Chart-Topping Songs Of 2013: We Review Each #1 Single…In One Word

Singular Thoughts On 2013's Top Singles
As the year winds to a close, we find ourselves compelled to pause and once again look back over the songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 during the past 12 months. There were a total of 11 singles that hit #1 in 2013, and they ranged from holdovers from 2012, viral video sensations, artists reaching the top for the first time and acts who self-released their material. Also noteworthy: four of the five Grammy-nominated tracks in the Song Of The Year category are comprised of chart-topping singles.

And so, as in year’s past, we gathered up the Idolator crew and asked them to each make a snap judgement on the biggest pop songs from 2013. Admittedly, one or two of these had us scratching our heads in hindsight, wondering how the hell they even made it that big. But make it they did, and below you’ll find our final say on each.

See Idolator’s two cents below, then let us know your own thoughts on this year’s #1 singles!

1. BRUNO MARS, “Locked Out Of Heaven” (6 weeks at #1 total — 2 in 2012 and 4 in 2013)

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Robbie Daw: “Classic”  Sam Lansky: “BBQ” Carl Williott: “Perfection”
Mike Wass: “Unholy” Bradley Stern: “Police”

2. MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS feat. WANZ, “Thrift Shop” (6 weeks)

RD: “Husband”  SL: “Hook” CW: “Inevitable” MW: “Trash” BS: “Cheap”

3. Baauer, “Harlem Shake” (5 weeks)

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RD: “Bygone”  SL: “Nope” CW: “Scourge MW: “Noise” BS: “DROP”

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  • Dave Mihm

    All of you come across as utterly callous pricks. Lately on this sight, you almost always find a way to insult the artist or their work. You know why you were left “scratching our heads in hindsight, wondering how the hell they even made it that big”? Because you’re not the all-knowing, final say in what makes good pop that you think you are. Judging by your comments, either you’re very arrogant in your opinions, or you think a plurality of Americans are idiots. When you constantly degrade the pop music that so many clearly like, you show you really don’t understand what makes music enjoyable. And isn’t that what (for some reason) you’re getting paid to do? Illuminating comments like ‘no, nope, ugh’ – wow, I can see it really takes a lot of talent to become an Editor! Can’t you do any better?

    • Dave Mihm

      I now see I spelled ‘site’ as ‘sight’ and come across as stupid on the first line. The rest I am proud of.

    • Robbie Daw

      Ugh.