Looking back on a decade of music


Published at 6:31am 28th December 2019.

As we come to the end of a decade, it's time to look back at the songs that have been released since 2010.

  • We're taking a look back at the music released in the past ten years.
  • We've got the biggest sellers of the past decade, and also some of our stand out musical moments.
  • Vote below to let us know which track you like the most.

Every year, December is a time to look back at the year. This year, we're looking back at the past ten years, as we get ready to enter a new decade.

Music is a huge part of our life at Stray FM, so we're looking back at the 2010s in music releases.

Firstly, here's a run down of the top sellers from each of the years. Are there any you forgot existed? Any that are older than you thought?

Click on each song for a reminder of what they sound like.

What's your favourite track which has topped the chart of the year in the past decade?
Eminem & Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie (2010)
Adele - Someone Like You (2011)
Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know (2012)
Robin Thicke, TI & Pharrell - Blurred Lines (2013)
Pharrell Williams - Happy (2014)
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (2015)
Drake, Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (2016)
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (2017)
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss (2018)

Streaming service Spotify recently revealed their most-played songs of the decade.

Amongst other areas, it included Clean Bandit's Rather Be and Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe.

Want to relive the entire decade in three minutes? Someone called 'DJ Earworm' managed to mash up 100 songs from the past ten years into just 180 seconds...



No big event is complete without an official single. The decade started on a high with the 2010 World Cup.

There was this in 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee...

2012 was a strong year for the UK - we hosted the Olympics! And Muse provided the soundtrack for that.

2016 was a big year for football - Wales did quite well in the Euros. If you're Welsh reading this, This One's For You (sorry not sorry).

Charity singles

Over the past ten years, there have been quite a few songs released in a bid to make money for good causes.

Some of them aim to make money by being funny...

Others aim to push celebs out of their comfort zones.

We've also seen many tracks released in response to disasters in the past ten years.

In 2014, in response to the Global Ebola crisis, loads of artists collaborated as Band Aid 30, releasing the fourth version of 'Do They Know it's Christmas'...

In 2017, there were multiple national tragedies which resulted in fundraising singles being produced.

In May, in response to the Manchester Arena bombing, Ariana Grande released a cover version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as well as re-releasing One Last Time, with all proceeds going to victims and their families.

Later on, in response to the fire at Grenfell Tower which killed seventy two people, Artists for Grenfell formed, releasing a version of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.