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A belated thank you to everybody who read and commented on the first installment, as I present yet another 15 tunes that made my year.

While we were treated to the art of the comeback from the likes of Mariah Carey, David Bowie, and Toni Braxton, new fresh-faced acts outnumbered them 7 to 1 throughout the entire list. Out of the 100 selections I deemed the cream of the crop, more than half the acts have either yet to release a debut full-length or did so in the previous year.

Onwards!

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So here we are again, 365 days, 52 weeks, and 3 blog posts later.

Originally touted as the year pop would make it’s grand comeback (see: Katy Perry, Britney, Lady Gaga), 2013 played a significantly different tune come the trail end of the year. The three aforementioned releases proved to be significantly underwhelming, a stark contrast to each artist’s earlier releases and left many asking for more.

Instead, we saw a new breed of pop fully emerge after much hype in 2012. Debut full-lengths from Haim, Sky Ferreira, and Charli XCX gave reigning pop princesses a reason to shake in their boots, VV Brown, Goldfrapp, and Little Boots springboarded back onto the scene with three of the strongest releases of the year, whilst spectacular efforts from Kelela, Tamar Braxton, and Ciara proved the art of R&B is long from dead. Girls Aloud broke for good, Kanye became a deity, and a 3-minute clip of two Beyoncé songs rendered most music released this decade useless.

Below are selections #100-#31 of my top songs of the year, with #30-#1 to follow soon, as soon as finals subside and my brain will let me write. Either discover something new, re-discover ones you may have forgotten, or shoot me a message letting me know how shit my rankings were this go-around.

More than anything, just treat your ears to something nice, if applicable, that is.

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