FEATURE: Farewell To A Decade – The Singles!

Another decade is ending so it is only right that we have a look at different media from every year since 2010. So over the next month we are going to look at films, music and other things from different years as to what I have enjoyed and reasons why! Ten years is a long time but it has gone so fast and there has been so much that has changed. Today we are going to look at singles from each year and what they mean to me.


2010 

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

 

Bad Romance played a huge part for me in 2010 because it was such a fantastic song – it was addictive, a great dance routine and just an all round amazing song. It was the year that I saw Lady Gaga perform in New York City as well and she was phenomenal. This is still by far one of the best Lady Gaga songs and music video that went with it was great as well.

 

Kesha – Take It Off

 

This was the year that I really started to like Kesha’s music, her albums were a party to listen to the whole way through and also like nothing else on the scene at the time. Kesha’s music was a complete different style compared to Katy Perry etc and it involved a lot of glitter. I really liked this song and it was really addictive.

 

Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

This song holds a dear place in my heart, especially for the fact it was released this year – I turned 21 in 2010 and i went to NYC for three months on my own to do work experience and also to travel abroad on my own. It was an amazing adventure and this song sort of summed up NYC for me and just made me happy.


2011

After Midnight: Blink-182

2011 was a huge year for me because one of my favourite bands returned after it was apparent they never really would. Neighbourhoods was a very random album because it didn’t sound like Blink-182 it felt more like Angels and Airwaves and +44 as each song felt very separate to one another. However saying that one of the best songs on the album by far was After Midnight and it is such an amazing song and I still adore it so much. I love the guitar interlude between the chorus and the verses it still feels so magical.

 

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO 

This is the year that LMFAO blew up and they were a band that you could not escape from. I worked at a summer camp this year with International Students as an Activity Leader and every week we would have a disco and the children would go wild for this song. It was catchy and it was such a great dance track that I never got bored of it.

 

Desperate Measures –  Marianas Trench

I can’t remember when or how I came across Marianas Trench but I do know that discovering this band completely changed my life. They are so musically talented and this song I will never get enough of as the song is so addictive and it something that makes me so happy. The music video narrative is amazing as well.


2012

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson

Whether you loved it, hated it or despised it, this song was everywhere in 2012 and you could not get away from it. There was dance videos that went viral, everyone wanted to film themselves dancing to it. How did it effect my year? Well, I worked as an Activity leader again in 2012 and had to teach the lyrics and a dance routine to students for a few hours a day – I liked the song but it ended up being one I hated. I like it again now.

 

Survival – Muse

It was the year of the Olympics in London and Muse were the band that were in charge of creating the official song to go with it and in true Muse form it was unique, catchy and really caught the essence of 2012. It was a really prosperous year for the UK and this song really captures this moment in time.


2013

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

We cannot talk about this year without discussing the song that went viral, caused controversy and even got sued. This song had a lot of problems from the get go but it did not make it any less catchy. This song was every where and you could not escape it but if you didn’t really pay attention to the lyrics it was ok, if you did then well, there is a lot of debate about them online so maybe you should seek them out.

 

The Phoenix- Fall Out Boy 

The return of Fall Out Boy was a fantastic thing for me as I loved their music and this time round it came with music videos that followed a narrative and whilst they are incredibly gruesome I liked the fact that they were creative in their approach. This song as you tell have had an incredible impact on me as I adore the lyrics and this website is actually named after the chorus of this song, so I have to include it!

 

Rap God – Eminem

If there is one person who is a legend of Rap then it is Eminem and 2013 was a great year for the music that he was producing. This song really highlights his rapping skills and also is a song that went into the Guinness World Records for the most songs as it had 1,560 –  that just proves the talent of this individual.

 

 

This Is Gospel – Panic! At The Disco

2013 saw the return of Panic AT the Disco and what it brought with it was one of my favourite songs of this band. This song sounds so perfect both as the original and as the stripped back piano version. I love the way the chorus is set up musically and it is a song I never get bored of. The music video that came with it was also very impressive and captured the emotion in the song through editing.

 


2014

 

Uptown Funk –  Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson 

Another year, another song that goes viral – this song really captures the essence of 2014 and it was a song that everyone wanted to make videos to. The chorus has a really addictive fast beat and it really makes you want to get up and dance. I think that is why it was so popular as a song it just made you happy and want to bop along in any shape or form.

 

The Wolfpack  – Angels & Airwaves 

The return of Angels and airwaves to music is always exciting but this album was definitely one that had a huge impact. I love all the albums but AVA but I found this album is one of their best there are so many fantastic songs on this album and the Wolfpack is one of them. The thing I adore about AVA is the fact that their music composition always seems so complex and that is what makes it also magic.

Air Guitar – McBusted

The year of the supergroup and actually this formation worked well. Mcfly and Busted have always had a lot of crossover over the years as Tom from Mcfly was originally meant to be in Busted. It’s funny how things went full circle and Mcfly acquired James and Matt to create this group. The songs and album they released were actually very good and this was the first song. I also think it was one of their best. They went on tour together and by the looks of the photos I have seen the production values looked really cool.

 


2015 

Outside – Calvin Harris 

This is one of my favourite songs by Calvin Harris and it is a song that no matter how many times that you hear it, you never get bored of it. This decade has been a great one for Calvin Harris and it has led to him being one of the biggest DJs in the world. This song I have used so many times for editing as it has a good beat and you can do some really creative things with it.

 

 

Bloodstream – Ed Sheeran 

If there is anyone that has made a huge impact on the music industry this year then it Is Ed Sheeran, he has broken records, sold out stadiums and had some of the biggest songs of the decade. Whilst I am not the biggest fan of his music, I really like this song as it is different and I like the way the music is constructed. I also like the remix of this song by Rudimental.

 

 


2016

 

Bored To Death – Blink-182

This was an important year for Blink as it was the year Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio officially became a member and released an album with the band. This song was very catchy and whilst I enjoyed it, I wasn’t a fan of the album but it did go on to be nominated for a grammy.

 

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

This was one of the catchiest songs of the year and it still makes me laugh that it was released to run alongside an animated film. This song was so feel good and you couldn’t escape it in the summer as it was one of those songs that just made you want to dance.

 


2017

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift 

In 2016 to 2017 Taylor was in the media a lot for her love life and everything about Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston. This video went viral due to all the subtle hints it related to the media having an interest in her life nad due to that it went viral, it was also a really catchy song.

 

 

Wall of Glass  – Liam Gallagher 

This was also a great year for Oasis fans because it saw Liam Gallagher return with his first lot of solo music which was just fantastic. It was welcomed with open arms and saw the release of a fantastic album as well

 


2018

High Hopes – Panic! At The Disco

This song is an important one to mention as it highlights just how far Panic have come as a band. This song has ended up breaking records in 2019 but the fact that it is so uplifting the lyrics it is really not hard to see why.


2019

Drug – Simple Creatures 

2019 saw the release of music by a new group formed by Mark Hoppus and Alex G called Simple Creatures this year they have releaed two EPs and a lot of great music. I am excited to see the future of this band. This was the first song they ever released and I was hooked from the beginning.

Drugs – Falling in Reverse

Another song called drugs but completely different in style. This was the year I discovered Falling In Reverse and became a fan of their style of rock music. This song had a really interesting electronic mix with heavy guitars which instantly made me like it. This song also features Corey Taylor from Slipknot so there is a hard music element as well.

Loner – Yunglbud

This is the year yungblud made an impression on music and it was only when I saw him live that I realised just how good he actually is. He is a very talented individual and I know he is going to keep getting bigger.

 

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