September 22, 2023

With the year coming to a close, it is time to look back at the songs of 2013.

The list includes everything from catchy, toe-tapping beats to emotionally powerful ballads. Contributors of these tunes range from music icons to refreshing newcomers just starting to leave their mark on the music industry.

Whether these songs had listeners channeling their inner-pop star or frantically trying to change the radio, it was difficult for students at California Baptist University to pick the top-10 tracks of 2013.

Poll results showed that “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons came up on top of the 2013 list, followed by “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift.

First breaking the pop charts with “It’s Time,” Imagine Dragons proved that beginner’s luck was not the case by producing another hit, “Radioactive.” This song received 20 percent of the student vote.

“It is different than other songs playing on the radio and you can never get sick of it,” said Briana Tryon, senior communication disorders major.

Dynamic duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made their way to national success with the hit song “Thrift Shop,” which drew its listeners in with catchy phrases and retro sound.

No stranger to fame and success, it was no surprise that Taylor Swift’s song, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” made the top three.

Although Swift shied away from her country roots, Emily Cardona, freshman kinesiology major, said, “The song is so upbeat and catchy that it grows on you.”

Other songs that made the top 10 list among CBU students for 2013 include: “Roar,” “Blurred Lines,” “Wake Me Up,” “Mirrors,” “Royals,” “Ho Hey,” “When I Was Your Man,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” “Stay” and “Get Lucky.”

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