DECADE IN REVIEW: The top 200 songs of the 2010s

The 2010s are coming to an end, and to celebrate I’ve put together a playlist of my 200 favorite songs from the past 10 years.

If you read my 102 best albums of the decade list, you’ll notice some familiar faces on this playlist. You’ll also find some well known artists, some one hit wonders, some extremely popular tracks and some more obscure ones. There were no rules to making this list, other than the songs included had to have been released between 2010 and 2019. And the songs are in order from best to…less best (they’re all very good songs).

To view the list, scroll to the end of this article.

Or, follow this Spotify playlist for the latest updates to the list. The playlist is subject to change, although this article will not.

Here are some quick statistics from my 2010 decade playlist:

  • Songs by genre: Rock/Alternative (100); Hip-Hop/R&B (70); Pop/Electronic (30)
  • Artist by song appearance: Kendrick Lamar (10), Drake (9), Kanye West (9), The National (6), Rick Ross (5) Car Seat Headrest (5), Vampire Weekend (4), LCD Soundsystem (4), Foals (4), Jay Z (4), Bon Iver (4), Tyler, The Creator (4), Chance the Rapper (4)
  • Longest tracks: Beach Life-In-Death – Car Seat Headrest (13:19); Luminous Beings – Jon Hopkins (11:51); The Ballad of the Costa Concordia – Car Seat Headrest (11:30)
  • Shortest tracks: Gotta Have It – Kanye West, Jay Z (2:20); Shoota – Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert (2:32); New York – St. Vincent (2:34); Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors (2:37)

The top 200 songs of the decade:

