Music of the 2010s

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  • Alternative: Alternative is a genre that covers folk, indie and alternative versions of basic Rock and Pop. This continues to be the prevailing form of rock music in the mainstream. You'd be hard-pressed to find a rock band nowadays that doesn't have "alternative" or "indie" rock listed on their Wikipedia page. However, it's taken a Lighter and Softer turn starting from the beginning of the decade. Billboard and iTunes cross-referencing shows this to be somewhere between the 4th and 6th most popular basic genre in the 2010's.
  • Country Music: Country music continues the slow and steady rise in popularity its enjoyed since the 90's. It's the third largest genre in the United States (thanks in part to the fall of R&B music) behind Pop and Hip-Hop. As well as the #1 most popular radio format in the United States. Stylistically, the biggest change in Country music is the rise of "bro-Country" artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line. The subgenre of Country incorporates elements of Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock and even Electronic into its vocal delivery, instrumental, and lyrics. The subgenre has come under scrutiny and criticism from many older Country singers, mostly for abandoning the traditional storytelling oriented lyrics of Country for formulaic lyrics revolving around partying and negative Southern stereotypes. None the less, the genre has expanded and revitalized Country's popularity and has provided us with some of the biggest Country artists of this decade.
  • Dance: Dance covers a vast number of electronic production-based subgenres, where the star is the producer and the instrumental, rather than the vocalist and their vocals. Dance exploded in popularity in the 2010's and is the 4th - 6th most popular basic genre of this decade. In the mainstream, the genre ranges from party bangers like LMFAO to artists who make feel good synthetic radio hits like Calvin Harris. Not only has Dance gained in popularity, it's also had a major effect on the world of Pop music, where Synth-Pop is one of the most popular subgenres of the current decade.
  • Hip-Hop/Rap: While declining in popularity from the previous decade, Hip-Hop remains the second largest basic genre, behind Pop. The genre began a steep decline in 2011, but began to pick up again in 2015. This is likely because the genre's young, urban listener base moved away from radio and purchases, towards internet streaming sites like Spotify, Tidal, YouTube and even Vine, most of which had no way of accounting and reporting music's popularity until recently. Stylistically, Pop Rap artists like Flo Rida, Iggy Azalea, and The Black Eyed Peas have played arguably an even larger role in Hip-Hop than the previous decade. The word "Trap" ceased to be associated with artists like T.I., Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane, and began to be associated with artists such as Fetty Wap, Future, and Desiigner, whose music features a mumble-like auto tuned sing-rapping inspired by Lil Wayne. On top of this, a trend of internet phenomenon turned rappers, inspired largely by Soulja Boy, began to take form with artists like Bobby Shmurda, T-Wayne, and Silento capitalizing on dance trends and internet virility. The ability to sing and incorporate some level of R&B into your performance became nearly a requirement for a Hip-Hop artist to make it big in the 2010's. Rap also managed to expand well outside its previous decade's black male norm. In 2017, the genre rose to prominence with both moderately successful acts (Rae Sremmurd, Kendrick Lamar [Billboard wise]) and breakout performers (Migos and Lil Uzi Vert) all netting their first #1s this year.
  • Pop: This style of music returned to a level it hadn't enjoyed since the 1980's. With Hip-Hop and R&B out of the way, and fueled by the rising trend of Dance music, Pop takes center stage as the primary genre of the 2010's decade.
  • R&B/Soul: Other than Rock, this is likely the genre that declined the most from the previous decade. Ranked around 4th-6th place, R&B has largely been swallowed by Hip-Hop and Pop. When radio stations shifted their focus from R&B to Pop in the mid 2000's, the lion's share of the casual listening audience did as well. Singing rappers like Drake and Nicki Minaj bit into the core audience for R&B as well. With a few notable exceptions like The Weeknd and Usher, many R&B artists in the 2010s are seen as Chris Brown wannabes/knockoffs.

    Artists/Bands 
  • 2 Chainz
    • Notable hits: "Birthday Song", "No Lie", "I'm Different"
  • 3OH!3
    • Notable hit: "My First Kiss"
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • 30 Seconds To Mars
  • ASAP Rocky
    • Notable hit: "Fuckin' Problems"
  • Ace Hood
    • Notable hit: "Bugatti"
  • Adam Lambert
    • Notable hits: "Whataya Want from Me", "If I Had You", "Ghost Town"
  • Adele has been popular in the UK since 2007, and her song "Chasing Pavements" got some attention in 2009. However, she never ascended to superstardom until 2011, when she released her second album, "21." In 2013, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song with the title theme of Skyfall, the first James Bond song to win such an award.
