The music industry has stayed in news for all the brow lifting reasons, be they Gaga’s concert in space or O Cornor’s letter to Miley.

The happenings in music industry became a subject of global social debate when innocent looking Disney girl twerked her way to the fame. Many were awestruck that the good girl had gone bad, however, overlooking all the reservations of the crusaders of decency, MTV named Cyrus the artist of the year.

Keeping aside the controversies of 2013, we have here a list of songs which have been nothing but popular

Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Equally popular with the critics and audiences, Thrift Shop is about slamming the brands and labels and showing esteem for thrift shops and saving money. Against the popular trend of flaunting money and status in rap music, Macklemore gave one of the biggest hits of 2013 by singing about charity stores and cheap shops. The video was a hit too and was nominated at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year.

Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton

Can’t  Hold Us is the third single of the album The Heist  of the rapper Macklemore and the producer Lewis. The song features Ray Dalton and has additional vocals by actress Susannah Wetzel. It received critical acclaim and made upto the top of the Billboard Charts.

Just Give Me A Reason - P!nk Featuring Nate Ruess

Firstly intending to release it as a solo, Pink realised that the song is more of a conversation than a monologue so she asked Ruess of Fun band to do Just Give Me A Reason with her. The song is about the desire to hold on to a breaking relationship. The song was commercial success and received critical acclaim for ‘dialing back the drama and letting the melody and sentiment do their work.’

Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Regarded as ‘powerful,’ ‘masculine’ and ‘song with a personal theme’ by the critics, Radioactive was a commercial success. Having emotional excitement and drama the song is equally popular with hard rock and alternative pop fans. It is recorded by American rock band Imagine Dragons.

I Knew You Were Trouble  - Taylor Swift

Famous for getting inspiration from her break-ups, the singer and song-writer Taylor Swift stayed on charts in 2013 for her various hits from the album Red(2012). Talking about her song I Knew You were Trouble, Swift says “I had just gone through an experience that made me write this song about like knowing the second you see someone like, 'Oh, this is going to be interesting. It's going to be dangerous, but look at me going in there anyway.” That is very typical of her! Isn’t it?

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Well, no it was not mere twerking with Ms. Cyrus that made Thicke make headlines in 2013. His song Blurred Lines featuring T. I. & Pharrell was a big hit too. Later the performance of the same song on MTV Video Awards in Brooklyn with Miley caused one of the biggest controversies of the Music industry, dragging in as big names as Sinéad O'Connor.

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) - Fall Out Boy 

Released as the lead single by Fall Out Boys for their 5th studio album, the song served as the band's comeback single following their three-year hiatus and regrouping in early 2013. The band says that the song best represented their album at the core which was released in April 2013.

Get Lucky - Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams

Completed over the course of almost 18 months, the track has been a global hit. It, however, triggered a small debate cum controversy in Pakistan.  In a blog of leading newspaper it was questioned that should such a song be listened during Ramadan? Whatever views people may hold, Pharrell says that the song is not about physical intimacy only rather it  is about fortune of connecting with someone.

Whistle - Flo Rida

Having a whistling chorus which does stick to the listener’s head, the song Whistle received mixed rather polarized views. Though criticized for its unsubtle hook and lyrical content, the song was appreciated for its care- free vibe. The critical reviews were mixed, but the commercial reception was good, making it one of the highs of 2013.

Stay - Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko

Reunion with Katy Perry, inspiring children to twerk and wearing hijab for a photoshoot in a mosque are not the only news about Rihanna. Her song Stay featuring Mikky Ekko stayed in charts and on playlists for quite a while. The pop ballad’s lyrical content is about temptation and failure of resisting true love. It was widely appreciated for vocal performance and emotion.