The beginning of the 2010’s saw the rise of skinny jeans, hair poofs, hair feathers, Facebook, and pop music. A large majority of what we heard on the radio was pop and genres like rock seemed to be in jeopardy. Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga dominated the charts and had elaborate music videos to accompany their hit songs. YouTube made it easier to watch the videos on repeat and we didn’t have to worry about missing our favorite video on TRL. Speaking of Lady Gaga, 2010 was the year of the meat dress. “Kesha’s “Tik Tok” was the biggest song of 2010, documenting the switch to music being about the beat and using auto tune, EDM, and DJ’s being featured on tracks.
During this decade, boy bands and girl groups made a revival when One Direction, Fifth Harmony, and Little Mix were all born from The X Factor. Taylor Swift started her switch to pop from country and released her album 1989 in 2014 which is still being played on the radio today. Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Drake all rose to fame in the beginning of this decade and haven’t stopped releasing hit after hit.
The rise of mixing music genres began in the 2010’s when songs like “Love the Way You Lie,” “E.T.,” and “Airplanes” featured a mix of pop and rap in one song. This trend is still big in the music industry and we almost expect rappers to be featured on pop songs.
With all of the changes in the music industry, this decade has brought us many hit songs and new artists. Do you think you know the top hits of this decade and can finish the lyric? Take this quiz and test your music knowledge!
1"I'm too hot, make ____ wanna retire, man"
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" features Bruno Mars and was the number one single of 2015 and was on Ronson's fourth studio album. "Locked out of Heaven" and "Gorilla" were two other singles that this duo worked on together. The song won a Grammy for Record of the Year and is currently the fifth most viewed video on Youtube with 2.5 billion views. According to Billboard Magazine, this is the biggest song of the 2010's. Can you finish the lyrics to this song?
2"It don't run in our blood, that kind of ____ just ain't for us."
When "Royals" was released, Lorde was only sixteen and wrote the song a year before, making her the youngest artist to have a single at number one since 1987. This song was this New Zealand singer's debut single off of her album Pure Heroin and only took her a half an hour to write. When writing, Lorde took inspiration from hip-hop artists that had songs that say you need certain things to be considered cool like high-end watches and alcohol. Can you finish the lyric?
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