Top Meme Songs of the Decade

Here are some of the most popular, fad songs of the last ten years.  Some were decent songs when released but ruined from being overplayed.  Others are outright brain-cell killing and impossible to forget.


2010~Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira

Views on YouTube:  2,410,075,762 views

Date Released:  June 4, 2010

Just when we thought this song could get erased from our brains; Shakira performed at the Superbowl ⅬⅣ Halftime show this Sunday, February 2.


2011~Friday by Rebbecca Black

Views on YouTube:  139,402,291 views

Date Released:  September 16, 2011

The go-to weekend vibe; it’s catchy tune is ingrained in our minds, especially any of Mr. Lima’s students.


2012~Gangnam Style by PSY

Views on YouTube: 107,936,300 views

Date Released: October 23, 2012 

The iconic dance plagued the internet and spread to all ages.  Grandma even hopped on the trend, 



~Harlem Shake by Baauer

Views on YouTube:  41,449,223 views

Date Released:  May 22, 2012

The flash mob dance popularized the song and created its meme surrounding the dance.


2013~The Fox (What Does the Fox Say) by Ylvis

Views on Youtube: 908,188,413 views

Date Released: September 3, 2013 

If you ask anyone older than ten years old, “What does the fox say,” they will say the same, brainwashed answer that Siri will give, “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!”


          ~Cups(When I’m Gone) by Anna Kendrick

Views on YouTube:  506,643,586 views

Date Released: April 12, 2013

The classic cup song choreography became a staple to any teen and Pitch Perfect fan.



2014~Trap Queen by Fetty Wapp

Views on YouTube:  672,220,129 views

Date Released:  August 7, 2014

Fetty Wapp had everyone singing “1738, ayy, I’m like hey what’s up hello,” until the song was overplayed to death.


2015~Hotline Bling by Drake

Views on YouTube:  1,589,048,665 views

Date Released:  October 26, 2015

Everyone has seen the the iconic meme from Hotline Bling’s music video with Drake who possesses a knack for making popular and catchy songs.


2016~Black Beatles (Mannequin Challenge) by Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane

Views on YouTube: 774,421,351

Date Released:  September 22, 2016

The viral background track to the Mannequin Challenge could be found taking place everywhere from restaurants and stores to schools at its height of popularity.


2017~Mans Not Hot by Big Shaq 

Views on YouTube:  349,604,315 views

Date Released:  October 25, 2017

The verses with pure beatbox and sound effects aided in its popularity and memorability.


~Despacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

Views on YouTube:  6,614,867,087 views

Date Released:  January 12, 2017

Talk about overkill.  Despacito was played all over the radio and became unavoidable.



2018~Havana by Camila Cabello

Views on YouTube:  861,482,681 views

Date Released: October 24, 2017

Former Fifth Harmony member, Cabello enthralled her audience with a repetitive, catchy tune.


2019~Old Town Road by Lil Nas X

Views on YouTube:  491,154,742 views

Date Released:  Apr 5, 2019

A huge bop.  Enough said.

        ~Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

Views on YouTube:  744,189,287 views

Date Released:  March 29, 2019

Billie Eilish proved her popularity on the charts taking No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Old Town Road in August.