The 100 Most Important Songs of This Decade (So Far)…

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As ranked by Slacker Radio’s EQ (Engagement Quotient) data analysis, which gives each song a score based on millions of hearting, skipping, banning, and song sharing stats.

100. ‘Sugar’ by Maroon 5

99. ‘E.T.’ by Katy Perry

98. ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’ by Blake Shelton

97. ‘Starships’ by Nicki Minaj

96. ‘Set Fire To the Rain’ by Adele

95. ‘Counting Stars’ by OneRepublic

94. ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy

93. ‘Grenade’ by Bruno Mars

92. ‘Wild One’ by Flo Rida

91. ‘Cups’ by Anna Kendrick

90. ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People

89. ‘I Want You To Know’ by Zedd

88. ‘I Like It’ by Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull

87. ‘We Can’t Stop’ by Miley Cyrus

86. ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ by One Direction

85. ‘Timber’ by Pitbull

84. ‘Shower’ by Beck G

83. ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey

82. ‘Bottoms Up’ by Brantley Gilbert

81. ‘Safe and Sound’ by Capital Cities

80. ‘The Monster’ by Eminem

79. ‘Break Free’ by Ariana Grande

78. ‘Party Rock Anthem’ by LMFAO

77. ‘Mirrors’ by Justin Timberlake

76. ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift

75. ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ by The Black Eyed Peas

74. ‘Bang Bang’ by Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj

73. ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars

72. ‘Glad You Came’ by The Wanted

71. ‘Someone Like You’ by Adelle

70. ‘This is How We Roll’ by Florida Georgia Line

69. ‘Chandelier’ by Sia

68. ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna

67. ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga

66. ‘Want To Want Me’ by Jason Derülo

65. ‘Airplanes’ by B.o.B.

64. ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit

63. ‘Summer’ by Calvin Harris

62. ‘Boom Clap’ by Charli XCX

61. ‘Dynamite’ by Taio Cruz

60. ‘Jealous’ by Nick Jonas

59. ‘Shut Up & Dance’ by Walk the Moon

58. ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ by Drake

57. ‘California Girls’ by Katy Perry

56. ‘Habits (Stay High)’ by Tove Lo

55. ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ by Kelli Clarkson

54. ‘Love Like Crazy’ by Lee Brice

53. ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ by Alesso

52. ‘Turn Down for What’ by Lil Jon

51. ‘Lights’ by Ellie Goulding

50. ‘Drunk in Love’ by Beyonce

49. ‘Fuck You’ by Cee Lo Green

48. ‘Centuries’ by Fall Out Boy

47. ‘Happy (From “Despicable Me 2”)’ by Pharrell Williams

46. ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ by Swedish House Mafia

45. ‘Dark Horse’ by Katy Perry

44. ‘Super Bass’ by Nicki Minaj

43. ‘Lips Are Movin’ by Meghan Trainor

42. ‘Love The Way You Lie’ by Eminem

41. ‘Crash My Party’ by Luke Bryan

40. ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers

39. ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift

38. ‘Me and My Broken Heart’ by Rixton

37. ‘Payphone’ by Maroon 5

36. ‘Whistle’ by Flo Rida

35. ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ by Train

34. ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars

33. ‘Love Me Like You Do’ by Ellie Goulding

32. ‘Round Here’ by Florida Georgia Line

31. ‘F***in’ Perfect’ by Pink

30. ‘I’m Not the Only One’ by Sam Smith

29. ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus

28. ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor

27. ‘We Are Young’ by fun.

26. ‘OMG’ by Usher

25. ‘We Found Love’ by Rihanna

24. ‘Wake Me Up’ by Avicii

23. ‘Am I Wrong’ by Nico & Vinz

22. ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk

21. ‘Give Me Everything’ by Pitbull

20. ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen

19. ‘Rude’ by Magic!

18. ‘Need You Now’ by Lady Antebelleum

17. ‘Earned It’ by The Weeknd

16. ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry

15. ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift

14. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran

13. ‘Fancy’ by Iggy Azalea

12. ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons

11. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ by Maroon 5

10. ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa

9. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ by Gotye

8. ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry

7. ‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith

6. ‘Royals’ by Lorde

5. ‘Problem’ by Ariana Grande

4. ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke

3. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ by Adele

2. ‘Tik Tok’ by Kesha

1. ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson


Image by Rodrigo Denúbila, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0).

19 Responses

  1. brian t

    I doubt there’s a consensus on what makes a song “important”. For example, I think Steven Wilson’s “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” is an important song because it’s a deep, inspiring song about relationships with a 9/4 time signature.

  2. Noname

    Nice to see Steven Wilson name checked – definitely an artist deserving wider recognition

  3. T. Cooke

    Haha. Killers, black keys, kings of leon. Decade of southern rock revival.

  4. What the Stat

    Why is Psy not in the top 20. He broke a lot of barriers.

  5. Cassandra @ The Huge Anime Fan blog

    I cannot but see that this list is flawed. It does not take into account probably one of the most genius composers of our present time. TK as in Toru Kitajima from Japan. He creates wonderfully original songs in comparison to other music like Acoustic by Ling Tosite Sigure, Red Temptation by Ling Tosite Sigure, Beautiful Circus by Ling Tosite Sigure, and many other songs. Then he even has his own solo act under TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. There he has other amazing songs like Fantastic Magic, Unravel, Spiral Parade, Abnormal Trick, Phase to Phrase, Dramatic Slow Motion, and many others. He even has a very unique singing voice that is incredibly versatile.

    Basically all I see is a flaw with this list since most music taken into consideration is that produced in the West. List should be titled only in English speaking countries or something like that.

    • Von

      I love Ling Tosite Sigure too. It’s a very underrated band, Japan have so many bands that I love.
      P.S. Math rock is very underrated genre that I recommend.

  6. Just being difficult

    By important, you mean throwaway top 40 pop product, yes?

  7. Amie

    I believe these are based on airplay only. Royal sucks and most of these songs will be forgotten or have already been forgotten. None of today’s “artists” have the staying power like the artists from the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s do.

  8. cankdat

    “important” on a digital medium means how many times a song is left on repeat, or spammed… or in this case… buttoned…… not seeked and payed for. “we’ve got to find a way……………

    • sprit

      how can you measure appreciation on the internet? just because you “like” a song doesnt mean that you feel it is relevant to society. It only means, at the least, that at that very moment you stumbled upon that song, you were in a receptive attitude for how the song made you feel. maybe that’s what lol meant. Im not saying that the top 10 songs aren’t good songs (which they are). But in an era of changing music streaming platforms and growing internet peer networking doodangles, it is a bit unfair to compare a song digitally today with last week.