Andrew from Brooklyn’s Top 100 Songs of the 2010s

Andrew from Brooklyn’s Top 100 Songs of the 2010s


RPM founder and CEO Andrew Becker, affectionately known as Andrew from Brooklyn, has taken the time to list his top 100 songs of the 2010s for your listening pleasure. Check it out!

100. Two Door Cinema Club, “Undercover Martyn” (2010)

Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn

Northern Ireland’s favorite sons Two Door Cinema Club kicked off the decade with this catchy clinic in indie pop mastery. Nearly ten years on from its release, it still sounds as fresh as if it came out yesterday.

99. A$AP Rocky & Skepta, “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” (2018)

A$AP Rocky - Praise The Lord (Da Shine) (Official Video) ft. Skepta

Two hip hop icons from opposite sides of the Atlantic came together over a GarageBand beat and made magic. New York’s A$AP Rocky and London’s Skepta blended their styles when they entered the studio together, and the synthesis worked so well that “Praise the Lord” was a transcontinental hit in 2018, dominating the airwaves in the U.S., U.K., and beyond.

98. Grimes, “Oblivion” (2012)

The Canadian ethereal pop queen wowed us with her Visions album, and for many this single remains her signature song. While her discography goes far deeper, I can’t blame anyone for loving this—especially because of its endearing video, featuring a cameo from the McGill University football team.

97. Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen” (2019)

Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen

Is there such a thing as “aunt rock?” Yes, the trope of “dad rock” is well-defined in its fist-pumping glory, but to accurately describe Sharon Van Etten’s anthemic ode to innocence lost, I think new terminology is needed. This song is exactly how I’d want a cool aunt to guide me through my turbulent adolescence, so… aunt rock. Yeah, I like the sound of that.

96. Ali Barter, “Girlie Bits” (2016)

Ali Barter - Girlie Bits [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

One of Australia’s brightest up and coming talents—of which there are many—is Melbourne punk queen Ali Barter. “Girlie Bits,” a single off her debut album A Suitable Girl, is a biting, satirical commentary that highlights the struggles women in entertainment face if they don’t fit into any particular box. Frankly, this track should be taught in schools, and here it claims its rightful place as one of the best of the decade.

95. Logic, “1-800-273-8255” (2017)

Logic - 1-800-273-8255 ft. Alessia Cara, Khalid

Logic is a lot of things to a lot of people, but I don’t think there’s any doubt about his most meaningful contribution to date. The Maryland rapper’s suicide prevention awareness anthem and its star-studded video provided solace to countless young people and were essential in the ongoing crusade to break the stigma surrounding mental health.

94. San Cisco, “Too Much Time Together” (2015)

San Cisco - 'Too Much Time Together' Official Music Video

Australian indie pop quartet San Cisco won fans at home and abroad throughout the 2010s. While their self-titled 2012 debut charted best overseas, their 2015 sophomore album Gracetown features their best work, and this beachy break-up anthem is the cream of the crop.

93. Run the Jewels, “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” (2014)

Run The Jewels - Close Your Eyes And Count To F*ck feat. Zack De La Rocha (from Run The Jewels 2)

Atlanta’s Killer Mike teamed up with New York’s El-P to form perhaps the most important independent hip hop duo of the decade. This track from their second LP Run the Jewels 2 is a fire and brimstone sermon delivered from the altar of hype. Featuring Zack de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine, it’s a must-have on any amp-up playlist.

92. Broods, “Free” (2016)

Broods - Free (Official Video)

The New Zealand brother-sister duo of Caleb and Georgia Nott have dominated the decade with their fearless synthpop, but nothing’s better than “Free,” the lead single from their second album Conscious. Georgia’s powerful vocals over Caleb’s airy production foster a sense of, well, freedom. It elevates the soul. Bravo.

91. Methyl Ethel, “Ubu” (2017)

Methyl Ethel - Ubu

In 2017, an art pop band from Perth, Australia, wrote one of the catchiest songs of the decade. “Ubu” is as infectious as it is ingenious. Its spectacular bass line pairs up with Jake Webb’s floating falsetto to produce something straight up delectable.

90. Kimbra, “Cameo Lover” (2011)

Kimbra - "Cameo Lover" [Official Music Video]

Kimbra Lee Johnson has been a true chameleon over the course of her career, taking on a different sound and visual aesthetic for each of her studio albums. But of all the gems in her catalogue, it’s this one from her debut Vows that stands out. “Cameo Lover” is such a colorful explosion of percussion, melody and emotion that to call it “in your face” would be an understatement.

