With the 2010s coming to a close it is my job here at DOL to reminiscence about the decade that was. A few weeks ago I lead off the series with baseball. The 2nd installment of the #DOL2010sCloseout is on the songs of the 2010s.
Music is on my Mount Rushmore of the best things about being alive, along with love (all forms), tree and the feeling after your team wins a championship (12 times so far)
Music is one of the most public, yet private things that most of us experience on a daily basis. Unless you're deaf or a freak-show you likely listen to music. We all have our favorites. It is literally the soundtrack of our lives. There's songs I've been listening to for over 20 years that were already over 20 years old when I was born.
We all have different ways were learn and remember things, for me music is a huge piece of history and how I process time. The two are forever intertwined. When you say "Good Charlotte" I am brought back to 5th grade in my brain, watching the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous music video on a 13 inch white TV with a VCR built in from mere inches away in my grandparent's kitchen.
"Single Ladies" by Beyonce, despite my apathy towards her, will always have a special place in my heart from the memories it brings from my Junior year of high school. I go back to where I was, what I was doing, who I was with, what I(we) was (were) dealing with when said song came into my life. There is an immense emotional connection between music and experience. We all hear music. but one song can have 30 different meanings to 30 different people.
As I mature with DOL, so do my tastes and views on art. Even though I do it all the time, how can somebody say one song from a completely different genre is better than another? It's like saying Charles Barkley was better than Jason Varitek. Yeah he was, but how do you really compare the two? For years I have tried to stay true to myself here, but of course the influence of others seeps in. Sometimes on list blogs there may a pander here or there.
I can promise you none of that will be present here and going forward. This is my list of 210 (and then some) songs from the 2010s that I LOVE. Many may be the big hits you're expecting, but a lot of this is going to be weird shit that I like and want to share with the world (18 readers). Lots of less popular songs by artists that dominated the decade that I just personally enjoy more than the mega hits. Also included: some mega hits.
2010 songs would've taken me another decade, so I chopped off a zero and went with 210 (and then some). It's gonna be a doozy, if you don't wanna read the playlists are on Apple Music and will be linked to the blog before I even get started. The years are a loose guideline. I tried to go with date released if it was a single and album date if it was a deep track. This is not carved in stone and although I am a stickler for years, in some cases there is a debate to be had. There is no significance to the order of any of these songs. Only ranking will be in my top 30 and tbh I'm still debating ranking the entire 30. Might just do 10 and honorable mentions.
First installment here we go..
Oh 2010, a year of many significant life markers for the boy. It doesn't seem too long ago. I graduated high school, lost my v card, started college and did edibles for the first time. It was a great year! At this point in my life my tastes were much more mainstream, which is to be expected at this age. A lot of stuff here I've retroactively loved. I'd say my tastes were more diverse genre wise from listening to "pop radio". Originally I wasn't going to include songs that came out in late 2009, but I decided to bend my own stupid rule. This change came late, so it's not like the floodgates opened, but there's a handful of songs that came out from late 09.
"Everlasting Light" The Black Keys
Hearing this falsetto live is still one of the coolest things I've ever witnessed in person. My friends and I lost our shit. Although we saw it at the complete opposite of Coachella.....Hartford, CT.
"These Days" The Black Keys
Dan Auberbach at his most vulnerable. More off this album to come.
Like you, I only know this song from the movie Drive, but damnit this song is just cool. Sets the tone for an awesome movie if you like cars, sex, violence and complicated family dynamics.
"Senior Skip Day" Mac Miller
My first introduction to Mac Miller. Absolutely loved this song and played it non-stop then proceeded to listen to almost nothing by him until his untimely death. Shame on Dozo.
"Home For The Holidays" J. Cole
Loved bumping this freshmen year of college for my 12 minute drive home from URI.
"The MC" Wale
I remain a Giant and you Jeremy Shockey.
When I was really into rap was obsessed with Wale. Here's a brief I'm so cool I knew about him before you story; I was in this facebook sports discussion forum when I first joined in '06 (this could've happened in 07 or 08) and there was a dude from D.C. that was always talking about Wale and that's how I learned about Wale (not Whale).
