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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 Rap Songs of All Time

2
120 80
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Mirrors Justin Timberlake

3
123 83
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4
129 91
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Roar Katy Perry

5
96 62
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6
110 83
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Royals Lorde

7
100 77
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Get Lucky Daft Punk

8
108 86
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Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

9
95 74
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Diamonds Rihanna

10
84 67
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80 64
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Can't Hold Us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

12
78 64
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13
87 75
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Heart Attack Demi Lovato

14
83 72
We Are Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
AlanDeanNaldrett added We Are Young 3OH!3

15
83 72
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Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais

The Best Pop Songs About Death The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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83 76
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17
62 53
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Safe and Sound Capital Cities

18
74 68
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19
60 56
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gurleenkaur1310 added We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift, Peter Hollens, Landon Austin

20
69 69
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Cups Anna Kendrick

21
53 50
Call Me Maybe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Shego added Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen

22
113 125
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predrag added Es Ist Keiner Wie Du Peer Van Mladen

23
65 66
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When I Was Your Man Bruno Mars

24
86 93
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Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus

25
71 80
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gurleenkaur1310 added What Makes You Beautiful One Direction

26
65 75
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gurleenkaur1310 added 22 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift - taylor swift

27
55 63
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Ho Hey the Lumineers

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71 87
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Blurred Lines Robin Thicke

29
58 70
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Applause Lady Gaga

The Best Pop Songs About Alcohol 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

30
55 68
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Cruise Florida Georgia Line

31
45 55
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gurleenkaur1310 added Red

32
31 38
Good Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Shego added Good Time

33
38 56
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Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood

34
46 70
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Work Bitch Britney Spears

35
49 75
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36
2 3
I Was a Fool is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Dmic1988 added I Was a Fool Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

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37 58
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38
39 62
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1 3
Closer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Dmic1988 added Closer Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

40
1 3
Goodbye Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Dmic1988 added Goodbye Goodbye Tegan and Sara from heartthrob album

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31 53
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42
30 52
Slow Down is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
SlashLover added Slow Down

43
27 55
Gangnam Style is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Shego added Gangnam Style PSY

The Best Pop Songs About Kissing The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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27 62
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45
21 52
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46
19 51
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Now Paramore

47
16 46
Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
MarySSpiegel added Gorilla

48
18 51
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19 54
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Lucid added The Key Aria Tesolin

50
11 44
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