“Rolling Stone” has a list of the 50 most important “music moments” of the past decade . . . and it’s a mix of legitimately influential happenings, changes in the industry, and shameless viral sensations.


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


  1. November of 2010:  The Beatles finally put their music on iTunes.


  1. March of 2011:  13-year-old Rebecca Black releases her viral hit Friday.  “Fun, fun, fun, fun . . . kickin’ in the front seat, sittin’ in the back seat.  Gotta make my mind up.  Which seat can I take?”  (???)


  1. July of 2011:  Spotify makes its U.S. debut.  It now has 248 million global users.


  1. April of 2012:  A hologram of Tupac Shakur” performs” at Coachella.


  1. Winter of 2012:  Psy’sviral hit “Gangnam Style” explodes on the Internet.


  1. Winter of 2013:  The “Frozen”soundtrack smashes all expectations and earns an Oscar for its title track “Let It Go”.


  1. Summer of 2014:  Canadian teenager Shawn Mendesgets half a billion views on Vine with six-second covers of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran songs.


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


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


  1. March of 2015:  A jury decides that Robin Thickeripped off Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up”.


  1. March of 2015:  James Corden and Mariah Carey do the very first “Carpool Karaoke”.


  1. July of 2015:  Album releases move to Friday.


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


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


  1. January of 2017:  “Despacito” sweeps the globe without a word of English.


  1. March of 2017:  Futureunseats his own #1 album with another #1.


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


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


  1. March of 2019:  Lil Nas X’s“Old Town Road” goes viral.


  1. July 2019 to present:  Taylor Swift’spublic fight with Scooter Braun and her old label boss over her master recordings.




(Two other Best of the Decade lists have hit the Internet:  Collider.com is running down the 15 best movie scores of the decade . . . and Billboard.com has a list of the 100 best music videos of the 2010s.)