Happy New Year and Happy 2020! It feels so strange to be saying that, and it’s particularly strange to be going into a whole new decade! That’s why I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite pieces of entertainment throughout the decade; 2010 to 2020 has taken me from my teens to adulthood, and it is in that time that I’ve played the most games, binge watched the most TV shows and listened to the most music.
It is impossible for me to remember everything that I’ve taken in in those ten years, so I’ve noted what has stuck out for me the most or meant the most to me. I’ve tried to narrow it down too, keeping one album to each artist and whittling down my top games. I could go on forever about each thing, so I’ll summarise why a few of these are my favourites. I’m hoping that as well as me reminiscing about what I’ve discovered and loved this decade, you can find something new to read, watch, play or listen to!
- Red Dead Redemption 1&2 (Read my review here!)
- Animal Crossing New Leaf
- GTA V
- Life is Strange
- Rocket League
- Tomb Raider Trilogy
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Read my review here!)
- Mario Kart 8
- Smash Bros Ultimate
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy
- Planet Zoo
- Untitled Goose Game
- Quantum Break
- Telltale Games: The Wolf Among Us & The Walking Dead
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Read my review here!)
A lot of these games crop up in my A-Z of gaming post, so I don’t want to repeat myself all over again. However, I must give a special shout out to my absolute favourites; my favourite series of all time Red Dead Redemption for blessing both the beginning and end of the decade, The Walking Dead for making me realise games could make you sob like a baby, Animal Crossing for being the wholesome critter village I’d love to live in, and Smash Brothers for gracing us with a game in which Sans from Undertale and an Animal Crossing villager can fight to the death.
I’ve loved that games from my childhood such as Spyro, Tomb Raider, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros have made a return or followed me through the whole decade! I think we’ve had a great mixture of nostalgia yet new and exciting games the past ten years, and I cant wait to see where gaming goes in the next ten.
- One of Us is Lying (Read my review here!)
- Ready Player One
- The Hate U Give (Read my review here!)
- The Hunger Games
- A Monster Calls
- The Lie Tree
I feel like this section has been quite hard to write, as a lot of the books I’ve read in the last decade are actually from before then. However, these are my top picks from what I’ve read that are from the past ten years. The Hunger Games revolutionised the dystopian genre, so much so that similar YA books were springing up all over the place. Of course this phenomenon only grew with the release of the films, and though it’s been a while since I read them, I can remember reading them for the first time and finding the story so unique.
One of Us is Lying then gave me a completely new genre to explore, crime and murder mystery, and I have since gone on to receive Karen M. McManus’ other novel, Two Can Keep a Secret. I love that after many years of reading I’m still discovering what genres I like and what are the right books for me. A Monster Calls is also quite different from what I usually read, and utterly heartbreaking. It’s a book I’d recommend to anyone, as it really is special.
- The Imitation Game
- How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy
- Star Wars – The Force Awakens
- Rogue One
- Inside Out
- Bird Box
- Toy Story 3
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Get Out
I love my animated films, which is why they crop up in this list! I thought Toy Story 3 was the perfect ending, and though I liked Toy Story 4, it really wasn’t needed. Coco was visually stunning and tugged at the heart strings. However, How to Train Your Dragon is definitely one of my favourite film series of all time. The third one wasn’t quite as good, but I just adore Toothless and his relationship with Hiccup! I’d love my own Toothless to explore the land with.
One of my other favourite films of all time and also possibly my favourite Star Wars film, is Rogue One. Absolutely breathtaking moments (last ten minutes or so is incredible) and it has that Star Wars feel, yet also is completely different. I liked seeing a story other than exploring the Jedi, instead following men on the ground which is real and raw, not the main protagonists who escape every situation.
- Game of Thrones (Read my review here!)
- Umbrella Academy
- Making a Murderer
- Altered Carbon
- Stranger Things
- Black Mirror
- The Good Place
- Sex Education
Again, I talked about a lot of these in my post about my Netflix picks, so I’ll keep it short. Despite the hatred revolving around season 8 of Game of Thrones, you can’t deny what an impact it has made on TV, and it has been there throughout the decade. Most of my favourite shows revolve around fantasy or sci-fi of some kind, as I just love the escapism of a different world. I like the all out fantasy of Game of Thrones, but the dystopian element of Black Mirror and Altered Carbon.
However, I’ve also discovered some amazing dramas set in the real world, and found a love for crime documentaries and series. Broadchurch is so well done with amazing actors, and Ozark is intense but pulls you right in. Documentaries like Making a Murderer open your eyes to the criminal justice system, and I find it fascinating to explore a real life story with so many questions unanswered.
- Wasting Light – Foo Fighters
- Like Clockwork – Queens of the Stone Age
- Drones – Muse
- The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Royal Blood (Self-titled) – Royal Blood
- My Love is Cool – Wolf Alice
- El Camino – The Black Keys
- Ellipsis – Biffy Clyro
- What Went Down – Foals
- Future Dust – The Amazons
My Spotify playlist has been evergrowing this decade, and also the amount of concerts I’ve been to. I’m so grateful to see I’ve seen the majority of the list live in the last ten years, except for The Black Keys, and Foals who I will be seeing this summer! A lot of these bands have had multiple amazing albums, but I’ve had to go with the ones that mean the most. Both Wasting Light and Like Clockwork were my gateway into Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, seeing them for the first time on those respective tours. Biffy Clyro I have seen multiple times too and they never fail to disappoint, but Ellipsis was so good!
It’s also rare that you find an album where every track is great and you don’t skip any, but the albums that have done that for me are Royal Blood’s self-titled debut album, What Went Down and Future Dust. The Amazons have been a recent addition after seeing them in November, so I’m looking forward to seeing them grow. And of course, I can’t wait to see Foals at Cardiff Castle!
So those are my top favourites of the decade! I’m excited to see all the new games, films, books, TV shows and music that we’ll be getting this decade and who knows, maybe I’ll do another post like this then!
What have been your favourites of the decade? Are some the same as mine or are there others you think deserve a shout out? Let me know down in the comments and thank you for reading!