As the sun sets on yet another epic year in the history of the world, it’s important to contemplate the omnipresent globe-circling hits that became humanity’s soundtrack in 2013.
Just kidding! That might be overdoing it a smidgen, but really, what happened this year? EDM proved that it had some staying power. Dubstep proved that it might not. K-pop spread its global dominance a little more. Azonto and soca found their footing in the global charts. Newer stars like Lorde and Haim burst onto the scene. Older acts like Daft Punk and Arcade Fire proved they still have what it takes. The songs of the year were made by people from countries as diverse as France, Korea, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ghana, Germany, and Chile. Like the trouble that we were having choosing our Song of the Summer, we need your help to choose MTV Iggy’s Song of the Year. Refresh your memory by listening to the songs below and then cast your vote. The poll will be closing next Friday, December 20 at 11am EST time.
1. 2NE1 – “Falling in Love”
This reggae influenced pop gem came out in July and was our song of the summer. It also scored more than a million views on YouTube in a day and killed in the Korean pop charts.
2. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
With guest vocals from David effing Bowie, you know the title track from the Canadian indie rocker’s new album was going to be a cultural event.
3. Bunji Garlin – “Differentology”
4. Calvin Harris f. Ellie Goulding - “I Need Your Love”
From Australia to Slovakia, to number four in the UK, this favorably starred electro house collaboration ranked high and rung bells around the world.
5. Daft Punk - “Get Lucky”
Perhaps this song from a certain legendary French electronic duo and Pharrell needs no introduction. At this point it already feels eternal. Instant classic much?
6. Drake - “Started From The Bottom”
You couldn’t get away from this one. But admit it, you’re not really mad.
7. Fuse ODG - “Antenna”
8. G-Dragon - “Crooked”
Big Bang’s G-Dragon made a big splash in the world of K-pop and beyond with his solo album Coup D’etat. “Crooked” from that album was the endlessly replayable sound of him breaking big. Ahem. We called it in 2012.
9. HAIM - “The Wire”
It was a banner year for the band of three Angeleno sisters (and one sister from another mister) with serious guitar chops and preternatural hook writing abilities. Their debut album Days Are Gone went to number one in the UK and they went everywhere from Glastonbury to SNL. “The Wire” was their irresistible calling card.
10. Lorde - “Royals”
Yes, MTV has already declared this surprising chart-topper from New Zealand the song of the year, a maybe rightly so, but we’re letting you decide.
11. Los Bunkers - “Bailando Solo”
Chilean rock veterans Los Bunkers turned heads with their bold seventh full-length La Velocidad de la Luz, which got them a Latin Grammy nom for Best Rock Album. The single “Bailando Solo” has the melodicism, emotion, bombast and danceability to upstage Arcade Fire.
12. PSY - “Gentleman”
The pop cultural frothing over “Gangnam Style” may have receded but Psy’s not done. “Gentleman,” his prankish follow up single, might not have caused the sensation that “Gangnam Style” did but it was this year’s most watched video on YouTube.
13. Zedd - “Clarity”
Featuring heart-string yanking vocals from England’s Foxes, this one tore up dance charts in locales as diverse as Brazil and New Zealand. It went to number one on Hot Dance Club and number two on both the Mainstream Top 40 and Dance/Electronic Billboard charts in the US.