Menu

Login

New to Audio Assemble?

Register

Already have an account?

50 Songs From The 2010s Ultimate Playlist

Just through the first portion of 2020, and we took a look back at the top songs of the 2010s. This list is genre-fluid and encompasses a whole range of emotions, nostalgia, and confidence-inducing party bangers. Check out the songs below and let us know what you think!

Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Man)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Rae Sremmurd
Album:
  • SremmLife 2
Description

Black Beatles is a song about making it big in the music game. The is about The Beatles, where Rae Sremmurd refers to themselves as equal counterparts.

Sicko Mode

Listen:
Artist:
  • Travis Scott
Album:
  • Astroworld
Description

Sicko Mode features a Drake verse with an abrupt transition into a new back-beat. This was due to the fact that Drake turned his verses in at 2am the day that Astroworld dropped.

God's Plan

Listen:
Artist:
  • Drake
Album:
  • Scorpion
Description

God’s Plan is a song about gratefulness and having faith in God. The music video had a budget of $996,631.90. However, Drake gave it all away to people in need.

Latch (feat. Sam Smith)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Disclosure
Album:
  • Settle
Description

Sam Smith Wrote this song with the brother duo Disclosure in just one day. Sam wrote the lyrics and Disclosure composed the dance beat to a 6/8 time scale.

One Kiss

Listen:
Artist:
  • Calvin Harris
Album:
  • One Kiss (Single)
Description

One Kiss is a homemade hit single for Calvin Harris. He wrote this song from his home without engeneering

Alright

Listen:
Artist:
  • Kendrick Lamar
Album:
  • To Pimp a Butterfly
Description

Alright was written by Kendrick Lamar with inspiration of his trip to South Africa in 2014. The opening lyric is a quote from the movie The Color Purple.

1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Logic
Album:
  • Everybody
Description

Logic wrote this song to help spread awareness of suicide prevention. This song is a prime example of a great artist using their platform for a great cause.

Suit & Tie (Feat. JAY-Z)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Justin Timberlake
Album:
  • The 20/20 Experience
Description

This song was written off-the-cuff by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. Movie director David Fincher directed the music video for this single shot in black and white.

Rap God

Listen:
Artist:
  • Eminem
Album:
  • The Marshall Mathers LP2
Description

Rap God holds the world record according to Guinness, for most words used in a hit single. Eminem raps a total of 1,560 words in the song.

What Do You Mean?

Listen:
Artist:
  • Justin Bieber
Album:
  • Purpose
Description

What Do You Mean is a song about a girl who can’t make up her mind. Justin Bieber asks the question every guy in a complicated relationship wants to ask.

Ain't It Fun

Listen:
Artist:
  • Paramore
Album:
  • Paramore
Description

Ain’t It Fun is a song written by Hayley Williams about moving to LA and being on her own for the first time. She shares her feelings in the lyrics.

Rolling in the Deep

Listen:
Artist:
  • Adele
Album:
  • 21
Description

The song Rolling in the Deep is a break-up revenge song. Adele wrote this song with the inspiration she received from her past relationship.

There Goes My Baby

Listen:
Artist:
  • Usher
Album:
  • Raymond Vs. Raymond
Description

There Goes My Baby is a song about a true love connection. This song won a Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performance in 2011.

Pumped Up Kicks

Listen:
Artist:
  • Foster The People
Album:
  • Foster The People EP
Description

The song Pumped Up Kicks was nominated for a Grammy in the year 2010. This song is about today’s youth feeling as though they have no place to run to.

24K Magic

Listen:
Artist:
  • Bruno Mars
Album:
  • 24K Magic
Description

24K Magic was written as a party song for the 24K Magic album. In the song, Bruno Mars talks about the fun he is having with all that money he has.

Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)

Listen:
Artist:
  • The Weeknd
Album:
  • Starboy
Description

The Weeknd plays homage to the great David Bowie with his song Starboy. This song is about living lavishly while in the spotlight.

No Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)

Listen:
Artist:
  • G-Eazy
Album:
  • The Beautiful & Damned
Description

No Limit is a song that features three of hip-hop’s newest stars. The three artists tell stories of fame while boasting about money.