    • Notable hits: "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone Like You", "Set Fire To The Rain", "Skyfall", "Hello"
  • Alessia Cara
    • Notable hits: "Here", "Wild Things", "Scars to Your Beautiful"
  • Alex Clare
    • Notable hit: "Too Close"
  • Alexandra Stan
    • Notable hit: "Mr. Saxobeat"
  • Christina Aguilera
    • Notable hits: "Not Myself Tonight", "Your Body"
  • Anamanaguchi
  • Anybody Killa
  • AOA
  • A Pink
  • Arcade Fire
  • Arctic Monkeys
    • 2013 - AM
    • Notable hit: "Do I Wanna Know?"
  • Asap Rocky
  • Atlas Genius
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • AWOLNATION
    • Notable hit: "Sail"
  • Axe Murder Boyz
  • Iggy Azalea: Australian-American white female rapper whose popularity fell as fast as it rose.
    • Notable hits: "Fancy", "Black Widow", "Beg For It", "Trouble"
  • Azealia Banks
    • Notable hit: "212"
  • Sara Bareilles
    • Notable hits: "King of Anything", "Brave"
  • Beastie Boys: Disbanded after MCA's death in 2012.
  • Beartooth
  • Ben Folds and his Five (okay, trio), reunited in 2012 and released "The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind."
  • Nick Bertke
  • Beyoncé
  • Justin Bieber Most commonly Googled musician of the decade. Breaking out in 2010, he was originally somebody whose status as an artist never quite matched their status as a celebrity. In late 2015, after not having any big hit for about two years, he released his record breaking album "Purpose", which gave him nearly as much success as all of his previous music combined.
    • Notable Hits: "Baby", "Boyfriend", "As Long As You Love Me", "Beauty And The Beat", "What Do You Mean?", "Sorry" and "Love Yourself"
  • Big Big Train
  • Big Data
  • Big Hoodoo
  • Big KRIT
  • Big Pun
  • Big Sean
    • Notable Hits: "My Last", "Dance (A$$)", "I Don't Fuck With You", "Blessings", "Bounce Back"
  • The Black Eyed Peas released The Beginning in 2010.
    • Notable Hits: "Imma Be", "Just Can't Get Enough"
  • The Black Keys scored their first radio hit in 2010.
    • Brothers (2010)
    • Notable Hits: "Tighten Up", "Howlin' For You", "Lonely Boy", "Fever"
  • Blank Banshee
  • Carsie Blanton
  • Blaze Ya Dead Homie
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Andy Black
  • BlackPink
  • Blink182
  • Bliss N Eso
  • Block B
  • Joe Bonamassa, a blues guitarist who has reliably put out multiple albums yearly since the 2000s.
  • Bon Iver won the Best New Artist award at the 2012 Grammys.
  • Boondox
  • David Bowie released his last two studio albums in this decade, before his passing in 2016.
  • Brainwave started making music as early as 2009, and released Brains In Jars in 2012.
  • Brotha Lynch Hung
  • Bobby Brown
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • Chris Brown broke out in one of the 2000s most popular acts, but he was made to alter his career around the turn of the decade after his assault on Rihanna caused him to be blacklisted from many radio stations and music retailers. He seamlessly shifted his focus from more pop leaning R&B songs aimed at Top 40 radio, to more R&B focused music, aimed at Urban radio listeners, allowing artists like Jason Derulo to rush to fill his place on the Top 40 stations and loosing little to no popularity in the process, remaining the decade's archtypical R&B singer.
    • Notable hits: "Deuces", "Yeah 3X", "She Ain't You", "Look At Me Now", "Don't Wake Me Up", "Love More", "Loyal", "New Flame", "Ayo"
  • Danny Brown
  • Alexandra Burke
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Armin Van Buuren
  • David Byrne has been consistently active since the 80s, but his 2012 album Love This Giant seems to be his best-received in quite some time.
  • Melanie C
  • Cage the Elephant first broke through in 2009 but all but one of their hits peaked in the 2010s.
    • Notable hits: "Shake Me Down", "Come a Little Closer"
  • Captain Murphy
  • Wendy Carlos
  • The Cars, a 1970s and '80s band, reunited after 22 years and released a new album, Move Like This, in 2011.
  • Joe Cocker
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Capital Cities
    • Notable hit: "Safe and Sound"
  • Cerebral Ballzy
  • The Chainsmokers
    • Notable hits: "Selfie", "Roses", "Don't Let Me Down", "Closer", "Paris", "Something Just Like This"
  • Cheryl
  • CHVRCHES
  • Gabriella Cilmi
  • Cimorelli
    • Notable hit: "Made In America"
  • Kelly Clarkson got her biggest hit ever in 2012's "Stronger."
    • Notable hit: "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
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  • CN Blue made their official Korean debut in 2010 and official Japan debut in 2011, both much more successful than their previous Japanese indie debut.
  • Cold187um
  • Chief Keef
  • Childish Gambino
  • Cibo Matto (ended their hiatus in 2011 and released their third album in 2014.)
  • Civil War: Swedish Power Metal band spun off from Sabaton in 2012 and has released three full-length albums to date.
  • Coldplay
    • Notable hits: "Paradise", "A Sky Full of Stars", "Adventure of a Lifetime", "Hymn for the Weekend"
  • Ferry Corsten
  • Elvis Costello released several albums in this decade.
  • Crayon Pop
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash (And Young)
  • Cupcak Ke
  • Cypress Hill
  • Miley Cyrus is known this decade for her transition into an adult artist with 2013's Bangerz, her infamous performance at the VMAs that same year, and the controversial music video of her song "Wrecking Ball."
    • Notable hits: "We Can't Stop", "Wrecking Ball"
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  • Daisy Dares You
  • Dami Im
  • Das Racist
  • Dayton Family
  • A Day to Remember scored their biggest rock hit in 2011.
  • Daft Punk finally broke into the mainstream with their single "Get Lucky" from their acclaimed album Random Access Memories.
  • Dal Shabet
  • Daughtry
    • Notable hits: "Life After You", "September"
  • Daya
    • Notable hits: "Hide Away", "Sit Still Look Pretty"
  • Dead Sara released their debut album Dead Sara in 2012.
  • Deafheaven formed at the beginning of the decade, and have since garnered massive critical acclaim.
  • Dean
  • Death Cab for Cutie released You Are A Tourist (number one on the alternative charts) in 2011, as well as their grammy nominated Codes and Keys.
  • Death Grips
  • Lana Del Rey: First got attention with her song "Video Games" in 2011.
    • Notable hits: "Video Games", "Young and Beautiful", "Summertime Sadness"
  • Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
  • dEUS
  • Diafrix
  • Ronnie James Dio: Died in 2010.
  • Die Antwoord
  • DJ Quik
  • Dorothy: Debuted a self-titled EP in 2014 and a studio album, ROCKISDEAD, in 2016, while touring with Halestorm and Lita Ford.
  • Drake broke out in 2009 and continued to incredible success throughout the 2010's decade. Never being anywhere outside of the top 3 rappers of any given year, he became the most prominent Hip-Hop artist of the 2010's decade. Being the most streamed artist of all time, he is arguably the most prominent artist of the decade from any genre. Drake's succeeded by appealing to fans of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop, and by never going a single year without putting out at least one substantial hit single.
    • Notable hits: "Over", "Find Your Love", "Headlines", "Make Me Proud", "Take Care", "The Motto", "Started From The Bottom", "All Me", "Hold On, We're Going Home", "0 to 100/The Catch Up", "Back To Back", "Hotline Bling", "Jumpman", "Pop Style", "One Dance", "Too Good", "Controlla", "Fake Love"
  • Dr. Dre
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • Bob Dylan is still writing music, and released Tempest in 2012 to critical acclaim.
  • Ego Likeness
  • Eminem's Recovery was one of the best selling albums of 2010.
    • Notable hits: "Not Afraid", "Love The Way You Lie", "Berzerk", "Rap God", "The Monster"
  • Epica
  • Esham
  • exist†trace
  • Evanescence made a highly anticipated comeback in 2011 with a self-titled album.
