Songs come and go, but some of them have stood the test of time and are still popular to this day. Some songs may have been forgotten for the time being, but may still spark a sense of nostalgia for those who enjoyed it at the time of release. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and review some of the top songs of the 2010s based on their digital sales and streams.
Top Songs Of The 2010s
This decade was kicked off with some great songs back in 2010. While many songs fought to become the number one, and many did for at least one week, only one song stands on top. This song being Tik Tok by Ke$ha. In fact, within the first week of its release, it had over 610,000 digital downloads. By the end of the year, it had reached a whopping 12.8 million digital copies sold worldwide. It has since now sold over 25 million copies 10 years later. Here is the song that took over 2010.
Songs like Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO and Firework by Katy Perry were some of the hottest songs this year. However, when it comes to sales, one song triumphs above these. This song is Rolling In The Deep by Adele. When it first came out at the end of 2010, Rolling In The Deep was the number one song in over 11 countries. It was also in the top five for many other countries and regions. By the end of the year, it had sold over 8.2 million copies, and by 2018 over 7 years later, it sold 20.6 million digital copies. Below is the music video for Rolling In The Deep.
Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye is the top song from 2012. This song was originally released in July of 2011 to Australia and New Zealand but was later released in 2012 to the United States and other countries. At the end of 2012, this song had over 11.8 million copies sold which made it one of the best-selling digital singles. Here is the original music video for Somebody That I Used To Know.
Out of all of the songs that 2013 offered, Thrift Shop by Macklemore had the most digital sales in that year according to Billboard. In fact, in that year alone, it had over 6 million copies sold. In addition to that, there were many different thrift shop owners who reported an increase in sales from college students. This led many to believe that this song led to an increase in sales. Check out the music video for Thrift Shop below.
In 2014, Happy by Pharrell Williams was the most digitally downloaded song. It was also number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and 20 other countries. That year it also sold over 6.45 million copies just in the United States with over 1.5 in the United Kingdom. In addition to the sales of the song, the music video was nominated for video of the year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Here is the music video for the song that took over 2014.
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars was the song that took 2015 by storm when it comes to sales. This song is both of their most successful singles to date with it selling over 1.76 million with 10 million streams in the US after only 7 weeks. The music video for this song is also the 6th most viewed youtube video with over 3.76 billion views. Here is the video that got these two artists that number 6 spot.
In 2016 many songs took the spot of number one for the week they were released. However, at the end of the year, Love Yourself by Justin Bieber was the most digitally downloaded song of the year. This song topped the charts in over 15 countries and spent many weeks within the top 10. While there are not as many downloads on this song, this is because more and more people have switched to a streaming service. In fact, Love Yourself had over 17.4 million streams that year. Be sure to check out the music video below to see the song that took over 2016.
In 2017 Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and Puerto Rican rapper, Daddy Yankee took the world by storm with their hit single Despacito. The song topped charts in 47 countries and was in the top 10 of 6 others. This makes Despacito both artists’ most successful single. It had over 24.3 million sales and streams in that year. with another 11.8 million the following year as well. The music video shown below for Despacito is also the most viewed YouTube video to date with over 6.61 billion views.
Perfect by Ed Sheeran was the number one song of 2018 as reported by Billboard in digital song sales. It did get beat in the number of streams by Drake with God’s Plan, however, it still had more sales. In the UK alone it had over 1 million sales which made the song Sheeran’s tenth song to hit 1 million. It was also the number one Christmas song for 2017 when it first came out but got most of its attention in 2018. With that being said, here is the music video for the hit song on YouTube.
By far the most memorable song in the last year, Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus took the spot for most sales for the year according to Billboard. The song also made a couple of comebacks due to remixes and a short movie/music video for the song (shown below). The song had over 100 million streams and continued to grow. As of this month in January of 2020, the song also hit 1.5 million digital copies. This is huge due to many people abandoning purchasing songs because of streaming services such as Spotify or Apple Music.
When it comes to the top songs of the 2010s, there are many that stand out as some of the best. While these songs may not have been the best for other categories, they excelled at bringing in money from sales and streams. Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn about 7 Singers Who Were Discovered On YouTube.