It's still a bit surreal we are now in 2020. A new decade means a new era of nostalgia and a different historical perspective on music as we move further away from previous decades. One of my passions as a wedding DJ is looking back and researching the best music of certain decades of music. For example, on social media when sharing my thoughts on music, I would use the hashtag #The80sAt30 when celebrating the 30th anniversary of a popular 80s record. Now, that 2020 is here, I've started to use the hashtag #The90sAt30 as we're now 30 years past 1990. It's hard to believe we'll celebrate 30 years from the debut of Wilson Phillips, and their single "Hold On". Now that the 2010s are behind us, what were some of the greatest musical moments of the past 10 years? Which songs that were released over the past decade made an impact at weddings all over the country? Which songs connected with brides and grooms in Charleston and look to stay on wedding playlists in the years to above? You'll want to read on as DJ Mike Bills, one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs explores some of the hottest and requested music at wedding receptions of the 2010s.
This post is perfect for the modern bride and groom looking to add some modern Top 40 and rap into their playlist. Simply put, some songs will end up standing the test of time, and some songs will fall off the face of the Earth and be forgotten. Back in October of 2019, a post was published that gained quite a bit of traction outlining some of the biggest recurrent songs played at my weddings over the past few years. Feel free to check out that archived post and then get your headphones ready or speaker turned out as we explore some of these bangers from the 2010s. Find me on Spotify by searching for DJ Mike Bills and check out this list of songs there, or feel free to scroll down through this post and click on the title of each song to pull up You Tube.
"I Love It" | Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX | 2012
The first song on this look back at the Top 50 songs of the 2010s features a song released in the spring of 2012 that would become one of the hottest songs in the summer of 2012. "I Love It" would reach #7 on the Hot 100, and number 1 on the Hot Dance charts.
"Uptown Funk" | Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Marrs | 2014
This banger hit radio in the fall of 2014 and would become one of the most popular songs in 2015 and is definitely on the recurrent list. The video is in the Top 10 list of the most viewed on the platform. It should be no surprise that "Uptown Funk" peaks at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the mainstream Top 40 charts.
"Cake By The Ocean" | DNCE | 2015
Featuring Joe Jonas on lead vocals, "Cake By The Ocean" would enter the Billboard charts and become Number 1 on the Adult Top 40 charts. The song would become a hit at weddings in the Fall of 2015 and beyond.
"All Of Me" | John Legend | 2014
The 2010s brought with them some great ballads that will be most certainly continue to show up on playlists in the years to come. Released during the mid summer of 2013, "All Of Me" would be spun at Charleston weddings in the fall of 2013, peaking in popularity in the spring of 2014 when it reached Number 1 on the Hot 100 and AC charts. Thank you John Legend for such an incredible ballad that has touched so many brides and grooms around Charleston, as well as America.
"I Like It" | Cardi B / Bad Bunny / J Balvin | 2018
One of the biggest wedding hits in 2018, the song was released in late May 2018, and became one of the most requested songs of the summer.
"Fireball" | Pitbull Featuring John Ryan | 2014
"Fireball" was the second song to hit radio off his album "Globalization". Released in the middle of the summer of 2014, "Fireball" would reach the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot Rap songs chart and would cause a spike in this popular adult beverage at weddings all around the Holy City.
"Shut Up And Dance" | Walk The Moon | 2014
Was 2014 one of the best years of music during the 2010s? You be the judge. Here's another song that was released during the fall of 2014 that became an instant hit and is still a popular choice on wedding playlists. The song would peak at #1 on the Adult Contemporary, as well as the Adult Top 40 charts.
"Speechless" | Dan & Shay | 2018
"Speechless" by Dan & Shay was one of the most requested songs of 2018 and 2019, and will easily be placed into the recurrent music category at weddings in future years. All you need to do is watch the music video down below to know what a beautiful addition it would be to your wedding playlist. The song would reach #1 on the country charts, and would also move into the Top 10 on the adult contemporary charts.