  • Emilie Autumn
  • Emily Pukis And The Vagrants
  • EXID
  • EXO
  • Fifth Harmony
    • Notable hits: "Worth It", "Work From Home"
  • Fitz And The Tantrums
  • Five Finger Death Punch: Continue as one of the most popular metal bands in the 2010s.
  • Florence + the Machine became popular in the U.S. after "Dog Days are Over" won a Video Music Award from MTV.
    • Notable hits: "Dog Days are Over", "Shake It Out"
  • Flo Rida
    • Notable hits: "Good Feeling", "Wild Ones", "Whistle", "GDFR", "My House"
  • Foo Fighters
  • Foster the People had an unlikely pop hit late in 2011 with "Pumped Up Kicks."
    • Notable hit: "Pumped Up Kicks"
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • FT Island made their successful official Japanese debut in 2010 and continue with their success in Korea in this time.
  • fun. had two of the biggest hits of 2012 with "We Are Young" and "Some Nights."
    • Notable hits: "We Are Young", "Some Nights"
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Geto Boys
  • Ghost Lights
  • Girls Aloud
  • Glee
  • Ellie Goulding
    • Halcyon (2012)
    • Notable hits: "Lights", "Love Me Like You Do"
  • Girl's Day
  • Giulietta
  • Gloryhammer
  • Die Goldenen Zitronen
  • Selena Gomez had her first hit with 2010's "Naturally."
    • Notable hits: "Naturally", "Love You Like A Love Song", "Come and Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love"
  • Delta Goodrem
  • Gotye is best known for his 2012 smash "Somebody That I Used to Know."
    • Notable hit: "Somebody That I Used To Know"
  • Ariana Grande had the most top ten hits of any artist in 2014 with "Problem", "Break Free", "Bang Bang" and "Love Me Harder".
    • Notable hits: "The Way", "Problem", "Break Free", "Dangerous Woman"
  • Gravediggaz
  • A Great Big World
    • Notable hit: "Say Something"
  • Green Day
  • Grouplove
  • Halsey
  • Hard Fi
  • Calvin Harris finally became popular outside the United Kingdom after producing Rihanna's "We Found Love."
    • Notable hits: "Feel So Close", "Sweet Nothing", "Summer", "This Is What You Came For"
  • PJ Harvey
  • Darren Hayes
  • Halestorm: Self-titled debut album in 2009, made their first headlining tour in 2010 and started to really take off when their 2012 single "Here's to Us" was featured on Glee. They ultimately became the first female-fronted group to win the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2013.
  • Hed PE
  • M.J. Hibbett and the Validators
  • Hopsin
  • How To Destroy Angels
    • Icon for Hire: Active 2007-present. Released first EPs in 2007, became more known after their album Scripted back in 2011.
  • Icona Pop scored a viral hit in 2013 with "I Love It".
    • Notable hit: "I Love It"
  • Imagine Dragons
    • Notable hits: "It's Time", "Radioactive", "Demons", "On Top of the World"
  • INFINITE
  • I.O.I
  • Issues
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Jason Derulo became popular with the hit song "Whatcha Say" in 2009 and has maintained the popularity throughout the 2010s. His R&B influenced Pop is often described as a substitute for Chris Brown's, as Derulo rose to prominence around the same time Chris Brown stopped trying to appeal to Pop audiences.
    • Notable hits: "In My Head", "Ridin' Solo", "Whatcha Say", "It Girl", "The Other Side", "Trumpets", "Talk Dirty", "Wiggle", "Want To Want Me"
  • Jawbreaker: They broke up in 1996, but will reunite at Riot Fest in September.
  • Jay-Z
    • Notable hits: "Young Forever", "Niggas In Paris", "Holy Grail"
  • Jessie J
    • Notable hits: "Price Tag", "Domino", "Bang Bang"
  • Michael Jackson - Posthumous album releases began in 2010
  • Samantha Jade
  • J Cole
    • Notable hits: "Work Out", "Power Trip", "Crooked Smile", "False Prophets", "Deja Vu"
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: Became popular outside of Canada with one of the biggest hit song of 2012, "Call Me Maybe."
