A decade in music: the 2010’s

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The 2010s are ending and we’re starting a new decade, which is something quite a few people are still processing. It seems like this decade has gone by fast, and a reason for that may be the exciting moments everyone’s shared together. Here’s a recap on some of the songs that accompanied those memorable moments in the 2010’s.

The 2010s held a different mix of genres when it comes to songs. It began with radios filled with pop music, specifically boy bands. These boy bands consisted of “X Factor” winners One Direction and rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. Since the beginning of the decade, One Direction has since split up and all members have pursued their own solo careers. 5 Seconds Of Summer, on the other hand, are still creating hits that currently still make their way in the radio from time to time. Boy bands have since evolved and now include the current hit artists BROCKHAMPTON and South Korean boy band, BTS. Music has become more diverse as the year has gone by, going from the one hit “Gangnam Style” to multiple albums produced and performed by BTS.

BROCKHAMPTON via NME.com

One Direction via npr.org

Latin artists have also had a successful decade, including Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee as they hit the Billboard 100 hits through their song “Despacito.” Camila Cabello also split from her group Fifth Harmony and started her own solo career and has recently made her song “Señorita,” a collaboration with fellow artist Shawn Mendes.

It wasn’t only pop that made a big change this decade, but there’s also been drastic moments in the hip hop industry. Big names made their debut this decade, including artists like Drake, Post Malone, Cardi B, and many more. Names weren’t only made big through major companies, but also by media sites including Soundcloud, which created the likes of Juice Wrld and Lil Peep. Hip Hop was never limited to rap, and seems to now more than ever integrate the talents of singing into the music. R&B has been made more popular with the emergence of female artsists like Janelle Monae and H.E.R.

Women have made their mark in musical history this decade, ranging from the genre of rap over to the genre of indie music. Artists like Girl in Red and Clairo have made their debut in the late 2010s, and have generated quite the following among youth. Music has not only been about big names, but also the lesser known ones including Mother Mother with their hit “Verbatim” and Jack Stauber with “Buttercup.”

Girl In Red via diymag.com

With the debut of social media site Tik Tok, music has been made even more accessible to the younger generation. On this site, you’re able to make videos using audio of songs or skits you may like. Thanks to the app, teenagers (and adults) have reconnected with multiple older artists through their songs, including Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” and Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers’ “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”

Lyrically, music has also evolved in a positive way this decade, going from the edgy, outsider point of view that the 90s and early 2000s held to uplifting and accepting lyrics from multiple big artists. BTS made their US debut with album Love Yourself, a concept in which America hadn’t much of until then. They have since made multiple albums, all of which continue with the lesson in positivity and acceptance among others regardless of identity. Other artists include The 1975, with their compelling album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, which tackles topics including politics and human nature amongst technological issues. Most songs from this decade has included the theme of making a change for the better.

The 1975 via readdork.com

Television and films have also played a big part in what people listen to. Thanks to the rise of streaming services, users are able to listen to the soundtrack of almost any television show or movie they wish. Recently, the Steven Universe movie was released, and fans of the show were more than eager to listen to the soundtrack through Spotify. The series itself already had many different songs that the viewers enjoyed listening to, and over one million Spotify users listen to them monthly. Popular artists also created songs specifically for movies or TV shows. Songs include Troye Sivan’s “Strawberries and Cigarettes”, featured in the movie Love, Simon and Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” in The Great Gatsby (2013).

As the 2020s start, we hope to evolve music farther and go through another creatively flourishing decade.