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Absolute listeners vote 2010s as the worst ever decade for music

By | Published on Thursday 14 April 2022

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Absolute Radio listeners have voted the 2010s the worst decade for music in all human history.

Around 10,000 votes were cast in the poll organised by Absolute Radio, which – it says in a press statement – “has a station for every decade”. Over six weeks, voters had their say on all the decades in which humans created music.

Which decades are those? Well, based on the claim about Absolute having a station for “every decade”, that would be the 1960s to the 2020s. Which you may or may not take issue with. But either way, according to Absolute listeners, the last decade was the shittest one music-wise.

While Absolute does have a station for the current decade, it wasn’t included in the poll, on account of the fact that there’s still plenty of time for the 2020s to get shitter – so voting on it now wouldn’t be fair.

“It has been really fun over the last few weeks having the chance to champion a different decade of music, film, TV and people across the station”, says Absolute Radio Breakfast host Dave Berry. “It was great to see our listeners get so passionate about their favourite decade, whilst also discovering some hidden facts and music from each era”.

Is it fair to say that the 2010s is the worst decade for music ever though? Well, let’s look at the evidence. According to the Official Charts Company, the most popular singles of the 2010s in the UK were Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’; Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s ‘Uptown Funk; Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’; Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ remix; and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’.

If there was a poll for the most Ed Sheeran singles released in any one decade, the 2010s would be right out in front. That’s not what this poll was about though. Or maybe it was. That said, Absolute listeners also reckon that the 1960s was the third worst decade for music ever, and that can’t have been because they accidentally assumed that Ed Sheeran had been releasing music then too.

Anyway, in any poll, there has to be a winner as well as a loser, so here – in reverse order – are the results of the worst musical decade ever vote:


Now that the listeners have spoken about the music they hate the most, the main Absolute Radio station will be playing lots of music from the 80s on Good Friday – aka tomorrow.