    • Notable hit: "Call Me Maybe"
  • Victoria Justice
  • Joji
  • Jojo
    • Notable hit: "Disaster"
  • Lucie Jones
  • Juniel
  • Jupiter, formed in 2013, is The Band Minus the Face version of Versailles, featuring the instrumentalists of the latter band accompanied by a then-unknown vocalist. Still known for invoking Viewer Gender Confusion among metal fans.
  • Kana
  • Kat Mc Snatch
  • Kaya
  • Kesha had the first chart-topping song of the decade with her debut single "Tik Tok." She a major player in the Pop world until late 2013 when lawsuits and drama began to complicate her ability to output music (Which she later won against).
    • Notable hits: "TiK ToK", "Your Love Is My Drug", "Take It Off", "We R Who We R", "Blow", "Die Young"
  • Alicia Keys
    • Notable hits: "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)", "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart", "Girl on Fire"
  • Kimbra
  • B.B. King: Died in 2015.
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Kool Keith
  • Kool Moe Dee
  • Krewella
    • Notable hit: "Alive"
  • KRS-One
  • KXM
  • Laboum
  • Zara Larsson
    • Notable hits: "Never Forget You", "Lush Life"
  • LMFAO scored their first major hit in 2011 with "Party Rock Anthem."
    • Notable hits: "Party Rock Anthem", "Sexy and I Know It"
  • Lady Gaga finally topped the Billboard 200 in 2011 with "Born This Way."
    • Notable hits: "Bad Romance", "Telephone", "Born this Way", "The Edge of Glory", "Applause"
  • Kendrick Lamar
    • good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)
    • Notable hits: "Swimming Pools", "i", "The Blacker The Berry", "Alright", ".HUMBLE", "DNA"
  • Bettye LaVette, an industry veteran, rode the late-2000's retro-soul boom to late-career fame with a series of cover albums.
  • Christopher Lee
  • Ricki Lee
  • Tendon Levey: reclusive outsider/avant-pop artist who recorded 70 albums between 2007 and 2011.
  • Elen Levon
  • Leona Lewis
  • Life In Yellow
  • Lightning Bolt. Released two albums (so far) in this decade.
  • Lil B
  • Lil Kim
  • Lil Ugly Mane
  • Lil Uzi Vert
    • Notable hits: "You Was Right", "XO Tour Llif3"
  • Lil Wayne
    • Notable hits: "6 Foot 7 Foot", "How to Love", "Love Me"
  • Limp Bizkit released Gold Cobra in 2011
  • Lim Kim
  • Linkin Park - Continued their success this decade with four albums. Tragically, singer Chester Bennington would commit suicide in 2017.
    • Notable hits: "Waiting for the End", "Burn it Dowm"
  • Little Mix won the British X Factor competition in 2011.
  • Little Shannon Dudley
  • LL Cool J
  • Cher Lloyd appeared on the British X Factor competition in 2010 and broke through internationally in 2012.
    • Notable hits: "Swagger Jagger", "Want U Back"
  • Jennifer Lopez
    • Notable hit: "On the Floor"
  • Lorde achieved massive, unexpected popularity in 2013 with her song "Royals" which was a criticism of modern pop music, becoming one of the only New Zealanders to achieve popularity outside their country. This happened when she was only 16.
  • Lord Huron
  • Lostprophets' career came crashing down in 2013 when frontman Ian Watkins was ousted as a sexual predator.
  • Pixie Lott
  • Demi Lovato had her biggest hit in 2012 with "Give Your Heart a Break."
    • Notable hits: "Give Your Heart a Break", "Heart Attack", "Cool for the Summer"
  • Lower Dens
  • Arjen Anthony Lucassen
    • 2013 - Ayreon (released the final record in this eight part series which started in 1995)
    • 2012 - Lost in the New Real (his second solo album since 1994)
  • The Lumineers first gained attention in late 2012 with their acoustic ballad "Ho Hey."
    • Notable hit: "Ho Hey"
  • Luna Sea reunited and started their first world tour in 2010.
  • M.I.A.
  • Craig Mack - Dropped off the map after 1997, but surprised many with a mixtape release in 2012.
  • Mamamoo
  • Madeon
  • MAGIC!
    • Notable hit: "Rude"
  • Marianas Trench had their share of success in the 2000s, but they reached their peak popularity in this decade.
