I recently posted an article highlighting the top 5 worst songs of the past decade. It reminded us that just because a song gets popular, it isn’t always for the right reasons. However, just to show that I’m not always a complete negative Nancy when it comes to compiling these lists, I’m going to highlight 5 of the best songs to come out of the 2010s. These songs are popular for the right reasons and some are already modern day classics.
#5: Despacitio, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
“Alexa, play Despacitio”
There’s no denying that global impact that Despacito had on listeners when it came out in the summer of 2017. It was so popular that it placed Daddy Yankee as the “Most Listened To Artist of 2017” on Spotify. One of the best things about it was that it had all of us singing along to the words, even if we didn’t always know what the words meant. Topping the charts in multiple countries, Despacito was able to surpass Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” as the most streamed song of all time.
#4: Gangnam Style, Psi
Admit it….you’ve done the dance….we’ve all done the dance. As a matter of fact, it feels like it was only yesterday when I was hopping from leg to another with my arms crossed over, up and down the halls of my high school (I was truly one of the coolest kids in school). After its release in 2012, “Gangnam Style” took the entire world by storm, becoming a global smash hit with over 3.4 Billion views on YouTube and topping the charts in over 30 different countries. The song was so popular, the iconic dance was even attempted by Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
#3: Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
Also known as the go-to wedding song for married couples in 2014, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” had the honor of staying in the UK Top 40 Charts for AN ENTIRE YEAR. When you think about how often those charts fluctuate, that is truly an amazing feat to pull off. This mid tempo love ballad has touched the hearts of many hopeless romantics and couples alike and had already cemented itself as one of Sheeran’s biggest hits with over 2.4 billion views on YouTube and over 500 millioin streams on Spotify.
#2: Hotline Bling, Drake
Drake’s “Hotline Bling” may have been one of the best memes of 2016. For about 2 straight weeks, I couldn’t scroll through my Facebook feed without seeing an edited version of Drake doing the iconic dance move that we all know and love. Reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Hotline Bling” also won two Grammy Awards for “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap/ Sung Performance”.
#1: Hello- Adele
When you talk about an instant classic the very minute you hear it, “Hello” by Adele is something that will always come to mind. Hauntingly beautiful and emotionally wrenching, “Hello” reached #1 in every single country that it charted in. On YouTube, its music video broke the VEVO record by reaching 27.7 million views in a 24 hour time frame, surpassing Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood. Winning 3 Grammy awards and the title of British Video of the Year, “Hello” is a modern day classic that we will be go down in history as one of the greatest songs of the modern era.