Another decade has come and gone, giving us an excuse to look back at the songs that defined the last 10 years. We've gone back through the '10s to rank our favourite singles from to Are your top choices in our list? Here goes Danish pop band Lukas Graham became a one-hit-wonder in the UK in , when this reflective track reached number one. Singer Lukas Forchhammer described the song as being about his life up to that point, and what he hopes to achieve in the future. He said the reason the lyrics only go as far as the age of 60, is because his father died at 61, and he needed to "pass it to believe it.
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This is admittedly a subjective list based on judgments of quality instead of sales figures or radio airplay. A number of songs have expanded reviews. Click on the word 'Review' to read more information about the song. This list should be a great conversation starter.
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With the year nearly drawing to a close, there's no better way to celebrate the past decade than to take a look back on all the things that happened from to — including, of course, in the music world. There's no doubt that the s were massive, musically. We enjoyed more viral music videos and internet meme songs than ever before — but if we consider all of the songs that have been released from to now, we can probably say that there are some tracks more memorable than others. From Carly Rae Jepsen's addictive "Call Me Maybe" to the more recent "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X, these top songs of the s have truly become representative of this decade, helping define and shape the musical landscape in the s and most likely being remembered for tens of years to come. So to celebrate the true whirlwind that has been this past decade in music, we've rounded up 28 of the best songs that have defined the s — so we can totally ring in the New Year by jamming to all the decade's biggest hits. The rock world may not have had the biggest decade, but there was a time when this song seemed to be everywhere. Kacey Musgraves was certainly one of if not, the one biggest breakout stars of the s. She brings a fresh perspective to country music and "Follow Your Arrow" is a prime example. The song preaches acceptance of those who look and think differently from you, which isn't a theme commonly covered in the genre. Rucker's single top the country Billboard chart and was certified triple platinum.
In the s, technology made creating, distributing, and listening to music easier than at any previous point in history. A million modes of distribution meant you could hear those songs milliseconds after they were born. Artists started releasing music at an unprecedentedly rapid pace. The infinite scroll of social media made listeners insatiable. The result of all this was both a blessing and a curse: There was more great music out there than ever before, but it was nearly impossible to keep up. Here at Pitchfork, we sure tried. Here are our top songs of the decade. For more about how we put together this list, read this letter from our editor-in-chief Puja Patel. Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. In , good feelings were rare and expensive, but it was possible to get one for free via a sparkling EDM hook.