YouTube’s Top Music Videos of 2013

Rachael Moshman | Dec 23, 2013

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YouTube had a huge year. According to the Huffington Post, the video hosting site saw a 50 percent increase in watch time over 2012. Of course a lot of this interest came from celebrity videos, especially music videos for some of the most popular songs of the year. Here are the top music videos of 2013.

1. PSY - GENTLEMAN

Psy took the world by storm with “Gangnam Style,” so it’s natural people want to tune in to see what else he’s got up his sleeve. This video keeps people watching – love it or hate it. It is filled with practical jokes, gross outs, potty humor, and pop culture references like “Candy Crush.” It’s a train wreck wrapped up in fashionable dubs, fun dance moves and a catchy beat, making it hard to turn away from.

2. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball 

It’s easy to see why “Wrecking Ball” was a big hit. It had Miley Cyrus swinging a sledgehammer and straddling a wrecking ball in her underwear. Add that with a really catchy tune, and that’s all it took.

3. Miley Cyrus - We Can’t Stop 

Cyrus kicked off her new album with the video for “We Can’t Stop.” She was scantily clad, dancing with giant teddy bears and singing about drug use. 2013 was the year of Miley. We were all watching to see what she’d do next and she certainly gave us lots to talk about.

While people were bashing Cyrus for being a bad role model for young girls, Katy Perry put out “Roar,” and infectious anthem about standing up for yourself. The video of Katy making it on her own in the jungle while taming wild animals – including brushing a crocodiles teeth – is beautifully filmed and funny. And the song? The kind that you sing to yourself repeatedly without even realizing it.

4. Katy Perry - Roar 

Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus both made the top ten videos of 2013 lists at Rolling Stone and MTV as well. (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” came in number six on YouTube’s top music videos and was also a contender on the other lists.)

5. P!nk - Just Give Me A Reason 

P!nk’s power ballad “Just Give Me a Reason” is a beautiful song. Fans were anxious to see her back in action after taking a break to spend time with her baby girl, Willow. This song is a duet with Nate Ruess of “The Format” and “Fun,” attracting a wider audience. It was a good year for Ruess, who was also part of Eminem’s latest album.

Are you wondering how “What Does the Fox Say” fared?  Number one for top trending videos (not just music) overall and it didn’t come out until September, giving it only a few months to claim the status.

Do you agree with the top music videos of 2013? What videos do you think should have made the list?

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