The year of perfect vision is finally upon us… Yes! It is already 2020, and we are wrapping up the year with the top 20 songs of the decade. With so many emerging artists in the 10s’ it can be hard to curate the perfect playlist that will encompass all the best moments from the past 10 years, but we got you covered. 

 

#1 – Rolling in the Deep by Adele, (2010)

Adele started off the decade with a bang. “Rolling in the Deep” is a heart wrenching song that is still stuck in our heads. The soul and depth of Adele’s voice caught everyone’s attention and even won the Grammy award of Best Song of the Year. 

#2 – Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye and Kimbra, (2012)

When this song was first released Gotye was not very well known. Some people thought it was the artist Sting singing the new hit and were surprised to discover it wasn’t. he song’s music video also stirred excitement for its avante garde style. “Somebody That I Used to Know” was playing everywhere in America during the early part of the decade and can’t be left off the list. 

 

#3 – Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, (2012)

“Wut, wut, wut, wut?” Of course, “Thrift Shop” made the cut! This song is funny, funky, and the lyrics are so true to life as any thrift shopper can agree, there is no reason to be ashamed of buying a $0.99 top that smells like R. Kelly’s sheets. “Thrift Shop” is the epitome of the decade where retro clothing and styles of music reemerged. 

 

 

  1. R U Mine by Artic Monkeys, (2012)

Alex Turner’s “R U Mine” is just the right amount of ‘drunk on the floor of a dive-bar bathroom texting our ex’ feels that we needed this decade. The song by the UK rock band was very popular in 2012 and is still an anthem that gets people going today.

 

 

  1. Rap God by Eminem, (2013)

Eminem is one of the best rappers of all time and after two decades of wowing fans with his clever lyrics he finally reached rap god status in 2013 with “Rap God.” This song is the pinnacle of rap songs. It also holds the title of having the most words in a hit single with 1,560 words in a 6-minute song.

 

 

  1. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams, (2013)

Although the song stirred much controversy, it is still indicative of the decade and gets us dancing today just as much as it did back in 2013. 

 

  1. Anaconda by Nicki Minaj, (2014)

The question on everyone’s mind in 2014 was whether Nicki Minaj’s butt is real in the “Anaconda” music video. The song and music video attracted so much attention this decade and is not for the prudish types. Minaj samples the legendary song “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix A Lot to create an awesome hit that proves she is the Queen of hip hop. 

 

  1. The Less I Know the Better by Tame Impala, (2015)

Tame Impala’s entire Currents album is one of the best albums released in years in the Indie and Rock community. “The Less I Know the Better” is a song that has psychedelic, disco, and funk influences that recounts Kevin Parker’s loss of a love interest to someone named Trevor. Listener’s are bound to get lost in the story and the bassline making it one of coolest songs in the 10s’. 

 

  1. Them Changes by Thundercat, (2015)

2015 was a year that threw back the funk hits. Thundercat asks “why in the world would I give my heart to you, just to watch you throw it in the trash?,” a question that is indicative of a scornful love. These lyrics with the groove of the chorus makes it one that really stands out for the decade. 

 

  1. Starboy by The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, (2016)

The Weeknd could be heard all over during the 10s with his albums Beauty Behind The Madness and Starboy sweeping up all the spots on radio waves. People still can’t get enough of the Weeknd but his hit “Starboy” really transports us back to when the Weeknd’s celebrity status was at an all time high. 

 

 

  1. Hotline Bling by Drake, (2016)

Although most may recognize the meme from the video more than the actual song, “Hotline Bling” in no way loses its charm. Drake is no doubt one of the most popular hip-hop artists for millennials. 

 

 

  1. Redbone by Childish Gambino, (2016)

This song is another one from the decade that is an ode to the funk genre. Its signature line “stay woke” was trending during 2016 while being cognizant in the digital age was on the up rise.  

 

 

  1. Cranes in the Sky by Solange, (2016)

This touching song by the talented Solange narrates a woman who is indulging in different vices to forget about pain in her life. It is a beautiful and truthful song that was popular and beloved halfway through the decade and is still catching people up today. 

 

 

  1. Truth Hurts by Lizzo, (2016)

Contrary to what many may think, the tune “Truth Hurts” came out in 2016, although it achieved massive significance in 2019. Lizzo is a fairly new artist that is defining woman power for the 10s’ and will no doubt continue her popularity into the 20s’. 

 

 

  1. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, (2017)

“Shape of You” broke records in 2017 for being the most streamed of the year. Ed Sheeran’s pop hit is an unforgettable hit of the decade. 

 

 

  1. Safari Song by Greta Van Fleet, (2017) 

Greta Van Fleet’s “Safari Song” is definitely one of the coolest sounding songs released in years. The band has been on the up rise this entire decade and they are just getting bigger. This tune is epitomizes their vibe and the essence of 10s’ rock. 

 

 

  1.  Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, (2018)

The song from the hit movie “A Star is Born” obtain massive success because of Lady Gaga’s vocals. It’s no surprise that this song made the list as anything she does turns to gold.  

 

 

  1. Bad Guy by Billie Eilish, (2019)

Billie Eilish is one of the most beloved musicians of 2019. Her song “Bad Guy” is one of the biggest of the year behind Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” Her talent at her age is astounding and has attracted many listeners this year. 

 

 

  1. Fear Inoculum by TOOL, (2019)

After a 13-year long hiatus since their last album, Tool’s new album and song of the same name have stirred much conversation in 2019. The song “Fear Inoculum” exceeds every expectation we could desire from Tool – complex and transcending. 

 

 

  1. Imagine by Ariana Grande, (2019)

Ariana Grande has released more hits in this decade than any other artist. Her song “Imagine” is one that exemplifies her musicianship most eloquently as she shows off her wide and intense vocal range. “Imagine” is a song representative of all we can hope for in the year to come. 

 

 

Although there were so many other songs that we wish could have made the cut, these 20 tunes have stuck out the most. Stream any of the songs for your own time capsule of the 10s’. 

Erika Dagri

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