"Call Me Maybe" | Carly Rae Jepsen | 2011
Originally released in Canada back in September of 2011, the song would gain national attention in America a few short months later, and would eventually reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts in early 2012.
"Blurred Lines" | Robin Thicke, TI & Pharrell | 2013
"Blurred Lines" was released in the spring of 2013, and would become one of the most popular songs of the year. You could not DJ a wedding in the summer of 2013 without getting a request for this song, and it still is a strong recurrent request years later.
"Wagon Wheel" | Darius Rucker | 2013
It's hard to not think about a Charleston wedding without music from Hootie & The Blowfish, but when lead singer Darius Rucker crossed over and became an amazing country singer, weddings in the Holy City saw even more requests for the lead singer of Hootie. You can find this cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show classic on his album "True Believers". Released at the beginning of 2013, the song would reach #1 on the Billboard country charts and #15 on the Hot 100.
"DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" | Usher with Pitbull | 2010
This song was released back in the summer of 2010 and became an instant classic and heavy requests by brides and grooms. The song would peak at #4 on the Hot 100.
"Ho Hey" | The Lumineers | 2012
Bands like The Lumineers led the way during the 2010s with a surge in interest of Indie / Folk bands. "Ho Hey" was used as an Indie first dance song at a few of my weddings and remains a strong request. The song would top the Alternative charts and the Billboard Hot Rock songs charts.
"Sucker" | Jonas Brothers | 2019
The Jonas Brothers could do no wrong as the calendar turned from 2019 to 2020. "Sucker" was released back in the spring of 2019 and would become a summer hit at weddings all over. The song would climb all the way to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Adult Contemporary charts.
"Say You Won't Let Go" | James Arthur | 2016
With over a billion views on You Tube, "Say You Won't Let Go" became an instant wedding classic in the fall of 2016. Brides and grooms have used it for first dances, as well as their wedding ceremonies. The song would reach Number 1 on the Adult Top 40 charts.
"That's What I Like" | Bruno Marrs | 2017
Bruno Marrs was hands down one of the most popular artists of the 2010s. His album 24K Magic was released at the end of 2016, and "That's What I Like" would be the second song to be released to radio from it. The single would sell nearly 10 million copies in 2017 alone.
"Despacito" | Justin Bieber feat. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee | 2017
At last check, the original version of "Despacito" had 6.6 billion views, but in the spring of 2017 Justin Bieber went into the studio to record a remix of the song and it would become a summer hit. The remix with Justin Bieber would hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and become a big recurrent song on wedding playlists.
"Shake It Off" | Taylor Swift | 2014
"Shake It Off" debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in September of 2014. It would be the first song to be released from her forthcoming 1989 album in October 2014.
"Can't Stop The Feeling" | Justin Timberlake | 2016
If you went to wedding in the summer fo 2016, the odds were very high that the wedding DJ threw this song on. It would go on to top the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts.
"Perfect" | Ed Sheeran | 2017
Ed Sheeran released several songs through the 2010s that became staples at wedding receptions all over. The song was released in the fall of 2017, and would top the Billboard charts, as well as the UK charts by Christmas 2017. Lots of my clients have placed this on their playlist, and also have used it for their wedding ceremony.
"Tennessee Whiskey" | Chris Stapleton | 2016
You know I've been to weddings before where brides and grooms have had a "whiskey bar". I've used this song frequently during cocktail hours, as well as the last song of the night. You might remember Chris Stapleton doing the song with Justin Timberlake at the CMA's in 2015. The song would eventually hit Number 1 on the Hot Country charts.
"Timber" | Pitbull feat. Ke$ha | 2013
"Timber" would be a huge hit beginning in the fall of 2013 at weddings in Charleston. The song would eventually top the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and stay there for 3 weeks. And as we kick off 2020, the song is still in heavy rotation with a lot of my clients.
"Party Rock Anthem" | LMFAO / Lauren Bennett / Goon Rock | 2011
At the time of the publication of this post, this 2010s Wedding classic celebrates 9 years since it's release. Reaching Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Rhythmic charts, the song is still a HUGE request favorite and has been added to all the "floor filler" lists made by DJs.
