The Final Moments of the 2010’s

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Kaleigh Weigum, Reporter

Not only is it the end of a year this month, but it’s also the end of a decade. After ten long years, we can say goodbye to the 2010’s and hello to the 2020’s.

Along with looking at data pulled by other companies on the top movies, songs, artists, and more of the last ten years, I asked people what their opinions were on the last ten years. I was surprised at their responses.  

Majority of the respondents were on the younger side and female. 89.47% of voters were female, leaving the remaining 10.53% as male. (And yes, I did allow people to not answer their gender, but nobody clicked that.) 5.26% of voters are 65 or older, 52.63% are 18-24, and the remaining 42.11% are under 18 years old. All responders were left anonymous.  

I asked respondents the following questions: 

-How old are you now? 

-How old were you at the beginning of the decade? 

-What is your preferred gender? 

-What was your favorite song from 2010-2019? 

-What was your favorite movie from 2010-2019? 

-What was your favorite memory from 2010-2019? 

-What big accomplishment happened between 2010-2019 for you? 

-What was your favorite meme from the decade? 

-What was your favorite show from 2010-2019? 

-What is your favorite thing that has come out in the last decade (food, drink, toy, clothing item, brand, etc.) 

 

And the answers ranged from cute, to sad, to funny, to serious. But as people answered, it made me realize how many things did happen in the last decade. Like ten years ago we didn’t have Alexa, Google Homes, tablets, Curiosity (the space vehicle on Mars), Augmented Reality, human like robots, genetic engineering, hoverboards, smart watches, drone delivery, Spotify, and as one responder from the survey said, “Noodles Zoodles”. Could you imagine a world where you couldn’t get your Top Artists of the Year data? Yeah, me neither. 

Album covers including newer and older artists.

Want to take a wild guess at the top songs over the last decade? Well here it is: 

5) Girls Like You by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B 

4) Closer by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 

3) Shape of You by Ed Sheeran  

2) Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 

And the number one song of the decade is none other than Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. 

You can find the other 95 hits over the last ten years at https://www.billboard.com/charts/decade-end/hot-100 

However only one survey respondent said their favorite song was a part of the top five. Other people commented that their favorites included Lights Up by Harry Styles, 22 by Taylor Swift, Juice by Lizzo, Need You Now by Lady Antebellum, Flicker by Niall Horan, Hurts Like Heaven by Coldplay, and more.  

 

Now moving on to TV shows and movies of the last decade. Everyone knows how Marvel has taken over Hollywood with 23 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the MCU in the last decade. They also beat out Avatar this year with Avengers: End Game. But those movies weren’t the only one’s people enjoyed (although they were personally my favorites). People also enjoyed Baby Driver, The Greatest Showman, Tangled, IT Chapter One and Two, Into the Spiderverse, Frozen and Frozen 2, Shutter Island, and Love, Simon.  

I bet you forgot that the last three Twilight movies, the last two Harry Potter movies, and all the Hunger Games movies came out in the last ten years. In all honesty, it feels like it was a lot longer than that.  

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Just a glance at what you can view on Netflix a streaming platform that has grown in the last decade.

Survey respondents also gave their favorite TV shows over the last year and they really pushed to have some shows count as part of the last decade. Especially the numerous amounts of people who put Hannah Montana which started in 2006 and ended in 2011, but they argued it technically was airing in this decade. So, we’ll let it slide. People also put down The Vampire Diaries, The 100, The Office, Supernatural, Stranger Things, The Goldbergs, American Horror Story, Oak Island, and Criminal Minds.  

 

And although lots of things have happened in the last decade, like people graduating, people getting married, people came out, people started working, and people retired, there was one thing nobody could escape. And those were the memes.  

 

I asked people to submit their favorite memes and well I’m pleased to say the least. (Although side note there was someone who said and I quote “None. I think memes are dumb 😊”) However those memes included: The Area 51 Raid, I’m Fine (Dog on Fire), You Almost Made Me Drop My Croissant, The Lady Screaming at the Cat, Gabe the Dog, Grumpy Cat, Blinking White Guy, and the Good vs Bad Kermit. It was a beautiful decade for memes. Vine was even a thing from 2013-2017 before it shut down and TikTok took over.

If you’re curious about some of the top songs, tv shows, movies, or anything else that has happened in the last decade, you can check out the Billboard 100 ( https://www.billboard.com/charts/decade-end/hot-100), IMDb (https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026040906/), or Buzzfeed has some funny articles and quizzes where you can figure out how much you remember from the last decade (https://www.buzzfeed.com/) 

Hopefully this last decade was memorable and you had a great 2019! Here’s to a new decade and a new year! 2020 here we come.