The Best New Hip Hop and Dance Music of 2013

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If you’re looking for the best new hip hop and dance music of 2013, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got all the latest and greatest hits, so you can stay up-to-date on the latest trends.

Best Hip Hop Songs of 2013

It’s no secret that 2013 has been an amazing year for music, and hip hop and dance music are no exception. From major label releases to mixtapes and underground bangers, there’s been something for everyone. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best hip hop and dance songs of 2013.

“Started from the Bottom” by Drake

“Started from the Bottom” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake, released as the first single from his third studio album Nothing Was the Same. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly became Drake’s most successful single to date. It also peaked at number one on both the US Rap Songs chart and the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Drake’s second song to do so after “Forever”.

“Y.O.L.O.” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Y.O.L.O.” is a song by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Schoolboy Q. It was released in 2013 as the first single from their album The Heist. The song celebrates the “You Only Live Once” (YOLO) philosophy, and was criticized for its glorification of risky behavior.

“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Can’t Hold Us” is a song by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, released on August 16, 2011, as the third single from their debut studio album The Heist (2012). The song features guest vocals from Ray Dalton. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in May 2013, becoming the duo’s second single to reach the top of the chart. Internationally, the song peaked within the top ten of more than ten countries including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. A music video was released on August 27, 2013. The song was used in promotional commercials for HBO’s comedy-drama Ballers.

The song is built around a recurring hook sung by Dalton: “Can’t hold us / We will fight till it’s over / Can’t hold us / Get up! Get up!” The verses feature rhymes by Macklemore that become progressively more intricate as each verse goes on. In an interview with Songfacts, Macklemore stated that “Can’t Hold Us” was based on his own experience coming up as an artist.

Best Dance Songs of 2013

2013 was an amazing year for hip hop and dance music. We saw the rise of new artists and the return of some old favorites. The best dance songs of 2013 are a mix of both. From club bangers to songs that you can listen to on a long drive, there’s something for everyone in this list.

“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk

This song was released in April of 2013 as the lead single off of Daft Punk’s fourth studio album, Random Access Memories. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number one in several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Canada. It also won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.

“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

“Blurred Lines” is a single by American singer-songwriter Robin Thicke featuring American rapper T.I. and American singer Pharrell Williams. The song was produced by Williams and released as the first single from Thicke’s album of the same name. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the charts in 20 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song’s success prompted a number of other artists to release their own versions of the track. “Blurred Lines” has been nominated for several awards, including Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

“Harlem Shake” by Baauer

“Harlem Shake” is a song recorded by American DJ and producer Baauer. It was released as a digital download on May 22, 2012, on Mad Decent’s Jeffree’s sub-label. The song was written by Harry Rodrigues, while the production was handled by Baauer. On February 12, 2013, the song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is played in a minor key at a tempo of 137 beats per minute. The drop features a synth bass line accompanied by heavy percussion. The song samples plastic-sounding horns from Philadelphian DJ Kool’s 1992 single “Let Me Clear My Throat”.

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