"A Thousand Years" | Christina Perri | 2011
Released in the fall of 2011 as part of The Twilight Saga, "A Thousand Years" became a very popular request for those couples seeking more contemporary music for their wedding ceremony. The song has been covered by the very popular Vitamin String Quartet and the Piano Guys, also for use for wedding ceremonies. The song would top #11 on the adult contemporary chart.
"In My Feelings" | Drake | 2018
Throughout the entire summer of 2018, you probably had a lot of your friends asking the question "Kiki, do you love me?". The song would be a hit at wedding receptions during the summer and fall of 2018. It's no surprise that "In My Feelings" would top the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Hot Rap charts.
"Treasure" | Bruno Marrs | 2013
You cna find this instant classic by Bruno on his 2012 release titled "Unorthodox Jukebox". Treasure was released in the spring of 2013 and would be a big request for summer and fall weddings in 2013.
"Thrift Shop" | Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis | 2012
In the fall of 2012, brides and grooms and their wedding guests were "popping tags" on dance floors all over the country. Reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and Rhythmic charts, "Thrift Shop" is still in popular demand on wedding playlists.
"Handclap" | Fitz & The Tantrums | 2016
Fitz & The Tantrums are one of my favorite bands of the 2010s. Their first hit "Moneygrabber" in 2010 and 2011 started a string of success through out the 2010s. "Handclap" would reach the Top 5 on the Adult Top 40 charts.
"Feel It Still" | Portugal The Man | 2017
You couldn't go anywhere in 2017 without hearing this very distinctive and fresh sounding song from Portugal The Man. "Feel It Still" would go on and reach the top of the Adult Top 40 and Alternative charts.
"Best Day Of My Life" | American Authors | 2013
"Best Day Of My Life" was released in the spring of 2013 and would quickly become a wedding favorite, especially for the cocktail hour and wedding ceremony recessional song.
"Cheerleader" | OMI (Felix Jaehn Remix) | 2015
Originally released back in 2014, the song really took off in 2015 when it was remixed by German DJ Felix Jaehn. The Jaehn remix would make it all the way to Number 1 on the Hot 100 charts in 2015.
"Get Lucky" | Daft Punk | 2013
2013 was a big year for Daft Punk. They would team up with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on "Get Lucky". Released in the spring of 2013, the song would be one of the biggest songs of that year reaching Number 1 on the Dance club chart.
"Marry Me" | Train | 2010
The fall of 2010 saw the ultimate wedding song released by Train. While it's dwindled a tad in popularity since it's release, the song is still a solid favorite for ceremony prelude music, as well as first dances. The song would peak at #3 on the adult contemporary music charts.
"We Found Love" | Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna | 2011
'We Found Love" would become an instant classic in the fall of 2011 at wedding receptions all over. And now over 8 years, the song is still in heavy demand by brides and grooms for their playlist.
"Sugar" | Maroon 5 | 2015
It's hard to believe it's been 18 years since we first heard from Maroon 5. "Harder To Breathe" was a personal favorite of mine back in 2002. Fast forward to 2014 / 2015. "Sugar" is released and is a hot song at weddings all around, and would peak at Number 2 on the Hot 100 in 2015. Perhaps it was the music video that everyone saw that allowed it become a big wedding hit. Watch it down below.
"Thinking Out Loud" | Ed Sheeran | 2014
Released in the fall of 2014, lots of brides and grooms were trying to duplicate the wonderfully romantic scene in the music video. This trend continued deep into 2015. "Thinking Out Loud" is still the perfect slow song for modern brides and grooms.
"Closer" | Chainsmokers feat. Halsey | 2016
Back in the summer of the 2016, the Chainsmokers teamed up with Halsey for what would become one of the biggest hits of the year. It seems like there was a "Closer" hangover even in 2017 as it remained on lots of wedding playlists.
"Turn Down For What" | DJ Snake & Lil Jon | 2013
"Turn Down For What" would be a Christmas present in 2013 for dance floors and would go on to be a huge floor filler in 2014, and #1 on the Rhythmic charts.
"Moves Like Jagger" | Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera | 2011
It was the summer of 2011 where we were all moving the front man of The Rolling Stones at wedding receptions all over. The song would go on to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well as the Mainstream Top 40.
"Old Town Road" | Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus | 2019
The 2010s wrapped up with a record-breaking year for "Old Town Road". The song would spend 19 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.
"My House" | Flo Rida | 2015
Flo Rida is in high demand by brides and grooms and he released another huge banger in the fall of 2015 that would reach #1 on the Mainstream Top 40 charts.
"From The Ground Up" | Dan & Shay | 2016
Dan & Shay were getting more and more popular as the mid 2010s rolled on. By the end of the 2010s, they were one of the most popular modern country duos. "From The Ground Up" is the perfect modern bride and groom looking for a modern first dance song. It would reach #1 on the Country airplay charts.
"Teach Me How To Dougie" | Cali Swag District | 2010
"Teach Me How To Dougie" became a bit of phenomenon in the summer of 2010. Thankfully, as a wedidng DJ, I just play the song and don't know how to do the dougie. But watch the You Tube down below so you can be prepared at the next wedding you are invited to.
"Super Bass" | Nicki Minaj | 2011
Some people love Nicki, and some folks put her on the Do Not Play List. "Super Bass" is still in rotation on wedding playlists almost 9 years after it's release. "Super Bass" would peak at #3 on the Hot 100 charts, but hit #1 on the rhythmic chart.
"All About That Bass" | Meghan Trainor | 2014
You won't ever have to worry about "bass" when you hire me to DJ your wedding as I bring a top of the line subwoofer to all my events. I guess you can say "I am all about that bass". Brides and grooms and guests were "All About That Bass" beginning in the summer of 2014 as wedding DJs began to drop this single, which would eventually make it all the way to Number 1 on the Hot 100.
"Truth Hurts" | Lizzo | 2019
Originally released back in 2017, it would not be until a few years later that 2019 would become the year of "Lizzo".
"Girls Like You" | Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B | 2018
"Girls Like You" would become one of the songs of the summer of 2018 and would reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Club Can't Handle Me" | Flo Rida with David Guetta | 2010
Flo Rida teamed with David Guetta back in the summer of 2010 for what would become a highyl requested song of the 2010s.
"Dynamite" | Taio Cruz | 2010
Dance floors would blowing up like "Dynamite" back in the summer of 2010 when this song would be released around Memorial Day weekend.
"Havana" | Camila Cabello feat Young Thug
Released in the mid summer of 2017, the song would hit radio in the fall and would become one of the most popular songs on the charts in 2018. The song would go all the way to Number 1 on the Hot 100 & the Rhythmic charts.
As you can see, the 2010s had a pretty impressive variety of music, but there were more! It was hard to narrow this countdown to just 50 songs. Check out some more popular tracks down below that were in high demand during the 2010s.
"Shape Of You" | Ed Sheeran
"Die A Happy Man" | Thomas Rhett
"Shallow" | Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
"On The Floor" | Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
"Psycho" | Post Malone
"God's Plan" | Drake
"Die Young" | Ke$ha
"Blank Space" | Taylor Swift
"This Is What You Came For" | Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
"God Gave Me You" | Blake Shelton
"Body Like A Back Road" | Sam Hunt
"Drive By" | Train
Did You Enjoy Looking Back At The Music Of The 2010s And Want To Hire Mike As Your Wedding DJ?
You know I could easily go on and add another several songs into this post and I might just do that in the future days if songs come to me. These were some of the most requested, most popular songs of the 2010s. Do you see anything you like? Most all of the songs you see on this post have a great chance of continuing their run into the 2020s as modern wedding song choices. Music is my passion and I invite you to continue looking over my blog so that you can continue to learn more about me and my style as a wedding DJ. Also, be sure to download The Mike Bills Podcast to get inside the mind of one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs. And if you have already done all of the above and would like to learn more about booking me as your wedding DJ, please click the link to fill out a contact form.