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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars Highlight Year-End Hot 100 Chart

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut chart smash "Thrift Shop," featuring vocalist Wanz, is the No. 1 song of the year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut chart smash “Thrift Shop,” featuring vocalist Wanz, is the No. 1 song of the year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Bruno Mars, meanwhile, powered by three top five hits, is the ranking’s top artist of 2013.

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“Thrift Shop,” with its catchy “I’m gonna pop some tags” chorus, spent six weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100. Macklemore & Lewis mark the first duo to claim top song of the year honors since 1975, when Captain & Tenille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together” was No. 1.

“Shop” is the third year-end No. 1 song of the past four years to be an act’s chart debut. It follows last year’s champ, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” featuring Kimbra, and Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” in 2010. (The streak is almost four years: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” led the list in 2011, but that was her second chart entry, following 2008’s “Chasing Pavements.”)

Additional honors go to “Shop” in that it’s the year’s No. 1 title on the 2013 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs recaps.


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis own two of the top five songs on this year’s Hot 100 chart, as “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, places at No. 5. The song followed “Shop” with a five-week Hot 100 reign. It’s the fourth time an act has doubled-up in the top five on the year-end Hot 100 since 2009. In 2011, Katy Perry did so with “Firework” (No. 3) and “E.T.,” featuring Kanye West (No. 4). In 2009, two acts each boasted two songs in the top five: the Black Eyed Peas, with “Boom Boom Pow” (No. 1) and “I Gotta Feeling” (No. 4), and Lady Gaga with “Poker Face” (No. 2) and “Just Dance,” featuring Colby O’Donis (No. 3).

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is also this year’s top new artist, while another duo, Florida Georgia Line, comes in at No. 2 on the year-end new artist tally. Baauer (see below) is 2013’s No. 3 new artist.

In between Macklemore & Lewis’ two monster hits, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, is the year’s No. 2 song. It led the Hot for 12 weeks, the longest command of any song this year, and the set the mark for the largest one-week radio audience (229 million all-format audience impressions the week of Aug. 31, according to Nielsen BDS). The sultry track earned the honor of Billboard’s top Song of the Summer and finishes as the year’s No. 1 title on R&B Songs.

Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” is the Hot 100’s No. 3 song of the year. While it peaked at No. 3 on the weekly chart, its longevity was key to its year-end Hot 100 ranking; with 67 weeks on the chart as of this week, it’s the fourth-longest-charting entry in the Hot 100’s 55-year history. “Radioactive” additionally ranks at No. 1 on the year-end Hot Rock Songs ranking.

Internet sensation Baauer (born Harry Rodrigues) claims the year’s No. 4 Hot 100 song with “Harlem Shake.” Thanks almost exclusively to fan-made videos featuring the song’s audio, the track blasted onto the Hot 100 at No. 1 the week of March 2 and reigned for five weeks. It’s just the 21st song in the Hot 100’s archives to launch at the summit.


On the Hot 100’s 2013 year-end artist scorecard, Bruno Mars reigns as the top artist.

Billboard’s top overall artist of the year, Mars was a singles machine on the Hot 100 this year, tallying five charted titles in that span. Of those, three reached the top 10: “Locked Out of Heaven” (six weeks at No. 1), “When I Was Your Man” (No. 1, one week) and “Treasure” (No. 5). All three tunes appear within the top 30 of the year-end Hot 100 chart. “When” ranks at No. 8, “Locked” is at No. 11 and “Treasure” places at No. 30.

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Macklemore & Lewis are the Hot 100’s No. 2 act of the year. In addition to its two No. 1s (see above), their “Same Love,” featuring Mary Lambert, reached No. 11 on the weekly tally. (Current hit “White Walls” reaches the top 20, rising 22-17, this week.)

Imagine Dragons, their impressive year also chronicled above, rank as the Hot 100’s No. 3 act of 2013. In addition to the No. 3-peaking “Radioactive,” the band reached No. 15 on the Hot 100 with “It’s Time” and, earlier this month,” No. 6 with “Demons.”

Justin Timberlake is the year’s No. 4 Hot 100 artist. His long-awaited return resulted in a pair of top five hits as a lead act, “Mirrors,” the year’s No. 6 song, and “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay Z (No. 20). Jay Z and Timberlake switched lead and featured roles on “Holy Grail,” which reached No. 4 in September and wraps as the year’s No. 22 song.

Currently leading the Hot 100 as the featured artist on Eminem’s “The Monster,” Rihanna is 2013’s No. 5 Hot 100 artist. She continued her winning ways this year with “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, the Hot 100’s No. 13 year-end song, “Diamonds,” at No. 27, and “Pour It Up” (No. 70).

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