  • Marina & the Diamonds
  • Laura Marling released her critically acclaimed albums "I Speak Because I Can" and "A Creature I Don't Know" in this decade.
  • When Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine became a judge on The Voice, it helped his band experience more success than ever before. Eventually becoming the most successful band of the century.
    • Notable hits: "Misery", "Moves Like Jagger", "Payphone", "One More Night", "Daylight", "Love Somebody", "Maps", "Animals", and "Sugar".
  • After Bruno Mars was featured on B.o.B.'s hit "Nothin' on You," in 2010, he started a massively successful solo career.
    • Notable hits: "Just The Way You Are", "Grenade", "The Lazy Song", "It Will Rain", "When I Was Your Man", "Locked Out of Heaven", "Treasure". Arguably his defining song wasn't one he released as a lead but rather his featured credit on producer Mark Ronson's megahit "Uptown Funk".
  • Reece Mastin
  • Macintosh Plus
  • Macklemore: Notable hits: "Thrift Shop", "Can't Hold Us", "Same Love"
  • Mac Miller
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Brian May
  • Imelda May hit the big time around 2010, and carried on from there.
  • Paul McCartney
  • MC Frontalot
  • Nellie McKay
  • John McLaughlin, a long-running jazz guitarist, continues working with his current band, The 4th Dimension.
  • Meek Mill
  • Meg Myers
  • Melanie Martinez released her first full-length album in 2015 after appearing on The Voice three years earlier.
  • Melt-Banana
  • Shawn Mendes
    • Notable hits: "Stitches", "Treat You Better"
  • The Menzingers
  • Metallica: Released the critical disaster Lulu in 2011 in collaboration with Lou Reed before coming back in a big way in 2016 with Hardwired... to Self-Destruct.
  • MF DOOM
  • MGMT
  • Music/Migos
    • Notable hits: "Bad and Boujee", "Slide" (Member Quavo is featured on several other hits, most notably "I'm The One" and "Congratulations".)
  • Nicki Minaj was already well-known thanks to her association with Lil Wayne, but finally broke through in 2010 with her album "Pink Friday." She went on to become one of the decades most prominent rap acts.
    • Notable hits: "Your Love", "Super Bass", "Fly", "Starships", "Pound The Alarm", "Anaconda", "Only", and "Truffle Butter"
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Anais Mitchell
  • Miyavi
  • Janelle Monáe finally had a monster hit on her hands when she provided guest vocals on fun.'s "We Are Young."
  • Motörhead: Disbanded after Lemmy Kilmeister's death in 2015.
  • Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
  • Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
  • MS MR
  • Mumford & Sons released their first album at the end of 2009, but it didn't really catch on until a year later. After appearing at the Grammys, they became huge. Despite their success, they've been subject to criticism, as all of their songs seem to have a similar form.
    • Notable hits: "Little Lion Man", "The Cave", "I Will Wait"
  • Mutya Keisha Siobhan - otherwise known as the "original Sugababes" - have released critically acclaimed tracks during this decade.
  • My Bloody Valentine released their first album in 22 years, resulting in standing ovations from fans.
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Mystery Skulls
  • Myzery
  • Natas
  • Necro
  • The Neighbourhood
    • Notable hit: "Sweather Weather"
  • Neon Indian
  • Nero found unexpected success in 2011, with their debut album Welcome Reality, which received universal acclaim from fans and critics.
  • New Politics
    • Notable hit: "Harlem"
  • Despite having his biggest hits in the 2000s, Ne-Yo managed a #6 hit in 2012 with "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)".
    • Notable hits: "Beautiful Monster", "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", "She Knows"
  • Nico & Vinz
    • Notable hit: "Am I Wrong?"
  • No Devotion
  • Sinéad O'Connor
  • Of Monsters and Men
    • Notable hit: "Little Talks"
  • OFWGKTA released music on the tail-end of the 2000s, but released their more popular works during the 2010s.
  • Off!
  • The Oh Hellos
  • Ok Go
  • Oh My Girl
  • One Direction may have finished third on The X Factor in 2010, but they had the last laugh when they became highly successful worldwide with 5 top 10 debuts and counting.
