Top 10 Greatest Songs of the First Half of the 2010s (2010-2014)

Well, the first half of the decade is nearly over. And as this has been a very... eventful 5 years in music, I say it's about time we look back on the decade so far, and pick out the best of the best, the most fun, emotional, or downright awesome music from the first half of the '10s.

The Top Ten

1 The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

Jackie turns this song from Game of Thrones into a mournful anthem using the maturing lower register of her golden voice. - BobG

A Beautiful and haunting song sung by Jackie Evancho as only she can. Jackie makes anything that her voice touches turn into gold.

Jackie Evancho. Remember her.

This song is great, the more I listen the more I hear.
There is complexity and simplicity at the same time,
As well as strange beauty.

2 Burn It Down - Linkin Park

Has to be on the top 10.

3 Rap God - Eminem

HOLY CRAP THIS SONG IS AWESOME! Eminem is easily one of the best, if not THE best rapper alive. And as good as classic Eminem songs like Lose Yourself or Stan are, I say this is Eminem's best song. I don't even have much of an explanation for this one, it's just. so. AWESOME! Seriously, just go listen to it. Right now. You'll see what I mean.

Best rapper of All Time. I don't like This song. I hare It when people say that they are the best, he hasn't done that in his Whole career, Just like lebron James during the finale and he lost

THE BEST RAP SONG IN THE WORLD! Eminem is the best rapper in the world! I love it!

4 The Catalyst - Linkin Park

A lot people say A Thousand Suns was Linkin Park's worst albums. And yeah, in a lot of ways, it was.
But The Catalyst is just a damn amazing song. It's everything great about Linkin Park rolled into one.
A lot of people prefer Waiting For The End, and yeah, that song's pretty good to, but I say The Catalyst was just simply better.
It's definitely worth a listen.

5 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

It's the most successful song according to Billboard, so it needs to be number 1 - DontMessWithDaddylonglegs

It's too overplayed and overrated, but it's the best mainstream song when compared to the rest.

Here to say that this list is retarded! Every single song here sucks ass and you people have no idea what real music is! So enjoy thrashing me, I am true to myself.

As critically acclaimed as it is commercially successful.It doesn't get any better than this!

6 Happy - Pharrell Williams

I Love This song. Oh wait,I Don't. Otherwise I wouldn't Be posting anything

7 We Are - Hollywood Undead
8 Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia

This isn't a pice a crap like most songs

This song. This song is, in every way, undoubtedly, one of the greatest pieces of music I have ever heard. It's sort of difficult to put to words how amazing this song is.
Don't You Worry Child was the last song the Swedish House Mafia ever produced, and they could not have chosen a better note to go out on.
The production is just epic. John Martin's vocals are indreduble. And when this song comes to the chorus and the beat drops, it sends shivers up my spine.
The message of this song is basically this: when things are looking down and you're depressed, never give up hope: everybody has a purpose, and anybody can achieve greatness.
It's a shame to see the Swedish House Mafia break up, because this is very easily the greatest piece if electronic music I have ever heard.
Thank you, Swedish House Mafia.
Thank you for this masterpiece.

9 Get Lucky - Daft Punk

They always be my favorite electronic artist thanks to this funky beat of a track.

10 Welcome to the Family - Avenged Sevenfold

The Contenders

11 All of the Lights - Kanye West

Kanye West's best song possibly ever, "All Of The Lights" is a captivating, powerful story of struggle, familial issues, sadness, and losing grip on sanity. Coming from one of the greatest musical geniuses of our time, Kanye's rapping skills an lyrics are great as always, but the real power in this song is in the production, undoubtedly Kanye's best production to date. In the tradition of the rest of MBDTF, this song is jam-packed with guest singers, such as Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie, and many others on the chorus, such as La Roux, John Legend, and even Elton John, making this a truly star-studded song. It even comes packed with a colorful, energetic music video (which DOES have a seizure warning, so be careful). Pure musical glory.

Kanye's best song possibly ever, All Of The Lights is a captivating, powerful story of struggle, sadness, anger, familial issues, and slowly losing grip on sanity.
Coming from one of the greatest musical geniuses of our time, Kanye's rapping and lyrical skills are great (as always), but the real power of this song is in the production. Undoubtedly Kanye's greatest production to date. Continuing the tradition of the rest of MBDTF, this song is jam-packed with guest singers, including Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie, and many others on the chorus like La Roux, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and even Elton John, making this a truly star-studded song.
It even comes packed with a colorful, high-energy music video (which DOES have a seizure warning, so be careful).
It's pure, musical glory.

Pathetic list. I was looking for Runaway, but I'll support this song instead. And Linkin Park is terrible. Especially their modern stuff.

12 White Rabbit - Egypt Central
13 Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus

These songs sucks...really you don't know what real music is..wecking ball is noy good song and the video is porn.I don't want to talk about gangam style or bang bang...the only good songs are a sky full of star and rap god by Eminem

14 Your Betrayal - Bullet for My Valentine
15 Bang Bang - Jessie J

This song is crap. They all sing like sluts.

16 All the Right Moves - OneRepublic

Um, sorry, but it can't be here. The song cam out in 2009, and it IS a masterpiece, but if we're talking about songs 2010-2014, we can't put it on here.

