In 2010, music fans were treated to a wide variety of sounds and styles. Whether you preferred the pop hooks of Katy Perry or Usher, the rock anthems of Linkin Park or Paramore, or the hip-hop vibes of Kanye West or Eminem, there was something for everyone.
Here are 20 of the greatest songs from 2010.
- 1. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
- 2. “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
- 3. “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry
- 4. “Grenade” by Bruno Mars
- 5. “My First Kiss” by 3OH!3
- 6. “California Gurls” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
- 7. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
- 8. “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner
- 9. “Waiting for the End” by Linkin Park
- 10. “Misery” by Maroon 5
- 11. “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy
- 12. “OMG” by Usher featuring will.i.am
- 13. “POWER” by Ye
- 14. “Like a G6” by Far East Movement
- 15. “Firework” by Katy Perry
- 16. “Airplanes” by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore
- 17. “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles
- 18. “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna
- 19. “There Goes My Baby” by Usher
- 20. “Animal” by Neon Trees
- Final Thougts
1. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
This infectious pop tune was Mars’ breakout hit, and it spent 48 weeks on the the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s simple message of love and acceptance resonated with fans around the world.
Despite being his debut single, “Just the Way You Are” proved that Bruno Mars was a force to be reckoned with in the music scene.
2. “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
Another one of Bruno Mars’ biggest hits, “Nothin’ On You” was a collaboration with rapper B.o.B. The song is an ode to Mars’ then-girlfriend, and it quickly rose to the top of the charts thanks to its catchy chorus and feel-good vibes.
This song helped to launch both Mars and B.o.B. into the stratosphere, and it remains one of their most well-known tracks.
3. “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry
The song that put Katy Perry on the map, “Teenage Dream” is a timeless pop classic. The song’s catchy chorus and upbeat production made it an instant hit, and it spent weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
To date, the song has sold millions of copies throughout the world, and it remains one of Perry’s most iconic tracks.
4. “Grenade” by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars seemed to take over the charts in 2010 with a series of hits, and “Grenade” was one of his most successful.
The song is a heart-wrenching ballad about an unrequited love, and Mars’ emotive vocals helped to propel it to the top of the charts. “Grenade” is one of Mars’ most iconic songs, and it is still beloved by fans today.
5. “My First Kiss” by 3OH!3
Next on the list is “My First Kiss” by 3OH!3. The song is catchy and has a great beat that will get you moving. It’s also super relatable, as we’ve all had that first kiss that we can’t forget.
What really made this a hit was Kesha’s take on the track. Her unique style and voice added a whole new dimension to the song.
6. “California Gurls” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” was one of the biggest hits of 2010. The song is catchy and upbeat, and it’s all about summertime fun.
It also features Snoop Dogg, which just adds to the awesomeness. This track is still a summertime staple, and it’s sure to get you dancing when you hear it playing in parties.
7. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
Although this track will make you want to dance, the lyrics are actually quite dark. The song is about a school shooting, and it’s been interpreted in many different ways.
Some people see it as a call for gun control, while others believe it’s just a great song with a catchy beat. Either way, “Pumped Up Kicks” was one of the biggest hits of 2010 and it’s sure to get your feet moving.
8. “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner
Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” is a great song for anyone who’s ever felt like they weren’t good enough. The track is about Posner trying to impress a girl who’s out of his league.
It’s his debut single and it really put him on the map. The song is catchy and relatable, and it’s sure to get stuck in your head.
9. “Waiting for the End” by Linkin Park
For the rockers out there, Linkin Park’s “Waiting for the End” is a great choice. The song is about being fed up with the world and wanting something better.
It’s a powerful track with an anthemic feel. The band always puts on a great show, and this song is no exception. You can stream this track on all music platforms out there.
10. “Misery” by Maroon 5
Do you still remember the days when you couldn’t get Adam Levine out of your head? Yeah, we do too. “Misery” was one of the first songs released from Maroon 5’s 2010 album Hands All Over and it quickly became a favorite.
The soulful ballad is the perfect example of Levine’s incredible vocal range. It’s also super relatable, which might be why we can’t get enough of it!
11. “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy
In 2010, he struck out on his own with the release of his debut album Lazarus. The first single from the album was “Billionaire,” which featured Bruno Mars. The feel-good track is all about McCoy’s simple dream of being a billionaire. And who doesn’t dream of that?
12. “OMG” by Usher featuring will.i.am
A song that will make you go “OMG” indeed! This 2010 club banger was one of the first hits off of Usher’s album Raymond v. Raymond.
It features will.i.am on the chorus and is full of catchy lyrics that are impossible to forget. The accompanying music video is also pretty iconic, with Usher dancing in a variety of eye-catching outfits.
13. “POWER” by Ye
Kanye West is known for his interesting music videos (see: “Famous”), but the visuals for “POWER” are pretty tame in comparison. The song was released in 2010 from West’s fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
It features a sample of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” and is one of West’s most popular songs to date.
14. “Like a G6” by Far East Movement
Next on the list is “Like a G6” by Far East Movement. This 2010 club anthem is impossible to resist and will have you dancing all night long.
It’s still one of the group’s most popular songs and has been featured in a variety of commercials and movies. If you’re looking for a song to get your party started, this is it!
15. “Firework” by Katy Perry
Of course, we couldn’t forget about Katy Perry. “Firework” is one of the singer’s most popular songs and it’s easy to see why. The anthemic tune is all about embracing who you are and being proud of it. Her remarkable live performances for this song are also pretty unforgettable.
16. “Airplanes” by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore
Listening to this song will leave you feeling nostalgic AF. “Airplanes” was released in 2010 and quickly became a huge hit.
It features Hayley Williams of Paramore on the chorus and is one of B.o.B’s most well-known songs. With over 600 million views on Youtube, this song is definitely a 2010 classic.
17. “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles is a musical powerhouse and “King of Anything” is one of her most popular songs. The tune was released in 2010 from her album Kaleidoscope Heart and quickly rose to the top of the charts. It’s a sassy song about not being afraid to stand up for yourself, which is something we can all relate to.
18. “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna
“Love the Way You Lie” is a song that will stay with you long after you’ve heard it. The tune was released in 2010 from Eminem’s album Recovery and quickly became a fan-favorite.
It features Rihanna on the chorus and deals with the topic of domestic violence. The song is incredibly powerful and will leave you feeling emotion.
19. “There Goes My Baby” by Usher
Usher was definitely on a roll in 2010 and “There Goes My Baby” is another one of his hits from that year. The song is a bit of a slower jam, but it’s still incredibly catchy and will definitely get stuck in your head. It’s the perfect song to play when you’re feeling nostalgic for some early 2000s R&B.
20. “Animal” by Neon Trees
Wrapping up our 2010 throwback playlist is “Animal” by Neon Trees. This song was one of the first hits for the group and it’s easy to see why. It’s catchy, upbeat, and just plain fun.
If you’re looking for a song to put a smile on your face, this is it! It was featured in the movie Men in the City 2.
There you have it, a throwback playlist of some of the greatest songs from 2010. These tunes will definitely take you back and leave you feeling nostalgic. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party like it’s 2010!