Bodak Yellow

Listen:
Artist:
  • Cardi B
Album:
  • Invasion of Privacy
Description

Bodak Yellow is a song about making it. Cardi B was previously an exotic dancer and she references how she used to make money move because of her dancing abilities.

Rake It Up (feat. Nicki Minaj)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Yo Gotti
Album:
  • I Still Am
Description

Rake It Up is Yo Gottis 4th collaboration with Nicki Minaj. This song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard charts, making it Yo Gotti’s most successful song yet.

Wild Thoughts(feat. Rihanna)

Listen:
Artist:
  • DJ Khaled
Album:
  • Grateful
Description

Wild Thoughts uses the sample from the 1999 hit single Maria Maria by Santana. DJ Khaled said he worked on getting the right record ready for 8 years to collaborate with Rihanna.

Boo'd Up

Listen:
Artist:
  • Ella Mai
Album:
  • Ready-EP
Description

Joelle James originally wrote the song for herself in 2014. Mai and James described Boo’d Up as being completely consumed in a relationship and the sound of a heartbeat.

Adorn

Listen:
Artist:
  • Miguel
Album:
  • Kaleidoscope Dream
Description

Singer and songwriter Miguel wrote this song while being on a long trip away from his then-girlfriend, now wife, Nazanin Mandi.

Self Care

Listen:
Artist:
  • Mac Miller
Album:
  • Swimming
Description

Self Care was released on July 13th, 2018 but, it wasn’t until after Miller’s death on September 7th, 2018, that this single would reach #33 on Hot 100 Billboard Charts.

No Problem (feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Chance the Rapper
Album:
  • Coloring Book
Description

No Problem is the second single Chance the Rappers 2016 Coloring Book album, which was first ever streaming-only album to win a Grammy.

Rule the World (feat. Ariana Grande)

Listen:
Artist:
  • 2 Chainz
Album:
  • Rap or Go to the League
Description

After squashing accusations of Grande stealings material from his Spend It track and music video. 2Chainz brought her onto this 2019 track.

Circles

Listen:
Artist:
  • Post Malone
Album:
  • Hollywood's Bleeding
Description

The song Circles is about a relationship that is going nowhere. Post Malone shows his softer side in the love ballad. It hit #1 on the Billboard chart on 11-30-19.

Middle Child

Listen:
Artist:
  • J. Cole
Album:
  • Middle Child – Single
Description

Middle Child is about being between new rap and old school rap generations. Cole feels like a big brother and a little brother to his fellow artist but, will not be forgotten

All of Me

Listen:
Artist:
  • John Legend
Album:
  • Love in the Future
Description

A tribute to his wife Chrissy Teigen, Legend sang this song during their nuptials in Como, Italy. This song is about balance, even when you are giving up somethings, you are gaining so much.

thank u, next

Listen:
Artist:
  • Ariana Grande
Album:
  • thank u, next
Description

Released on November 3rd, following a clip of her ex-Pete Davidson joking of their broken engagement. This song is about her gratitude in past relationships and finding herself.

Taki Taki (feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B)

Listen:
Artist:
  • DJ Snake
Album:
  • Taki Taki
Description

An English- Spanish song about a wild night in a nightclub and seduction. Taki, Taki isn’t a word but, Ozuna says it reflects the clack-clack sound of a drum.

Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Migos
Album:
  • Culture
Description

This hip hop trap song went viral in 2016 with its raindrop..drop-top hook and celebrity shout outs, like Donald Glover.

Redbone

Listen:
Artist:
  • Childish Gambino
Album:
  • "Awaken, My Love!"
Description

Featured in the opening scenes of the film Get Out directed by Jordan Peele. The term Redbone is used to describe light-skinned African Americans.

Royals

Listen:
Artist:
  • Lorde
Album:
  • Royals
Description

Inspired by Kayne West, Jay-Z, and Lana Del Rays lyrical references to a luxuriously unrelatable lifestyle. When this reached #1, Lorde became the youngest solo artist to write and perform a Hot 100 chart-topper.

