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Billboard's top songs, albums, and artists of 2013

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Billboard magazine announced on Saturday that Bruno Mars is the top music entertainer of 2013. Along with that information, the “Bible of the music industry” has announced the top selling song in a variety of categories, the top-selling performer and songs in a wide variety of musical genres, and much more.

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Highlights of the year include the top-selling song of the year being “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz The Heist. It was followed by “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell in the number two spot. They are the most popular songs across all music genres in 2013, ranked by radio airplay, sales, and streaming activity.

The Top 10 Songs of 2013

  1. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
  2. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
  3. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  4. Harlem Shake - Baauer
  5. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
  6. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  7. Just Give Me A Reason – Pink featuring Nate Ruess
  8. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
  9. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly
  10. Roar – Katy Perry

The top albums’ list of the year across all musical genres was compiled by data from Nielsen SoundScan regarding the year’s sales data.

The Top 10 Albums of 2013

  1. The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake
  2. Red – Taylor Swift
  3. Take Me Home – One Direction
  4. Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
  5. Babel – Mumford & Sons
  6. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
  7. Here’s to the Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
  8. The Truth About Love – Pink
  9. Crash My Party – Luke Bryan
  10. Unapologetic – Rihanna

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The songs categorized as pop songs have a listing of their own

The Top 10 Pop Songs of 2013

  1. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
  2. Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
  3. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
  4. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
  5. Clarity – Zedd featuring Foxes
  6. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  7. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  8. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
  9. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
  10. Daylight – Maroon 5

Billboard compiles the top 10 rock songs and albums lists which are a very competitive and popular category in today’s popular music. Quite incredibly, Imagine Dragons had three of the top 10 rock songs of the year.

The Top 10 Rock Songs of 2013

  1. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  2. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  3. Royals – Lorde
  4. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
  5. Sail – AWOL Nation
  6. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  7. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) – Fall Out Boy
  8. Demons – Imagine Dragons
  9. Home – Phillip Phillips
  10. Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips

Top 10 Rock Albums of 2013

  1. Babel – Mumford & Sons
  2. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
  3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
  4. The World from the Side of the Moon – Phillip Phillips
  5. Some Nights – fun
  6. Rebel Soul – Kid Rock
  7. The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film (Soundtrack)
  8. + - Ed Sheeran
  9. My Head is an Animal – Of Monsters and Men
  10. Born to Die – Lana Del Rey

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Billboard lists the top songs by musical genre as well. The popular category of R&B/Hip-Hop has the same top two slots as the top songs in across all genres list.

The Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs of 2013

  1. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
  2. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
  3. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
  4. Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
  5. Holy Grail – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
  6. Diamonds – Rihanna
  7. Started from the Bottom – Drake
  8. F**kin Problems – A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar
  9. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake featuring Majid Jordan
  10. Love Me – Lil Wayne featuring Drake & Future

The top artists of the year are based on chart activity throughout 2013. Bruno Mars was named top artist for his popular album and singles throughout the year.

The Top 10 Artists of 2013

  1. Bruno Mars
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Justin Timberlake
  4. Rihanna
  5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  6. Pink
  7. Imagine Dragons
  8. One Direction
  9. Miley Cyrus
  10. Maroon Five

The top music tours of 2013 were ranked by Billboard from gross sales, compiled from November 2012 to November 2013. Bon Jovi topped the list with a $205,158,370 total gross, with a total attendance which equaled the total capacity of 2,178,170. The accomplishment was made in 90 sell-out shows.

The Top 10 Tours of 2013

  1. Bon Jovi
  2. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil
  3. Pink
  4. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  5. Rihanna
  6. The Rolling Stones
  7. Taylor Swift
  8. Beyonce
  9. Depeche Mode
  10. Kenny Chesney

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Additionally, the top country song of 2013 was “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, and Taylor Swift’s “Red” was the top country album of the year. The top Latin song of the year was “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony, and the top Latin album of 2013 was “La Misma Gran Senora” by Jenni Rivera.



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