The Best Pop Songs of 2013 Songs

The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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List Criteria: 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Imagine Dragons

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    Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Justin Timberlake

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    Just Give Me a Reason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Roar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Katy Perry

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    Wake Me Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Royals is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Lorde

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    Thrift Shop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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    Get Lucky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Daft Punk

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    Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Rihanna

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    Stay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Can't Hold Us is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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    Heart Attack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Demi Lovato

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    I Knew You Were Trouble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    We Are Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    3OH!3

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    Summertime Sadness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais

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    Suit & Tie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Clarity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Safe and Sound is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Capital Cities

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    We Are Never Ever Getting Back... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    Taylor Swift, Peter Hollens, Landon Austin

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    Cups is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Anna Kendrick

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

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    Carly Rae Jepsen

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    When I Was Your Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Wrecking Ball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Miley Cyrus

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    Es Ist Keiner Wie Du is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    Peer Van Mladen

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    What Makes You Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    One Direction

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    22 Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    Taylor Swift taylor swift

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    Ho Hey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    the Lumineers

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    Applause is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Lady Gaga

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    Blurred Lines is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Robin Thicke

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    Cruise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Florida Georgia Line

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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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 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    The Neighbourhood

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    Work Bitch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Britney Spears

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    We Can't Stop is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Hold On, We're Going Home is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Started from the Bottom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Closer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

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    I Was a Fool is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    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

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    Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

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    Magna Carta...Holy Grail is listed (or ranked) 41 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

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    PSY

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    Harlem Shake is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Bezerk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    Now is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

    Paramore

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    That's My Kind of Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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    The Key is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013

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    Aria Tesolin

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    Wild for the Night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
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