89. The Courtneys, “90210” (2013)

The Courtneys - "90210" (Official Music Video)

The Vancouver trio has so far flown under the radar in terms of mainstream success, but the quality has been there. Case in point, this heart-stopping beauty from the early days in their career. It’s not part of their live set anymore, but the recording never fails to make me feel some type of way.

88. The Jezabels, “Endless Summer” (2011)

The Jezabels - Endless Summer HD OFFICIAL [UNCENSORED]

One of the best bands to come out of Sydney in the past ten years, The Jezabels stormed onto the scene in 2011 with their debut album Prisoner. Leading the charge was this epic, poignant soundtrack to sun-filled dog days. I make a point to listen to it every solstice.

87. Cold War Kids, “First” (2014)

Cold War Kids - First

California’s Cold War Kids are veterans at this point, and it’s arguable that their best song came well into their career. “First” sounds like the summation of a band that’s spent years honing its craft, squeezing a lifetime of sentiment into three short minutes.

86. Lana Del Rey, “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it” (2019)

Lana Del Rey - hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it

Some of us had written off Lana Del Rey after a few lackluster albums. But this year, she hit us in the face with Norman Fucking Rockwell, her best work since 2012’s Born to Die--further staking her claim as one of the most important artists of a generation. The album’s closing track is a song for those times when you just want to wail and a bone-shaking catharsis that you know you’ll emerge from renewed.

85. City Calm Down, “Rabbit Run” (2015)

City Calm Down - "Rabbit Run" [Official Video]

Melbourne’s premier new wave group just announced an extended hiatus, but they’ve left us a brilliant catalogue to listen to in posterity. Start with “Rabbit Run,” which is the closest thing I’ve heard in tone and quality to a Joy Division song since Ian Curtis left this plane nearly 40 years ago.

84. Alvvays, “Dreams Tonite” (2017)

Alvvays - Dreams Tonite [Official Video]

The Toronto-based group stormed onto the scene in 2014 with their self-titled debut, but it was 2017’s Antisocialites that sent them into the stratosphere. The album won the Juno award for album of the year, thanks in large part to the strength of this lead single. It sounds like you’re floating away in a dream pop cotton candy cloud, and its lyrics are strikingly poignant and tinged with the inexorable sadness that passing infatuation always holds.

83. My Chemical Romance, “Na Na Na” (2010)

My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na [Official Music Video]

While these emo kings are almost certain to come out with new music during their recently-announced reunion, for the past nine years we’ve had to subsist off Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Lucky for us, it’s filled to the brim with belters, including this unforgettable track. To quote the song: shut up and sing it with me!

82. Rüfus Dü Sol, “Innerbloom” (2015)

RÜFÜS DU SOL ●● Innerbloom (Official Video)

Rufus spent the decade slowly but surely becoming one of the world’s most beloved electronic acts. Their magnum opus is “Innerbloom,” a nine-and-a-half-minute odyssey into the depths of the human body and spirit which caps off their second album, Bloom. Listen to this, then go and listen to the What So Not remix for a little boog.

81. The War On Drugs, “Red Eyes” (2014)

The War On Drugs - "Red Eyes" (Official Audio)

The War On Drugs won over many hearts with 2014’s Lost in the Dream, an album that’s featured on plenty end of decade lists in its own right. But it’s “Red Eyes,” an unstoppable indie anthem, that stands alone as the album’s best track. It’s a big reason why War On Drugs have a reputation as one of the world’s best live acts at the moment.

80. Gang of Youths, “Let Me Down Easy” (2017)

Gang of Youths - Let Me Down Easy (Official Audio)

The Sydney-via-London rockers known as Gang of Youths have cemented themselves as the favorite group of a small but vocal contingent of music fans across the world, and songs like “Let Me Down Easy” are the reason why. Deftly arranged instrumentation alongside the loquacious yet universal poetry of Dave Le’aupepe make for a winning recipe.

79. St. Vincent, “New York” (2017)

St. Vincent - New York (Official Video)

Annie Clark wowed the music world with her 2017 triumph Masseduction, and it’s this ode to her adoptive hometown that’s worthy of this list. As a New Yorker myself, I can attest: this song gets it right.

78. Major Lazer & DJ Snake, “Lean On (ft. MØ)” (2015)

Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (feat. MØ) (Official Music Video)

Major Lazer and DJ Snake each dominated the early part of the decade in their own rights, but it was their collaboration with the Danish singer MØ that sent them into the stratosphere. You’ll hear it at parties and weddings from now until the end of time.

