Looking Back on the 2010s

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With the 2010s decade coming to an end, the world is saying goodbye to a time of interesting trends and memories. The favorites movies, television shows, celebrities, songs, devices and trends of the decade have been hot topics of discussion recently, and Wesleyan’s high school students chose their personal favorites from their childhood years.


2010s movies impacted peoples’ minds and hearts, and the top movies made the decade memorable. According to Statistica, the top genres of the decade include adventure, action, drama, comedy and thrillers. Movies such as “Tangled” (2010), “The Hunger Games” (2012), “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014), “Inside Out” (2015), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) and many more made their mark in the first half of the decade. More recently, Disney’s “Moana” (2016), “Black Panther” (2018) and “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018) reached the top of the charts as successful films.

However, none of these movies were quite as memorable as Wesleyan high school students’ favorite movie, Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” (2019). Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers said, “The movie hits you like a shot in the heart,” showing the Avenger’s final fight all together which Marvel has built up to throughout the decade.

Television Shows:

The top television shows of the 2010s decade are arguable some of the most well-known and successful in many years. According to Statistica, the top television show genres of the decade include comedy, action, mystery, thrillers, drama and science. Top shows of the decade include “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “iCarly,” “Gossip Girl,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Stranger Things” and several others. Wesleyan high school voted “The Office” as their favorite show, which won unsurprisingly by a landslide.

The comedy is a fan-favorite for all generations and is similar to “Parks and Recreation”, another Wesleyan favorite and biology teacher Megan Trotter’s favorite show. Although Trotter does not spend much time watching television, she said, “Many people compare me to Leslie Knope, the spunky Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department of the city of Pawnee, Indiana, because I like color-coordinated binders and whipped cream.” Sophomore Tate Gilley’s favorite show was “both the original ‘Suite Life of Zach and Cody’ and ‘The Suite Life on Deck’,” and senior Emily Kelly enjoyed “How to Get Away with Murder,” both near the top of the decade’s charts as well.


It takes many red carpets, shows and publicity to make it as a celebrity, and last decade’s list of top celebrities is surprising and interesting. Some musical artists who had a particularly successful decade include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Eminem, Kanye West, Kesha and Taylor Swift. Other popular celebrities included actor Chris Pratt, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Wesleyan’s favorite, actor of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Tom Holland. Although Holland is only 23-years-old, he has acted in over 20 movies and has had a prosperous career working with Marvel.


The most famous songs of the 2010s are all catchy, iconic tunes that were loved by many generations. The top music genres of the decade include rock, pop, R&B, country and rap (Resnikoff). The catchy, up-beat songs that made the top charts include “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, “Royals” by Lorde and “Someone Like You” by Adele. Although these songs were near the top of the lists, “TiK ToK” by Kesha was Wesleyan’s favorite iconic song. Kelly said her favorite song was “Pretender” by AJR because of its “catchy tune,” and all of the most popular songs had a memorable rhythm to make it to the top of the charts.


The past decade was filled with many trends across the internet and across the world. The most popular dances by the end of the decade were the Harlem Shake, the Whip and Nae Nae and the Gangam Style dance. Apps such as Musical.ly, Pokémon Go and TikTok became very popular, and fidget spinners and planking were also trends during the decade.

The top trend voted by Wesleyan students was the Ice Bucket Challenge. Also known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the fun activity involves a person dumping a bucket of ice water on their head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS Association). Kelly talked about the water bottle flipping trend and said, “I enjoy water bottle flipping because I can beat my sister occasionally.”

The top movies, television shows, celebrities, songs and trends are all what made the 2010s a fantastic and lively decade. These popular items of past 10 years have led the world to be a more fun and exciting place and helped create many memories as well.

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