What Defined The Past Decade

By Olivia Birg

2010-2019 was a time when most of us went from being kids to teens and now adults. That’s a big jump! This past decade has been filled with ups, downs, and plenty of outrageous moments. As we move into the ’20s let’s recap the ’10s, for old time’s sake.

I organized the past decade into what most of us spent our time doing; listening to music, binge watching TV shows, enjoying movies, and keeping up with pop-culture.

As follows, each year is compiled into the most popular app launched , the top two pop culture moments, three of the most viewed TV shows, the four most popular movies, and five chart-topping songs.

2010:

  • App: Pinterest
  • Pop-culture: Bieber Fever & launch of the first iPad
  • Top TV Shows: Glee & Vampire Diaries & Mad Men
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Toy Story 3 & Black Swan & How to Train Your Dragon & Kick- Ass
  • Hits of the Year: Love the Way You Lie (Rihanna) & California Gurls (Katy Perry) & Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars) & Forget You (Cee Lo Green) & Airplanes (B.o.B)

2011:

  • App: Cut the Rope
  • Pop-culture: Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage & end of the Harry Potter movie series
  • Top TV Shows: Parks and Recreation & Game of Thrones & Homeland
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 & Moneyball & Hugo & The Descendants
  • Hits of the Year: Rolling in the Deep (Adele) & Give Me Everything (Pitbull) & The Edge of Glory (Lady Gaga) & We Found Love (Rihanna) & Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO)

2012:

  • App: Google Maps
  • Pop-culture: Gangnam Style & the supposed end of the world
  • Top TV Shows: Gossip Girl & The Office & 30 Rock
  • Biggest Blockbusters: The Avengers & Life of Pi & Silver Linings Playbook & The Hunger Games
  • Hits of the Year: Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen) & Boyfriend (Justin Bieber) & Never Getting Back Together (Taylor Swift) & Payphone (Maroon 5) & Somebody that I Used to Know (Gotye)

2013:

  • App: Vine
  • Pop-culture: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s VMA’s performance & Taylor Swift’s interpretive dancing
  • Top TV Shows: Orange is the New Black & Arrow & The Blacklist
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Man of Steel & Gravity & American Hustle & 12 Years a Slave
  • Hits of the Year: Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke) & Get Lucky (Daft Punk) & Royals (Lorde) & Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus) & Roar (Katy Perry)

2014:

  • App: Musically
  • Pop-culture: Disney Channel changes their logo & the iconic Ellen DeGeneres Oscars selfie
  • Top TV Shows: The Walking Dead & The Big Bang Theory & Fargo
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Guardians of the Galaxy & Gone Girl & The Lego Movie & Unbroken
  • Hits of the Year: Stay with Me (Sam Smith) & Problem (Ariana Grande) & Rather Be (Clean Bandit) & Happy (Pharrell Williams) & All About that Bass (Meghan Trainor)

2015:

  • App: Apple Music
  • Pop-culture: Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour & popularity of Lin Manuel Miranda’s play “Hamilton”
  • Top TV Shows: Empire & Mr. Robot & Jessica Jones
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Mad Max: Fury Road & Inside Out & Star Wars: The Force Awakens & The Revenant
  • Hits of the Year: Can’t Feel My Face (The Weeknd) & FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna) & See You Again (Wiz Khalifa) & Hello (Adele) & Lean On (Major Lazer and DJ Snake)

2016:

  • App: Pokémon Go
  • Pop-culture: Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar win & Beyoncé’s album Lemonade
  • Top TV Shows: Stranger Things & The Good Place & Westworld
  • Biggest Blockbusters: La La Land & Arrival & Captain America: Civil War & Moonlight
  • Hits of the Year: One Dance (Drake) & Closer (The Chainsmokers) & Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake) & Heathens (Twenty One Pilots) & Work From Home (Fifth Harmony)

2017:

  • App: Fortnite
  • Pop-culture: Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement & Best Picture award mix up at the Oscars
  • Top TV Shows: This is Us & Grey’s Anatomy & NCIS
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Get Out & IT & Baby Driver & Lady Bird
  • Hits of the Year: Shape of You (Ed Sheeran) & I’m the One (DJ Khalid and Justin Bieber) & Thunder (Imagine Dragons) & Look What You Made Me Do (Taylor Swift) & Slide (Calvin Harris)

2018:

  • App: Google News
  • Pop-culture: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s relationship & the Tide Pod Challenge (don’t do this)
  • Top TV Shows: The Masked Singer & The Bachelor & The Americans
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Black Panther & Incredibles 2 & A Star is Born & Avengers: Infinity War
  • Hits of the Year: God’s Plan (Drake) & thank you, next (Ariana Grande) & Psycho (Post Malone) & SICKO MODE (Travis Scott) & This is America (Daniel Glover)

2019:

  • App: TikTok
  • Pop-culture: Disney+ & Baby Shark
  • Top TV Shows: Euphoria & Big Mouth & Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
  • Biggest Blockbusters: Avengers: End Game & Toy Story 4 & The Lion King & Joker
  • Hits of the Year: Señorita (Camilla Cabello) & Old Town Road (Lil Was X and Billy Rae Cyrus) & Sucker (Jonas Brothers) & Bad Guy (Billie Eilish) & Truth Hurts (Lizzo)

Well that’s a wrap, folks. What a decade it was! Let’s make this another great year and another incredible decade. If we missed your favorite moment from this past decade, let us know in the comments.


Olivia Birg is a Student Writer for the Publicity Center. She is an English: Professional and Creative Writing major.