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Jan 09, 2020

2010s, BEST OF THE DECADE.

FerSP
Written by @FerSP from Fernando Sempere / 20 mins read
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Do you think that ten years go a long way? Does anyone doubt it? I say: Yes. We are going to do a quick review: we enter this decade in the middle of the dance era. It seemed that the music was ready to give us a sigh at the difficult economic situation that society was experiencing, so it sent us directly to the dance floor. Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, etc. joined forces with DJs such as Calvin Harris or David Guetta, while the great Adele oasis appeared. Leaving aside the R&B, which experienced a great period of drought, dance began to flirt with different styles of music such as pop, country or hip-hop, which was the most benefited. And, naturally, like the same evolution, this last genre, along with rap, was gaining strength, to take over the following years. The music divas left their heels in the discos to put on large gold chains and approach the slums. Among all, Miley Cyrus seemed to rise with the throne to the most disembodied. But, following the power of this genre, something began to resurface slowly, but without pause: a new wave of young talents opted for the R&B of yesteryear given the pull of hip-hop and rap. This genre, gained strength, living a slight golden age that lasts until today. But it was not only that, given the lack of novelty given by repeated bases offered by dance and hip-hop, experimentation was the order of the day. The great artists decided to redeem themselves: Rihanna launched Anti, fleeing from anything she had done so far and offering her most personal work. Following her example (or Beyoncé's with 4, as you can see), many others did, relating “personal” with “country” (#choices), giving this genre a huge role in the second half of the decade. This search for the “new me” by the female singers, accompanied by some albums that surprised how Selena Gomez's Revival offered a great movement that has flourished beautifully: the anti-pop princess. A movement that has supported the diversity of sounds, aspects and formulas and given many the power to believe in their point of view. All this has helped that in recent years we have experienced an evolution of the genres: dominated by pop and Latin, all have been molded according to the vision of each artist, adding nuances that make a genre not only that genre, is something plus. Giving wealth to the world of music. And it seems that this is not going to stop. Now more than ever technologies help to consume music in a dizzying way, so much so that it is difficult to keep track of everything that is released. It is much easier for novel artists to release their music and there will be a gap. This is why the era of legends is slowly coming to an end. It is increasingly difficult to stand out given the large number of artists willing to contribute their grain of sand. And is that ... how many songs have been released during these 10 years? How many artists have emerged? Would you be able to stay with just one song of the decade? We have lost count, but what we are sure of is without them the world would have been a worse place. Here goes our top200 of the decade.

2010.


1. Robyn - Dancing on my own
2. Kanye West ft. Pusha T - Runway
3. Eminem ft. Rihanna - Love the way you lie
4. Kanye West ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi - All of the lights
5. Janelle Monáe ft. Big Boi - Tightrope
6. Sade - Soldier of love
7. Katy Perry - Teenage dream
8. Cristal Castles - Not in love
9. Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé - Telephone
10. Adele - Rolling in the deep
11. Erykah Badu - Window seat
12. Nicki Minaj - Your love
13. B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars - Nothing on you
14. Usher ft. Will.i.am - OMG
15. Kelis - Acapella
16. Rihanna - Only girl (in the world)
17. Kane West ft. Jay-Z Rick Ross Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver - Monster
18. Cee Lo Green - Forget you
19. Shontelle - Impossible
20. Kesha - We r who we r

Without doubt the best of 2010 was the exquisite My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy of Kanye West, which was a before and after in the world of music and is for many the album of the decade. Up to three songs appear in this top20, highlighting the elegant “Runway” and “All of the lights” with collaborations and choir voices capable of giving us a heart attack. But the #1 is for Robyn and the well-known “Dancing on my own”, which has aged like good wine, becoming a hymn dear to many. We found many artists at the peak of their careers: Katy Perry with “Teenage Dream”, Kesha (at that time with the dollar sign), Lady Gaga offering one of the best visuals of the 21st century with Beyoncé, or Rihanna in her Loud era, which was culminating to become the artist she is today. This was the last year of the greats of music. From here everything would begin to change.

