A Decade in Songs: 2010–2020

So… I was reminded recently it’s nearly the end of the 2010s! It feels like so much has happened over the last decade, it boggles the mind trying to remember it all.

I thought it’d be entertaining to do a tag/survey of some kind, and found this one. Basically you just list a song to represent each year as you experienced it. I’m going to try to hit as many genres/artists as possible, because 2010 was the year I started branching out my listening away from classical exclusively.

2010: Fast Food Folk Song – Rhett & Link

Iʼll start with a taco, soft like a cloud
I want mine crunchy, I like to eat loud

This silly song introduced me to the YouTube comedy duo, Rhett and Link. My sister and I became huge fans of them—we used to watch their daily show, Good Mythical Morning, for many, many years. I can’t believe this video was not even 1 year old in early 2010. 😯 Though that year wasn’t all tacos and happiness, overall this song sums it up!

2011: Dreams Don’t Turn to Dust – Owl City

When diamonds boast that they can’t be crushed
Let ’em go, ’cause dreams don’t turn to dust

In 2011, I made it through my first year of college, fell hard for someone, and was writing poetry. I’d recently discovered Owl City, AKA Adam Young, right before the release of his album All Things Bright and Beautiful. I was obsessed with “Dreams Don’t Turn to Dust” and remember blasting it through headphones in the computer lab while doing calculus homework (ostensibly studying).

2012: Laughter Lines – Bastille

I’ll see you in the future when we’re older
And we are full of stories to be told

2012 had some rough moments…it’s a year I look back on with sadness, as well as relief it’s long gone. A Tumblr friend introduced me to this song in either 2012 or 2013, so it fits pretty well.

2013: Terminals – Relient K

It splintered, and I felt horrendous
But broken is when You can mend us

This song is about unexpectedly seeing someone you care about at a busy airport. That actually happened to me in 2013 (although, I was far too shy to say anything 😳 ). It was also the year God lifted me out of my worst mental health struggles. Since then, I think of 2013 as the year my life “started over” for the better.

2014: Face Up – Lights

Look at the people all around you
The way you feel is something everybody goes through

While at uni, I had a “Lights” phase—she’s a Canadian pop artist who used to collab with Owl City and had a similar electronic style. It’s not terribly deep, but this song really spoke to me as I was trying to finish up my senior year, graduate, and find a job.

2015: City Dove – Tori Kelly

City dove, fly between the buildings and fences
Soft inside but rough on the edges

Honestly, I could put almost any song by Tori Kelly here; I discovered her somewhere around 2013, and she became my favorite female singer/songwriter. “City Dove” was the first song I loved off her 2015 debut album, Unbreakable Smile.

2016: Knees to the Earth – Tides from Nebula

For a while, I was obsessed with the post-rock genre. Ranging from wistful to seething, post-rock fit neatly into the dystopian socio-political climate of 2016. Tides from Nebula was my favorite band, and I used to jam to their songs while coding at work or sitting in traffic on the way home (oh, the joys of adulting). “Knees to the Earth” is one of the best tracks from their 2016 album, Safehaven.

2017: Vancouver Waves – August and After

Hibernate until I’m ok again
Tidal waves can’t follow me here

2017 was a lovely year…I made some friends, took on more responsibilities, found new interests, and through my IT job had some unique and fascinating experiences. Around this time, I also drifted away from post-rock and discovered indie folk, through bands like Tow’rs and August & After.

2018: Happier – Bastille

I want to change my mind cause
This just don’t feel right to me

In 2018, my beloved boss and some coworkers left for other opportunities. We were a tight-knit group, as much friends as colleagues. Coupled with some other work-related unpleasantness, it left an emotional impact that took a while to move on from.

2019: Smithereens – Twenty One Pilots

For you, I’d go
Step to a dude much bigger than me

This year was strange and difficult and went by in a blur. I did a lot of hard things, most recently in switching jobs myself. On the bright side, I found a lot of great music/artists, which I plan to share in a future blog post. For now, I’ll just share this adorable song Tyler Joseph wrote for his wife, because it reminds me there’s still “some good left in this world…and it’s worth fighting for.”

4 thoughts on “A Decade in Songs: 2010–2020

  1. Listening to your music yesterday and trying to think of my own experiences has made me realize…I listen to a lot of the same music over and over and over — -or I listen to music in long mixes and don’t exactly know the artist!

    I enjoyed most of this, but I had to share the Taco Bell one with my oldest niece. She and her girlfriends have a strange fixation on Taco Bell, so I think she’ll get a kick of out it. 🙂

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      • Mine knows me, too, but that includes my habit of listening to the same things over and over again. Fortunately the “Related Videos” introduces me to new people from time to time, and youtube commentators are surprisingly helpful in recommending similar people.

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