Daft Punk feat Pharrell
We suppose this had a certain catchy quality.
Mariah ‘n’ Miguel
This song would have been at least three places higher on the list if it didn’t have the hashtag in its title. A harsh penalty we’re sure you’ll agree but one which we hope other popstars observe and act on in 2014.
In the ‘making music girlbands simply wouldn’t have made three years ago’ stakes Neon Jungle reached almost Girlsaloudian heights with their debut single, which was invented by Popjustice favourites CocknBullKid and Fear Of Tigers.
Love Me Again
You can barely move for serious male singer songwriters with tidy hair and high profile ‘feat’ spots under their belts, but John Newman was ahead of the pack in 2013 because he knew you simply cannot go wrong with a load of rave piano.
Mutya Keisha Siobhan
Not the most sensible first single for MKS – either too clever for its own good or not clever enough, we’re never quite sure – but mostly splendid nonetheless.
Everything Is Embarrassing
This was in last year’s Top 45 list as well but let’s not allow technicalities to get in the way of a good song.
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Empire Of The Sun
Imagine if One Direction released a single like this.
Perky. Cady’s album is one we are looking forward to hearing in 2014.
“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?” is a great pop lyric.
Disclosure feat AlunaGeorge
Aluna probably should have taken this opportunity to launch a solo career.
Jessie J’s at her best when she’s not doing the whole “honking on about being brilliant/haters being rubbish” thing and ‘Thunder’ is a lovely song about love and stuff. Love and stuff is pop’s default setting for a reason.
Wake Me Up
The best novelty single of 2013. So good, in fact, that Avicii released it twice, although he called it ‘Hey Brother’ the second time.