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Pop The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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List Rules Only songs that were big in 2013. A song could have been released in 2012, but didn't come to prominence until 2013 (ex. Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive")

This is a list of the best pop songs of 2013 so far. From Katy Perry's hit "Roar" and Britney Spear's hit "Work Bitch," to Fun.'s "Some Nights" and Jay Z's "Magna Carta... Holy Grail." Yet what is pop music? What started as meaning simply "popular music" has come to be defined by certain styles of melody and composition, yet simultaneously still incorporating such styles from hip-hop to alternative rock and beat oriented dance music.

What makes a great pop song? What makes a forgettable one? Can a pop song contain substance, meaning, lasting value, yet still make it to the common play cycle of the top radio stations and clubs? Do pop fanatics only want something catchy, only something to dance to, simple lyrics and cliches? How long will these songs live in our memory?
 
This list is by no means comprehensive, as the year has not even come to a close yet. But who can make a definitive list of a class of music that blows and fades so quickly? Top 40 stations will forever be stock full of those songs which get the most plays, not the songs that people might argue are the best pop songs of the year. So here is where you come in--add what songs you feel are the best of this year so far, as well as the late comers, and get to voting.

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Radioactive Imagine Dragons

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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Mirrors Justin Timberlake

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Roar Katy Perry

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Royals Lorde

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Get Lucky Daft Punk

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Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Diamonds Rihanna

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Can't Hold Us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Heart Attack Demi Lovato

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We Are Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
We Are Young 3OH!3

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Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais

The Best Pop Songs About Death Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

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Safe and Sound Capital Cities

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We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift, Peter Hollens Landon Austin

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Cups Anna Kendrick

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Call Me Maybe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen

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Es Ist Keiner Wie Du Peer Van Mladen

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When I Was Your Man Bruno Mars

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Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus

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What Makes You Beautiful One Direction

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22 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift - taylor swift

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Ho Hey the Lumineers

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Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

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Applause Lady Gaga

The Best Pop Songs About Alcohol The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Cruise Florida Georgia Line

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Red

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Good Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood

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Work Bitch Britney Spears

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I Was a Fool is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
I Was a Fool Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

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Closer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Closer Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

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Goodbye Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Goodbye Goodbye Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

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Slow Down is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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Gangnam Style is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

The Best Pop Songs About Kissing The Scariest Movies Ever Made

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Now Paramore

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Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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The Key Aria Tesolin

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