LPC's Weekly Playlist: Best of the Decade
MY 2010S QUEEN!!!!!!
Yes, it took a while for me to get this list up (chronic pain troubles, yuck), but it's here!
This was the most fun playlist to put together because the past decade was so good. I loved watching music's evolution from the indie-snob early 2010s to 2019, where Billie Eilish basically said "I'm tired of your pop music."
This decade is special because radio and record labels are losing their power. Fans get to decide what they want to hear through streaming services, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc. and I love watching it unfold through popular music. To me, music has never felt more authentic than this moment.
There are 53 songs on this playlist because I started and couldn't stop. I hope some of your favorites are on here and if not, too bad, because I do this for you for free.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Boy Problems
In 2015, Carly Rae Jepsen did the unthinkable and created the greatest pop album in musical history with E•MO•TION.
Beyonce - Partition
Even though Lemonade is the better album, Beyonce is what cemented Beyonce as a brilliant, innovative creator. Previously, I enjoyed her songs but didn't pay much attention. After Beyonce dropped without warning, I started paying attention.
Sharon Van Etten - I Love You but I'm Lost
Sharon Van Etten had a fantastic decade with four flawless albums.
Rihanna - Love on the Brain
My favorite Rihanna track because it highlights her vocal range unlike any of her previous works.
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
I've loved watching Lykke Li's artistic evolution throughout the decade. She just keeps getting better.
Frank Ocean - Pyramids
This song takes you on a JOURNEY.
CHVRCHES - Gun
I got CHVRCHES fatigue after 2014, but I can't deny the band releases bops.
David Bowie - Lazaus
Oh, this one hurts. Blackstar is a masterpiece, however, it's so difficult to listen to, even four years after its release. To me, Blackstar represents two different albums: there's the Blackstar before David Bowie's death and then there's the Blackstar after his death. In the two days before his death, we had no idea what he was dealing with. We just thought it was a man grappling with mortality associated with aging. We soon learned it was so much more than that, which changed how we viewed the album forever. And god dammit, now I'm crying on my keyboard because this is one of music's most poignant works of art and it didn't even get an Album of the Year nod at the Grammys.
Taylor Swift - All You Had to Do Was Stay
When Taylor Swift release Red, we all wondered if this was her finally transitioning to pop. She gave us the answer with the perfectly packaged 1989. Full of pop gems and snarky self-awareness, Taylor outdid herself with 1989.
Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
Kendrick Lamar - Backstreet Freestyle
There were a lot of Kendrick songs to consider, but this one got the spotlight because of this lyric: "I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel Towel so I can fuck the world for 72 hours"
Lady Gaga, Beyonce - Telephone
That music video though, omg.
Grimes - Flesh without Blood
Too bad she's now dating a real-life Bond villain and all her new music sounds like Lou Reed's Machine Metal Music. Hate it!
2Chainz - Birthday Song
This song is so stupid. I listen to it at least once a week.
Sleigh Bells - Crush
In the year leading up to Reign of Terror, Derek Miller had to get through his mother's cancer diagnosis and his father's untimely death. Knowing this makes the album much more meaningful.
Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg - U Should Know Better
Look up this music video now.
Ariana Grande - The Way
Sure, Ariana has released better songs since she emerged this past decade, but this one is special. I remember hearing it on the radio and being taken aback by her vocals. We all knew we had something special when this song was released.
Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z - What's Free
Championships is, to me, one of the most important albums of a decade. It details Meek's 11 years fighting an unjust system and the trauma associated with mass incarceration. Listen closely to what he has to say on this album.
Lana Del Rey - Gods & Monsters
Lana has had quite the 2019, but her decade started off rocky. While Born to Die is a good debut, it is still messy, with Lana not-yet finding her voice. Born to Die: Paradise Edition changed all that with a much more cohesive track bundling.
HAIM - Days Are Gone
Like CHVRCHES, I got a little HAIM fatigued, but can't ignore their talent. (And how dang precious they are.)
Nicki Minaj - Beez In the Trap
Second-runner-up for best Nicki track of the decade: "Miley, what's good?"
Jenny Lewis - Just One of the Guys
I'm sure every woman can relate to this song, but it especially resonated with me when it was released. I was coming to terms with being in a male-dominated career and what that meant for my own success. Jenny put that feeling into words for me.
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
I'm not usually a fan of songs that go past four minutes (do I have undiagnosed adult ADHD? MAYBE?! BUT MY HEALTH INSURANCE IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR ME TO FIND OUT!), but this ended up being my favorite song of 2015.
Run the Jewels - Early
Nothing introspective to say about this, I just like it.
St. Vincent - Digital Witness
St. Vincent deserves every bit of success that has happened to her this decade. I love this woman.
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
Remember after this album James Murphy was like "OK, that's enough. I'm not coming back"? AND THEN HE CAME BACK????? WTF.
Sky Ferreira - Heavy Metal Heart
She dropped a perfect album seven years ago and never ever came back.
Solange - Losing You
This was the first Solange song I added to my iPod. (RIP bb.) I love how Solange has carved out her own critically acclaimed career that is so much different from her sister's, and the fact they both support each other for their success.
Gwen Stefani - Used to Love You
Heartbreak Gwen is Gwen at her best. I mean, I don't want her to be heartbroken all the time, but when she is, she delivers songs that knock you down with their honesty and sorrow.
Kanye West - Blood on the Leaves
I know My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is supposed to be THE Kanye album we talk about on these lists, but "Blood on the Leaves," man. That Nina Simone sample. Whew.
Fiona Apple - Anything We Want
It's impossible for Fiona Apple to make a bad album, which is why she makes us wait so long.
Lorde - Sober
I chose a track off of Melodrama because Lorde has said the album was inspired by David Bowie. And here come the tears again.
Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne - No Problem
This is what I mean when I say record labels are losing power. Chance the Rapper dropped Coloring Book as a mixtape and ended up winning the Best Rap Album Grammy, making it the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy.
Janelle Monae - Wondaland
The ArchAndroid is such a delightfully weird and wonderful album everyone should listen to at least twice.
Phantogram - When I'm Small
I considered adding "Fall in Love," but this track has such a memorable opening.
Jay-z and Kanye West - Who Gon Stop Me
THIS ENTIRE ALBUM!!!!!!
Queens of the Stone Age - I Sat By the Ocean
Literally the only band I can stand on douche-rock radio.
Charli XCX feat. Rita Ora - Doing It
Always remember all the pop perfection Charli gave us this decade.
Vince Staples - Norf Norf
Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn
Congrats to Kacey Musgraves, who is the only country artist to make me actively listen to country music!
Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener
I will never get over how Courtney Barnett turned an asthma attack into a wonderfully weird indie masterpiece.
Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA - All the Stars
I know this is the second Kendrick track on here, but I couldn't leave this song off the list.
Kesha - Praying
If you understand the hell Kesha has been through the past decade, this song will break your heart. And you'll appreciate it ever more.
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
When I covered Lollapalooza I was mere feet away from Florence Welch and seriously, she is not a human. She is a literal, statuesque goddess.
Pusha T feat. Kanye West - What Would Meek Do?
lol Drake gets burned. Also, Kanye has this lyric: "Poop, scoop Whoop, whoopty-whoop."
Radiohead - Burn the Witch
I'm so tired of writing these, watch the video to this song.
Disclosure feat. Lorde - Magnets
Haven't thought about this band for a while.
Miguel feat. Kali Uchis - Caramelo Duro
This is in Spanish.
of Montreal - It's Different for Girls
Wow, a cis-hetero man figured it out.
Billie Eilish feat. Justin Bieber - Bad Guy
Billie really deserved this moment. I don't even like this version, but I'm happy for her. Couldn't even imagine if David Bowie was just like "I see my face all over your house, let me do a remix of your song." I can't imagine this because I'm a failed bass guitarist and David Bowie, as we have already established, is dead.
Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
Still so tired of these descriptions.
Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas
While Dick is my favorite Casablancas, but I guess I can deal with Julian for this song.
Adele - Rumour Has It
Remember when Adele won Album of the Year and was like "Uhh... Beyonce deserves this"? I'll never forgive the Grammys for that year.
Oh my god I actually did it. I wrote 52 stupid descriptions. FOR WHAT!? For you.