Lorde launched herself into stardom with the biggest single of the second half of 2013. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing this song, and there is a good reason, it's a great song. Lorde still has some time to prove herself beyond this single, but Pure Heroin is a good album, and this single epitomizes the level of her talent.
Justin Timberlake "Mirrors"
There weren't many "hit" singles from JT's album, but this 8 minute song did the trick. Some will argue Timberlake was stuck in the past with his album, but this song had some flare, and was truly the best song from the 20/20 Experience, I like what Timberlake did with this track.
Daft Punk featuring Panda Bear "Doin' it Right"
"Get Lucky" was clearly the biggest radio hit from Daft Punk this year, but the electronica "Doin' it Right feels more, well right, to be on this for Daft Punk. This song has this old school 80s feel but also takes dance/electronica music to a new level, and the song is just awesome.
Kanye West "Black Skinhead"
This song pumps you up, makes you angry, and just launches you into so many emotions. While I loathe Kanye West and it pains me to put him on this list, there is no denying the greatness of this song on one of West's less commercial albums. Every time I hear this song I think The Wold of Wall Street trailer, a perfect pairing, and a great song.
Miley Cyrus "We Can't Stop"
Both Kanye West and Miley Cyrus were two of the most infamous folks in music 2013. Cyrus got caught up in selling her sex "twerking" on Robin Thicke, and riding a giant wrecking ball naked. The thing is her album Bangerz is one of the better pop albums of the year, and her songs are solid; she could have let them speak for themselves. "We Can't Stop" is probably the most fun single of the year.