Best of the 10s: Music Through The Decade


Angelina Balusek, Staff Reporter

As the 2010s come to a close, let’s take a look back at the hit music from the decade. Get ready for flashbacks from your childhood. Hits from Adele, OneRepublic, Bruno Mars, and more. Here are hits from the 10’s:


Released in late 2009, TiK ToK by Ke$ha tops number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100’s chart for 2010. Ke$ha confirmed that the meaning of her song is to “not letting anything bring you down.”




Rolling in the Deep by Adele, was the world’s number one single in 2011. Adele says her song is about not taking anyone for granted. In the U.S. alone, 11,950,000 copies of Adele’s album “21” has been sold. 



In early 2012, Gotye released his chart topping single “Somebody That I Used To Know feat. Kimbra. ” In the U.S, the song topped the Adult Pop Songs and Alternative Songs charts. 




The number one song on the Billboard Top 100’s chart in 2013 was “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz. Macklemore expressed his feelings on his song and said “I think hip-hop goes in waves, and it’s something that’s different. It’s a concept. It’s obviously against the status quo of what people normally rap about. This is a song that goes against all of that. How much can you save? How fresh can you look by not looking like anybody else? And on top of that, you have an infectious beat and a hook that gets stuck in people’s heads.” 



Pharell Williams single Happy was the number one song in 2014. Happy was featured in the movie Despicable Me. Happy was nominated for the Best Male Video and Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards and was performed at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.



Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, peaked number one on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 2015. The music video has collected over 3.6 billion views making it the sixth most viewed video on YouTube.



Justin Bieber’s hit tracks, “Love Yourself” and “Sorry” took the top spots on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 2016. The songs were released along with his album,  “Purpose” which was nominated for album of the year.



Not only was Shape of You by Ed Sheeran the number one song in 2017, but it was also the ninth most successful song in history. The song won Best Pop Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards.



Drake’s hit song “God’s Plan” climbed its way up to the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100’s chart last year. The song broke streaming records on Apple Music and Spotify, won Best Rap Song in the 2018 Grammy Awards, and accumulated over 127,000 downloads.



What songs will define 2019? So far, some of the most streamed songs are Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi, Old Town Road by Lil Nas X, and I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran. If you got this far in the article, congratulations! Your reward is the KidzBop version of Old Town Road.