    • Notable hits: "What Makes You Beautiful", "One Thing", "Live While We're Young", "Little Things", "Kiss You", "Best Song Ever", "Story of my Life", "You & I", "Night Changes", "Drag Me Down", "Perfect"
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  • OneRepublic
    • Notable hits: "All the Right Moves", "Secrets", "Good Life", "Feel Again", "Counting Stars", "Love Runs Out", "I Lived"
  • Rita Ora
    • Notable hits: "How We Do", "R.I.P.", "I Will Never Let You Down"
  • Orange Caramel
  • Owen Pallett
  • Owl City may have peaked in 2009 with "Fireflies," but proved he was no one-hit wonder when his duet with Carly Rae Jepsen, "Good Time", also went top 10.
  • Pepe Deluxé
  • A Pale Horse Named Death
  • Paramore
    • Notable hits: "The Only Exception", "Still Into You", "Ain't It Fun"
  • Passion Pit
  • Periphery
  • Perfume continued their success in the 2010s with successful albums and high-charting singles like "Laser Beam" and "Spring of Life".
  • Katy Perry is arguably the most succesful artist of the decade, spending a record breaking total of 69 weeks in a row on the Top 10 of the Hot 100, 8 number 1 singles in the decade, and 26 weeks at #1.
    • Notable hits: "California Girls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night", "The One That Got Away", "Part Of Me", "Wide Awake", "Roar", "Unconditionally", and "Dark Horse"
  • Christina Perri
    • Notable hits: "Jar of Hearts", "A Thousand Years", "Human"
  • Tom Petty
  • Phoenix
  • P!nk scored a chart-topping album in 2012 with "The Truth About Love."
    • Notable hits: "Raise Your Glass", "Perfect", "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", "Try", "Just Give Me A Reason", "Just Like Fire"
  • Pink Floyd: Reunited for one last album in 2013-2014.
  • Pitbull, an icon of Latin pop, Pitbull broke out with Calle Ocho in 2008 and continued his streak of impressively popular club Pop Rap into the present.
    • Notable hits: "Hey Baby", "Give Me Everything", "International Love", "Back In Time", "Don't Stop The Party", "Feel This Moment", "Timber", "Time Of Our Lives"
  • The Plastic E Gulls
  • Rachel Platten
    • Notable hit: "Fight Song", "Stand By You"
  • The Pretty Reckless
    • Notable hit: "Heaven Knows"
  • Prince: Died in 2016.
  • Professor Elemental
  • Professor Green
  • Psychopathic Rydas
  • PSY, an established Korean musician, became famous in a way that is inextricable from 2012-off of YouTube. Because Billboard started counting streams from that site in that year, "Gangnam Style" peaked at number 2 behind Maroon 5.
    • Notable hit: "Gangnam Style"
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • PVRIS
  • Queen Latifah
  • Radiohead
  • Gerry Rafferty: Died in 2011.
  • Rae Sremmurd
    • Notable hits: "No Type", "Black Beatles"
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Red Velvet
  • Regal Pinion
  • R.E.M.: Disbanded in 2011. Unlike most band breakups, it occurred amicably as members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Millsnote  wanted to end on good terms.
  • The Residents: Still going strong in this decade too.
  • Revamp
  • Revenge
  • Rihanna listed by Billboard as the most successful artist of the 21st century, and one of the most succesful artists of the decade. 8 #1 hits and 32 weeks at #1.
    • Notable hits: "Hard", "Rude Boy", "Only Girl", "What's My Name", "S&M", "Cheers", "We Found Love", "You Da One", "Birthday Cake", "Where Have You Been", "Diamonds", "Stay", "Pour It Up", "Four Five Seconds", "Bitch Better Have My Money", "Work", and "Needed Me"
  • The Rippingtons
  • Rixton
    • Notable hit: "Me and My Broken Heart"
  • Robyn
    • Notable hit: "Dancing on my Own"
  • ROC
  • Rick Ross
  • Rufus Rex
  • Rush
  • Emeli Sande
    • Notable hits: "Heaven", "Next To Me"
  • The Saturdays
    • Notable hit: "What About Us"
  • Savlonic
  • Markus Schulz
  • Ed Sheeran
    • Notable hits: "The A Team", "Sing", "Thinking Out Loud", "Shape Of You"
  • Simple Minds are still going since 1977 and still popular in Europe.
  • Simple Plan
  • [SiTH] Clan: First demo released 2011. First full album released 2013.
