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100 Best Songs of 2013

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Lorde, "Royals"


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It didn't sound like the kind of song that owns the pop charts – just a cool singer, a softly swag beat and sisterly backup singers. But "Royals" touched a nerve by being both irresistible and radical: the sound of a teenager in love with hip-hop (but not its materialism) deciding to be queen of her own scene.


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