In the s, technology made creating, distributing, and listening to music easier than at any previous point in history. A million modes of distribution meant you could hear those songs milliseconds after they were born. Artists started releasing music at an unprecedentedly rapid pace. The infinite scroll of social media made listeners insatiable. The result of all this was both a blessing and a curse: There was more great music out there than ever before, but it was nearly impossible to keep up. Here at Pitchfork, we sure tried.
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With the year nearly drawing to a close, there's no better way to celebrate the past decade than to take a look back on all the things that happened from to — including, of course, in the music world. There's no doubt that the s were massive, musically. We enjoyed more viral music videos and internet meme songs than ever before — but if we consider all of the songs that have been released from to now, we can probably say that there are some tracks more memorable than others. From Carly Rae Jepsen's addictive "Call Me Maybe" to the more recent "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X, these top songs of the s have truly become representative of this decade, helping define and shape the musical landscape in the s and most likely being remembered for tens of years to come.
This article is about the American Billboard Hot chart held during the s. The Billboard Hot is a chart that ranks the best-performing songs of the United States. Published by Billboard magazine, the data are compiled by Nielsen SoundScan based collectively on each single's weekly physical and digital sales, airplay , and, since , streaming. A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public every Tuesday in Billboard magazine and on its website. Each chart is dated with the "week-ending" date of the Saturday four days later.
Another decade has come and gone, giving us an excuse to look back at the songs that defined the last 10 years. We've gone back through the '10s to rank our favourite singles from to Are your top choices in our list?