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Top 10 music videos that went viral in 2013

Subuhi Parvez, Hindustantimes.com   December 27, 2013
First Published: 18:27 IST(27/12/2013) | Last Updated: 12:28 IST(29/12/2013)

It was a fairly productive year for the music industry. We saw some really crazy, bizarre, most innovative and some controversial videos in 2013. As the New Year knock at our door, we list down the 'unmissable' tracks and why you should watch them!

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Get Lucky - Daft Punk
This single by French band Daft Punk is a must watch! The song reached the top 10 in the music charts of over 32 countries, and has sold more than 7.3 million copies as of September 2013.  The video went viral because of its fun element.
YouTube views: 150,042,256
USP: Fun quotient

Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
This one became one of Miley's most popular numbers in the US especially after the release of its video. The song became controversial because of nudity in it, which was later justified by the singer that it depicted her sadness.
YouTube views: 440,804,048
Selling point: nudity, powerful female solo

What does the fox say - Ylvis
This is an electronic dance number which went crazily viral because of the Norwegian comedy. It was also the top trending video of 2013 on YouTube. Created by Norwegian brothers Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker, it was meant to be a comic value add to their TV talk show. However, after sharing it on the internet in September, it became a craze with thousands of views.
YouTube views: 306,367,979
USP: Funny video, comic lyrics

Rap God - Eminem
The Rap God video marked Eminem's comeback and the song became extremely popular within few days of its release. Eminem was highly appreciated for the lyrics and rapping speed.
YouTube views: 29,742,453
USP: Controversial lyrics & fast-paced lyrical rendition

Let Her Go - Passenger
This song brought British singer/songwriter Passenger his first international success. The song became number one worldwide.
YouTube views: 161,778,969
USP: an element of melody, poetic verse & positive feel

Gentleman - PSY
PSY from Gangnam Style fame came out with yet another sensational song this year. Gentleman has much more visual element than his first single and received a huge popularity worldwide.
YouTube views: 611,202,937
USP: PSY



Roar - Katy Perry

Katy Perry's Roar reached the top five in most international charts. The song has been nominated for the Song of the Year and for the Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Grammy Awards.
YouTube views: 288,318,315
USP: Female-empowerment song



Wake Me Up - Avicii

Wake Me Up became popular because of its experimentation. The video cuts across genres and that's what makes it unique.
YouTube views: 207,479,145
USP: Experimentation

Story of my life - One Direction
The single by British-Irish boy band One Direction gained popularity within a month of its release.
YouTube views: 96,837,383
USP: Meaningful lyrics

Royals - Lorde
The Royals song also became a craze in 2013. It also received a lot of flak for racist remarks in the song. However, many critics praised the production and message of the track. By the end of 2013, the track was listed as one of the year's best songs by some of the best music magazines.
YouTube views: 127,988,439
Selling point: Racism controversy

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