Most decades in popular music have been defined by genres, formats or geographies, but the s can be perhaps best defined by platforms. As a result, it was a time in which music became truly global, and genres seemed to mutate and fuse. Latin and K-pop became established as major genres, EDM entered the mainstream. Hip-hop was elevated to a new level, outselling rock music for the first time, and saw subgenres like trap and SoundCloud rap acheiving mainstream success. The s was also bookended by two young female artists — Adele and Billie Eilish — who in their own way personified the present and future of popular music. Listen to all the picks on our Spotify playlist here.
In the s, technology made creating, distributing, and listening to music easier than at any previous point in history. A million modes of distribution meant you could hear those songs milliseconds after they were born. Artists started releasing music at an unprecedentedly rapid pace. The infinite scroll of social media made listeners insatiable. The result of all this was both a blessing and a curse: There was more great music out there than ever before, but it was nearly impossible to keep up. Here at Pitchfork, we sure tried. Here are our top songs of the decade. For more about how we put together this list, read this letter from our editor-in-chief Puja Patel. Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist.
Back in that golden age when we were all still able to listen to music in bars, cafes, shops, stadiums, at the gym and sometimes even at the office. DJ Scott Mills will countdown the list of "absolute bangers" - led by Adele and Bruno Mars, with three appearances each - on the station on Monday. Jeff Smith, head of music at Radio 2, added it's "packed with universally loved, sing-along pop hits that really do stand the test of time".
Billboard publishes annual lists of songs based on chart performance over the course of a year based on Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and SoundScan information. For , the list for the top Billboard Hot Year-End songs was published on December 8, calculated with data from December 5, to November 27, At the number-one position was Kesha 's " Tik Tok ", which stayed atop the Hot for nine weeks.