2010s Music Trends Quiz



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Music-related trends during the 2010s

  • "Whisperpop" style of subdued vocals became popular among pop artists.

  • Traditional instruments such as mandolin, dulcimer, and accordion were used more often in indie rock and country music.

  • Adult contemporary music had success on the charts with artists like Taylor Swift and Adele.

  • Hip hop music grew as a genre with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Drake rising to prominence.

  • Progressive and experimental rock became more widespread in the second half of the decade.

  • EDM became more mainstream with artists like David Guetta and Calvin Harris.

  • Europop and Eurodance achieved notable commercial success with artists like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

  • Teen pop made a significant comeback with artists like Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber.

  • New and unique genres of music were introduced through social media, such as vaporwave and bedroom pop.

  • Boy bands and girl groups returned to mainstream popularity with acts like One Direction and Little Mix.

  • Soundtracks from films topped the charts with hits from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

  • Pop music remained significantly popular with dance-pop, electropop, and synth-pop with artists like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande dominating the charts.Music in the 2010s: A Decade in Review

  • Taylor Swift became the first artist in history to have four albums debut on the Billboard 200 with each selling over 1 million copies, and the first female artist to debut six albums on the chart, each opening with more than 500,000 copies.

  • Madonna achieved 50 number-one songs on any Billboard chart, in the Dance Club Songs chart, pulling ahead of runner-up, George Strait.

  • Ariana Grande became the first solo artist to occupy the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second artist to do so since the Beatles in 1964.

  • Rock had remained popular in the 2010s, with successful rock artists from the past making comebacks, including AC/DC, David Bowie, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Blink-182, Radiohead, Green Day, and Alice in Chains.

  • Alternative rock saw success with bands such as Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park, Muse, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Kasabian, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and Arctic Monkeys.

  • Psychedelic rock had a revival with bands such as Animal Collective, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and MGMT.

  • Progressive rock had a renaissance with djent and post-progressive genres, and the return of older artists such as Opeth, Devin Townsend, Anathema, Pain of Salvation, and Steven Wilson.

  • Pop punk had heavily decreased in mainstream popularity during the 2010s, but DIY ethic punk rock saw somewhat of a cult resurgence with bands like Martha, The Spook School, Neck Deep, The Story So Far, and Joanna Gruesome.

  • Hard rock and heavy metal saw successful albums from bands such as Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Asking Alexandria, Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot, Shinedown, Bring Me the Horizon, and Guns N' Roses, who experienced a major comeback with the Not in This Lifetime... Tour.

  • Contemporary R&B had not been as prominent in the early 2010s, but new players emerged from the subgenre called alternative R&B, such as The Weeknd, Solange, Blood Orange, SZA, and Kali Uchis. Mainstream artists included Rihanna, Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Trey Songz, and Usher.

  • Due to the domination of electro and dance-pop, contemporary R&B had partially become more influenced by dance and electropop, and many musicians that were typically contemporary R&B artists had started to release pop.

  • Hip-hop and rap continued to dominate the music industry, with successful artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Post Malone, Cardi B, and Travis Scott.Musical Genres of the 2010s

  • R&B saw a resurgence in popularity in the 2010s, with contemporary R&B acts from the 1990s and 2000s achieving commercial success.

  • Beyoncé became the first artist in Billboard chart history to have her first six albums debut at number-one on the Billboard 200 chart in 2016.

  • Hip-hop/R&B became the most popular genre in music for the first time in U.S. history, as reported by Forbes in 2017.

  • Prominent hip-hop labels of the 2010s included Grand Hustle Records, GOOD Music, Cash Money Records, Roc Nation, Maybach Music Group, Top Dawg Entertainment, and Def Jam Recordings.

  • Trap music, characterized by double or triple-time sub-divided hi-hats and heavy sub-bass layered kick drums, became a prominent subgenre during the 2010s.

  • Mumble rap, a rap subgenre characterized by simplistic, bass-heavy beats and lyrics that ping-pong between braggadocio and nihilism, saw mainstream popularity in the mid-2010s.

  • Trap metal, a fusion genre combining trap music and heavy metal, emerged in the 2010s and was pioneered by Scarlxrd.

  • Emo rap, a fusion genre of hip-hop and emo, gained popularity in the SoundCloud rap scene in the mid-2010s, characterized by its emotional and personal lyrical content.

  • Alternative hip-hop saw a rise in popularity in the 2010s, with artists such as Clipping, Moor Mother, Dälek, M.I.A., Odd Future, Death Grips, Freddie Gibbs, BROCKHAMPTON, JPEG MAFIA, Chance the Rapper, and Earl Sweatshirt.

  • Kanye West's album Yeezus drew from an array of genres, including industrial, acid house, electro, punk, and Chicago drill.

  • Experimental hip hop artists such as Death Grips, JPEGMafia, and Clipping. incorporated elements of experimental rock and industrial music into their sound.

  • Dancehall, a form of R&B, also became popular on the charts in the mid to late 2010s with songs such as "Lean On" by Major Lazer, "One Dance" by Drake, and "Work" by Rihanna.A Decade of Music: Genres and Trends

  • Kanye West's album "Yeezus" received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and has since been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

  • The term "meme rap" was first used to describe the work of Lil B, who became a pioneer of the genre, inspiring other artists such as Ugly God, Dbangz, Rich Brain, Pink Guy, Bhad Bhabie, Yung Gravy, and bbno$.

  • Lo-fi hip-hop emerged in the underground beatmaking hip-hop scene of the 2000s and became hugely popular in the 2010s, particularly after the release of the Roland SP-303 and Roland SP-404 samplers. YouTube started hosting live streams in 2013, resulting in 24-hour "radio stations" dedicated to the subgenre.

  • Various electronic dance subgenres such as house, dubstep, drumstep, hardstyle, electro house, techno, trance, synth-pop, electropop, and trap had conquered the music scene. DJs such as Tiesto, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Deadmau5, Diplo, Skrillex, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Zedd, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Major Lazer, Mark Ronson, DJ Snake, Slushii, and Disclosure became the top mainstream disk jockeys in the 2010s.

  • Hyperpop is a loosely defined musical style and queer microgenre characterized by a maximalist or exaggerated take on popular music. It typically uses elements like brash synth melodies, Auto-Tuned "earworm" vocals, excessive compression, and distortion, as well as surrealist or nostalgic allusions to 2000s Internet culture and the Web 2.0 era.

  • Indie Folk is an amalgamation of independent American music formed by the diverse traditions that comprise the musical ethos of the United States, particularly sounds that emerged from the Southern United States such as folk, gospel, blues, and other external influences. Artists such as The Lumineers, Mumford and sons, Bon Iver, phoebe bridgers, and Sufjan Stevens became mainstream successes because of their organic instrumentation and roosty production style.

  • Bedroom Pop is dreamy, nostalgic music produced from the homes of young, independent artists. It became hugely popular in the late 2010s, particularly online, and allowed for the expression of unapologetically LGBTQ+ themes in the alternative music spheres, specifically Girl In Red and CaveTown.

  • Latin Indie Pop artists such as Kali Uchis, The Marias, Mon Laferte, Cuco, Omar Apollo, and various other artists continued innovating the Indie landscape with their songwriting and iconic hazy Lo-fi production styles.

  • Country music maintained its popularity both as a radio format and in retail. The most popular country acts during this decade were Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney


Test your knowledge of music trends during the 2010s with our quiz! From the rise of "Whisperpop" to the emergence of meme rap and hyperpop, this quiz covers a wide range of genres and subgenres that defined the decade. See how well you remember the artists, albums, and trends that dominated the airwaves and charts during the 2010s.

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