77. CHVRCHES, “Clearest Blue” (2015)

CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue

CHVRCHES were the band that taught me synthpop didn’t die in 1989. And not only is it alive, it absolutely slaps. The drop on this single from their sophomore album Every Open Eye is spectacular.

76. Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy” (2019)

Billie Eilish - bad guy

One of the biggest songs of the current year, “Bad Guy” took Billie Eilish from indie pop darling to the biggest star on planet earth. Its influence is undeniable, and its production is a testament to her brother Finneas’ skills as well. Lots of talent runs in that family.

75. Florence + The Machine, “Ship to Wreck” (2015)

Florence + The Machine - Ship To Wreck (The Odyssey – Chapter 4)

Kicking off her third LP How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, “Ship to Wreck” is a summation of everything that makes Florence great: sweeping strings, singability, and an otherworldly vocal performance. If you’ve ever seen her live, you know.

74. The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (2010)

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio (Official Video)

Though they may have made their careers in New York, The National have never forgotten their home state. However, they may have exaggerated a bit: it’s currently not possible to be carried there by a swarm of bees.

73. Sofi Tukker, “Drinkee” (2016)

SOFI TUKKER - Drinkee (Official Video)

Sofi Tukker are the house scene’s best contribution to the 2010s. The duo released their debut EP Soft Animals in July of 2016, and before long, “Drinkee” hit the charts. The song’s lyrics are drawn from a poem by Brazilian poet Chacal, but that’s not the point. What is the point, according to the two best friends from Brown University, is that you get lost in the music and feel moved to dance. And I do, every time.

72. Catfish and the Bottlemen, “Cocoon” (2014)

Catfish and the Bottlemen - Cocoon

They’ve released three solid albums, but it’s “Cocoon” off their debut The Balance that remains their best offering to date. Van McCann’s emotive wail of “Fuck it if they talk, fuck it if they try and get to us” in the chorus resonates louder and louder as the years go by.

71. Stormzy, “Big For Your Boots” (2017)


Grime music emerged out of East London in the early 2000s and enriched all of our lives. Much of that enrichment came from Stormzy, whose breakout hit “Big For Your Boots” introduced many to the genre and its aggressive bars over thumping beats.

70. Flume, “Rushing Back” (ft. Vera Blue) (2019)

Flume - Rushing Back feat. Vera Blue (Official Music Video)

The pioneer of a genre known as “future bass,” Australian DJ Flume has amassed hordes of devoted fans all over the world since he burst onto the electronic scene in 2012. However, it’s his latest single that stands out as his best song to date, thanks in large part to the splendid vocals from collaborator and fellow Sydneysider Vera Blue.

69. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, “If We Were Vampires” (2017)

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires

Modern country gets a bad reputation from a lot of music heads, due in large part to the formulaic nature of a lot of mainstream modern country songwriting. Those who think that there’s no good modern country have clearly not listened to Jason Isbell. This track is a masterclass in songwriting, each line smarter than the next. It grips your heart and doesn’t let go.

68. Bastille, “Pompeii” (2014)

Bastille - Pompeii (Official Music Video)

“Pompeii” may be perfectly made for commercial radio, but that doesn’t mean it’s not great. Occupying a genre filled with acts like Walk the Moon, Magic, DNCE and more, Bastille set themselves apart with a haunting vocal riff and master production. It’s an expertly crafted pop song.

67. Children Collide, “Jellylegs” (2010)

Children Collide - Jellylegs

Children Collide didn’t reach a massive audience outside of Australia, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fantastic. If you need evidence of that, just listen to “Jellylegs.” It’s got all the elements that make a modern rock song great: a killer riff, a catchy chorus, and a frenetic yet polished energy.

66. Sia, “Chandelier” (2014)

Sia - Chandelier (Official Music Video)

Sia had a lot of hits this decade, but “Chandelier” was what took her from prolific songwriter to international superstar. The video, featuring the amazingly talented Maddy Ziegler, remains a hallmark of the past decade and surely belongs in a 2010s time capsule.

65. Tame Impala, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (2012)

Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Tame Impala’s psychedelic rock revival has won the hearts of many since the band’s inception in 2008, thanks in large part to 2012’s Lonerism. Its pièce de résistance was this acid-tinged jam that sounds like it would be right at home on Yellow Submarine.

64. Robyn, “Dancing On My Own” (2010)

Robyn - Dancing On My Own (Official Video)

Robyn’s been on the scene for a quarter century at this point, with “Show Me Love” charting way back in 1997. But it was 2010’s dancefloor heartbreak anthem which cemented her legacy and which remains a club staple the world over.

