Top Songs of the Decade

You might cheekily say this list was ten years in the making, which isn’t inaccurate, but the real truth is that it was a work-in-process for at least a couple years. At some point just past the halfway mark of the 2010s, the songs that would ultimately make this list began to take shape and I started to accumulate them into a playlist that I would add to whenever something worthy caught my ear. When the time arrived, I whittled that list down from however many songs were initially on it to a final 100. The end result is a mix of songs by a range of artists that cover the entire decade, with a few thrown in from 2009 – songs that didn’t have time to leave a mark last decade or weren’t released as singles until the new decade but still stood out as deserving.

This list is less based on what I think the “best” songs of the decade are, and more about what songs had an impact on me. A constant theme in this list seemed to involve either the past, through nostalgia, or the future, through hope, or sometimes both. These are songs I listened to a lot, connected with, loved, or was wowed by. From songs I need to hear in the club, essentials to walk to or favourites to belt along to in the car, this is the list I’ll quite likely return to again and again.

100. Gotye featuring KimbraSomebody That I Used To Know (2012)


99. Years & YearsKing (2015)


98. DecemberistsCalamity Song (2011)


97. LordePerfect Places (2017)


96. Katie MeluaThe Flood (2010)


95. Britney SpearsWork Bitch (2013)


94. Catherine MacLellanStealin’ (2011)


93. Regina SpektorAll The Rowboats (2012)


92. The 1975Somebody Else (2016)


91. Bruno MarsJust The Way You Are (2010)


90. Billy Porter and Tory RossSex Is In The Heel (2013)


89. Sarah HarmerOur Dark Clouds (2010)


88. Nicki Minaj featuring 2 ChainzBeez In The Trap (2012)


87. Chainsmokers featuring HalseyCloser (2016)


86. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big SeanFeels (2017)


85. StarsHold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It (2012)


84. M83Wait (2014)


83. Taylor Swift featuring The Civil WarsSafe And Sound (2012)


82. Troye SivanSeventeen (2018)


81. Hey Rosetta!Welcome (2011)


80. Mariah Carey featuring Miguel#Beautiful (2013)


79. LissieBest Days (2018)


78. Scissor SistersLet’s Have A Kiki (2012)


77. Ria MaeIf You Don’t Love Me (2016)


76. H.E.R.Hard Place (2018)


75. Avicii featuring Aloe BlaccWake Me Up (2013)


74. RihannaBitch Better Have My Money (2015)


73. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsS.O.B. (2015)


72. Ellie GouldingAnything Could Happen (2012)


71. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah DogsOld Before Your Time (2010)


70. George EzraBlame It On Me (2014)


69. BeyoncéGhost/Haunted (2013)


68. SiaChandelier (2014)


67. LizzoTruth Hurts (2017)


66. Missy HigginsIf I’m Honest (2012)


65. Alt-JTessellate (2012)


64. Sarah SleanSarah (2017)


63. Chris StapletonTennessee Whiskey (2015)


62. Better Oblivion Community CenterDidn’t Know What I Was In For (2019)


61. AdeleDon’t You Remember (2011)


60. Betty WhoSomebody Loves You (2013)


59. Idina MenzelLet It Go (2013)


58. HozierTake Me To Church (2013)


57. RobynCall Your Girlfriend (2010)


56. William FitzsimmonsSecond Hand Smoke (2018)


55. Brandi CarlileParty Of One (2018)


54. Lori McKennaThat’s How You Know (2011)


53. Tegan and SaraI Was A Fool (2013)


52. Meg MyersDesire [Hucci Remix] (2014)


51. MUNAI Know A Place (2016)


50. Kacey MusgravesMerry Go ‘Round (2013)


49. The Trews featuring Serena RyderIn The Morning (2014)


48. Katy PerryThe One That Got Away (2010)


47. Patty GriffinFaithful Son (2013)


46. Taylor SwiftLover (2019)


45. Clean Bandit featuring Rae MorrisUp Again (2014)


44. Brandy ClarkLove Can Go To Hell (2016)


43. Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray CyrusOld Town Road [Remix] (2019)


42. HoundmouthSedona (2015)


41. Scott HelmanBungalow (2014)


40. Lady Gaga and Bradley CooperShallow (2018)


39. PhantogramFall In Love (2014)


38. The HighwomenHighwomen (2019)


37. The WeekndThe Hills (2015)


36. Vance JoyRed Eye (2014)


35. Lady GagaBorn This Way (2011)


34. Kelly ClarksonPiece By Piece (2015)


33. Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe (2012)


32. Brandi CarlileThe Joke (2018)


31. DragonetteMy Legs (2012)


30. Courtney BarnettDepreston (2015)


29. fun.Some Nights (2012)


28. Amy SharkAdore (2018)


27. Rihanna featuring Calvin HarrisWe Found Love (2011)


26. Lori McKennaHumble & Kind (2016)


25. Eminem featuring Lil’WayneNo Love (2010)


24. Brandi CarlileThat Year (2009)


23. Basia BulatTall Tall Shadow (2013)


22. Kendrick LamarThe Blacker The Berry (2015)


21. AdeleSomeone Like You (2011)


20. Frank OceanPyramids (2012)


19. RobynDancing On My Own (2010)


18. Wallis BirdAn Idea About Mary (2009)


17. Florence & The MachineShake It Out (2011)


16. Kathleen EdwardsChange The Sheets (2012)


15. Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon IverMonster (2010)


14. Jon BryantDeaf (2009)


13. Lady Gaga featuring BeyoncéTelephone (2009)


12. David BowieBlackstar (2015)


11. KT TunstallMaybe It’s A Good Thing (2016)


10. Cold War KidsFirst (2014)


9. Jason Isbell & The 400 UnitIf We Were Vampires (2017)


8. Cast of Hamilton or Kelly ClarksonIt’s Quiet Uptown (2016)


7. Carly Rae JepsenRun Away With Me (2015)


6. Brandi CarlileThat Wasn’t Me (2012)


5. BeyoncéXO (2013)


4. LissieBack To Forever (2013)


3. Lady GagaThe Edge Of Glory (2011)


2. William FitzsimmonsFortune (2014)


1. Patty GriffinShine A Different Way (2015)


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