The 2010's aren't even over yet but that doesn't mean we can't start compiling our mixtape of the decade. Fans are hearing more music than ever before thanks to extra platforms like satellite radio, streaming and YouTube. And the hits seem to be coming from more directions than ever before. AXS has compiled some of the biggest songs in the last six years below for our mixtape of the decade, and there will certainly be more to come.
It is impossible to create a mixtape of modern music and not include Adele. The British powerhouse continues to slay everywhere she goes and getting tickets to her concerts seems to be harder than last-minute Christmas shopping. According to a report from Billboard, "Rolling In The Deep" was the fifth best-selling and most-played song of the decade so far. There have been countless covers on the Internet and on TV. And overall, Adele has spent 24 weeks (or eight months) in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this decade, which is pretty darn impressive.
At this point everyone knows and can sing along with "Happy," the tune that Pharrell Williams recorded for the movie "Despicable Me 2." That's a fact. Not only was it used extensively in the movie but it's since become played at parties and sporting events all over the world. It's now Williams' most popular song on iTunes, which is saying a lot given how many songs he's been a part of over his performing and producing career. And the music video - which we've included for you to re-watch using the media player included with this article because it's that fun - now has more than 910 million views on YouTube. "Happy" isn't just a song; for awhile there it was its own movement.
After that let's just bring things crashing down with Gotye's depressingly addictive breakup song. With guest vocals by Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know" put Gotye on the map and immediately was covered all over the place, including on NBC's "The Voice" multiple times and on FOX's musical comedy "Glee." This was the fourth most played and best-selling song of the decade to date per the aforementioned Billboard report and it'll probably be used to end or mourn the end of countless relationships before the decade is over.
Much like Adele, Taylor Swift has seemed to exert a certain dominance over the last six years. She successfully transitioned from country star to pop megastar and became one of the biggest acts on the planet. "Shake It Off," which comes from Swift's wildly successful record 1989, is still her best-selling song on iTunes and will probably be used to get over countless breakups in the next several years. Overall Swift has spent 15 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 this decade.
The 2010's also gave music fans "The Voice", which in turn gave fans a handful of musical collaborations between people who were never expected to work together. The first and still most successful of these was "Moves Like Jagger," which not only paired Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera but represented an entirely new musical direction for the band. Audiences responded, making the single the tenth most played song of the decade and part of the 13 cumulative weeks that Maroon 5 have spent atop the Billboard Hot 100, all while still trying to figure out if we actually want to move like Jagger.
Some fans love it, others can't stand it at this point, but "Uptown Funk" has been played so many times over the decade that it's second only to LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" at this point. This song vaulted Bruno Mars to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a whopping 31 weeks, which calculates out to more than ten months, or the majority of a year. He performed on "The Voice" (multiple times, including in this month's Season 11 finale). He performed at the Super Bowl. He was parodied at the Kitten Bowl. "Uptown Funk" was that song that wound up everywhere and it still doesn't seem like it's going away any time soon. For that we have to include it.
For more on any of the artists featured on our mixtape of the decade, click their names above to visit their artist pages at AXS.