Top Songs of the Decade

1. “Shallow” – Lady Gaga: This beautiful song made its debut in the award-winning film a Star is Born. Being the highlight of the soundtrack, the melody won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and therefore cementing the number one spot. The movie itself delivered a powerful reimagining of the classic and moved many hearts with its music.

2. “All of Me” – John Legend: John Legend released this single in 2013, a true testament of love to his wife. Being the top love song of that year, and winning the Billboard Music Award for Top Radio Song in 2015 it settles in place at number two. Even after six years, the ballad still brings many to sing.

3. “Despacito” – Justin Bieber, Luis Rodriguez: After a two year break, Justin Bieber released Despacito with Luis Rodriguez and it was immediately a hit. While mainly a Spanish song, many people learned the tune and it was frequently played on the radio, at least twice in an hour. Given the artist’s comeback and the amount of popularity, its place at number three.

4. “Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars: Bruno Mars’ 2010 first solo single allowed him to top Billboard single charts and the album later released, Do-Woops and Hooligans, made No. 3 on Billboard Albums. The melody is one that describes one’s beauty in a way to encourage you to respect yourself. This message and the quick race to the top of the charts set it in fourth place.

5. “Thank u, next” – Ariana Grande: At number five, Ariana Grande delivers a song with the message of loving herself first. Girl empowerment shines through in the lyrics. Many fans picked up the sassy tune and even those neutral to Grande’s music turned in favor of the song.

6. “Stitches” – Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes made his debut with his album Handwritten, but Stitches was the song that got  him to shine. Since 2015, the artist has released two more albums all growing in fame. However, its due to the first album and single that gave him his start, setting it at the sixth spot.

7. “Shut up and Dance” – Walk The Moon: Walk the Moon’s biggest audience reach began when their album Talking is Hard was released. The song most jumped to was Shut up and Dance, a spirited and electric song that made people want to, in fact, shut up and dance. Even at number seven, people still come to life at the melody.

8. “Hello” – Adele: Weeks after the song was released, whenever you heard the word Hello, your immediate reaction was ‘It’s me’. Adele released her latest album in 2015 and made a spectacular comeback since 2011. With her captivating voice and popular hits of the past, plus the overall impact of the album, Hello is set at number eight.

9: “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen: Released in 2011, Carly Rae Jepsen made an instant hit with her pop love song. It earned the Billboard Music Award for Top Pop Song and the award for Top Digital Song in 2013. As a perfect song for the boy-crazy tween, it stands at spot nine.

10: “What Makes You Beautiful” – One Direction: One Direction’s debut single was an international success, winning the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. However, after four years of making music together, the boy band broke up in 2015. Each artist went on his own to create an album but it is rumored that they will reunite next year. This debut song gave life to an enormous following and fan base in the early years of the past decade, allowing the tune to sit at number ten.

Honorable Mention:

“Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur: James Arthur received his start based off of the song Impossible but the biggest hit of his was released in 2016. Say You Won’t Let Go was, according to the artist, “ a love story that can be adapted to suit any situation someone might be going through.” The song was nominated for several awards but did not win any. As a soft and sweet melody, we gave the title an honorable mention on our list.