Alright everybody, I finally was able to finish off the final half of this list. Remember, I’m not saying these are the best songs, they’re just my favorite ones. Here we go!
25. Night Is Young by Nelly Furtado (2010)
Nice feel good pop song. It has a catchy chorus that can easily be sung along with. Gives out positive vibes and let’s you feel free.
24. She Bad Bad by Eve (2013)
It’s sadly been 11 years since Eve has released a full length album, but she’s back to reestablish herself as one of the best in the game. The hook is addictive and solid. Don’t let the pretty face fool you, she can lay it down raw and with power.
23. Dancing On My Own by Robyn (2010)
That baseline is just sick! This emotional dance track is extraordinary and just sparkles. Robyn’s warm but yearning vocals are as heartbroken as I was when I found out that she didn’t get the Grammy for this song.
22. Push Push by Kat DeLuna feat. Akon (2010)
Damn this is a catchy fun song! Akon brought a solid bridge contribution. With a thumping beat and a oh-oh-oh refrain, this track will bring the club down.
21. The Other Side by Jason Derulo (2013)
Great pop/R&B song. Jason’s charisma just shines through in this track. With a solid production and seductive vocals, it’s no surprise that this song made it in the Billboard Top 20. What a great comeback!
20. Scarlet by In This Momen (2012)
A track from their Blood album, caught my ears the first time I heard it. Those epic vocals! Holy shit! So much rawness and power. Not only a standout track from their album, but from their whole catalog.
19. Rocket by Goldfrapp (2010)
Taking influence from 80’s music, many artists did this at the time, but this is one of the songs that blasted those attempts away. Accompanied with plenty of synths and a catchy chorus, this song was #1 on the year end of the dance club chart. Bravo!
18. Lemonade by Danity Kane feat. Tyga (2014)
An overlooked track from last year. It’s a hot track that just slays! Tyga brought a whole lot of swagger to the song with his contribution. Kiss off to the haters anthem.
17. Team by Lorde (2013)
Sharp lyrics and an awesome beat. Lorde proves she isn’t a one hit wonder. The song promises unity with soothing vocals. Lorde is the leader of the team and we’re just followers, but we know she’s got out back.
16. XO by Beyoncé (2013)
While the audio sample in the beginning seems out of place, this song is still a triumphant power ballad. Beyoncé’s vocals are flawless and is this is the best song to show them off. Great sing along chorus and a standout Beyoncé song.
15. Good Morning by Ed Drewett (2012)
This was released for free on his website and I couldn’t have been more thankful. This track is just great! His vocals are full of charm and optimism and comes off very appealing. Lay back and enjoy the wonderful tune.
14. Demonstrate by Jojo (2012)
Such a sultry, sexy song! Jojo is grown up and shows a lot of maturity here. Full of confidence, she is able to move in and out of falsetto comfortably. Pure bump ‘n’ grind jam.
13. Nobody Knows by Darin (2012)
Fantastically well written. Visalia are superb and the chorus just charges in and takes over. With a truly epic dance production and an excellent pop melody, this track is a total perfect rave anthem.
12. Trapeze by Dia Frampton (2011)
I love Dia so mucj! Her music just speaks to me. It’s a song written about a friend of her with a dark past and was able to overcome hardships and moves forward. I was able to connect to the lyrics and finally understood how to become my own person.
11. Kickstarts by Example (2010)
Bringing a committed club edge to this poppy song, this track is refreshing as the meaning of the song. The synth riffs makes you want to dance. This track is what made me a fan. Love him!
10. Call Your Girlfriend (2011)
Offering breakup advice to her new boyfriend, Robyn comes off as a graceful concerned “other woman.” The song produces a unique sound and an unordinary theme, but doesn’t mean it’s still an awesome song. Robyn’s dance ballads are just the best!
9. Blank Space by Taylor Swift (2014)
Never saw the day that I would actually love a Taylor Swift song. Her vocals are great and I do applaud her for asserting power instead of submitting to her misfortunes love life. A definite pop highlight of 2014.
8. Come With Me Now by Kongos (2011)
This might’ve found success in 2014 due to like every commercial, but I actually loved it back when I heard it in the Holy Motors trailer. When I heard the song, I was singing along and just needed the song. It’s infectious and absolutely feral with the chanted chorus. The accordion and the African influences takes you in and you’re glad that you came with them.
7. You’re Mine (Eternal) (2014)
One of Mariah’s underrated ballads. Absolutely beautiful and the song serves as a reminder that Mariah is the fiercest diva in the game. If you question this, try not to let your jaw drop by the phenomenal drawn out whistle at the end.
6. Body Part by Ciara (2013)
The smooth R&B beat in this jam is absolutely sultry, sexy and seductive:the trifecta! There’s no question, Ciara is definitely the next Janet with this bump ‘n’ grind song. I can’t keep my finger off the replay button.
5. World In Flames by In This Moment (2010)
One of the best ballads recorded by a metal band. While it doesn’t show that they are one in this song, doesn’t mean it still packs a mighty punch. Her raw vocal talent just gives goosebumps all around. The closing song on their A Star Crossed Wasteland album, this was the best song to do it. If you’re not affected deeply by the song, there’s is something wrong with you.
4. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (2011)
The only best thing to come out of the Twilight franchise. Even though the song structure and the vocals are too, it works quite perfectly. The production is gorgeous and lush. With poetic lyrics, the song moves you to the dance floor with your significant other and brings your hearts together.
3. I’m Down by Got A Girl (2013)
A cover of Beck’s song from his Song Reader music book. The music duo consists of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and music producer Dan the Automator. Dan’s production is rather infectious and really compliments Mary’s voice. It’s hard not to put the song repeat and I still struggle not to, but I’m not complaining.
2. Crysallize by Kylie Minogue (2014)
Coming from the Kiss Me Once era, this was the best song that was released. It’s a very strong Kylie song and should’ve been on the album and then released as an actual single. With sweet lyrics and a glorious production, the song just induces a smiles on your face. Singing with uplifting vocals, this pop gem is aspiring than any other modern charity song.
1. Waiting by Wynter Gordon (2012)
A standout track from her Human Condition: Doleo EP. She went back to the late 80’s/early 90’s and gave us an outstanding song that powers through with its sound and lyrics. It sounds like a song that would have fitted in a John Hughes movie and would have stood the the test of time. It’s flawless and inspirational. There’s a sense of euphoria and nostalgia to the song, and it’s just lovely. Wynter’s change of musical direction was awe inspiring. In such little time, she went from a great artist to a truly spectacular artist. I have enjoyed this song from the first time I heard it and will enjoy it for years to come.
So there you go, my favorite 50 songs from the first half of this decade. As you can see, I have somewhat wide of musical interests. This first half of the decade has brought us many, many songs and is impossible to hear every song. Now what are your favorite songs from 2010-2014? Any songs from my list you like too? Would love to hear your favorite!