But if we could... GREAT SONG!

The majestic production. Ryan Tedder's incredible voice. The excellent video. Damn, I just adore everything about this song. OneRepublic are one of the defining musical acts of the past 10 years, and All The Right Moves may very well be their greatest song. It's perfect. In every conceivable way, just perfect.

The majestic production. Ryan Tedder's voice. The excellent video. Damn, I just adore everything about this song. It's perfect. In every conceivable way, just perfect.

17 Hall of Fame - The Script

Ah, The Script. One of my all-time favorite bands hit this decade with one of the most inspirational, powerful ballads of all time. Danny is at the height of his vocal performance here, and the instrumentation is just as powerful as the singer. I was slightly concerned when I heard will.I. am was going to be involved, but god damn, he is at the best he has EVER been here. Just listening to this song gets you pumped up, ready to accomplish anything. It's basically the new Eye Of The Tiger.

Will.I.am and the Script should collaborate more - mysterious

This is a great song!

18 Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

This song is... Boring

19 Been to Hell - Hollywood Undead
20 Yeah 3x - Chris Brown

Ladies and gentlemen, the ultimate party song.
It's fun, bouncy, catchy, energetic... Everything a party song needs to be. Just hearing the first few seconds of this song make me want to get up and dance uncontrollably. Having a bad day and want to cheer up? Listen to this song. In a good mood and want to party to something? Listen to this song. It's the universal cure for boredom.
YEAH! YEAH. YEAH!

21 A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay

Coldplay. What can be said about this incredible band that hasn't been said already?

A Sky Full Of Stars is easily one of Coldplay's best. Whilt lyrically it may be a simple love song, musically it is an experience. Produced by Avicii (one of my all-time favorite producers), the production on this masterpiece is sweeping, intense, and beautiful, all at the same time, and mixed with Chris Martin's haunting falsetto turns the song into musical perfection.

I love you, Coldplay. I just love you.

22 Sexy and I Know It - Lmfao
23 Counting Stars - Onerepublic

I can't get enough of this song! Let's just say that lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep just having this song playing in my head! Great song. Totally deserves to be way higher on the list; most of these I've never even heard of! Like, seriously?!

About the only good song on the list. - RiverClanRocks

24 Lights - Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding is one of the greatest new talents of the decade. And no song better captures her pure talent than Lights, a dark, aptmospheric tune that really gets in your head. It also has a very beautiful music video that perfectly matches the haunting tone of the song. Here's hoping Ellie Goulding can get many more hits in the future.

Ellie.

25 Sick - Adelitas Way
26 Runaway - Kanye West
27 Gangnam Style - Psy

How can this song be in this list?

28 Some Nights - Fun.

Back when I knew nothing about music, I thought We Are Young was one of the best songs of all time.

Now, I look back and shake my head at my foolishness. To be honest, I still probably now nothing about music.

What I do know is this: If you haven;t listened to Some Nights, you can't say anything about top songs of the 2010s.

This was my favorite song for ages.

Now THIS is what you call a great song.
Some Nights is one of the most shinig examples of going all-out on a song and succeeding flawlessly.
Everything about this song, the pounding instrumentation, Nate Ruess's passionate vocals, the breathtaking video, just screams "amazing".
Fun. have had some great songs, but damn, I doubt they're gonna top this.

Now THIS is what you call indie rock.
It's the perfect example of going all-out for a song, and fun. pulls it off flawlessly.
Between the pounding instrumentation, Nate Ruess's passionate vocals, the emotional video, and more, it's big, all-encompassing, pretentious (in a good way), and I absolutely love it.

29 Spectrum - Florence and the Machine
30 Justice - Burning Slow
31 Resistance - Muse
32 Survival - Muse
33 Follow Me - Muse
34 We R Who We R - Kesha
35 Airplanes - B.O.B
36 Up In the Air - Thirty Seconds to Mars
37 Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst - Kendrick Lamar
38 Mirrors - Justin Timberlake
39 Thrift Shop - Macklemore
40 Eminem - Rap God

This song is pretty cool!

41 Glory (From the Motion Picture Selma) - Common, John Legend
42 Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
43 Can't Hold Us - Macklemore

Mackelmore is probably going to be the next Eminem if he keeps this up and I'm with him all the way also This song is Awesome.

44 Rolling In the Deep - Adele
45 Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
46 Stay With Me - Sam Smith
47 Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
48 Suit and Tie - Justin Timberlake
49 Roar - Katy Perry
50 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
PSearch List

Related Lists

Top Ten Bands In Which the First Half of Their Albums Is Better Than the Second Top 10 Best Movies of the First Half of 2018 Best Animated Movies of the First Half of 2018 Best Gravity Falls Episodes from the First Half of Season 1 Top 10 Music Artists Who Had a Better First Half of Their Career

List Stats

100 votes
69 listings
4 years, 137 days old

Top Remixes

1. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson
2. Happy - Pharrell Williams
3. Sexy and I Know It - Lmfao
BigBrotherSucks
1. Burn It Down - Linkin Park
2. The Catalyst - Linkin Park
3. Rap God - Eminem
Yoshinaruto

WRemix

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P