Billboard is celebrating the 2010s with essays on the 100 songs that we feel most define the decade that was -- the songs that both shaped and reflected the music and culture of the period -- with help telling their stories from some of the artists, behind-the-scenes collaborators and industry insiders involved.
Not only did Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” peak at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2017 and receive a Grammy nomination for song of the year in 2018, it made it easier for millions of listeners to get the help they may need -- if only by increasing the visibility of one crucial phone number.
The track, named after the best way to reach to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and featuring then-rising singer/songwriters Alessia Cara and Khalid, took listeners on a lyrical journey that ultimately assured them that life is worth living. Logic raps from the perspective of an individual struggling with depression, while Cara lends her warm vocals to the second verse from the viewpoint of a Lifeline operator. Khalid finishes the song triumphantly, circling back as the caller whose previous feelings of worthlessness are now replaced with hope.