Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

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Thanks for all your contributions for this week's mailbag, featuring your picks for your favorite songs, albums and more from the past year.

Let's look back at what made 2013 musically memorable for Chart Beat readers (along with some Billboard chart department recaps, including mine!)

Hi Gary,

2013 has certainly been a great year for music! Here are my top 50 songs of the year (based on an inverse point system from my weekly top 30 chart):

50, "Figure 8," Ellie Goulding
49, "Satisfaction Guaranteed," Alyssa Reid
48, "Gone, Gone, Gone," Phillip Phillips
47, "Catch My Breath," Kelly Clarkson
46, "C'mon," Ke$ha
45, "Stay the Night," Zedd feat. Hayley Williams
44, "Hold On, We're Going Home," Drake feat. Majid Jordan
43, "I Knew You Were Trouble.," Taylor Swift
42, "When I Was Your Man," Bruno Mars
41, "Wrecking Ball," Miley Cyrus
40, "Just One Last Time," David Guetta feat. Taped Rai
39, "People Like Us," Kelly Clarkson
38, "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons
37, "Running Guns," Alyssa Reid
36, "Just Give Me a Reason," P!nk feat. Nate Ruess
35, "Roar," Katy Perry
34, "Same Love," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert

33, "Glowing," Nikki Williams
32, "Feel This Moment," Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
31, "Don't You Worry Child," Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin
30, "Next to Me," Emeli Sande
29, "All Night," Icona Pop
28, "Mirrors," Justin Timberlake
27, "Summertime Sadness," Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais
26, "Counting Stars," OneRepublic
25, "Daylight," Maroon 5
24, "We Can't Stop," Miley Cyrus
23, "Heart Attack," Demi Lovato
22, "Sweet Nothing," Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
21, "Slow Down," Selena Gomez
20, "Alive," Krewella
19, "Lego House," Ed Sheeran
18, "Carry On," fun.
17, "I Need Your Love," Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
16, "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons
15, "Stubborn Love," the Lumineers
14, "My Kind of Love," Emeli Sande
13, "Safe and Sound," Capital Cities
12, "Royals," Lorde
11, "Love Somebody," Maroon 5
10, "Troublemaker," Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida
9, "Wake Me Up!," Avicii
8, "Madness," Muse
7, "Demons," Imagine Dragons
6, "Brave," Sara Bareilles
5, "Beam Me Up," Cazette
4, "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
3, "Clarity," Zedd feat. Foxes
2, "Burn," Ellie Goulding

1, "I Love It," Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX

Happy Holidays from Boston!

Brian Brostek

B-A-ST (-ILLE) OF 2013

Hi Gary,

Here are my top 20 songs of the year:

20, "Sitting Still," Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
19, "Unbelievers," Vampire Weekend
18, "Hero," Family of the Year
17, "Carry On," fun.
16, "Ooh La La," Britney Spears
15, "Sirens," Pearl Jam
14, "Team," Lorde
13, "Wrecking Ball," Miley Cyrus
12, "I Knew You Were Trouble.," Taylor Swift
11, "San Francisco," the Mowgli's
10, "The Mother We Share," Chvrches
9, "Sweater Weather," the Neighbourhood
8, "The Wire," HAIM
7, "Just Give Me a Reason," P!nk feat. Nate Ruess
6, "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
5, "Pure Imagination," Fiona Apple
4, "Elephant," Tame Impala
3, "Get Lucky," Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
2, "I Love You," Said the Whale

1, "Pompeii," Bastille


Dave Baskind
Saginaw, Michigan