The Jaguar Times Takes a Look Back at Decade Old Songs

by Amanda Nashalsky, Opinion Editor

So much has changed in pop culture within the past ten years. For example, Taylor Swift was just emerging as a star by dropping her country album, Fearless. Today, Taylor Swift is an international star and completely changed her music genre from country to pop music. All popular music has changed within this past decade, so here are some of the groundbreaking hits that controlled the radio back in 2009.

Looking into the top hits in 2009, the charts were dominated by stars like The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. According to the Billboard Top 100 list from a decade ago, the biggest song of the year was “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas. Following this mega hit were two songs by Lady Gaga, “Poker Face” and “Just Dance.” The fourth biggest song of the year was “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. These two big artists revolutionized music and set the tone for the next decade of music that people experience today. The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga began to use their wild image to create music people can sing along to while having a good time. The music welcomed a faster pace that paved the way

Nine Songs Turning Ten in 2019. Photo by Amanda Nashalsky.

Nine Songs Turning Ten in 2019. Photo by Amanda Nashalsky.

for R&B and Rap artists to thrive in the decade to come.

Although these two artists achieved great things in 2009, there were other big superstars that emerged with songs still played today. Some of these hits include “Love Story” by Taylor Swift, “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, “Heartless” by Kanye West, “You Found Me” by The Fray, and “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Not only were these songs essential to music in this year, but these artists have continued to develop and remain relevant to this day. By looking back at the revolution of music, the trends created during 2009 have displayed a perfect blend of upbeat tracks with slowed down songs with a strong meaning.

The impact of these songs/artists helped form this new sound of music that people experience today. It is amazing how the biggest stars in 2019 such as Ariana Grande or Post Malone could be in the process of changing music forever. I am personally very excited to see how the music of today continues to grow and develop during the next ten years!