2013 Pop Songs That Are Better Than "Applause" & "Roar"

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KATY PERRY LADY GAGA

As Lady Gaga and Katy Perry "battle" it out on the global pop charts this week (Katy Perry is creaming the Gagster and somehow Britney is now in the mix too?), the pop culture press has gone off the deep end a bit with imagined rivalries and think-pieces acknowledging the self-destructive qualities of mass-market hype and the fuck-all importance it actually holds. Except. I mean. The songs aren't that great? And this is all kind of insane?

Fellow Poptimists, pull back a second - here are the pop songs that were better than "Applause" and "Roar" this year, starting with, yes...

Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines"

Janelle Monae - "Q.U.E.E.N."

M.I.A. - "Bring The Noize"

Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

Taylor Swift - "I Knew You Were Trouble"

AlunaGeorge - "Attracting Flies"

Mykki Ekko - "Kids"

Mariah & Miguel - "#Beautiful"

Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors"

Disclosure - "White Noise"

Lorde - "Royals"

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky"