Let me start off by saying that ranking singles from a spectacular year in music is no fun whatsoever. I’ve literally spent hours going back and forth with the positioning of these songs. The truth is, I love every single one of these songs and no ranking should question that fact. All of the songs featured on the list were released as a “official” single this year. There is obviously many more songs that I would have loved to include but this is it. Check out my Top Singles lists below and comment with your faves of the year. Enjoy!
50. Bonnie McKee – American Girl
49. John Newman – Losing Sleep
48. Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life
47. Selena Gomez – Slow Down
46. Bruno Mars – Treasure
45. Taylor Swift – 22
44. Kelly Rowland – Dirty Laundry
43. Pitbull – Timber (feat. Ke$ha)
42. Rihanna – Pour It Up
41. Ciara – I’m Out (feat. Nicki Minaj)
40. One Direction – Story of My Life
39. Empire of the Sun – Alive
38. Ariana Grande – The Way (feat. Mac Miller)
37. Iggy Azelea – Work
36. Ellie Goulding – Burn
35. Katy B – 5AM
34. Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) [feat. A*M*E] 33. Avicii – Wake Me Up
32. Mariah Carey – #Beautiful (feat. Miguel)
31. Sara Bareilles – Brave
30. Katy Perry – Roar
29. Selena Gomez – Come & Get It
28. Zendaya – Replay
27. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie
26. Little Mix – Move
25. Lady Gaga – Applause
24. Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
23. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert)
22. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack
21. Jay-Z – Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
20. Britney Spears – Work Bitch
19. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree
18. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline
17. Rihanna – Stay
16. Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man
15. Lady Gaga – Do What U Want (feat. R.Kelly)
14. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
13. Zedd – Clarity (feat. Foxes)
12. Pink – Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)
11. Sky Ferreira – You’re Not the One
10. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share. It was a great breakout year for this Scottish trio and “The Mother We Share” is just one of those songs that lets you forget about everything, but the music playing and Lauren‘s angelic voice. It’s simply synth-pop perfection.
9. Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us. Released as part of the re-issue of her gorgeous debut album Devotion and produced by frequent collaborator Julio Bashmore, “Imagine It Was Us” saw Jessie picking up the pace atop a seductive and flirty disco beat. It’s exactly the direction she should be going in and should’ve been huge. I’m forever obsessed.
8. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (feat. Pharrell & T.I.). Sure, the song was unquestionably everywhere this year but that doesn’t make it any less great. “Blurred Lines” kept us dancing all year long and it didn’t need one electronic beat drop to do it. After years and years of being on the sidelines, you finally got your hit – Congrats Robin!
7. Ciara – Body Party. Everyone was betting against her but CiCi proved them all wrong with this sultry and seductive R&B jam. The beat knocked and the sampling of “My Boo” was legitimately smart. Easily one of the best songs of her career.
6. Tegan & Sara – I Was A Fool. The lush pop ballad about imperfect love sees the sisters trading off vocals atop a gorgeous, piano-led melody. Insanely catchy and impeccably crafted – it’s a perfect pop song from start to finish.
5. Lorde – Royals. I didn’t want to accept it at first but “Royals” was indeed the surprise hit of the year. From the simple backing drum beats to her dominating pipes, the song thrived on its minimalist production and hardly catered to radio. Easily one of the best releases from a newcomer in years. Sometimes less really is more.
4. Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home. All powerful love leaves a mark and such is the case here in this sexy and sensitive R&B jam. Drake undeniably got it right with this breezy disco-lite number.
3. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors. From the strings and the soaring chorus to Timbaland‘s slick production, “Mirrors” reminded us of the greatness that was FutureSex/LoveSounds and still managed to sound surprisingly fresh. The song is epic in so many ways – A remarkable single from a remarkable man.
2. Disclosure – White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge). No dance song in 2013 really did it for quite as well as “White Noise” did from UK dance duo Disclosure. Packed with intoxicating garage rhythms, bouncy production stylings, and infectious sweet vocals from Miss Aluna, the track was undeniably fresh and forward thinking – I’m still not over it. “Lately, I’ve been thinking if you wanna get tough, then let’s play rough.” 😉
1. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop. Whether you hate the girl or love her, “We Can’t Stop” had us all partying, twerking, and quoting its lyrics at some point this year. The chorus was addictive, the production was slick, and the song as a whole is still more innovative than anything else we heard from other pop divas in 2013. You don’t sell millions of singles just by being “shocking,” do you? Never underestimate the power of a great pop song. “We Can’t Stop” was that “it” song and you all know it.