This past decade influenced many artists, who have released amazing songs that are still being played in 2020. Songs like “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO and “Firework” by Katy Perry were both #1 songs on the Billboard Top 100 in the early decade. Taylor Swift saw her career take a surprising turn, switching from a country artist to an instant pop celebrity with hit songs like “Shake it Off” and “22”. Other pop stars that rose to fame include Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga. Pop has become one of the most popular genres in music, mainly targeting the younger generation, but can appeal to all ages.
Country music artists like Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, and Luke Bryan were some of the most popular of the decade. The top country songs of the decade included “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, a country band that is now one of the most popular bands around the world, “Humble and Kind” by Tim Mcgraw, which both made Taste of Country’s Top 50 Songs of the Decade at number 4 and 15, respectively.
Rap, since 2015, has been the most popular genre in music amongst audiences varying from ages 13 through 25. Rap not only had its best decade since the 90’s, but it the increased audience is because Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kanye West, and many other artists created some of the most popular music of the decade. Eminem and Lil Wayne dominated the early decade with albums Recovery and I Am Not a Human Being. Lil Uzi Vert was one of the only artists to go quadruple platinum with his hit album Luv is Rage 2 in 2017. He joins an elite company that features both Post Malone and Future. Lil Uzi Vert also had another quadruple platinum record with his hit “Bad and Boujee” featuring Migos. Not only that, but the group Migos achieved massive success this decade with popular hits like “Stir Fry”, “Motor Sport”, and “Walk It Like I Talk It”. Rap is especially popular among our current generation, with most of its listeners being college and high school-age.
Music is a way for people to cope with problems such as pressure, difficult home lives, relationships and more. Music brings life to parties, helps students stay focused while studying, and empowers people who work out. The songs that this decade brought put many smiles on people’s faces and created many more role models for kids to look up to. Every genre has its own unique style and that is what makes music so great and popular.