  1. Alright – Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams (2015)
  2. Pyramids – Frank Ocean (2012)
  3. Devin In A New Dress – Kanye West, Rick Ross (2010)
  4. Holocene – Bon Iver (2011)
  5. I Appear Missing – Queens of the Stone Age (2013)
  6. Hanna Hunt – Vampire Weekend (2013)
  7. Runaway – Kanye West, Pusha T (2010)
  8. Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National (2010)
  9. Bodys – Car Seat Headrest (2018)
  10. Money Trees – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock (2012)
  11. Let It Happen – Tame Impala (2015)
  12. Kaputt – Destroyer (2011)
  13. Drone Bomb Me – ANOHNI (2016)
  14. Your Best American Girl – Mitski (2016)
  15. PPP – Beach House (2015)
  16. Dancing On My Own – Robyn (2010)
  17. Reflektor – Arcade Fire (2013)
  18. Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem (2010)
  19. Black Gold – Foals (2010)
  20. Midnight City – M83 (2011)
  21. Nights – Frank Ocean (2016)
  22. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire (2010)
  23. I Know – Kirk Knight, Mick Jenkins (2015)
  24. Cool Your Heart – Dirty Projectors, Dawn Richard (2017)
  25. Ribs – Lorde (2013)
  26. Cranes in the Sky – Solange (2016)
  27. Uncatena – Sylvan Esso (2014)
  28. Furthest Thing – Drake (2013)
  29. Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands (2014)
  30. Star Roving – Slowdive (2017)
  31. Realiti – Grimes (2015)
  32. Blue Blood – Foals (2010)
  33. White Noise – Disclosure, Alunageorge (2013)
  34. Monster – Kanye West, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Bon Iver (2010)
  35. Lisbon – Wolf Alice (2015)
  36. Depreston – Courtney Barnett (2015)
  37. I Need You – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (2016)
  38. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales – Car Seat Headrest (2016)
  39. The Look – Metronomy (2011)
  40. Light Years – The National (2019)
  41. Jump Off The Roof – Vince Staples, Snoh Aalegra (2015)
  42. Never Fight A Man With A Perm – IDLES (2018)
  43. Dawn Chorus – Thom Yorke (2019)
  44. I’m On One – DJ Khaled – Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne (2011)
  45. Porno – Arcade Fire (2013)
  46. Yonkers – Tyler, The Creator (2011)
  47. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors (2012)
  48. Beach Life-In-Death – Car Seat Headrest (2017)
  49. They.Resurrect.Over.New. – Lupe Fiasco, Ab-Soul, Troi (2015)
  50. Bad Girls – M.I.A. (2012)
  51. Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar (2012)
  52. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys (2013)
  53. Queen – Perfume Genius (2014)
  54. Myth – Beach House (2012)
  55. True Love Waits – Radiohead (2016)
  56. 33″GOD” – Bon Iver (2016)
  57. Really Doe – Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt (2016)
  58. Under Ground Kings – Drake (2011)
  59. Perfect Places – Lorde (2017)
  60. Chewing Gum – Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Project Pat (2018)
  61. New York – St. Vincent (2017)
  62. Fire Escape – Foster The People (2014)
  63. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx, Young Thug, Popcaan (2015)
  64. Vincent – Car Seat Headrest (2016)
  65. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend (2013)
  66. Something To Remember Me By – The Horrors (2017)
  67. XO Tour Llif3 – Lil Uzi Vert (2017)
  68. Losing You – Solange (2012)
  69. In Undertow – Alvvays (2017)
  70. Juice – Lizzo (2019)
  71. Don’t Swallow the Cap – The National (2013)
  72. american dream – LCD Soundsystem (2017)
  73. An Ocean In Between The Waves – The War On Drugs (2014)
  74. NEVER – JID (2017)
  75. Everything Is Embarrassing – Sky Ferreira (2012)
  76. We The People… – A Tribe Called Quest (2016)
  77. Doin’ it Right – Daft Punk, Panda Bear (2013)
  78. Love It If We Made It – The 1975 (2018)
  79. Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean (2012)
  80. Pusha Man/Paranoia – Chance The Rapper (2013)
  81. Me and Your Mama – Childish Gambino (2016)
  82. Shoota – Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert (2018)
  83. Never Be Like You – Flume, Kai (2015)
  84. Two Weeks – FKA twigs (2014)
  85. Gimme All Your Love – Alabama Shakes (2015)
  86. Laura – Bat For Lashes (2012)
  87. Fourth of July – Sufjan Stevens (2015)
  88. Aston Martin Music – Rick Ross, Drake, Chrisette Michele (2010)
  89. Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae (2018)
  90. Sign of the Times – Harry Styles (2017)
  91. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People (2010)
  92. DNA. – Kendrick Lamar (2017)
  93. Ultralight Beam – Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin (2016)
  94. The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids (2012)
  95. Five Seconds – Twin Shadow (2012)
  96. Genesis – grimes (2012)
  97. Drunk II – Mannequin Pussy (2019)
  98. Gosh – Jamie xx (2015)
  99. Never Catch Me – Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar (2014)
  100. Dream Lover – Destroyer (2015)
  101. Angels – Chance The Rapper, Saba (2015)
  102. Defriended – Beck (2013)
  103. Milk & Black Spiders – Foals (2013)
  104. Calgary – Bon Iver (2011)
  105. Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) – Run The Jewels, Zack de la Rocha (2014)
  106. a lot – 21 Savage, J. Cole (2018)
  107. Coffee – Sylvan Esso (2014)
  108. Luminous Beings – Jon Hopkins (2018)
  109. Wesley’s Theory – Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, George Clinton (2015)
  110. Seventeen – Sharon Van Etten (2019)
  111. Work – Rihanna, Drake (2016)
  112. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars (2014)
  113. Stay Schemin – Rick Ross, Drake, French Montana (2012)
  114. All Night – Beyonce (2016)
  115. The Blacker The Berry – Kendrick Lamar, Assassin (2015)
  116. Give Up The Gun – Vampire Weekend (2010)
  117. Fuckin’ Problems – A$AP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar (2012)
  118. Miss Me – Drake, Lil Wayne (2010)
  119. Tightrope – Janelle Monae, Big Boi (2010)
  120. I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem (2010)
  121. NEW MAGIC WAND – Tyler, The Creator, Santigold (2019)
  122. Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend (2019)
  123. Dissolve Me – alt-J (2012)
  124. All The Heaven Allows – Mercury Girls (2016)
  125. Can’t Do Without – Caribou (2014)
  126. SISTER/NATION – BROCKHAMPTON (2017)
  127. He Would Have Laughed – Deerhunter (2010)
  128. Ullswater – Hookworms (2018)
  129. What Went Down – Foals (2015)
  130. 3005 – Childish Gambino (2013)
  131. Fall In Love – Phantogram (2014)
  132. Your Dog – Soccer Mommy (2018)
  133. Noid – Yves Tumor (2018)
  134. Wasted Days – Cloud Nothings (2012)
  135. The Balled of the Costa Concordia – Car Seat Headrest (2016)
  136. Nobody – Mitski (2018)
  137. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man – Radiohead (2016)
  138. Herb Shuttles – The Underachievers (2013)
  139. Go To Sleep – Lupe Fiasco (2010)
  140. XXX – Kendrick Lamar, U2 (2017)
  141. So Appalled – Kanye West, Jay Z, Pusha T, Cyhi The Prynce, RZA (2010)
  142. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala (2010)
  143. Lean On – Major Lazer, MO, DJ Snake (2015)
  144. raingurl – Yaeji (2017)
  145. Need You Now – Hot Chip (2015)
  146. Disparate Youth – Santigold (2012)
  147. Santeria – Pusha T (2018)
  148. Wow – Beck (2016)
  149. Gotta Have It – Jay Z, Kanye West (2011)
  150. Immaterial – Sophie (2018)
  151. Skyfall – Adele (2012)
  152. Change – J. Cole (2016)
  153. It’s Real – Real Estate (2011)
  154. fallen alien – FKA twigs (2019)
  155. I Should Live in Salt – The National (2013)
  156. Best to You – Blood Orange, Empress Of (2016)
  157. SICKO MODE – Travis Scott, Drake (2018)
  158. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen (2015)
  159. Devastated – Joey Bada$$ (2016)
  160. Pills – St. Vincent (2017)
  161. Nothing To Find – The War On Drugs (2017)
  162. call the police – LCD Soundsystem (2017)
  163. Studio – ScHoolboy Q, BJ The Chicago Kid (2014)
  164. Huarache Lights – Hot Chip (2015)
  165. West Coast – Lana Del Rey (2014)
  166. Mile High – James Blake, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin (2019)
  167. Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz (2012)
  168. Skrawberries – JID, BJ The Chicago Kid (2018)
  169. If I Had a Tail – Queens of the Stone Age (2013)
  170. Moaning Lisa Smile – Wolf Alice (2014)
  171. All We Got – Chance The Rapper, Kanye West (2016)
  172. Niggas In Paris – Jay Z, Kanye West (2011)
  173. EARFQUAKE – Tyler, The Creator, Playboi Carti (2019)
  174. Nobody Speak – DJ Shadow, Run The Jewels (2016)
  175. Man Of The Year – ScHoolboy Q (2013)
  176. Burn the Witch – Radiohead (2016)
  177. Sam (Is Dead) – Odd Future, Domo Genesis, Tyler, The Creator(2012)
  178. Guilty Party – The National (2017)
  179. Archie, Marry Me – Alvvays (2014)
  180. bad guy – Billie Eilish (2019)
  181. Machu Picchi – The Strokes (2011)
  182. Ask Yourself – Foster The People (2014)
  183. BUSY/SIRENS – Saba, theMIND (2018)
  184. Style – Taylor Swift (2014)
  185. Speed The Collapse – Metric (2012)
  186. Choose Me -James Blake (2016)
  187. Redbone – Childish Gambino (2016)
  188. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks – The National (2010)
  189. The Body Is a Blade – Japanese Breakfast (2017)
  190. Peso – A$AP Rocky (2011)
  191. All The Rage Back Home – Interpol (2014)
  192. Round And Round – Ariel Pink (2010)
  193. Dum Surfer – King Krule (2017)
  194. Hologram – The Horrors (2017)
  195. A Christmas Fucking Miracle – Run The Jewels (2013)
  196. Mr. Rager – Kid Cudi (2010)
  197. Where Are You Now – Mumford & Sons (2012)
  198. I’m Not Part of Me – Cloud Nothing (2014)
  199. Tighten Up – The Black Keys (2010)
  200. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (2014)

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