Mackenzie Dunn
Updated Dec 04, 2019 @ 12:52 pm
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We’ve come a long way from MP3 players and the CD Walkman, but there’s still nothing quite like listening to a song that brings you back to a memory—you know, like the one of you dancing in the kitchen with your girlfriends and screaming the words to Taylor Swift’s newest love song? Thanks to apps and music streaming services like Pandora, it’s become a yearly tradition to look back at the songs that we jammed out to the most, reliving them, re-listening to them, and reflecting on the top hits of the year. And as 2019 closes out an entire decade, we have even more to look back on.

So, who made the list this year? From Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish to Shawn Mendes and the Jonas Brothers, Pandora’s top songs of the year are recognizable records that have taken us through the last 12 months.

The top songs of the decade, however, are the kinds of bops that will bring you back (and inspire you to make an awesome throwback playlist, of course).

Pandora’s top picks are the songs that earned the most “thumbs ups” from users over the past year and decade. Pandora will be celebrating its 20th birthday in 2020, so it has years of data to pull from. That means that every breakup song (looking at you, Adele), girl power anthem, and sing-a-long-worthy soundtrack that you’ve deemed worthy of a thumbs-up, it documented.

Below, check out the most popular songs of the year and the most popular songs of the decade, according to Pandora. The top songs might not be what you think

Pandora’s most popular songs of the year:

  1. “Old Town Road” by Lil NasX
  2. “MIDDLE CHILD” by J.Cole
  3. “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande
  4. “Wow.” by Post Malone
  5. “Please Me” by Cardi B & Bruno Mars
  6. “Going Bad” (feat. Drake) by Meek Mill
  7. “Sunflower” byPost Malone & Swae Lee (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
  8. “No Guidance” (feat. Drake) by Chris Brown
  9. “Talk” by Khalid
  10. “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande
  11. “bad guy” by Billie Eilish
  12. “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” by Ariana Grande
  13. “Sucker” by Jonas Brothers
  14. “Look Back At It” by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  15. “Worth It” by YK Osiris
  16. “Suge” by DaBaby
  17. “a lot” by 21 Savage
  18. “Money In The Grave” (feat. Rick Ross) by Drake
  19. “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
  20. “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

We see you, Ariana Grande!

Pandora’s most popular songs of the decade:

  1. “Earned It” by The Weeknd
  2. “Someone Like You” by Adele
  3. “See You Again” (feat. Charlie Puth) by Wiz Khalifa
  4. “The Motto” by Drake
  5. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  6. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  7. “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
  8. “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic
  9. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
  10. “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
  11. “Hello” by Adele
  12. “Stay” (feat. Mikky Ekko) by Rihanna
  13. “All Me” by Drake
  14. “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem
  15. “Love Me” by Lil Wayne
  16. “Needed Me” by Rihanna
  17. “Somebody That I Used to Know” (feat. Kimbra) by Gotye
  18. “Royals” by Lorde
  19. “Roar” by Katy Perry
  20. “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Rihanna and Adele are just doing this decade right and taking over with multiple entries. We’ll be turning up the volume on our headphones until further notice. Here’s to seeing what kind of hits the year 2020 will bring.