If there is anything that can reach our inner-self, unlock the door between our heart and mind and get us moving when nothing else can it is music. 2013 was a banner year for artists who managed to reach us through song. Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Pitbull continue to keep knocking out hits and Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez just keep a stranglehold on the bubblegum pop genre.
Just when we thought we had seen and heard about everything in 2013 artist could possibly do to impress us, Robin Thicke hits us with his “Blurred Lines” collaboration with T.I and Pharrell and creates interest, as well as controversy. And speaking of controversy, Miley Cyrus set out to make 2013 the year her alter-ego “Hannah Montana” would cease to exist in the hearts and minds of everyone and the new “Miley” would…..well….kinda just freak us all out!
Nevertheless, the music of 2013 has so far impressed us enough that it deserves recognition. While there were quite a bit more than just 10 songs to hit the top 10 list of 2013 so far, we are basing our top 10 list of songs for 2013 (as of this writing ) by number of weeks a song held onto a top 10 ranking and other factors.
10: “Scream and Shout” by Will i. am. And Britney Spears / Weeks in top 10 (11)
10: “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus / Weeks in top 10 (11)
Tied at our number 10 spot, both these songs spent 11 weeks throughout 2013’s top 10 music list. “Scream and Shout” was released on Will I am’s 4th album “#willpower” and climbed the charts with help from the icon of icons, Britney Spears.
“We Can’t Stop” was off Miley Cyrus’s 4th album, “Bangerz” and received quite a bit of attention in the days and weeks following her appearance on the MTV Music Awards. Her less than nothing wardrobe, combined with her “twerking” with teddy bears left many fans, parents and well, the entire world to wonder what the Hell has happened to the “Hannah Montana” Walt Disney productions made so famous?
9: “Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake / Weeks in top 10 (13)
What more can anyone say about Justin Timberlake? The guy is smoother than smooth, cooler than cool and an absolute beast when it comes to performing. He was born for the stage and seems to be his most comfortable before thousands of watching fans. An accomplished actor, entertainer and fabulous singer, he brought “sexy back” with his “Suit and Tie” and regardless of what Justin Timberlake does, we are all going to love it!
8: “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake / Weeks in the top 10 (14)
Again, Justin Timberlake could release ten songs and wrap up the entire top 10 if he so chose. The young performer is unlike any other entertainer in the world. He impresses the likes of Will Smith, Jay-Z and would have even gotten props from Tupac had he still been with us.
7: “Just Give me a Reason” by Pink / Weeks in the top 10 (15)
Pink is one of the most exceptional female music artists of our time! Known for her toughness and distaste for the bubble gum pop culture icons such as Britney Spears. Refusing to change her style, looks or assume a persona not her own, Pink is the new era Joan Jett and we wouldn’t want her any other way.
6: “When I was Your Man” by Bruno Mars / Weeks in top 10 (16)
5: “I Knew you Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift / Weeks in top 10 (16)
Quite honestly, these two musical entertainers could sing the phonebook and land it at number one on the music industry’s Billboard Charts! Almost anything either of them touches goes into the top ten! So it is really no surprise to see them both making the grade. Taylor Swift has placed 4 hits in the top 5 at once before! Bruno Mars just has that unique sound, “swagga” and musical genius that creates Billboard dynamite!
4: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore / Weeks in top 10 (17)
Although many had never heard of Macklemore prior to he and producer Ryan Lewis releasing his album, “The Heist” in 2012, featuring the top 10 hit “Can’t Hold Us,” he has now became an almost household name among teens everywhere. The song had actually been previously released in 2011, but just recently began catching fire in 2013. A fast paced song, bumping at 146 beats per minute, it was undoubtedly Macklemore’s editing it for radio that created more popularity for the song. Prior to the radio edit, only fans that had been privy to a Macklemore concert had actually gotten to hear “Can’t Hold Us.”
3: “The Fox” by Ylvis / Weeks in top 10 (2 and counting)
The reason this song ranks in our 3rd spot even though it hasn’t been in the top 10 as long as the others is because there is little doubt it will be knocked out before Dec. 31st of 2013. The other reason is because this odd, yet catchy tune performed by the comedy duo Ylvis (Elvis) has been tearing up Youtube for almost two months prior to breaking into the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Most might not know the song, nor Ylvis, but when hearing “What does the fox say?” you cannot mistake it for any other song in any top 10 list regarding musical entertainment!
2: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragon / Weeks in top 10 (20)
This Imagine Dragons song has been played alongside almost every current “come back” story, career resurrection and motivational/inspirational thing produced since its debut. The lyrics “I’m Waking Up!” is all about resurrection, comebacks and inspiration. “Stepping off the prison bus” and “Welcome to the new age” is the 2013 version of inspiration and has sent Imagine Dragons into almost iconic status.
1: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thick with Collaboration from T.I. & Pharrell / Weeks in top 10 (19)
Admit it! You bout fell slam-out onto the floor alongside your bottom lip when you saw none other than Robin Thick, smoothly spitting those low lyrics alongside T.I. and Pharrell right? I know I did! Of course, nothing prepared me for the MTV Video Music Award show appearance where he laid Blurred Lines down with an almost bare naked Miley Cyrus! Holy Cow! That was Hannah Montana all over him!!
Well, there is our top 10 best songs of 2013 so far as of writing of this top 10 songs. Yeah, there were a few that would have rightfully deserved a place among our top 10, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore held a top 10 spot for over 21 weeks! Then Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” could have easily landed on the list as well. Hope you have enjoyed the list, the hits and feel free to tell us who you think may have deserved another look!.