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Just the List: This is Pitchfork’s 100 best songs of from the 2010s

As were less than two months away from new decade, it’s no surprise to not only start seeing end of the year lists, but end of the decade’s list. Double the fun! On October 7th, Pitchfork published out their list of the best 200 songs of the 2010s that the team of 80+ critics have been working on for months.

End of the year lists are always fun to scan and shake your head in agreement with the rankings that align with your tastes and disagree with the ones you’ve never heard of. There’s just so much more fun to be had when you talk about anything being the best of a decade, so we took particular interest in Pitchfork’s top 200 songs of the past decade.

Just the List: Pitchfork’s Best 200 Songs of the Decade (2010s)

The thing with these best-of-the-decade lists is there’s usually a lot of discussion to be had, and that translate into a list that not only names the top songs, but summaries and rationale for each. In particular Pitchfork just couldn’t publish out a table of the top 200, but they included approximately 65,500 words across the entire article.

Pitchfork's Full List of the 200 Best Songs of 2010s
# Artist Song Yr Released
200 Avicii Levels 2011
199 Stormzy Big for Your Boots 2017
198 Dvsn The Line 2016
197 Icona Pop I Love It 2012
196 John Maus Believer 2011
195 Cloud Nothings I'm Not Part of Me 2014
194 Lil B Wonton Soup 2010
193 Nilüfer Yanya Baby Luv 2017
192 Tame Impala Feels Like We Only Go Backwards 2012
191 Rico Nasty Smack a Bitch 2018
190 Ty Dolla $ign Paranoid 2013
189 J Balvil / Willy William Mi Gente (Remix) 2017
188 Future Incredible 2017
187 Thom Yorke Dawn Chorus 2019
186 Skepta Shutdown 2015
185 Sharon Van Etten Seventeen 2019
184 Frank Ocean Chanel 2017
183 Young M.A OOOUUU 2016
182 Beyoncé XO 2013
181 Migos Bad and Boujee 2016
180 Sons of Kemet My Queen is Harriet Tubman 2018
179 Rich Kidz My Life 2012
178 The 1975 The Sound 2016
177 A Tribe Called Quest The Space Program 2016
176 Sampha (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano 2017
175 Nicki Minaj Come on a Cone 2012
174 Florence and The Machine Shake It Out 2011
173 DJ Khaled I'm on One 2011
172 Sleep Marijuanaut's Theme 2018
171 Adele Rolling in the Deep 2011
170 Lil Peep Kiss 2016
169 St.Vincent New York 2017
168 King Rule Dum Surfer 2017
167 Tinashe 2 On 2014
166 Bad Bunny Caro 2018
165 Jessica Pratt Back, Baby 2014
164 Andrés New for U 2012
163 Davido Fall 2017
162 Chance the Rapper No Problem 2016
161 Vybz Kartel Clarks 2010
160 Odd Future Oldie 2012
159 Katy B Katy on a Mission 2010
158 Waka Flocka Flame Hard in da Paint 2010
157 Beyoncé 1+1 2011
156 Girl Unit Wut 2010
155 Kanye West Blood on the Leaves 2013
154 Japanese Breakfast Everybody Want to Love You 2016
153 Danny Brown 30 2011
152 Miley Cirus Wrecking Ball 2013
151 Gangang Dance Glass Jar 2011
150 Nicki Minaj Beez in the Trap 2012
149 Björk Stonemilker 2015
148 GoldLink Crew 2017
147 Ella Mai Boo'd Up 2018
146 Gunna Sold Out Dates 2018
145 Charli XCX Gone 2019
144 Spoon Inside Out 2014
143 Rick Ross B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast) 2010
142 Rihanna Needed Me 2016
141 Gil Scott-Heron New York Is Killing Me 2010
140 Rae Sremmurd No Type 2014
139 Iceage The Lord's Favorite 2014
138 Drake Hotline Bling 2015
137 Yaeji Drink I'm Sippin On 2017
136 CupcakKe Duck Duck Goose 2018
135 Robyn Honey 2018
134 Kamasi Washington Truth 2017
133 Future Mask Off 2017
132 Kurt Vile Baby's Arms 2011
131 Chromatics Kill for Love 2012
130 A$AP Rocky Peso 2011
129 Lorde Royals 2013
128 Young Thug Danny Glover 2013
127 James Blake CMYK 2010
126 Ciara Ride 2010
125 Likke Li I Follow Rivers 2011
124 Nicki Minaj Super Bass 2010
123 Clairo Bags 2019
122 Playboi Carti Magnolia 2017
121 DJ Rashad Feelin 2013
120 Justin Bieber Sorry 2015
119 Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues 2011
118 Travis Scott Sicko Mode 2018
117 Usher Climax 2012
116 Burial Kindred 2016
115 The Weeknd The Morning 2011
114 Daft Punk Get Lucky 2013
113 Jenny Hval Conceptual Romance 2016
112 Paramore Ain't It Fun 2013
111 A$AP Ferg Shabba 2013
110 Chairlift I Belong In Your Arms 2012
109 Drake Nice for What 2018
108 Girlpool Before the World Was Big 2015
107 Fetty Wap Trap Queen 2014
106 Christine and the Queens Titled 2015
105 Kendrick Lamar DNA. 2017
104 Amen Dunes Miki Dora 2018
103 Erykah Badu Hello 2015
102 Katy Perry Teenage Dream 2010
101 TNGHT Higher Ground 2012
100 Jamie xx I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) 2015