2011.


1. Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay - 212
2. Lana del Rey - Blue Jeans
3. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris - We found love
4. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Ni** as in Paris
5. Nicola Roberts - Dance to the beat of my drum
6. Diddy Dirty Money - Coming home
7. Lykke Li - Follow rivers
8. Beyoncé - 1 + 1
9. Kylie Minogue - Get outta my way
10. Britney Spears ft. Kesha, Nicki Minaj - Till the world ends
11. Lana del Rey - Video Games
12. Adele - Set fire to the rain
13. M83 - Midnight city
14. Drake - Headlines
15. Lady Gaga - You & I
16. Florence & the Machine - Shake it out
17. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love you like a love song
18. Kelly Rowland ft. Lil Wayne - Motivation
19. Jessie J ft. B.o.B - Prince tag
20. Bruno Mars - Grenade

In 2011 the dance genre began to lose strength, but this did not mean that its last movement was not the strongest: most of the top of 2011 is composed of songs of this genre, while we began to identify songs that made the hip -hop and rap were again the genre par excellence. Great proof of the coexistence of both genres during this year is “212”, from the rapper, and at that time the promise of music, Azealia Banks. Too bad she has decided to sink her career herself giving more importance to the fights than to her music. Rihanna launched almost by surprise one of the greatest successes of her career: “We found love”, alongside with Calvin Harris. Britney Spears joined the party until the world ended or the always elegant Kylie Minogue resurfaced with an album that featured the hit “Get outta my way”. On the other hand, hip-hop began to stand out with songs like “Ni**as in Paris”, “Coming home” or “Deadlines”. There is always time for curiosities or small oases, such as the original Nicola Roberts, Florence, Adele or Beyoncé, swimming against the tide with “1+1”. And among these oases, an ocean: Lana Del Rey appeared on the music scene.

2012.


1. M.I.A. - Bad girls
2. Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX - I love it
3. Grimes - Genesis
4. Kendrick Lamar - Swimming pools
5. Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna
6. Frank Ocean - Thinkin' Bout you
7. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith - Latch
8. Solange - Losing you
9. Sky Ferreira - Everything’s is embarrassing
10. Rihanna - Diamonds
11. Nicki Minaj - Starships
12. Usher - Climax
13. Alicia Keys ft. Beyoncé - Put in a love song
14. Calvin Harris ft. Florence & the Machine - Sweet nothing
15. Christina Aguilera - Your body
16. Stooshe - Black heart
17. Borgore ft. Miley Cyrus - Decisions
18. Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne - High school
19. Jessie Ware - Wildest moments
20. Gotye ft. Kimbra - Someone that I used to know

M.I.A. with “Bad girls”, her best song and one of the most powerful video clips of this century is the one chosen to take the gold medal in 2012. A song that united dancehall with bhangra and hip-hop that has a chorus conceived as a way of life. The anti-pop stars began to resurface (although some singers did not consider themselves as such, but instead tried to be more of a pop princess), such as Marina & The Diamonds, Solange or Sky Ferreira. Hip-hop and rap were already booming: Kendrick Lamar began earning his place in the Olympus of the genre, while the world fell in love with Frank Ocean with his original and soft sounds. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj remained the undisputed queen of that world, having no rival, and marked the same with her second album: the dance “Starships” and the aggressive “High school” demonstrated how versatile this rapper can become. The big surprises of the year: the anthem “I love it”, which is still playing at any party, or “STIUTK”, which became the bestselling song of the year, escaping any trend. Do you remember one of the great mysteries of pop? Indeed, what happened to the video clip of “Put it in a love song” by Alicia Keys and Beyoncé? How to forget that song?

2013.


1. Janelle Monáe ft. Erykah Badu - Q.U.E.E.N.
2. Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams - Get lucky
3. Drake –Hold on, we're going home
4. Ciara - Body party
5. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
6. Beyoncé - Partition
7. Miley Cyrus - We can’t stop
8. Iggy Azalea - Work
9. A$ap Rocky - Fashion killa
10. Lorde - Team
11. Lilly Allen - Hard out here
12. Sky Ferreira - Blame myself
13. Lady Gaga - Do what you want
14. Robin Thicke ft. T.I., Pharrell Williams - Blurred lines
15. Haze - Echelon
16. Coldplay ft. Rihanna - Princess of China
17. Natalia Kills - Saturday night
18. Beyoncé ft. Drake - Mine
19. Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake - Holy grail
20. Mariah Carey ft. Miguel - #beautiful

This was one of the great years of hip-hop: Drake with the wonderful (and R&B) “Hold on, we're going home”, A$ap Rocky (practically with all his Long. Live. ASAP) or Jay Z took over the charts. Young promises for this genre also appeared, for example, Iggy Azalea or Haze. But not only them, the women decided to flirt with the genre: Beyoncé, who surprised the world with a visual album, became more sensual and aggressive than ever (and this would continue to rise), Lilly Allen also pointed to fashion and, above all, Miley Cyrus was crowned as the queen of this style with her album Bangerz. But not everything was hip-hop: the funk also lived a good year. Our No. 1, “Q.U.E.E.N.” by the lovely Janelle Monáe was a song that brought together this genre with great mastery, with R&B (marked by Erykah Badu) and exploded with a final rap. It was also the year of Pharrell Williams, who participated in a series of songs, such as “Get Lucky” or “Blurred lines” to which he provided his personal hip-hop, disco-funk sound. A very young Lorde also revolutionized the landscape with “Royals” and “Team”. Finally, the R&B breeze was beginning to gain strength: “Body party” meant the resurgence of Ciara. This year was one of the best of the decade.

2014.


1. FKA Twigs - Two weeks
2. Sia - Chandelier
3. Kendrick Lamar - i
4. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy
5. Future Island - Seasons (waiting on you)
6. Sam Smith - I'm not the only one
7. Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather be
8. Tinashe - Bet
9. Nicki Minaj - Anaconda
10. Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj - Flawless (Remix)
11. Lana Del Rey - Brooklyn baby
12. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown funk
13. Taylor Swift - Blank Space
14. Nicki Minaj - Grand piano
15. DJ Snake, Lil Jon - Turn down for what
16. Tove Lo - Habits
17. Azealia Banks - Chasing times
18. Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem
19. Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Tyga - Loyal
20. GRL - Ugly heart

2014 meant a decrease in terms of current trends, which, although they continued (and will continue, since from here everything is a big medley) being at the top, they began to lose strength. Experimentation and anti-pop princesses came on the scene strongly: FKA Twigs, emerged as an original being able to surprise many. Her LP1, where “Two weeks” stands out, where she mixes electronic and R&B broadly, was a warning of what was to come. Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea achieved worldwide success this year, and under them, others such as Tinashe, or Tove Lo appeared. Sia, who until then had achieved success thanks to collaborations with DJs, launched alone. “Chandelier” was a before and after in her career, iconic video included. Equally iconic was “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj. Why does “Grand piano” appear on the list? Because I never thought a rap song could thrill me.

2015.


1. Grimes - Flesh without blood
2. Drake - Hotline Bling
3. Kelela - Rewind
4. The Weeknd - In the night
5. Ciara - Dance like we’re making love
6. Selena Gomez - Me & the rhythm
7. Rihanna - Bitch better have my money
8. Sufjan Stevens - Should have known better
9. Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MO - Lean on
10. Kendrick Lamar - Alright
11. Empress of - Standard
12. Lana del Rey - Salvatore
13. Fleur East - Sax
14. Years & Years - Shine
15. Carly Rae Jepsen - My type
16. Kali Uchis – Ridin’ round
17. Ariana Grande - One last time
18. Alessia Cara - Here
19. A$ap Rocky - L$D (LOVE x $EX x DREAMS)
20. Justin Bieber - Sorry

In the middle of the decade everything had changed a lot: the great artists began to reinvent themselves and bring new sounds so as not to become obsolete in the face of the great wave of new artists and genres that emerged. Grimes, who had been surprising us for years, stands with No. 1 with “Flesh without blood”, also with one of the best videos of the year. Although for video clip of the year… Rihanna's “BBHMM”, the best of her entire career; or that of “In the night” in the purest style of the B series movie. Selena Gomez was the example of maturity with her album “Revival”, which brought a new and achieved sound to the singer, who in an elegant way got rid of her Disney facet. The great success of the year was for Major Lazer with “Lean on”, and Kendrick Lamar signed the best song of his entire discography with “Alright”. Unfortunately, one hit wonder, Fleur East released one of the best pop songs of the decade: “Sax”; while other anti-pop princesses appeared to the general public: Kali Uchis and Alessia Cara.

2016.


1. Beyoncé - Formation
2. Solange - Cranes in the sky
3. Rihanna ft. Drake - Work
4. Blood Orange - Best to you
5. Ariana Grande - Into you
6. Frank Ocean - pink + white
7. Rihanna - Kiss it better
8. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk - Feel it coming
9. Drake - One dance
10. Lizzo - Good as hell
11. Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez - We don’t talk anymore
12. The xx - On hold
13. Flume ft. Kai - Never be like you
14. Allie X ft. VERITÉ - Casanova
15. Tove Lo - True disaster
16. Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign - Work from home
17. KAYTRANADA ft. Anderson .Paak - Glowed up
18. Alicia Keys - In common
19. Rihanna - Higher
20. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane - Black Beatles

And finally, it arrived. 2016 was an explosion signed by two names: Beyoncé and Rihanna. Queen B surprised the world again with Lemonade, an album that explained the process the singer experienced to assimilate her husband's infidelities. Accompanied by a visual project, we highlight “Formation”: aggressive, political and even trap. Video clip of the year too. For her part, Riri, who used to have us an album per year, offered a project that nobody expected. It was the biggest grower of the decade, and the best of the singer to date. This would open a trend in all singers, to redeem and experiment with new facets. We highlight three songs: the successful “Work”, the elegant “Kiss it better”, and Anti’s rough diamond: “Higher”. Already for this year, we should have paid more attention to Lizzo with her “Good as hell”, which is triumphing now. R&B and soft hip-hop were already in full trend: Blood Orange, Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Solange and even Drake opted for this genre. In 2016 the R&B resurfaced again.

2017.


1. Lorde - Green light
2. Charli XCX - Boys
3. Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean, Migos - Slide
4. Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
5. Amber Mark - Lose my cool
6. J. Balvin, Willy William ft. Beyoncé - Mi Gente
7. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - Havana
8. Dua Lipa - New rules
9. Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
10. SZA ft. Travis Scot - Love Galore
11. Paloma Faith - Crybaby
12. Drake - Passionfruit
13. Jorja Smith x Preditah - On my mind
14. Rita Ora - Anywhere
15. Brooke Candy - Volcano
16. Lana del Rey ft. The Weeknd - Lust for life
17. Banks - Underdog
18. Sigrid - Strangers
19. Frank Ocean - Chanel
20. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

2017 was the year chosen for Lorde to release her second album, the litmus test for any singer. Although it was not a commercial success, Melodrama was critically acclaimed. A handful of beautiful songs formed this project that moved between pop and electropop. Highlights the first single, “Green light”, alongside “The Louvre” and “Liability”. Charli XCX takes second place with the soft and warm “Boys”, while the top3 for the union between dance and hip-hop offered by Calvin Harris, Migos and Frank Ocean (which reappears with “Chanel”). Drake and Kendrick Lamar reappear on the list (I am realizing that they have released a lot of material during these ten years). Although, without a doubt, this was the culminating year for all those artists who were betting hard on their vision: Amber Mark, SZA, Brooke Candy, Banks, Sigrid, Jorja Smith or the one that would become one of the lush flowers of this garden: Dua Lipa with “New Rules”. Rita Ora got back to the game with the phenomenal “Anywhere” and Camila Cabello made “Havana” the success of the next year. The Latin rhythm was beginning to come out. Finally, we are discovering one of the phenomena of recent years, okurrrrrrrrrr.

