexy and I know it, and Sorry for party rocking. After finding true fame and celebrity status, the pair of party-rockers only lasted another year before declaring a hiatus which is yet to cease. Regardless of their short-lived fame, LMFAO's music still deserves a place in the top songs of the 2010s just for creating the shuffle dance craze.
Other mentions: Rolling in the Deep by Adele, Grenade by Bruno Mars, We found love by Rihanna
2012 - Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
One of the most rememberable years in the music industry, 2012 gave us some amazing tunes, and some we would much rather forget. Along with great hits like Diamonds by Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson's Stronger, one-hit-wonders such as Gangnam Style by PSY and Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jespen were also released. Almost overnight, Jepsen became a tween sensation, adopting a huge following and some haters on the way, too. Although she released other songs and albums, Jepsen never quite got the same success with any of her other material. Love it or hate it, Call me maybe was undeniably catchy and holds a spot on the top songs of the 2010s easily!
Other mentions: Somebody that I used to know by Gotye, One more night by Maroon 5, We are Young by Fun.
2013 - Thrift Shop by Macklemore
With the likes of Miley Cyrus, Lorde, and Daft Punk owning the music scene at the time, it was actually a 2012-released Macklemore song that topped the charts for 2013. Macklemore's Thrift shop threw a sledgehammer at Miley's Wrecking Ball, making its way to number one by the end of the year. The catchy tune and peculiar music video shot into the limelight and brought Macklemore a comfortable amount of fame. For the whole of 2013, you'd only ever catch Macklemore in humongous fur coats to promote his Thrift shop single. We can't say for sure if the song helped to bring thrift shops into fashion, but from personal experience, we've been spending a lot more time in thrift shops since 2013!
Other mentions: Harlem shake by Baauer, Wrecking ball by Miley Cyrus, Royals by Lorde
2014 - Fancy by Iggy Azalea
2014 was a year full of bangin' new music. While Talyor Swift was shaking off the hate and Meghan Trainor was singing about that bass, Iggy Azalea had teamed up with Charli XCX to create Fancy. This unusual mixture of electro-hop and female rap vocals brought the Australian artist her first number-one on the charts. Not only did Azalea's song peak to number one in the US for seven consecutive weeks, but it also made its way into the top 10 in several other countries including the UK and Australia. Fancy is one of the many great hits of the decade and owns its spot as one of the top songs of the 2010s.
Other mentions: Happy by Pharrell Williams, All About that Bass by Meghan Trainor, All of Me by John Legend
2015 - Hello by Adele
What happened in 2015? Fast and Furious 7 brought a tear to our eye while paying tribute to the late Paul Walker with Wiz Khalifa's song, See you again. Fetty Wap brought out Trap Queen, and let's not forget The Weeknd's critically acclaimed album Beauty Behind the Madness. But the real showstopper of 2015 came later in the year. In October of 2015, Adele released Hello, a piano ballad that led to Adele winning three Grammys, a Brit award, and a place in our top songs of the 2010s. This record-breaking hit reached number one in almost every country it charted and is now considered one of the best-selling singles of all-time after selling over 12 million units. Even now in 2020, Hello still manages to hit us right in the feels.
Other mentions: See you again by Wiz Khalifa, The Hills by The Weeknd, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson
2016 - Sorry by Justin Bieber
2016 brought with it some terrific tunes! Fifth Harmony released Work from home, Mike Pozner reappeared in the charts after 5 years, and Beyoncé dropped a surprise new album. 2016 was also a great year for Justin Bieber, who had placed number one AND number two in the Billboard hot 100 charts. Although the Canadian singer released both Sorry and Love Yourself in his late 2015 album, both songs didn't hit the big money until early 2016. Bieber's Love Yourself took the spot of number one, however, Sorry's fetching beat and spectacular dance-themed music video have won our hearts and a place on our list!
Other mentions: Work by Rihanna, Formation by Beyoncé, One Dance by Drake
2017 - Shape of you by Ed Sheeran
Notably, 2017 was one of the best years for British artist, Ed Sheeran. Sheeran started off the year by releasing two new singles from his upcoming album ÷ (divide). The two singles, Shape of you and Castle on the hill, sat steadily at number one and two on the charts, and later on, Shape of you would be known as one of the best-selling singles of all-time. The preppy love song was also named the most-streamed song of the decade on Spotify, making other hits from stars like Bruno Mars and DJ Khalid a mere jingle in the background of 2017. One of the top songs of the 2010s, Shape of you will always be a tsunami in the sea rather than a drop in the ocean.
Other mentions: Despacito Luis Fonsi, Rockstar by Post Malone, Humble by Kendrick Lamar
2018 - Thank u, next by Ariana Grande
After the rollercoaster that was 2017, Ariana Grande was the epitome of love and hope in 2018. After the tragic bombing at Grande's concert in Manchester, England in 2017, the star returned two weeks later to host the One Love concert - a first in its time. The benefit concert saw the likes of Grande, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and many more hit the stage in a show of defiance, love, and unity. Grande went onto show even more resilience, gracefully bouncing back from the tragedy with her new single, Thank u, next. The hit single was released at the end of 2018 without any initial promotion or announcement, ahead of her newest album of the same name. The pop song that boasts a catchy rhythm and positive lyrics has been named as one of the 100 songs that defined the 2010s by Billboard, and we couldn't agree more. It seems like Grande radiates positivity through herself and her music, thus placing her absolute jam of a song as one of the top songs of the 2010s. If we had a crown, we would give it to her.
Other mentions: God's plan by Drake, Lucid dreams by Juice WRLD, In my feelings by Drake
2019 - Truth hurts by Lizzo
There's not as much to reminisce in 2019 as it was only a few days ago that we were living it, but we're going to try our hardest! Lil Nas X graced our ears with his country rap song Old Town Road with Billy Ray Cyrus, Billie Eilish shot to fame with her strange and unique sound with single Bad guy, and the Jonas Brothers made a long-awaited and much-loved return to our lives. But what else happened in 2019? Lizzo happened, of course. Although Truth hurts was initially released back in 2017, it gained worldwide praise and mainstream success in 2019. Lizzo released her third studio album Cuz I love you, which brought hits like Juice and Tempo. This sudden success got people searching her earlier songs, including Truth hurts and Good as hell, which was later remixed with Ariana Grande. With her sultry style and body-positive attitudes, we couldn't imagine life without queen Lizzo.
Other mentions: Old Town Road by Lil Nas X, Good as hell by Lizzo, 7 Rings by Ariana Grande
And there you have it - a decade worth of amazing tunes from a great set of artists! Although we'd love to sit here and name every great song from the decade, there's just not enough time in the day. But, don't you worry! If you're feeling nostalgic after reading this, we've put together a 2010s top hits playlist just for you - listen to it here. While you're at it, why not upgrade your earphones to give your ears a better listening experience? Check out our latest earbuds here to see the hype.