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Pop Music 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")

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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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131 83
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Justin Timberlake

2
127 81
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Imagine Dragons

3
133 88
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4
107 65
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5
137 99
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Katy Perry

6
120 88
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Lorde

7
106 80
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Rihanna

8
90 66
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9
93 72
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10
106 86
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Daft Punk

11
113 95
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

12
86 68
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

13
93 81
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Demi Lovato

14
89 77
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Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais

15
71 58
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gurleenkaur1310 added Taylor Swift, Peter Hollens, Landon Austin

16
87 77
We Are Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
AlanDeanNaldrett added 3OH!3

17
68 58
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Capital Cities

18
76 70
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Anna Kendrick

19
78 73
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20
96 96
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Miley Cyrus

21
84 85
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22
59 56
Call Me Maybe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Songs of 2013
Shego added Carly Rae Jepsen

23
75 77
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gurleenkaur1310 added Taylor Swift - taylor swift

24
69 70
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Bruno Mars

25
114 130
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predrag added Peer Van Mladen