Billboard recently released multiple charts of the top everything that has been released in the last decade. Anything that was released from 2001 to 2019 has been considered for this list. To figure out the spots it was based on sales. Originally based on weekly album sales in 2014, then the amount of units sold. Streaming didn’t come into play until 2012, and became the main factor by 2015. The charts are scattered between the early 2000’s and the late 2000’s, but very few late 2000’s artists made it to the very top.
The top song announced by Billboard was given to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. The song released in 2015 was a smash hit, and could be heard literally anywhere. From dances at schools to million dollar award shows. The song followed by another smash hit “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. If you have never heard that song before then I don’t know how to explain the popularity of that song. The rest of the top 5 consisted of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and Halsey and The Chainsmokers.
Top album was as expected a very tough category, however, Adele as usual pulled through and got the top spot with “21“. 21 was a smash hit at the time and took the charts for 24 weeks while scoring number 1’s after number 1’s. Taylor Swifts’s change to pop music “1989″ scored her 2nd place which including smash hits like “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space“. Ed Sheeran followed with “Divide” and was that really a suprise. Frozen took 4th place, and was finally followed by in a shocking manner Post Malone. Post Malone took the 5th post with his album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” which took the Billboard charts by storm scoring a no.1 song and charting for weeks.
For top artist instead of by the decade it was done of all time. The place went with no protest( except for stan Twitter) to the Beatles. The Beatles are one of the most succesful groups of all time, and still to this day with re-releases take the charts by storm. It is great to see even with the passing of some of the members that the sprit of the Beatles can live on through their music, and new previously unreleased content. The Rolling Stones took 2nd place which again makes a lot of sense as they as well has multiple no.1 albums, and like The Beatles took the world by storm in the late 1960’s. Elton John took 3rd place, Mariah Carey( who also won top female artist) took 4th place, and Madonna rounded it out at 5th place. Some honorable mentions from the rest include Taylor Swift at 8th place, Janet Jackson at 14th place, Whitney Houston at 11th place, and Rihanna at 18th place.
These rankings were released to honor this last decade as we are moving into 2020. All of these ranking were also released in anticipation of the BBMA’s coming soon. Some awards will be given in honor of these achievements. As well as some rankings will also be announced at the show itself. I want to congraulate all of these artists on not only winning these awards, but for all of the imprints you have left on the industry.
Other Honorable Mentions:
- Top Country Song: Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
- Top Male Artists: Elton John
- R&B/ Hip Hop Top Album: Take Care
- Top Christian Album: How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle
- Top Latin Song: Despacito by Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee