[Blog] 2010s: A Decade in Music


[Blog] 2010s: A Decade in Music

Rock Star 24
Rock Star 24

When does the decade begin and end?


I'm a firm believer that the end of this decade is December 31, 2020, instead of December 31, 2019, at least musically. The reason is simple: most of the songs released in the early part of 2020 will be recordings from 2019 or earlier. In other words, these songs will still sound like the 2010s.


However, looking back is always fun, so I thought it would be interesting to check my last.fm listening report and review the results (full data here). This isn't a Best Of list, but a simple sample of my most listened tracks.


Let's begin...


Top listened track of the decade (overall)


Mike Shiver & Aruna - Everywhere You Are (Duderstadt Vocal Mix)


Trance was everywhere in the 2000s, but really faded in this decade with the emergence of Big Room (what happened to that genre anyway?). Still, in 2010, this vocal trance track was on repeat thanks to its ethereal sounds and lyrics:


Life never shined so bright
Never seemed so endless
Never felt so light

I’m safe, it’s a brand new day
In the arms of angels
I’m never far away, away

Here, on the other side
I can feel you breathing
I can read your mind
So smile, it’ll be all right
I’ll be watching over you
Keeping you alive inside


This result didn't surprised me, since it really is an amazing track, which I could listen on repeat still to this day.




Top Rock act of the decade


Three Days Grace


Life Starts Now, an album recorded in 2009, took off all through 2010, which proves the point I mentioned previously. With tracks like Lost In You and World So Cold, this album still sounds great today:


I always knew
That you'd come back to get me
And you always knew
That it wouldn't be easy
To go back to the start
To see where it all began
Or end up at the bottom
To watch how it all ends


You tried to lie and say
I was everything
I remember when I said
I'm nothing without you
I'm nothing without you


Too bad the band couldn't keep up after the departure of their lead singer.




(True) Top Rock act of the decade




At the beginning of the decade, streaming wasn't common yet, which meant you couldn't carry much music with you to listen. Back in those days, tracks (and albums) were listened more repeatedly, as you carefully decided which tracks to bring with you.


Volbeat was present all through the decade with their albums Beyond Hell / Above Heaven (2010), Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies (2013), Seal the Deal and Let's Boogie (2016). These albums stand out for their straight rock attitude with impeccable production:


Counting all the **** in the room
Well I'm definitely not alone, well I'm not alone
You're a liar, you're a cheater, you're a fool
Well that's just like me yoohoo and I know you too
Mr. Perfect don't exist my little friend
And I tell you it all again, and I do it again
Counting all the **** in the room, well I'm
Definitely not alone, well I'm not alone


Look deep into yourself before you blame all others
For betrayal, now for betrayal
I promise, so easy to say, and easy you failed
And you do it again




Top Pop act of the decade




Just when all the relevant pop artists of the 2000s started to fade (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce), Rihanna continued into this decade with a series of charting albums, singles, and collaborations.




Top Hip-Hop act of the decade


Nicki Minaj


Pink Friday was a huge album for her, but what really made her stood up all this time was her collaborations. Here's some of the artists who asked her to appear in their records:


  • Drake
  • Kanye West
  • Trey Songz
  • will.i.am
  • David Guetta
  • Madonna
  • DJ Khaled
  • 2 Chainz
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ariana Grande
  • Migos

An impressive list nonetheless.




Top Country act of the decade


Lady Antebellum


I was expecting to see Need You Now as the top country track, since it was everywhere at the beginning of the decade, but instead it was Just a Kiss, a great song about taking things slow.


Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
No, I don't wanna mess this thing up
No, I don't wanna push too far
Just a shot in the dark that you just might
Be the one I've been waiting for my whole life
So baby I'm alright, with just a kiss goodnight


Their influence in Country music cannot be understated. Without them, acts like The Band Perry, Sugarland, Gloriana, and Little Big Town wouldn't be what the are today.




Guilty pleasure of the decade




Ever since their debut in the mid 2000s, known for the nickname Fall Out Girl, Paramore have been present, surviving member departures and changing musical styles and influences. That's the reason I'm no longer calling them guilty pleasures: they are great.


You're not the big fish in the pond no more
You are what they're feeding on


So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?
So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?


Ain't it fun living in the real world
Ain't it good being all alone




(True) Guilty pleasure of the decade


Paty Cantú


Catchy pop songs: check, heartbroken love ballads: check, high profile collaborations: check. She has done it all, and yet, she doesn't get the recognition she deserves. Let's hope this changes this new decade.


Dejaste de quererme
Deje de enamorarte
Queriendo ser fuerte
Deje de buscarte
Y fuimos cobardes
Tontos los dos
Se desintegra el amor




One hit wonder of the decade


Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (Feat. Kimbra)


Taking about past relationships took Gotye to the top of the charts, and then he simply disappeared, which makes the classic definition of a one hit wonder. It was not surprising, after listening how different it was from his other songs.


You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over




The 2010s were marked by the rise of streaming, and the (almost) infinite availability of music. In my case, it was marked a decrease in number of song repeats, and an increase of artists listened:


 Most listened track
(times in the year)
(unique in the year)
201032 times1 935
201131 times3 407
201225 times5 099
201319 times6 176
201417 times4 889
201514 times5 726
201610 times8 973
20179 times8 751
20188 times9 252


In the end, I've got 175 530 songs listened from 35 257 different artists.


A very good decade indeed.

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