Billboard’s end of the year reports are usually based on data comprised of radio airplay, physical and digital sales, and, most recently, Internet streams. As such, it was a no-brainer for acts like Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and Bruno Mars to top the outlet’s ‘year-in-review’ charts given the spectacular commercial performances 2013 afforded each of them and more.
But, since sales don’t always equal quality, the good folks over at Billboard have now lent their weigh in on the year’s best song from a critical standpoint. Its results, listed in full below, sees a surprisingly Urban-dominated list with the likes of Ciara, Kanye West, and Drake all ranking amongst honorees.
Compiled of acts from every genre, tuck in below to see who Billboard deemed the year’s best: