Top 10 Songs of the Decade


Michelle Nguyen

Staff writer Aidan Trejo decided to look back on the top songs of the 2010 decade. These are not necessarily his favorite songs, but the ones he views as the most influential. Illustrations by Michelle Nguyen, Carol Chen, Rebecca Newman.

1. Runaway – Kanye West

“Runaway”- The self proclaimed god and best artist of his generation outdid himself with his 2010 album, “My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy”. This album had one of the best opening weeks of any album this decade selling 500,000 units. From the initial sound of the first key in this song it catches your attention. The instrumental is absolutely beautiful and Kanye delivers a great verse for the song.

2. Erase Me – Kid Cude ft. Kanye West

“Erase Me” – Kanye has many prodigies but none of them may be as successful as Kid Cudi. He is known best for the therapeutic humming he has on his tracks and for how outspoken he is on mental health. 

3. Gangnam Style – PSY

“Gangnam Style”- In recent years, K-pop has exploded in popularity in the States. But before there was BTS or EXO, there was Psy. It is absolutely crazy to think about how big this song was, it has been streamed over 3.3 billion times on YouTube alone.

4. Bad and Boujee – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

“Bad and Boujee”- When the biggest rap group this decade teams up with one of the most popular rappers of the last five years, it is almost guaranteed to be a hit. This song performed well on the billboard chart and received praise from other artists such as Donald Glover. The Migos and Lil Uzi Vert did an incredible job with this collab.

5. Love Sosa – Chief Keef

“Love Sosa” – Toward the end of the decade those who listened to rap music began to notice a trend that is now known as mumble rap begin to develop. Some love it, some cannot stand it but regardless this 2012 single from Chief Keef had a large impact on the rest of this decade for rappers. The intro alone is good enough to be on the list, the rest of the song is a bonus. 

6. Tongue Tied – Grouplove

“Tongue Tied” – No matter what kind of music you prefer to listen to, “Tongue Tied” is always a fun song. Inspired for the soundtrack for “Wadjda”, at its peak you could turn on almost any radio station and there was a 50 percent chance you could hear this song. The upbeat sound combined with the somewhat sad lyrics make it a great karaoke song and one of the best songs of this generation.

7. Senior Skip Day – Mac Miller

“Senior Skip Day” – In this song, Mac Miller raps about his senior year of school, or lack of school. This song will always be a classic because of how relatable and upbeat song is. Anyone who has lived through senior year can relate to the lyrics about sleeping in and missing school.

8. Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa

“Black and Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa has seen huge success this decade after releasing his debut album, “Rolling Papers”, in 2010. His hit single Black and Yellow was a catchy song with great rhythm that allowed him to get mainstream for the first time in his career.

9. Thrift Shop – Macklemore

“Thrift Shop” – In 2012 when Macklemore dressed up in a ridiculous leopard mink, it did not seem as this song would be as huge as it would be. It took this song over six months to gain much popularity, but when it did it was huge. This song also has a pretty funny line about R. Kelly which many of us in high school probably missed when this song was big.

10. Call Me Maybe

Call me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2011 hit single was a huge success by all standards. With the help of a viral dance Jepsen had major success with this song. Although Jepsen may be considered a one hit wonder, this song was a fun song to listen to on your way to elementary school.