Decade Review: Pop Culture

The past ten years have seen many trends come and go.



“Old Town Road” became the longest running No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Top 100.

Valerie Vizcarra, Staff Writer

The 2010’s was a decade of progress. From the end of “don’t ask don’t tell”, to youth around the world protesting for climate action, the decade was characterized by breakthroughs. The decade might be over, but there is more to go.

Let’s step back and take a look at what made the 2010’s so great in pop culture:

2010 – Viral Video: “Bed Intruder Song”

“Bed Intruder Song” went viral and was on the Billboard Hot 100.

2011 – The End of Harry Potter

Harry Potter book series ended, being one of the most popular franchises in history. It sold over 450 million copies worldwide and was produced into films.

2012 – “Gangnam Style”

“Gangnam Style” took over the world becoming a worldwide phenomenon which set a record for most viewed on YouTube and social media.

2013 – Volvo Commercial

The commercial had more than 50 million views in less than two weeks after a Volvo commercial went viral. The commercial called “Volvo Trucks: The Epic Split” featured Jean-Claude Van Damme doing splits between two moving trucks.

2014 – “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

“Happy” hits No. 1 on the Billboard’s top 100 Hits of 2014.

2015 – The Rock Hulks Out

Dwayne Johnson hulking out in “Furious 7” was a big hit in pop culture that went viral. It showed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson breaking out of casts through brute force.

2016 – Celebrity Children Trending

Children of celebrities take over the modeling fashion world making a hit in the modeling industry due to big trends by famous families.

2017 – “13 Reasons Why”*

The hype behind “13 Reasons Why” trended on social media with an impact, encouraging families to have open conversations about teen suicide. The TV show received a lot of controversy for its graphic scenes.

2018 – “Black Panther” Sets the Bar High

“Black Panther” was the first superhero film to ever be nominated for best picture at the 91st Academy Awards.

2019 – Lil Nas X Makes Country Music History

“Old Town Road” becomes the longest running No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Top 100 and he even partnered with Wrangler jeans.


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*Suicide Lifeline: If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night, text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or chat online.