Top 10 Songs Turning 10 in 2017


By Erin ODonnell

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Not to make anybody feel old, but can you believe 2007 was 10 years ago? Just writing that sentence makes my soul ache. Oh, how I long for the simpler times when all I had to worry about was recess and what Barbie I should play with today. While we cannot go back to those simpler days, at least we can listen to and celebrate the music that is now a decade old.

 

No One – Alicia Keys

 

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Alicia Keys might be an occasional judge on the voice now, but when she is behind the piano, she makes magic. From her incredible singing voice to her brilliant lyrics. No One is just as enjoyable to listen to now as it was ten years ago.

 

Umbrella – Rihanna

 

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Umbrella displays the pop star’s stunning vocals and reminds us where this talent started. While Rihanna has evolved over the years, it’s nice to see where her progress began.

 

Thnks Fr Th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy

 

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This one hurt me the most, as I couldn’t believe that much time had passed. The perfect song to blast after a breakup, Thnks fr th Mmrs encapsulates the classic pop-punk sound Fall Out Boy is best known for.

 

Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne

 

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A middle school dance anthem, from the very beginning until the very end, you’ll be addicted to the song. While Girlfriend is probably best known for its fun and catchy lyrics, it is Lavigne’s vocal performance that prevents the song from being overly corny.

 

The Pretender – Foo Fighters

 

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While this rock group has been around since 1995, their biggest hit to date turns 10 this year. The Pretender is engaging from the first chord, and Dave Grohl uses his signature belt for the whole of the song. It’s safe to say we will want to headbang to this for many more years to come.

 

Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis

 

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Now you are either lying if you say you never lip sync to Bleeding Love or you have the best self-restraint in the world. However, this piercing pop ballad is excellent to listen to on a rainy day. It is Leona Lewis’s vocals that are the real powerhouse of the song and prevents it from sounding like every love song before it.

 

Misery Business – Paramore

 

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I don’t know which is harder to believe: that Misery Business is now ten years old, that Paramore is still around or that members of Paramore are only in their 20’s. Whichever is hardest for you to digest, at least we have this alternative rock anthem to contemplate with. Despite just being 17 at the time of recording the song, Hayley Williams displays her signature vocals and encapsulates a style the band will be forever known for.

 

Piece of Me – Britney Spears

 

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As the saying goes, if Britney Spears could get through 2007, you can get through today. While 2007 might have been a turbulent year for Miss Spears, she came out stronger with one of her best albums, Blackout. Piece of Me is a biographical song detailing the pressures of being in the media’s spotlight and might be her most honest song to date.

 

Stronger – Kanye West

 

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Love him or hate him it’s hard to deny that Kanye West is a musical genius. By sampling Daft Punk’s hit “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” West shows his talent behind the mixing board, while the lyrics to Stronger prove his talent in front of the mic.

 

Bet on It – Zac Efron from High School Musical 2

 

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While Bet on It is now old enough to watch the High School Musical franchise, it will never get old. Zac Efron’s vocals are allowed to shine, while the backing track is full of the right amount of drums and synth. The breakdown in the middle of the track is just as iconic as Efron’s performance in the movie. Strangely the older I get, the more I can relate to the song as well as Troy’s struggles in the film.