99 Mac DeMarco Ode to Victory 2012
98 D'Angelo & the Vanguard Really Love 2014
97 Snail Mail Pristine 2018
96 Thundercat Them Changes 2015
95 Rihanna Bitch Better Have My Money 2015
94 Hurray for the Riff Raff Pa'lante 2017
93 Radiohead True Love Waits 2016
92 Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares 2012
91 Haim The Wire 2013
90 Blawan Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage 2012
89 Frank Ocean Pyramids 2012
88 Japandroids Younger Us 2010
87 Rich Gang Lifestyle 2014
86 Destroyer Chinatown 2011
85 Charli XCX Track 01 2017
84 Kelela Bank Head 2013
83 Deerhunter Desire Lines 2010
82 Dej Loaf Try Me 2014
81 Cass McCombs County Line 2011
80 Blood Orange You're Not Good Enough 2013
79 Lana Del Rey The Greatest 2019
78 Jeremih Oui 2015
77 Kanye West Ultralight Beam 2016
76 The National Bloodbuzz Ohio 2010
75 DJ Koze Pick Up 2018
74 Jack Ü Where Are Ü Now 2015
73 Perfume Genius Queen 2014
72 Tyler the Creator Yonkers 2011
71 Adele Someone Like You 2011
70 Beach House Zebra 2010
69 Caribou Can't Do Without You 2014
68 FKA twigs Two Weeks 2014
67 Kacey Musgraves Slow Burn 2018
66 King Krule Out Getting Ribs 2010
65 Drake Worst Behavior 2013
64 Phoebe Bridgers Motion Sickness 2017
63 Bobby Shmurda Hot Nigga 2014
62 Rihanna We Found Love 2011
61 EMA California 2011
60 Future March Madness 2015
59 David Bowie Blackstar 2015
58 Miguel Adorn 2012
57 Taylor Swift All Too Well 2012
56 Vince Staples Norf Norf 2015
55 Bat for Lashes Laura 2012
54 Disclosure Latch 2012
53 Solange Losing You 2012
52 Camp Cope The Opener 2017
51 Kendrick Lamar Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe 2012
50 Arcade Fire Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) 2012
49 Gyptian Hold Yuh 2010
48 Ariana Grande Thank U, Next 2018
47 Tame Impala Let It Happen 2015
46 The Knife Full Of Fire 2013
45 Robyn Call Your Girlfriend 2010
44 Big Thief Mary 2017
43 Lorde The Louvre 2017
42 SZA The Weekend 2017
41 Courtney Barnett Avant Gardener 2013
40 Frank Ocean Nights 2016
39 SOPHIE Bipp 2013
38 Kanye West Monster 2010
37 Jai Paul BTSTU (edit) 2011
36 Carly Rae Jepsen Run Away With Me 2015
35 Rae Sremmurd Black Beatles 2016
34 Future Islands Seasons (Waiting on You) 2014
33 LCD Soundsystem Dance Yrself Clean 2010
32 Fiona Apple Every Single Night 2012
31 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Round and Round 2010
30 Cardi B Bodak Yellow 2017
29 Joanna Newsom Good Intentions Paving Co. 2010
28 Beyoncé Countdown 2011
27 M.I.A. Bad Girls 2010
26 Bon Iver Holence 2011
25 FKA twigs Cellophane 2019
24 Todd Terje Inspector Norse 2012
23 Rosalía Malamente (Cap.1: Augurio) 2018
22 ANOHNI Drone Bomb Me 2016
21 Drake Hold On, We're Going Home 2013
20 M83 Midnight City 2011
19 Vampire Weekend Hannah Hunt 2013
18 Kanye West Runaway 2010
17 Jamie xx Gosh 2015
16 The 1975 Love It If We Made It 2018
15 Rihanna Work 2016
14 Angel Olsen Shut Up Kiss Me 2016
13 Chief Keef I Don't Like 2012
12 Sky Ferreira Everything Is Embarrassing 2012
11 Bill Callahan Riding For The Feeling 2011
10 Lil Uzi Vert XO TOUR Llif3 2017
9 Lana Del Rey Video Games 2011
8 Solange Cranes In The Sky 2016
7 Mitski Your Best American Girl 2016
6 Azealia Banks 212 2011
5 Frank Ocean Thinking Bout You 2012
4 Beyoncé Formation 2016
3 Robyn Dancing on My Own 2010
2 Grimes Oblivion 2012
1 Kendrick Lamar Alright 2015

It wouldn’t be a Pitchfork list without it being diverse mix of artists and genres. It’s no surprise to see Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Future, Robyn, and Beyoncé, on this list as Pitchfork’s best of lists normally leans in the direction of hip hop, R&B, and pop. The entries that I recognized and made my list of the best included Yaeji “Drink I’m Sippin On”, Ariana Grande’s “Thank U”, Next, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me”, Jack Ü “Where Are Ü Now”, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”, Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”, M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls”, Miley Cirus’ “Wrecking Ball”, Rihanna “Needed Me”, Lorde’s “Royals”, and SZA “The Weekend”. What can I say, I have mostly (and unabashedly) pop tastes?

A couple songs that I loved in the 2010’s that didn’t make Pitchfork’s list include Kendrik Lamar’s “LOVE”, The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” (feat. Daft Punk), N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” (feat. Rihanna), Major Lazer’s “Lean On”, M.I.A.’s “Double Bubble Trouble” and Daya’s “Sit Still, Look Pretty”

What were your favorite songs of the decade?

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