Critic’s Choice: Billboard Name Ciara, Justin Timberlake, And Drake In ‘2013’s Top 20 Songs’ List

Published: Wednesday 18th Dec 2013 by Rashad

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:

1)    Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop

2)    Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arro

3)    Lorde – Royals

4)    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert – Same Love

5)    Daft Punk ft. Pharrell – Get Lucky

6)    Kanye West – Black Skin Head

7)    Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home

8)    Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge –  White Noise

9)    Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines

10)Justin Timberlake – Mirrors

11)Ciara – Body Party

12)Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

13)Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball

14)Avicii – Wake Me Up

15)Pink & Nate Russ – Just Give Me A Reason

16)Pusha T – Numbers on the Boards

17)Luke Bryan – That’s My Kind of Night

18)MIGOS ft. Drake – Versace

19)Paramore – Still Into You

20)Bruno Mars – Treasure

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  1. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 18, 2013

    Terrible list..

  2. Vee December 18, 2013

    Just shows how trashy the music is now. Why have you got Bey in that picture though?

  3. CIARA ARMY STAN December 18, 2013

    Queen CICI looks way better than a long neck giraffe BEYCUMCE.


    NowPlaying: Queen Ciara – Body Party

  4. August Stan December 18, 2013

    Ciara looks like a man there.

  5. Rosie December 18, 2013

    If those are the best songs of 2013 then music has really fell off. Only numbers 5, 8, and 11 deserve to be on that list.
    Thankfully 2014 looks like it will slay lives.

  6. Amelia December 18, 2013

    CiCi yaasssss

  7. Stephy Tha Lambily December 18, 2013

    Hey Sam, did you catch Mariah Carey on Michael Blubles Christmas Special tonight. She did VERY well. It was all live. She hit all her notes & sung her other Christmas gem “Christmas Time Is In The Air Again”… Make sure you do a post about it. Thanks

    Also, this list is TERRIBLE. Like I said 2013 has been the worst year (Besides THE QUEEN album release) in pop music. Music is getting worse & worse.

    Congrats to the people who made the list tho.

    All those songs on that list would’ve been album FILLERS 20 years ago…

  8. Lana Del Bey December 18, 2013

    Miley Pls, her whole image the last year was a superb marketing scheme, she using the ‘ghetto’ look as something to sell, there are actually starving people in the ghetto miley, people lining up in the atl and detroit to get those food parcels bae, please stop exploiting certain peoples only way of life and using it for your stupid re-invention ugly stupid spoilt white gal

  9. Jessie December 18, 2013

    No RiRi?

  10. Stephy Tha Lambily December 18, 2013

    Also, please stop calling these BEAUTIFUL FEMALES men. Its quite disrespectful & insulting. I hate seeing it. Makes my flesh crawl….

    If you are born with a PENIS… You are Male (Whether you look like a girl or not)

    If you are born with a VIGINA… You are Female (Wheter you look a little manly or not)



  11. Lana Del Bey December 18, 2013

    I’m not and never was here for Miley’s or shall I say Destinys (lol) exploitation of the certain culture of the under privelleged, there are ‘hood’ people out there that have no choice but to ‘trap’ because it’s the only opportunitys they think they have and therefore create this almost naive ignorant front/wall, this b**** is exploiting at every turn, she has no curves as HOW DA F*** IS MILEY MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THE ART OF TWERKING WHEN THIS B**** CAN NOT

  12. JV December 18, 2013

    Happy for Cici!

    Now every one is riding your python!

    Where you at Riri? All that damn mouth.

  13. Jay Jay December 18, 2013

    Even though she flopped again this era I will say this era was probably Ciara’s best era since The evolution. Yeah if you concentrate on sales, you all may disagree or laugh but Body Party was the single she needed to put her name back out there. The single did well on radio and charts and she did receive more nominations this era than the past two.
    Do I think Ciara will ever be a global superstar? Doubt it since her record label will not promote her right but I think Ciara will lead the pack (behind of Beyonce of course) in R&B.

    I’m trying to be more positive haha can’t be mean anymore lls

    SN – I feel R&B as far as good material is coming back as of late

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  15. Lana Del Bey December 18, 2013

    I’ve been a ‘lurker’ on this site for 2 years never commenting but since I discovered I can comment on my iphone I decided I’m coming to join, I hope you little f*** will embrace me with thick shade xo- pun intended

  16. Lovebird (LOUDER – 04.03.14) December 18, 2013

    These people listen to nothing but top 40 radio. Glad Body Party made the list though but meh…

  17. Dimp-Zone December 18, 2013

    Why is Beyonce in the topic photo, but not on the top 20 list? you kno I only read the story because she’s in the photo!! lol

  18. Just Sayin December 18, 2013

    What a boring lacklustre list.

  19. Rosie December 18, 2013

    OMG @ another Lana stan joining. Welcome bby.

  20. Lana Del Bey December 19, 2013

    Heyyyyy @Rosie I know about all your shenanigans girllll, you’re firece we both will be dragging those who drag queen Elizabeth

  21. Slayty Perry (Who You Love) December 19, 2013

    Miley being on this list twice automatically discredits it. She took off her clothes, snatched up a culture, and lost every ounce of respect to go gold? The struggle is indeed real. Platinum is not in the future for Bangerz. She barely passed 1 million worldwide and its dropping quick. So much for the white Rihanna, Rih at least cans see 3 million worldwide.

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  23. Molly December 19, 2013

    Go cici go! Lmao rosies jealous how cute

  24. Musicstan(bey Ciara Janet Kelly Rowland Rihanna etc) December 19, 2013

    Congrats to Ciara for Making the list… She deserve it!!!! Next year is the year of the women!!!!! And to @stephy thank you for the positive words!!!! These gays (I’m one but I respect women) are so quick to call a natural born women a t***** sound like they are jealous cause these females are natural gogerous!!!! And beside y’all thinking about the wrong Ciara dumbies it is not the singer who was born a male it was some one totally different… Learn ur facts before u try to come for someone

  25. FutureCIARA December 19, 2013

    Rosie actually went up for #11 @Molly

    So lets save our dragging for another post, We shall meet again!

    Congrats Ciara! Keep R&B relevant and very well aliv with numbers like Body Party, It was well received and we need more numbers and visuals that will impact far more than BP.

    To the new Lana stan, I really hope you don’t turn out to be like the rest of the Lana stans on this blog, I encourage you to speak your mind with intelligence and raw realness, no matter what the odds look like, Be an individual!! With that said,

  26. JOHNVIDAL December 19, 2013

    I agree. It´s a terrible list. This just proves Billboard only knows about numbers, not music. Do they expect us to take them seriously as critics? With this list? Well of course there are 4 or 5 songs which belong there, but nothing else.
    ps: Sam needs to post about Mariah and Michael Buble! Crazy musicianship.

  27. Oh Yeah!!! December 19, 2013

    @ ENough – you would think the list is Horrible because RIh isn’t on it. LOL! Miley is and Twice!

  28. FAF December 19, 2013

    Not rosie giving Ciara props Wait TGJ is y’all site hacked?

  29. PINK V***** December 19, 2013

    Trash list, miley has 2 songs on the list wtf is wrong with the world. 2013 wasnt the best year for music imo. Waiting for lana and rihanna to slay the s*** out of 2014.

  30. PINK V***** December 19, 2013

    And whats with the beyonce pic, u just wont stop kissin her ass samantha.

  31. sonic dash Cheats January 17, 2014

    This is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Brief but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

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