  • Sam Smith
    • Notable hits: "Stay With Me", "I'm Not The Only One"
  • Soulja Boy
  • Britney Spears
    • Notable hits: "Hold It Against Me", "Till the World Ends"
  • Jamie Lynn Spears
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Ravi Shankar. Died in 2012.
  • Sia
    • Notable hits: "Chandelier", "Cheap Thrills"
  • Sirusho
  • Skrillex Broke into the mainstream in 2010 with "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites". Reached a new peak in popularity as part of "Jack U" when he collaborated with Justin Bieber to make "Where Are U Now"?
    • Notable hits: "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites", "Bangarang", "Where Are U Now"
  • Slipknot: Returned in 2014 after a long hiatus following the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010 as well as Creative Differences within the band itself, which led to the departure of drummer Joey Jordison in 2013, to great success.
  • Slowdive: After breaking up in 1995, they reunited in 2014 and released their fourth album, Slowdive, to great success and critical acclaim.
  • Brendon Small
  • Sphere
  • Star Bomb
  • Ringo Starr
  • Steven Wilson
  • Stone Temple Pilots: Recorded one album in 2010 before Scott Weiland was dropped from the group in 2013. Hopes of reconciliation ended with Weiland's death in December 2015.
  • Stooshe
  • Sugababes
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Tame Impala
  • Tara Ella
  • Taylor Swift: One of, or arguably THE biggest artists of the decade. 2010's saw Taylor Swift gradually transition from a Country-Pop singer to a full fledged pure Pop star.
    • Notable hits: "You Belong With Me", "Mine", "Back To December", "Mean", "Ours", "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "I Knew You Were Trouble", "22", "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", "Style", "Bad Blood" and "Wildest Dreams"
  • TD Cruze
  • Tech N9ne
  • That Poppy
  • Justin Timberlake
    • Notable hits: "Suit & Tie", "Mirrors", "TKO", "Not a Bad Thing", "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
  • Tinashe
    • Notable hit: "2 On"
  • Tinie Tempah
    • Notable hit: "Written in the Stars"
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Too $hort
  • Torae
  • T-Pain
    • Notable hit: "5 O'Clock"
  • Meghan Trainor
    • Notable hits: "All About That Bass", "Lips Are Movin", "Dear Future Husband", "Like I'm Gonna Lose You", "No", "Me Too"
  • Trevor Whatevr
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Tulisa
  • KT Tunstall: Though her biggest hits came from her first album in 2004, she has released 3 albums in the '10s so far.
  • Twenty One Pilots
    • Notable hits: "Tear in My Heart", "Stressed Out", "Ride", "Heathens"
  • Twiztid
  • Uncle Kracker
    • Notable hit: "Smile"
  • While Usher hasn't quite lived up to the massive levels of success that he experienced in the 2000's, he has continued to rack up hits, and isn't afraid to collaborate with younger artists. He was one of the biggest artists of 2010 and continues to have hit songs almost every year.
    • Notable hits: "OMG", "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love", "Hey Daddy", "There Goes My Baby", "More", "Scream", "Climax", "I Don't Mind", "No Limit"
  • The Vaccines
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Versailles
  • The Veronicas
  • VIXX
  • Wagakki Band
  • Waka Flocka Flame
  • Tom Waits
  • Stan Walker
  • The Wanted burst onto the UK scene in 2010, and set their sights internationally in 2012 with their song "Glad You Came"; unfortunately, their popularity was killed almost immediately afterwards by One Direction.
    • Notable hit: "Glad You Came"
  • Chris Webby
  • The Weeknd was an R&B singer on YouTube before achieving unexpected mainstream success in 2015 with three of the biggest hits of that year: "Earned It," "Can't Feel My Face," and "The Hills."
    • Notable hits: "Earned It", "Can't Feel My Face", "The Hills"
  • Weezer
  • Kanye West
  • Westlife
  • The Wiggles
  • Wiz Khalifa
    • Notable hits: "Black and Yellow", "See You Again"
  • WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
  • Wolf Alice
  • X Japan reunited in 2007 and is arguably more popular globally in The New '10s than before...
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • The xx
  • Yousei Teikoku
  • Zedd
    • Notable hits: "Clarity", "Stay the Night"
  • John Zorn

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