You can’t recap the year in albums and mixtapes without songs. 2013 was packed with all kinds of records that everyone couldn’t get enough of. There were songs that stayed on repeat like Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” street anthems that echoed through neighborhoods like Meek Mill’s “Levels” and Billboard Hot 100 scorchers like Eminem’s “The Monster” that dominated radio play. Just like every year, the mixture of rising stars and veterans putting out excellent songs means hip-hop is continuing to prosper. So, come look back with us in The 25 Best Songs Of 2013.—Written By Eric Diep, Andrew Asare, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. & Dan Rys

P.S. Since it’s Christmas and all, here’s a playlist of our list to soundtrack your family hangouts. Get the Eggnog.

Previously:

The 25 Best Mixtapes Of 2013
The 25 Best Albums Of 2013
Top Kanye West Moments Of 2013
Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse: Its Nine Biggest Storylines