The 20 Most Important Music Moments Of This Decade

December 2, 2019

It's hard to believe we're about to close out another decade. Think back, there have been a ton of very memorable moments in the music industry that have happened and "Rolling Stone" has them for you, just in case you forgot.

Here are 20 highlights from their list, in chronological order:


1.  November of 2010:  The Beatles finally put their music on iTunes. Now we just need Gart Brooks to do the same.


2.  March of 2011:  13-year-old Rebecca Black releases her viral hit "Friday."


3.  July of 2011:  Spotify makes its U.S. debut, which now has 248 million global users.


4.  April of 2012:  A hologram of Tupac Shakur "performs" at Coachella.


5.  Winter of 2012:  Psy's viral hit "Gangnam Style" explodes on the Internet.


6.  Winter of 2013:  The "Frozen" soundtrack exceeds all expectations and earns an Oscar for its title track "Let It Go." Speaking of, did you see "Frozen 2" over Thanksgiving weekend?



7.  Summer of 2014:  Canadian teenager Shawn Mendes gets half a billion views on Vine with 6-second covers of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran songs and look where he is now!


8.  September of 2014:  U2 suddenly gave half a billion people unsolicited downloads of "Songs of Innocence" on their iTunes accounts.


9.  November of 2014:  Taylor Swift abruptly pulled her entire catalog from Spotify in a protest against their free tier.  She returned in 2017.


10.  March of 2015:  A jury decides that Robin Thicke ripped off Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up."


11.  March of 2015:  James Corden and Mariah Carey do the very first "Carpool Karaoke."


12.  July of 2015:  Album releases move to Friday, they were always on Thursday in case you didn't know.


13.  April of 2016:  The death of Prince shocks his fans and puts the future of his vaults of music in jeopardy.


14.  June of 2016:  The Grammys vote to include streaming-only albums.


15.  January of 2017:  "Despacito" sweeps the globe.


16.  March of 2017:  Future unseats his own #1 album with another #1.


17.  July of 2018:  Cardi B is the first female rapper to score two #1 hits.


18.  January of 2019:  The app TikTok finished 2018 with 1 billion downloads.


19.  March of 2019:  Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" goes viral.


20.  July 2019 to present:  Taylor Swift's public fight with Scooter Braun and her old label boss over her master recordings.


"Rolling Stone" actually has 50 moments over the last decase. So, if you'd like to check them all out, you can find them here.