63. Portugal. The Man, “Feel It Still” (2017)

Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still" (Official Video)

PTM had been around for a while without being considered a household name, but that all changed in 2017 when “Feel It Still” dropped. The song was inescapable that year, with its infectious beat and John Gourley’s charming falsetto taking over the airwaves. I still consider it one of the lone bright spots of what was a crappy year all around—let’s be real.

62. College, “A Real Hero” (2010)

College & Electric Youth - A Real Hero (Drive Original Movie Soundtrack)

The 2011 Ryan Gosling movie Drive sparked some fierce cultural debate with its dearth of dialogue and general lack of plot. But one thing almost everyone could agree on was that the soundtrack was great, particularly the main theme, a single from French electronica artist College that was released the year before. Real sweet ’80s vibes on this one.

61. Joanna Newsom, “Sapokanikan” (2015)

Joanna Newsom "Sapokanikan" (Official Video)

Joanna Newsom made some departures from her previous works with her 2015 album Divers--namely, songs that don’t last longer than 7 minutes. But brevity was not a constraint for one of this century’s most original artists: “Sapokanikan” remains as rich with historical references and unconventional melodies as any of Joanna’s 10-plus minute odysseys.

60. Purity Ring, “Fineshrine” (2012)

Purity Ring - Fineshrine

Edmonton, Canada might be home to a hockey team that hasn’t been able to get anything right since the ’80s, but it’s also home to one of the world’s finest synthpop acts in Purity Ring. “Fineshrine,” taken from their debut record Shrines, is a spine-tingling, euphoria-inducing ballad that honestly makes the perfect soundtrack for the rapture—meaning it would have been right on time if that whole 2012 thing actually happened.

59. The Strokes, “Under Cover of Darkness” (2011)

The Strokes - Under Cover of Darkness (Official Music Video)

A decade after their hugely influential 2001 debut, Is This It?, the kings of New York’s indie rock revival released another killer album in Angles, which included this track, their best song since said 2001 debut. This song was built for the indie disco, and I can attest that every time it comes on I feel a deep sense of release through my flailing dance moves.

58. Julia Jacklin, “Don’t Let the Kids Win” (2016)

Julia Jacklin - Don't Let The Kids Win (Official Video)

Hailing from Australia’s Blue Mountains, Julia Jacklin possesses a rare combination of ethereal beauty in her vocals with deep hurt and resonance in her poetry. Everything she’s done over her two studio albums has been gold, but nothing more so than the title track off her debut record. This song is so beautiful that it hurts to listen to.

57. Don Omar & Lucenzo, “Danza Kuduro” (2010)

Don Omar - Danza Kuduro ft. Lucenzo

The style of traditional Angolan music known as kuduro achieved worldwide fame in 2010, when Puerto Rico’s Don Omar and Portugal’s Lucenzo collaborated on this bi-lingual megahit. However, New York Mets fans like myself might remember it best as Jeurys Familia’s entrance music during the 2015 World Series run… and also hope to leave their Familia memories behind in 2015.

56. Wolf Alice, “Blush” (2013)

Wolf Alice - Blush

The North London rockers have a rare ability to craft some of the most angry, energetic, “fuck you” music in the world, while also writing some of the softest, sweetest ballads. “Blush” is one of the latter, and it helped them launch a career that’s seen two stellar albums with a third hopefully on its way. I can’t wait to see what’s next for them in the 2020s.

55. DMA’s, “Delete” (2014)

DMA'S - Delete (Official Video)

Sydney’s DMA’s have brought back a 1990s Britpop sound, but they’re not a Manchester tribute act by any means. They’ve got some amazing songwriting chops. “Delete” was the single from their first EP, which kicked off their career. It always makes for a highlight of any festival they’re playing at when the entire crowd sings along in unison. Goosebumps!

54. Big Scary, “The Opposite of Us” (2016)

Big Scary - The Opposite of Us (Animal LP | 2016)

Melbourne’s Big Scary released one of the best albums of the decade in 2016’s Animal. A concept album in four parts, this track features on the third stage, known as “Resting.” And you best believe it’s as soothing and reinvigorating as that title suggests.

53. Vampire Weekend, “Step” (2013)

Vampire Weekend - Step (Official Lyrics Video)

Vampire Weekend gained a lot of new fans but lost yours truly with their 2010 effort Contra. Then when they released 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, they won me back—largely on the strength of this charming, unconventional tune that namechecks underheralded cities such as Mechanicsburg, Anchorage, and Dar es Salaam. Gotta love Dar es Salaam getting its due.

