As 2013 heads to a close, we look back at the songs that made us either want to dance recklessly, smash in the radio or sit back and reevaluate our places in the universe. These songs are not necessarily the highest quality songs of 2013, but they have made the biggest mark on radio waves this year.
10. Harlem Shake – Baauer
Although this song had no discernible lyrics or melody, it prompted a viral video craze in which rooms of people descended into raving dance party madness in a matter of ten seconds. Several classes at SJS even participated in the trend, and while they likely regret it, we’ll never let them forget it.
9. Take a Walk – Passion Pit
Gracing airwaves from Free Press Summer Fest to Taco Bell commercials, “Take a Walk” put Passion Pit back on headlining terms. The upbeat yet retrospective single garnered even more success than Passion Pit’s previous hit, “Sleepyhead.”
8. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey’s single off of Baz Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby” soundtrack proved almost as decadent and dramatic as the movie itself. The nostalgic lyrics of idealized romance probably frequented every soft grunge blog on Tumblr, let alone every radio station.
7. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
I may be a little biased since I have long accepted Alex Turner as my lord and savior, but the opening chords of this alternative anthem are enough to gain it a spot on the list. Take all the sentiment of a late-night phone call, add some poetic license and a spaghetti western guitar riff, and you’ve got the Arctic Monkey’s 2013 single.
6. I Don’t Care – Icona Pop
Listening to this song is the equivalent of eating an entire tub of ice cream in one sitting. This auditory sugar high feels amazing until you get sick of it.
5. ***Flawless – Beyoncé
Released on the eve of 2014, Beyoncé’s self-titled album didn’t arrive late; everyone else was simply early. The highlight of the record, the aptly named “Flawless” features a feminist message from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in between a formidable bass line and an even more formidable Beyoncé.
4. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
You probably have a lot of opinions about this song, and that’s why it’s on the list. No song of 2013 sparked more outrage and yet still retained a significant presence on radio airwaves.
3. The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) – Ylvis
Will we ever know what the fox says? Three hundred million people watched to discover the ancient mystery, stimulating what we can rightfully call an Internet phenomenon.
2. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Regardless of your opinion of Miley’s theatrics, “Wrecking Ball” topped charts as the most emotional Cyrus ballad since Billy Ray’s “Achy Breaky Heart.” All joking aside, the single’s acoustic version proves that Miley has more to offer than just her stage stunts.
1. Royals – Lorde
Lorde’s overnight fame stems mainly from this dark horse hit. At sixteen years old, Lorde and her mature sound and vocals succeed in both making me feel inadequate about my life’s achievements and dominating every radio station in the first world. I can’t spend ten minutes in my car without hearing this song at least eight times.