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Top 10 pop songs of 2013

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SuperCool-Guy's annual rankings are back.. with the top 10 pop songs of 2013:
 
(Watch the full video playlist, also on my YouTube channel, or click a song title for the YouTube video)
 
 

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10. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX: I Love It

Written by: Charlotte Aitchison, Patrik Berger, Linus Eklöw
Produced by: Patrik Berger, Style of Eye
Sweden
 
Undeniable hook.  Title should be "I Don't Care! I love It!"

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9. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams: Get Lucky

Written by: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers
Produced by: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
France/USA
 
The robots go back in time with Nile Rogers…
Don't - don't - don't - don't stop the beat
I can't - can't - can't - can't control my feet
Don't Stop! Can't Stop! Won't Stop!!!

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8. Bruno Mars: Gorilla

Written by: Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine
Produced by: The Smeezingtons, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson
USA
 
Original and dynamic arrangement, with a huge, powerful chorus.  Makes me want to air-guitar the power chords!

 

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7. Emmelie de Forest: Only Teardrops

Written by: Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard
Produced by: Frederik Thaae
Denmark
 
The Eurovision Song Contest gets a bad rap for being cheesy, but there were many great songs in 2013.  This one, the winner, is a great slice of pop.

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6. Roberto Bellarosa: Love Kills

Written by: Jukka Immonen, Iain Farquharson
Produced by: Jukka Immonen
Belgium
 
Another one from Eurovision, and the best of 2013 IMO.  Perfect pop.

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5. Lorde: Buzzcut Season

Written by: Ella Yelich O'Connor, Joel Little
Produced by: Joel Little, Ella Yelich O'Connor
New Zealand
 
My favourite song from the brilliant debut album.  Great mood and original soundscapes.

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4. Taylor Swift: 22

Written by: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
Produced by: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
USA
 
I love Taylor.  What a gorgeous, talented, and well-adjusted kid!  This song is so positive and catchy.  I may no longer be 22, but I want to sing it anyway!

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3. Katy Perry: Roar

Written by: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter
Produced by: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut
USA
 
From lyrics to structure to production to video, this is a perfectly crafted and fine-tuned product, built by the best pros in the business, and I say this with the greatest admiration.  Katy Perry's got it!  The pitch-bended low synth sound is killer and IMHO makes the song.

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2. Of Monsters and Men: Little Talks

Written by: Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson
Produced by: Of Monsters And Men, Aron Þór Arnarsson
Iceland
 
Great song, beautiful video, a bit mad...  Fresh, unique, organic instrumentation, great energy.

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1. Paul McCartney: New

Written by: Paul McCartney
Produced by: Mark Ronson
UK
 
Macca is The Man.  A genius and an inspiration.  The song is fresh and positive and puts me in a great mood.  I love it.

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