Over this whole decade, starting from 2010 and ending in 2019, the songs that we have listened to have changed drastically from flashy, energetic pop to reserved, depressing songs you listen to by yourself with your airpods and LED lights on the blue setting.

In 2010, the number one song for the year was TikTok by Ke$ha. This is the song that has the catchy chorus of “Don’t stop/ make it pop. DJ, blow my speakers up/ tonight, I’m-a fight, till we see the sunlight/ Tick-tock on the clock but the party don’t stop, no.”



2011’s number-one hit song had the chorus of “We could have had it all (you’re gonna wish you never had met me). Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep). You had my heart inside of your hand (you’re gonna wish you never had met me). And you played it to the beat (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).” This song is called Rolling In The Deep by Adele.


2012’s song was from the artist Gotye Featuring Kimbra and they sang Somebody That I Used To Know.

2013 starts off with Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz.

In 2014, Pharrell Williams sings the song, Happy. This chorus, “(Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof. (Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. (Because I’m happy) Clap along if you know what happiness is to you. (Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do” caught many people’s attention making it a very popular song.



2015 has the song Uptown Funk! by Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars. This song has the very catchy chorus of “I’m too hot (hot dang). Called a police and a fireman I’m too hot (hot dang). Make a dragon wanna retire man. I’m too hot (hot dang). Say my name you know who I am I’m too hot (hot dang). Am I bad ’bout that money, break it down.”

2016’s song was Love Yourself by Justin Bieber.

2017 has a number one hit song of Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran.

Drake sings God’s Plan for 2018. The chorus for his song is all about love for everyone and it states “She say, ‘Do you love me?’ I tell her, ‘Only partly.’ I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry. Fifty Dub, I even got it tatted on me. 81, they’ll bring the crashers to the party. And you know me. Turn the O2 into the O3, dog. Without 40, Oli’, there’d would be no me. Imagine if I never met the broskies. God’s plan, God’s plan.”

And for the last year of the decade, 2019 had a number one hit song of Old Town Road sung by Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. This song was very catchy because of the chorus that repeats itself a ton which is “Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road, I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more. I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road, I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more.”


12 Replies to “Songs From the 2010s – When Tik Tok Was a Song by Ke$ha”

  1. Not gonna lie, I almost forgot about some of these. Or forgot how genuinely good they were anyway. This decade has definitely seen lots of good hit songs, but unfortunately lots of very bad ones. I’m a little scared to see music is decades to come, but I guess we’ll just have to see.

  2. This was super interesting to read because I forgot about most of these songs! Overall, it was well-written and informative and I would just suggest broadening your vocabulary a little bit to sound more professional. Good Job!

  3. I cant wait to blast 2010’s hits in my car with my kids, they will learn to hate Ke$ha as much as everyone else did.

  4. This reminded me of so many good songs!! Also, I love your title, it’s crazy how everyone associates Tik Tok with the app instead of the song now. This article is a great recap of the 2010s music!!

  5. The variety of genres among these songs supports your claim that, “the songs that we have listened to have changed drastically” based on their styles. It’s crazy to see how popular these songs & artists were at one time, especially since some of them haven’t had any hits since their song hit #1!

  6. Ke$ha was basically my childhood. It is weird to think that one day when we are old, our kids and grandkids will think that our most is weird and old.

  7. Ke$ha was literally my childhood. It is weird to think that someday the music I listen to now will be old, weird and outdated

  8. I remember as a lot of these songs came out they were CONSTANTLY played on the radio. I feel like many of them got overplayed, and because of this are not as liked by people as they were when they were first released.

  9. I was near you when this article was written yet still forgot most of these songs. I guarantee I remember all the words though. I enjoy the format of your writing (easy to follow/youtube links help to connect visually to lyrics). Great job!

  10. These songs brought back some good memories. I really enjoyed reading the article and remembering some great songs, one suggestion I have is to maybe change your introduction for the article. You argued that the music people listen to changed to depressing, but the most listened to song of 2019 was an upbeat, happy one.

  11. These songs will forever be considered by our generation as “bops,” and I’m so glad you brought these bops to our attention. Hopefully future generations see these songs as “cringy” as *we do now*, but also as “cringy” as we see songs from our parents’ childhoods.

  12. A few of these songs had slipped from my memory, but it was very refreshing to reminisce and remember the past decade in terms of music. I feel like music has a way of transporting us to a specific point in our lives and reminds us of how we felt when listening to these songs, as well as bringing back memories from that time. I really enjoyed this article and will definitely be re-listening to these songs. I can’t believe this decade is coming to an end, but it is also very exciting to look forward to the future songs that will be released in the coming years.

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