52. Ball Park Music, “Exactly How You Are” (2017)

Ball Park Music - Exactly How You Are

When Brisbane’s favorite sons and daughter, Ball Park Music, dropped the first single from their fifth album Good Mood, it was immediately clear they had done something great. It’s what every insecure, anxiety-ridden young person needs to hear: that they’re okay, and loved, as who they are. And with anxiety riding high during one of the most turbulent years in recent memory, we welcomed it with open arms. Man, I love this track.

51. Ed Sheeran, “The A Team” (2010)

Ed Sheeran - The A Team [Official Video]

You may have grown tired of hearing him on the radio at this point after the overexposure of songs like “Shape of You,” “Perfect,” and “Thinking Out Loud.” But when Ed Sheeran burst onto the scene at the start of this decade, don’t deny that you loved “The A Team.” It was off the strength of that song that Ed built a massive career for himself, so to exclude it from this list would be impossible.

50. Paramore, “Hard Times” (2017)

Paramore: Hard Times [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Paramore’s After Laughter remains one of the most interesting stylistic departures of any album of the 2010s. The kings and queens of late 2000s alternative emo fought a lot of turbulence in the middle parts of the 2010s to release this triumphant record, and “Hard Times” is sort of the theme of it all: tough shit will happen, but that’s okay; we’ll get through it with some sound and some color and hopefully be the better for it.

49. Future Islands, “Seasons (Waiting On You)” (2014)

Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You) (Official Video)

Baltimore, Maryland’s Future Islands stole our hearts back in 2014 with this sad, sensitive single and accompanying Letterman performance. This track ages like a fine wine, and I reckon it’s even better now than it was when it was released.

48. Childish Gambino, “This Is America” (2018)

Childish Gambino - This Is America (Official Video)

If this were a list of the best music videos of the decade, there’s no doubt that this would be number one. The song alone though is still a poignant interrogation of a country that many feel is broken. “This Is America” was Gambino’s call to action to help fix it.

47. Alt-J, “Breezeblocks” (2012)

alt-J (∆) Breezeblocks

The trio that formed out of the dormitories at Leeds University became indie darlings in 2012 with their debut album An Awesome Wave, led by their trademark single “Breezeblocks.” It remains the most essential Alt-J song… outside of this one, of course.

46. Middle Kids, “Edge of Town” (2016)

Middle Kids - Edge of Town

Middle Kids are growing their global audience by the day, thanks to Hannah Cameron’s spectacular vocal ability and the band’s ability to pump out catchy, emotional rock songs like no one’s business. “Edge of Town” was their breakout hit, and remains the highlight of their live set.

45. Angus & Julia Stone, “Big Jet Plane” (2010)

Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane [Official Music Video]

The brother-sister duo of Angus and Julia Stone kicked off the decade right with their album Down the Way, featuring this A1 single that oozes intimacy like a geyser oozes magma. Is that what geysers do? I’m a novice when it comes to geothermal activity. Either way, it’s great.

44. FKA Twigs, “Cellophane” (2019)

FKA twigs - Cellophane

She kept us waiting for half the decade for the followup to 2014’s LP1. But when she announced Magdalene earlier this year with the drop of “Cellophane,” it was clear that it would be worth the wait. This should be on the shortlist for best vocal performance of the 2010s, easy.

43. Mitski, “Your Best American Girl” (2016)

Mitski - Your Best American Girl (Official Video)

I’m an avowed fan of the loud, epic, indie anthems, and this song fits that category to a T. Off Puberty 2, it’s the song that defines not only Mitski’s career but an entire generation of young Americans, and I think that’s beautiful.

42. Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (2015)

Kendrick Lamar - Alright

Kendrick Lamar is the preeminent rapper of this generation. His 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly is widely recognized as one of the greatest rap albums of all time, and nothing encapsulates its musical themes of jazz with its lyrical themes of healing and resistance better than “Alright.” It’s one of those songs you want to put in a time capsule as a snapshot of the world as we knew it at the time.

41. CHVRCHES, “The Mother We Share” (2012)

CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share

This was the song that launched CHVRCHES’ careers, inspiring a wave of other artists in their wake. I credit CHVRCHES not only with bringing the sound of the ’80s back into the mainstream, but for advancing it into a new stratosphere. God bless ’em.

