As the years go by, memories accumulate more and more, leaving us with a feeling between nostalgia and concern for the uncontrollable passage of time. In Muros de Absenta, which is what interests us here, this time only tells us one thing: it’s time to create a new playlist. This time with 1,000 songs from the years 2010-2019, featuring the biggest 2010s hits that made us dance everywhere, including summer anthems, but also lesser-known or alternative tracks that are worth revisiting.
The playlist we’ve built and are sharing here includes a total of 100 songs per year. So, if you want to listen to music from 2010, just start with the first song you see on the list. We’re talking about “It’s Complicated” by A Day To Remember, because not only are they organized chronologically, but each year is organized alphabetically to complete all the music of the 2010’s. Therefore, if you want to know where one year ends and another begins, our recommendation is to look for a point in our selection where one of the last letters of the alphabet in a band or artist’s name is followed by one of the first letters after it.
In fact, there’s a more efficient way to see how we divided our 2010s music playlist, of course, simply by following the numbers in order. As we mentioned, since each year is divided into 100 songs, all you need to do is go to the next one, 101, to move on to the next year. In any case, if you prefer to have a separate playlist for each year, know that we’re also working on new blog posts to provide you with those separate playlists.
Selection of 1000 Songs from 2010 to 2019: The Best 2010s Music
If, besides a playlist, you’re also here looking for what was being listened to in 2010 or the 2010s, we’ve created a small selection of the best songs from each year, or rather, some of the most popular and favorite songs from the 2010s. One per year, to give you an idea of the evolution that has taken place over the last 10 years.
If you lived through the beginning of the decade while in college or in the dating age, you undoubtedly associate David Guetta with your personality, as he was at his best since 2008. His music defined a bit of the sound of pop in those years, where we’d also include the Black Eyed Peas, who also started off strong.
However, we’ll see how their potency diminishes with the emergence of other symbols in 2010s songs, but also due to the growing influence of other genres like trap. Discover all of them with our list and get to know our selection from 2010s one hit wonders to 2010s pop songs and 2010s hip hop songs.
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (2010)
Talking about music in 2010 always means talking about Bruno Mars. His album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” was a massive worldwide success, with standout tracks like “Grenade”, “The Lazy Song”, “Talking To The Moon”, and this “Just The Way You Are”, which allowed the Hawaiian producer, singer, and songwriter to bring Soul and Funk back to where it rightfully belongs: musical excellence.
With a career that credits him as a composer or arranger of over 250 songs since 2008 (including “Florida’s Right Round” and Kesha), his definitive leap to stardom came 2 years later, making it clear that the best music that exists was already made somewhere between Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, so mixing the two could only result in something good.
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (2011)
For many, if they had to use a specific song to define an entire decade, “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People would be the choice. Released as a single in 2010, it belongs to the 2011 album “Torches”, where they allowed listeners’ imaginations to soar between electronic, rock, and indie-flavored pop. A perfect blend that appealed to both the hipsters of the time and the average folks without pretensions of loving themselves too much.
Marina & The Diamonds – Bubblegum Bitch (2012)
Singer Marina Diamandis, who at the end of 2018 decided to go by Marina as her artistic name, began to make waves in 2009 as Marina & The Diamonds, with the perfection that was the 2009 album “The Family Jewels”. However, her biggest hit to date is “Bubblegum Bitch”, the first single from her second album, released in 2012. “Electra Heart,” which was the title of that album, was quite the statement and seems to have influenced many other female singers in the following years, sparking a movement of protest full of personality where prominent singers rejuvenate a music scene that had been stagnant for years.
Katy Perry – Roar (2013)
But when we talk about influential and successful female singers, we can’t forget about Katy Perry, who keeps making us dance even in her commercials. The truth is that pop music of the 2010s wouldn’t be the same without her, just as it wouldn’t have been in the late 2000s. So much so that some say that “Roar” is the best female single they’ve ever heard. Followed closely by “Wide Awake”.
Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX – Fancy (2014)
So, song by song, we arrive at the year 2014 with our first collaboration. Because, just as rap became trendy in the 2000s, there were big features in 2010s music that we have to remember, no doubt. For example, the collaboration between Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea.
The former had just released her first solo album just a year before, collaborating shortly after with Icona Pop on the single “I Love It”, then following it up with another dance chart-topper, “Fancy”, in 2014. After this, her fame has spread far and wide, just like other collaborations among which we always highlight one: “Christine and the Queens”.
As for Iggy Azalea, her single was the top seller for 7 consecutive weeks, part of her first album (“Reclassified”), although it also appeared on her second album released the same year (“The New Classic”).
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (2015)
By the year 2015, trap music had already become an institution of its own, even though at that time, some still found it difficult to precisely define this subgenre that was neither rap nor soul nor dance music in the traditional sense.
Fetty Wap didn’t concern himself with all of that. He just needed to turn his hit “Trap Queen” into an anthem (perhaps even generational), not defining the genre so much as a possible personality of whoever listened to it in the year of its release.
Sia – Cheap Thrills (2016)
Singer Sia had a love affair of success with David Guetta in the past years, where a classic conflict between them arose about who was who in a relationship. In a musical sense, of course, as each claimed credit for themselves.
Then, when Sia’s ovaries grew big enough, she took matters into her own hands and released “Cheap Thrills”, surpassing anything she had done before, and we all love “Breathe Me”.
In our list, we’ve included the version where she sings alone, but if you’re a Sean Paul fan, know that there’s also a version with him doing his thing.
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (2017)
Among the standout names in 2010s music, another we can’t forget is Ed Sheeran. The British sweetheart showed, almost 6 years after “The A Team,” that he wasn’t just a flash in the pan, but that a singer-songwriter with a guitar could make fun music for everyone, as heard in “Shape Of You”.
Sean Paul & Dua Lipa – No Lie (2018)
Now we can name Sean Paul without being cut off, as in the collaboration with Sia. Here we have him featuring Dua Lipa and doing what he does best. Because, although we included “No Lie” in 2018 because that’s when it was released on the “Mad Love The Prequel” EP, the single first appeared in 2016, a year before Dua Lipa’s debut album. Internet things, YouTube singles, unforeseen hits that bring unexpected fame, etc. But let’s focus on what’s really important: it’s a great song.
Post Malone – Circles (2019)
We wrap up our selection of 2010s music and our review of the best songs from 2010 to 2019 with Post Malone, the other stylish trapper of the decade. He went from doing the main theme for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, becoming an international star with “Rockstar,” and, as if that weren’t enough, a year later he dropped “Circles,” which has nearly 2 billion streams on Spotify. Not too shabby.
(Madrid, 1987) Novelist by vocation, SEO specialist by profession. Music lover, cinephile and reading lover, but in “amateur” mode.