2018.


1. Cardi B - Be careful
2. Toni Braxton - Long as I live
3. Robyn - Honey
4. SOPHIE - It’s okay to cry
5. Ariana Grande - Thank u, next
6. Kendrick Lamar, SZA - All the stars
7. Rosalia - Pienso en tu mirá
8. Childish Gambino - This is America
9. Troye Sivan - My my my
10. Nao - Love supreme
11. Drake - In my feelings
12. Kacy Musgraves - High horse
13. The Carters - Apeshit
14. Janelle Monáe - Make me feel
15. Kali Uchis - Dead to me
16. Kim Petras - Heart to break
17. Ella Mai - Boo'd up
18. Christine & The Queens - Don’t matter
19. Khalid ft. Normani - Love lies
20. Amber Mark - Love me right

That's right, Hurricane Cardi B swept through all of 2018. Everyone (except Nicki Minaj) loved her personality and music and her Invasion of Privacy album was a success. “Be careful” is undoubtedly the best song of this year. Toni Braxton released a delicious and sad album of R&B rhythms, and it was also the year of Robyn's long-awaited come back, of which “Honey” stands out. This was a year where everything began to be worth, and the genres began to evolve and grow. Artists like SOPHIE, Nao, Kacy Musgraves or Troye Sivan offered their point of view to music. Rosalía began to attract attention outside Spain, and Ariana Grande became the greatest exponent of pop with her “Thank u, next” (btw, video of the year). Although the best pop song was signed by our dear Kim Petras with “Heart to break”.

2019.


1. Charli XCX ft. Christine and The Queens - Gone
2. Lana del Rey - The Greatest
3. FKA Twigs - Cellophane
4. Lizzo - Juice
5. Joy Crookes - Since I left you (demo)
6. Carly Rae Jepsen - Want you in my room
7. Billie Eilish - bad guy
8. Sam Smith, Normani - Dancing with a stranger
9. Grimes & i_o - Violence
10. The Weeknd - Blinding lights
11. Mark Ronson ft. Lykke Li - Late night feelings
12. Harry Styles - Lights up
13. Claire Laffut ft. Yseult - Nudes
14. Tinashe ft. Ms. Banks - Die a little bit
15. Mabel - Don’t call me up
16. Clairo - Bags
17. Teyana Taylor ft. King Combs - How do you want it? (HYWI?)
18. Tyler, The Creator ft. Playboi Carti, Charlie Wilson & Jessy Wilson - EARFQUAKE
19. Tove Lo Ft. Kylie Minogue - Really don’t like u
20. Yuna, Little Simz - Pink youth

And the top of this year: an explosion of sounds, nuances and shapes. Charli XCX has achieved the best song of her entire career with the explosive “Gone”. On the other hand, Lana has achieved the best album of her career with Norman Fucking Rockwell! of which “The Greatest” stands out. FKA Twigs with “Cellophane” (best video of the year), the fireproof Lizzo and a #mustlisten, Joy Crookes, complete the top5. Mabel is willing to conquer the charts, and she made us dance with “Don’t call me up”, while the absolute victory was for Billie Eilish. Along with Joy Crookes, little jewels are presented here: Clairo with “Bags”, Yuna and Claire Laffut get confused between big names like Tyler, The Creator, Teyana Taylor, Mark Ronson, Grimes or Sam Smith. The end of the decade ends without spikes, all in harmony and each singer getting the place it deserves.