"The Soup" Wale
I'd love to know how many other people feel this way but More About Nothing is my favorite mixtape of the decade. It came out the month before I started college and I feel like that's all I was listening to then.
"As We Enter" Nas & Damien Marley
I worked in a kitchen the summer going into college (and the two previous), this album must've been played 17 times.
"How I Got Over" The Roots
We also listened to this constantly in the Willows kitchen
"Power", "All of the Lights" Kanye West
"Pyro" Kings of Leon
"Come Around Sundown" wasn't nearly as commercially successful as "Only By The Night" but KOL followed up their breakout album with some classics that true fans probably like more than "Use Somebody"
"The End" Kings of Leon
I am a big Kings of Leon guy.
"The Face" Kings of Leon
When I left for Nashville in 2017 to teach their for 20 minutes I felt like I was giving up New York (writing/barstool dream) for Tennessee.
"Better Than Revenge" Taylor Swift
Keeping it in the music city, Yes Taylor Swift. I listened to this album a ton idgaf. This is a medium key a pop-punk song.
SHE THINKS I'M PYSCHO CAUSE I LIKE TO RHYME HER NAME WITH THINGS...
I see you Taylor.
"Haunted" Taylor Swift
This shit still slaps.
"Welcome to the Family", "Dangerline" Avenged Sevenfold
My OG friends remember my 8th/9th grade screen-name; AveNGeRYanfold
"Need You Now" Lady Antebellum
This song was EVERYWHERE (Michelle Branch) my senior year of high school. Country crossovers to Top 40 Radio weren't unheard of at this point, but if memory serves me right they weren't dominating just yet. I'll use this line a lot; one of those songs that most people liked (at the time) regardless of their favorite genre.
“Tik Tok” Ke$ha
I watched some Glee in high school, sue me. Key dollar sign HA is my biggest takeaway from that program. TIKTOK absolutely dominated radio and house parties alike. Too much fun.
"California Gurls" Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg
I LOVED Katy Perry at this point in my life. Had a poster of her in this video on my dorm wall.
"Misery" Maroon 5
LOVED Maroon 5 growing up.
"Bottoms Up" Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj
Synonymous with my freshmen year of college.
"Like a G6" Far East Movement ft. Cataracs and DEV
Our first one hit wonder on the countdown, but surely not the last. I think I heard this song at every party I went to my freshmen year. Still kinda fire.
Wow after some fact checking they have another top 10 hit called Rocketeer....holy shit this is a real time reaction completely forgot about that song omg....not nearly the same staying power. This is a Vanilla Ice situation all over again. Still a one hit wonder in my eyes.
"Airplanes" B.o.B. (featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore)
B.o.b. remember him? Dude was everywhere in 2010 then fell off the face of the earth. Kind of funny looking back at "Hayley Williams of Paramore" when he's the one people need a clue recognizing.
"Fuck You" Ceelo Green
A song with Fuck You in the chorus and title went number 1. That gets you forever legend status in my book.
Bonus Darryl's house version.
"Black and Yellow" Wiz Khalifa
Ironically, I forgot to add this originally because like Wiz I enjoy the sweet cheeba. Maybe the biggest song of my freshmen year of college. Could not escape it. TGOD!
"40 Day Dream" and "Home" Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros
Two beautiful songs that just make me happy. Couldn't name a third song by them for a million bucks.
"Little Lion Man", "Dust Bowl Dance" Mumford and Sons
09/10 borderline depending on how you break it down which is why I changed my own rule. We'll hear more from "Sigh No More" later. Classic Mumford sound that I fell in love with.
"Rivers and Roads" The Head and the Heart
Hope you have tissues/a dark colored sleeve.
"No Hurry", "Knee Deep", Honestly could include the entire album... Zac Brown Band
Without question my favorite "country" album of the decade. I own a physical copy somewhere.
"Mr. Rager", "Erase Me" Kid Cudi
I could break my own fake rule and include all of Man on the Moon (09) but I won't.