The Top 40 Pop Singles of 2013

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From Disclosure to Drake and Krystal Klear to Lady Gaga we run down our favourite pop songs of 2013.

Yesterday I ran through my top pop picks of the albums released in 2013. Today I’m wrapping up the list madness with a look at the best pop singles of 2013. Below are songs that I had on repeat at various points throughout the year. You can read the list from 40 to 1 below then stream them in that order via Deezer straight after (although the playlist starts at track 1 it’s meant to play in order you see below).

Enjoy the playlist, let me know what you think and have a wonderful Christmas! I’ll see you in the new year for more pop fun. Don’t forget you can see the 2012 rundown here and the 2011 list here.

 Conor Behan

The Top 40 Pop Songs of 2013

40. Cher Lloyd – I Wish: Scrappy R’n’b pop gem oozing charm

39. Natalia Kills – Problem: Hook heavy with a giant guitar riff.

38. Jennifer Hudson – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel): Disco pop heaven

37. Diana Vickers – Cinderella: 80s tinged treat

36. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack: Blockbuster pop done just right

35. RuPaul and Lady Bunny – Lick It Lollipop: Drag divas nail twerk-pop

34. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – Live It Up: Trashy? Yes but also very fun

33. V V Brown – The Apple: Slick synth aggression

32. Cher – Take It Like A Man: Camp thrills at their finest

31. Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night: Rousing and addictive

30. Daithí feat. Raye – Chameleon Life: Warm and beguiling electro pop genius

29. Iggy Azaelea – Bounce: A booty shaker that’s hard to beat

28. Mariah Carey feat. Miguel – Beautiful: Sun-kissed R’n’B magic

27. Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form: Buzzed about remixer makes pop gold all his own

26. Little Nikki – Little Nikki Says: Both hook driven and a total banger

25. Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful: Swoon inducing cinematic indie pop

24. Charli XCX – SuperLove: Jangly guitars and a monster chorus

23. Avril Lavigne – Here’s To Never Growing Up: Uncool it may be but perfect bubblegum

22. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge -White Noise: Cool-kid crossover pop heaven

21. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarassing: Only officially out here in 2013 this still shines

20. The Saturdays – Disco Love: Bubbly, carefree and demanding of repeat plays

19. Hot Natured – Isis (Magic Carpet Ride): Kooky pop gem buried in a hipster house package

18. Ciara – Body Party: The slow jam to end all slow jams. Brilliant.

17. Bonnie McKee – American Girl: Songwriting star beats her own bubblegum game

16. Kyrstal Klear feat. Jenna G – Addiction: Enormous 80s twinged dance number

15. Drake feat. Majid Jordan – Hold On, We’re Going Home: A future classic? Probably

14. Havana Brown – Flashing Lights: How Kylie would sound if she did Get Lucky

13. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball: Pop ballad at it’s very best

12. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline: Harmonies, melancholy and pop bliss all in one go

11. Neon Jungle – Trouble: One of the year’s best stompers

10. Tamar Braxton – The One: Sunny, radio-ready pop at it’s best

9. Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us: Sleek and addictive and should have been huge

8. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines: Controversial but undeniable funk pop

7. Little Mix – Move: A girl band moment for the ages with a weird but great structure to boot

6. Lady Gaga – Applause: Offbeat meets bubblegum on this heady rush of a tune

5. Daft Punk – Get Lucky: Overplayed but still awesome disco pop with instant classic status

4. Selena Gomez – Come and Get It: Raunchy pop blockbuster that’s hard to beat

3. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – I Love It: Around since 2012 but dominated here from early 2013

2. Britney Spears – Work Bitch: Both bonkers and brilliant, juddering rave pop at it’s best

1. Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly – Do What U Want: Kelly’s own highly questionable presence aside this electro-R&B gem has an urgency that ties into it’s impossibly catchy refrain. Brilliant.


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