Christine Revisits the Highs & Lows of the 2010s with a Playlist

December 19, 2019

photo: Ryan Lange



Like many decades, the 2010s were full of change. For me, that meant three jobs in three different cities. I'm beyond grateful that my radio journey has finally brought me back to the east coast to play songs and crack jokes for you in New York. (Also grateful that I met my husband, and we had our son, and they're both here with me!) Music has always been the constant in my life: these songs bring up vivid memories, good and bad, and those are all part of the journey too. 

2010 – Mumford & Sons, “Little Lion Man”

Their breakout song, full of banjo and f-bombs and glorious harmonies. I love that the first band I fell in love with this decade is the band that closed out the last NSSN of the decade. Symmetry.


2011 – Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Out”

In 2011, the radio station I HAD been working for got sold, and I lost my job, and it sucked. So when Florence sang “it’s always darkest before the dawn,” I felt that. (Things have obviously improved!)


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2012 – The Gaslight Anthem, “45”

An anthem about new beginnings, using the perfect metaphor of turning a record over – “see you on the flip side” – this really resonated for me. Jersey represent.


2013 – Bastille, “Pompeii”

Back in 2013, my friend Annie kept gushing about this new band from the UK that I just HAD to check out, so I streamed the Haunt EP and loved it and now I get to play Bastille every day. I met my husband in '13, and Bastille was the second band we saw together. CHVRCHES was the first. They're coming up in a bit.


2014 – Glass Animals, “Gooey”

It’s a vibe. A mood. All the slang. Pretty excited about the newest song from Glass Animals too.


2015 – CHVRCHES, “Leave a Trace”

ALL the members of CHVRCHES are unbelievable humans, and I know they won new fans when they played NSSN last year. This was our first taste of their second album, Every Open Eye. It’s a breakup song – a “middle finger mic drop,” says Lauren Mayberry. Sometimes you just need one. We moved to St. Louis in 2015, and that album reminds me of that transitional period.


2016 – The 1975 – “The Sound”

I fangirl quite a bit about The 1975, another band I discovered in 2013 – even going so far as to go to Texas that year to see one of their first U.S. performances. “The Sound” is from their second album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, which came out in 2016.  


2017 – Portugal.The.Man – “Feel It Still”

I was on maternity leave with my son when this song came out, and I remember thinking “huh, I bet that’ll be big when I come back.” It was. And it’s still great!


2018 – Dennis Lloyd – “Nevermind”

I had this song on a personal playlist right before I moved to New York and started working at ALT in May of 2018. A few months into the gig, someone from their new record label brought it in for us to hear. I smiled and felt very smart - and very, very glad to have landed at this station.


2019 – Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”

DUH. Seriously though, Billie is worthy of all the hype, and her debut studio album is my fave of the year, and I can’t wait to see what else comes from her beautiful dark twisted mind.


Here's to more great musical memories in the years to come!