Señorita

Listen:
Artist:
  • Shawn Mendez & Camilla Cabello
Album:
  • Señorita – Single
Description

When producer Andrew Watt sent this song to Shawn Mendes, he suggested it be a duet. To which Mendes agreed, and said Camilla Cabello was the only artist he could do the song with

Wake Me Up

Listen:
Artist:
  • Avicii
Album:
  • True
Description

Featuring songwriter and soul singer Aloe Blacc, Wake Me Up as the first-ever song to reach 200 million streams on Spotify.

Bad Guy

Listen:
Artist:
  • Billie Eilish
Album:
  • When We All Fall Asleeep, Where Do We Go?
Description

Eilish says this song is meant to poke fun at people who try to portray themselves as rule-breakers. Bad Guy won Best Song at the 2019 MTV European Music Awards.

Thinking Out Loud

Listen:
Artist:
  • Ed Sheeran
Album:
  • X (Wembley Edition)
Description

Written singer-songwriter Amy Wadge, during a visit she picked up a guitar gifted to Sheeran from Harry Styles and she started strumming a few chords. They sat on his couch at 2 am and wrote it in 20 minutes.

Closer (feat. Halsey)

Listen:
Artist:
  • The Chainsmokers
Album:
  • Collage – EP
Description

This song was written about a couple reigniting their relationship after a 4-year absence. After the honeymoon stage ends, they realize why they broke up in the first place.

Happy (From “Despicable Me 2”)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Pharrell Williams
Album:
  • Girl
Description

Written, produced and performed by Pharrell Williams for the film Despicable Me 2. The song’s visual is the world’s first-ever 24-hour music video.

Radioactive

Listen:
Artist:
  • Imagine Dragons
Album:
  • Night Visions
Description

This Las Vegas native rock band wrote this song about embracing change. The video for Radioactive is on the top 100 most liked music videos on YouTube, with 1.1 billion views and 6.6 million likes.

Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Katy Perry
Album:
  • PRISM
Description

Perry revealed that this song was inspired by the movie The Craft. She said it was about warning a guy if you’re going to fall in love with me, be sure because it’s going to be your last.

Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix]

Listen:
Artist:
  • Lil Nas X
Album:
  • 7
Description

Lil Nas and Billy Ray Cyrus broke the record for the longest run at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart going for 19 weeks.

Runaway (feat. Pusha T)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Kanye West
Album:
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Description

The song Runaway was written by Kanye West in 2010. Runaway is about Kanye and his relationship with society. Sometimes he feels overwhelmed and wishes he could run from it all.

Drunk in Love (feat. JAY Z)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Beyoncé
Album:
  • Beyoncé
Description

This husband and wife duet is about female sexuality, lust, and love-making in a committed relationship. Beyonce uses several double entendres in a half-sung half-rapped style.

We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Fun.
Album:
  • Some Nights
Description

We Are Young was the most listened to song on Facebook in 2012 and is a certified five-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Gotye
Album:
  • Making Mirrors
Description

Gotye made his US television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live on February 1, 2012. This song went on to win Record of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Shallow

Listen:
Artist:
  • Lady Gaga
Album:
  • A Star is Born Soundtrack
Description

The song title was inspired by the 2018 film A Star Is Born and its initial tragic ending. Shallow went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in 2019.

Location

Listen:
Artist:
  • Khalid
Album:
  • American Teen
Description

This El Paso natives debut single Location was released a couple of weeks before we was crowned prom king in high school.

Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)

Listen:
Artist:
  • Chris Brown
Album:
  • F.A.M.E.
Description

Off Brown’s 4th studio album F.A.M.E. standing for forgiving all my enemies. This track was the first new song of the 21st century’s second decade.

Jealous

Listen:
Artist:
  • Nick Jonas
Album:
  • Nick Jonas X2
Description

Jonas got inspiration for this song during his training to be a fighter on the show Kingdom. It expresses his feelings when other men would stare at his then-girlfriend, Olivia Culpo.

Amazon Music Unlimited Free For 30 Days

Amazon's Music Unlimited platform is now available for FREE, during your first 30 days. Access to 50 million songs. Sign up in less than 2 minutes.