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Top 100 Pop Songs Of 2013 - The Year's Best

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It was a big year for dance pop and retro sounds among the best pop music of the year.  Based on critical evaluation these are the 100 best pop songs of 2013.

100. We the Kings - "Just Keep Breathing"

We the Kings - Just Keep Breathing
Courtesy S-Curve

We the Kings shifted from their typically sunny pop-rock to explore bullying in the single "Just Keep Breathing" from the band's fourth album Somewhere Somehow.  The result was the third single from the group to break into the Billboard Hot 100.

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99. Chris Brown - "Fine China"

Chris Brown - "Fine China"
Courtesy RCA

As part of one of the key trends in pop music early in 2013, Chris Brown dove into the sounds of classic R&B with this single.  His primary reference point was the Off the Wall era music of Michael Jackson.  The thoroughly entertaining music video also includes dancing heavily influenced by Michael Jackson.

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98. American Authors - "Best Day Of My Life"

American Authors - American Authors
Courtesy Island

The band American Authors came together after the members met each other as students at the Berklee College Of Music.  Their sound is in the vein of a poppier Imagine Dragons. This is their first hit single and it reached the top 10 on both the adult pop and rock songs charts.

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97. Lea Michele - "Cannonball"

Lea Michele - "Cannonball"
Courtesy Columbia

For her debut pop single Glee star Lea Michele enlisted some top collaborators.  Sia co-wrote "Cannonball," and the record was produced by R&B veteran producers Stargate.  The record showcases her powerful voice.

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96. Fall Out Boy - "Alone Together"

Fall Out Boy - Alone Together
Courtesy Island

The third single from Fall Out Boy's #1 hit album Save Rock and Roll found the band in pop friendly territory.  The group performed the song at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and were joined by dancing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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95. Fifth Harmony - "Miss Movin' On"

Fifth Harmony - "Miss Movin' On"
Courtesy Epic

The girl group Fifth Harmony finished third in the second season of X Factor USA.  This is their first single and contains a potent soulful power ballad influenced chorus.  The record was put together by rising production duo The Suspex.

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94. Justin Timberlake - "TKO"

Justin Timberlake - "TKO"
Courtesy RCA

For those who want to remember Justin Timberlake's first two solo albums, "TKO" provides a pleasing flashback while also being updated for contemporary pop radio.  The Timbaland production is loaded with his trademark background sound effects while the star lets his soulful vocals glide across the top.

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93. Jack Johnson - "I Got You"

Jack Johnson - "I Got You"
Courtesy Brushfire Records

If you want a good natured, sunny pick me up, guitarist and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson will never let you down.  "I Got You" is the first single from his fourth consecutive #1 hit album From Here To Now To You.

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92. The Wanted - "We Own the Night"

The Wanted - "We Own the Night"
Courtesy Mercury

British boy band The Wanted struggled commercially in the US in 2013.  However, this anthemic dance track was just one of three top 10 pop hits at home in the UK.  "We Own the Night" is instantly infectious and likeable.

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91. Hadouken! - "Levitate"

Hadouken! - "Levitate"
Courtesy Surface Noise Recordings

British rave band Hadouken!  brought their uptempo dance music to US pop audiences in 2013.  The song quickly soars into the club stratosphere with a powerful beat.  "Levitate" broke the group into the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.

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