Hint: It was the year of the twerk.
From Yeezus to "Yoncé," this is what made this year a very odd and exciting time for pop music.
Welcome to the new age.
Swooooon. It was a good year for Miguel.
If 1991 was the year punk broke, 2013 was the year it was completely demolished.
But let's face it, so long as there are weddings, school dances, and Bar Mitzvahs, we will never escape "Blurred Lines."
Not saying these are BETTER than the originals, but maybe some of them are?
Gee, what rhymes with hug me... I dunno, man.
Country music in 2013 was dominated by female artists, partying and liberal politics. Yes, you read that right.
Drake basically spent the entire year breaking his "No New Friends" vow on Instragram. SMH
From Kanye's epic Yeezus to A$AP Ferg's bizarro Trap Lord and the return of M.I.A., there was a lot to love this past year.
Thought metal was inaccessible? Think again.
English-speaking countries don't have a monopoly on great music. Sample some amazing tunes from Chile, Hong Kong, South Korea, Brazil, Angola, and more.
Here are the hits that made it big this year. Go ahead, have a listen!
Here's your ultimate reading list for the finest music-related memoirs, history books, and critical works of the year.
Here's the best folk music of this year from seasoned guitar virtuosos to fierce female singer-songwriters.
Untz. Untz. Untz.
Just try to keep in mind that talent borrows, and genius steals.
Here are some of the year's most memorable videos that were not "Blurred Lines" or parodies of "Blurred Lines."
Miley Cyrus is only 21. TWENTY-ONE.
I came in like a raaainbooow...
And headed straight for global domination, 2014.
It’s almost impossible to keep up with everything that comes out, but you should try — or revisit — these fantastic albums.
From the Super Bowl to "Kisses Down Low," queen Kelly reigned supreme.
From body-rolling slow jams to funky soul tunes, to chill electro-pop, R&B in 2013 had a little something for everybody.
Here are the year's catchiest, most addictive tunes from both pop's biggest icons and the superstars of tomorrow.
Guitars are still awesome. Here's why.
Why listen to one song when you can listen to 68 of them mashed together?
All of the best glitchy beats and ambient sounds that 2013 had to offer.
Robert Kelly put that toot toot, beep beep right back into 2013.
A year defined by America's new favorite butt dance.