40. Angie McMahon, “Slow Mover” (2017)

Angie McMahon | "Slow Mover"

I often wonder if Angie McMahon knew what she had with her debut single before it was released. Did she expect as many people to connect with it as they did? Did she know that she’d just created one of the best rock songs to come out in years? Well, whether she did or not is really irrelevant in the end compared to the fact that she wrote it, released it, and my life and the lives of countless others are all the better because she did. Thanks for this one, Angie.

39. Joanna Newsom, “Good Intentions Paving Company” (2010)

Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Company (with lyrics)

If Divers was an exercise in brevity, Joanna Newsom’s previous album Have One On Me was anything but. Four discs, all filled to the brim with songs that run double what a normal single does these days. That didn’t slow Jo down, though: despite its seven minute runtime, “Good Intentions Paving Company” is as catchy as anything Katy Perry has come out with in the last 10 years.

38. Gang of Youths, “Magnolia” (2015)

Gang of Youths - Magnolia (Official Video)

Gang of Youths would not be one of the best bands in the world were it not for the unflinching vulnerability of singer Dave Le’aupepe. And it’s “Magnolia”—which details Le’aupepe’s suicide attempt of June 3rd, 2014—that does that the best. He welcomes you in with an outstretched hand, beckoning you to join him in his pain, his catharsis, his healing. A lot of people are only around today because not only did Dave make it through that night, he channeled it into a piece of art that is, without exaggeration, lifesaving.

37. Janelle Monáe, “Django Jane” (2018)

Janelle Monáe – Django Jane [Official Music Video]

Janelle Monáe‘s Dirty Computer is one of the greatest works of art of the 21st century to date, thanks in large part to this take-no-prisoners takedown of everyone in her path. “Django Jane” is Janelle Monáe rightfully claiming her place on the throne as the ultimate diva, and she deserves it.

36. The National, “Graceless” (2013)

The National - Graceless

Though they’ve had heaps of great albums, nothing quite grips me from The National’s splendid catalogue like the resigned yet somehow hopeful despair of Trouble Will Find Me. And while I love every track off that record, “Graceless” takes the cake. How it swings from sad to happy and back around again is Matt Berninger at his finest.

35. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” (2013)

Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Official Audio) ft. Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is a love letter to the pioneers of electronic and funk music, two of the genres that most influenced the French DJ duo. Along with holding up as one of the best albums of the decade, it gave us the song of the summer for the year of 2013—this funky as hell collaboration with Pharrell Williams that should be enshrined in the pop music hall of fame, if there is one.

34. Haim, “Forever” (2012)

HAIM - Forever (Official Music Video)

The sisters from Sherman Oaks, California have a lot of really great music under their belts as they currently sit in the middle of their third album cycle. But it’s this song off their first EP that made me fall in love with them way back in 2012. Its danceability is off the charts—seriously, I dare you to sit still to this one.

33. A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Drake, & Kendrick Lamar, “Fuckin’ Problems” (2013)

A$AP ROCKY - F**kin' Problems ft. Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar

This coming together of 2010s hip hop royalty was all over the place in 2013, and remains a throwback favorite every time it comes on during a night out. Just don’t expect a clean version, though. That would be near impossible.

32. Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks” (2010)

Foster The People - Pumped up Kicks (Official Music Video)

Mark Foster and his people crafted the song that’s become synonymous with indie hits in the 2010s, albeit with slightly disturbing lyrics. But much like “This is America,” I believe “Pumped Up Kicks” stands as an interrogation into United States gun culture, forcing us to take a long hard look at ourselves and how we glorify violence.

31. Grouplove, “Tongue Tied” (2011)

Grouplove - Tongue Tied [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Grouplove are one of the most original bands out there in terms of their transcontinental origin story, and their ability to make indie pop jams is second to none. “Tongue Tied” is pure candy-coated bliss, and it never gets old.

30. Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die” (2012)

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die (Official Music Video)

Born to Die was a stunning debut from LDR, and while many consider “Video Games” her trademark single, this title track is her best by leaps and bounds in my eyes. The sadness in the timbre of her voice combines with the sweeping swells of the production to make a winning combination.

29. Billie Eilish, “Bury a Friend” (2019)

Billie Eilish - bury a friend

While “Bad Guy” was the big hit, “Bury a Friend” is to me the perfect pop song for Generation Z. Their dark, disturbed, nihilistic tendencies are what draw them to Billie, and that’s on display perfectly on this one. The biggest teenage pop star in the world is singing a song with the refrain of “I wanna end me.” That’s powerful.

28. Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?” (2013)

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know? (Official Video)

Indie darlings in the 2000s, Arctic Monkeys soared to new heights in 2013 with their album AM and its many popular singles. “Do I Wanna Know?” is at the top of that list, with its riff that at this point is bordering on iconic status.

27. Azealia Banks, “212” (2011)


This might go harder than any other song from the 2010s. Azealia herself is no stranger to controversy, but love her or hate her, “212” is the perfect soundtrack to any dance off. In fact, I had to take a break while writing this to bust a move.

26. Vance Joy, “Riptide” (2013)

Vance Joy - 'Riptide' Official Video

Yet another example of an Australian rocketing from national popularity to global superstardom on the strength of one killer track. “Riptide” will never not be filled with deep nostalgia for me, and I’d be remiss if I kept it off my list.

25. The Black Keys, “Little Black Submarines” (2012)

The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines [Official Music Video]

The Black Keys had a lot of hits this decade, but none can top “Little Black Submarines.” The moment where the song turns from acoustic ballad to rock and roll rager is one of the all time best.

24. Tame Impala, “The Less I Know the Better” (2015)

Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better (Official Video)

While Lonerism built Tame Impala a substantial fan base, it was Currents that made them one of the biggest bands in the world. This song wasn’t even a single when the album came out, but quickly became their most popular track because it’s so obviously the best. Unless your name is Trevor.

23. David Bowie, “Lazarus” (2016)

David Bowie - Lazarus (Official Video)

The way David Bowie curated the soundtrack to his own death is something that we haven’t seen in centuries. Blackstar solidified Bowie on the same legendary status as all time greats such as Mozart and Beethoven, and “Lazarus” is its centerpiece.

22. Arcade Fire, “Creature Comfort” (2017)

Arcade Fire - Creature Comfort (Official Video)

Many critics consider The Suburbs to be Arcade Fire’s best album, and I’m sure you’ll see “Sprawl II” or “Modern Man” scattered about other end of decade lists. To me, Everything Now is king, and “Creature Comfort” is their best song this decade. It’s a direct look into the psyche of the average individual in the post-internet 15 seconds of fame era.

21. Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

If To Pimp a Butterfly made Kendrick a critical darling, DAMN. made him the world’s biggest superstar. “HUMBLE.” was without a doubt the song of the year for 2017, whether you like it or not, and it’s a testament to Kendrick’s ability to captivate an audience in three short minutes.

20. Janelle Monáe, “Make Me Feel” (2018)

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel [Official Music Video]

The best song off of Dirty Computer sounds like it could have been lifted straight from one of Prince’s best records. I do not say that lightly, as Prince is one of the greatest to ever do it. And so is Janelle Monáe.

19. OK Go, “This Too Shall Pass” (2010)

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine - Official Video

OK Go are famous for making extravagant music videos, and this one is no different. However, even if the song’s Rube Goldberg Machine video didn’t exist, it would still rank high on this list as one of the best odes to overcoming adversity out there.

18. Lorde, “Royals” (2013)

Lorde - Royals (US Version)

A teenager from New Zealand uploaded a song to the internet in 2013, and before long she was the first non-male artist to top the US Billboard Alternative charts since Tracy Bonham in 1996. I think that’s pretty cool, don’t you?

17. Of Monsters and Men, “Little Talks” (2012)

Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks (Official Video)

One of the decade’s best groups came out of little old Iceland. Of Monsters and Men became instant sensations with “Little Talks,” which all but singlehandedly redeemed the entirety of 2012.

16. Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know (ft. Kimbra)” (2011)

Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) - official music video

This was the biggest song in the world for a long while at the start of the decade, teaching the world what Australia had known for years—that Gotye freaking rules. A duet about a failed relationship has been done a million times, but rarely as well as Gotye and Kimbra did it.

15. LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean” (2010)

LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

They made one of the best albums of 2007 with Sound of Silver, and followed it up with a killer This Is Happening three years later. Its shining star was the song that, ten years later, still titles many an indie-themed dance night around the world.

14. M83, “Midnight City” (2011)

M83 'Midnight City' Official video

If “Do I Wanna Know” has one of the most iconic guitar riffs of the decade, “Midnight City” has THE most iconic synth riff. This song feels like late night freedom, cruising in a car through a city that should be asleep but isn’t.

13. Cage the Elephant, “Shake Me Down” (2010)

Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down

I think that of all the indie anthems of the 2010s—and as you’ve seen, there are many—this is the most underrated one. I simply don’t think the decade would have been what it was without Cage the Elephant, and more people should appreciate that fact.

12. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” (2014)

Taylor Swift - Blank Space

I’m quite vocal about my belief that Taylor Swift is the best songwriter of the 21st century, and I’ll stand my ground on that. Some early fans didn’t appreciate her move to a more polished pop sound with 1989, and while the shift did eschew many of the attributes that made me love Taylor in the first place, I can’t deny that this is the perfect pop song. In fact, one evening in 2014 I listened to it sixteen times in a row without it getting old once. THAT is staying power.

11. Ball Park Music, “It’s Nice to Be Alive” (2011)

Ball Park Music - It's Nice To Be Alive (Official Video)

Lemme tell you a little something about Australia’s best kept secret: it’s Ball Park Music. Unfortunately for the world, their touring outside of Australia has been very limited—so far, anyway. When they finally do break it big worldwide, they’ll have five phenomenal records of material to choose from. This gem, taken from their hit-laden first album Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs, delivers a delightfully simple yet vitally important and desperately needed message: “Don’t stress / That’s dumb / I’m here / And it’s nice to be alive.” With you Ball Park? It certainly is.

10. Childish Gambino, “Redbone” (2016)

Childish Gambino - Redbone (Official Audio)

Childish Gambino’s musical evolution reached its apex with Awaken, My Love, as he left his hip hop background behind to make a scary, sexy, funk album. It was a leap, but if anyone has the talent to make it work, it’s him—and boy did it work.

9. Kacey Musgraves, “Rainbow” (2018)

Kacey Musgraves - Rainbow (Official Music Video)

Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour brought country music back into the mainstream, winning a lot of awards in the process. It’s closing song, “Rainbow,” was recorded in one take. It’s one of the rawest, purest, most emotional moments in music this decade, and it’s a privilege to put it on this list.

8. Lizzo, “Truth Hurts” (2017)

Lizzo - Truth Hurts (Official Video)

2019 was the year Lizzo had her breakout. Released in 2017, this song became a worldwide phenomenon this year, a full 18 months after its initial release. Well, patience is a virtue, and Lizzo got her due eventually. I’m so happy for her success.

7. The 1975, “Love It If We Made It” (2018)

The 1975 - Love It If We Made It (Official Video)

The 1975 struggled for a long time to be taken as seriously as they felt they should. That all changed in July 2018, when they released “Love It If We Made It.” It’s a frustrated but optimistic howl against a world that a lot of disenfranchised young people agree is, shall I say, pretty effed. But much like Matty Healy and company, I too would love it if we made it.

6. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)” (2014)

Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars

When I first heard this song the week of its release, I thought, “Wow! An ’80s song that I missed! Wonder who this is?” Imagine my surprise when I found out it was Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars! The song was massive because it has an undeniable level of soul missing from a lot of commercial pop. That’s the genius of Mark Ronson for you.

5. Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta” (2015)

Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta

There’s a reason that Kendrick appears on this list more than anyone else. He’s been keeping the poetry of west coast hip hop alive post-Tupac, and nowhere is that more apparent than on this shout out to LeVar Burton’s character on Roots. All hail Kenny, king of the decade in rap.

4. Grimes, “Flesh without Blood” (2015)

Grimes - Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream

Grimes’ album Art Angels is her most complete work to date, and while many prefer “Kill v. Maim,” I believe that “Flesh without Blood” is undoubtedly the best. I could listen to this song for a week on repeat and never get tired of it—which is pretty much what happened the seven days after I heard it for the first time.

3. London Grammar, “Strong” (2013)

London Grammar - Strong [Official Video]

This song is the closest I’ve ever heard to sonic perfection. Hannah Reid’s voice is so singularly powerful that you almost don’t notice the sparseness of the instrumentation, and it’s the way that sparseness allows her vocals to shine while also highlighting the best parts of her performance that make this one of my all time favorites.

2. Taylor Swift, “All Too Well” (2012)

Remember what I said about Taylor being the best songwriter of the century? This is what I mean. “All Too Well” isn’t even a single off of the Red album, but it’s the one that’s most often called a favorite by Swift fans. And that’s because it’s a triumph in every sense of the word. Feeling heartbroken? This song is the best medicine I could prescribe.

1. Florence + The Machine, “Shake It Out” (2011)

Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out

Was there really any way that someone could beat Florence here? No, she had to take it out. Taken from her second album Ceremonials, this song is religious redemption rolled into one four and a half minute piece of music: hallelujah choirs, ritual drums, and an exorcism through dance—all at the pulpit of Pastor Florence? I couldn’t possibly think of a better way to get the devil off my back. “Shake It Out” is the number one song of the 2010s.

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