The 25 Best Songs Of 2013

French Montana, “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’”

Before Miley Cyrus and a pet monkey Julius Caesar were any of his troubles, French Montana’s only concerns were two things: Molly and Aquafina—as his breakthrough anthem “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” dominated the clubs in 2013. The Rico Love-produced single from his debut album Excuse My French not only spawned a bunch of Instagram memes but also a remix from the twerk-happy Cyrus and a “Skeemix” featuring Problem, Dizzy Wright, Game, and Crooked I.—AA

Jay Z featuring Rick Ross, “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”

These two juggernauts, Jay Z and Rick Ross, know how to make music with each other. Look at records like “Free Mason,” “3 Kings” and recent single “The Devil Is A Lie,” the chemistry is undeniable. “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” off Jay’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, the tone was set with a snippet of Pimp C’s last interview before his death explaining youngsters’ affinity for flashy lifestyles. The record bleeds bravado, as both rappers mimic this start-stop delivery over cool snares and a kick that gives the song the perfect bounce it needs. The trio of Vinylz, Boi-1da, and Timberland collaborate to deliver the perfect beat for both Ross and Hov to do what they do best. Rap about how much richer they are than you.—ECM

Migos, “Versace”

Migos went from a trio trapping out the bando to rap’s coolest guys that everyone wanted to fuck with. This year, Migos’ “Versace” blew up in hip-hop and pushed them closer to the mainstream. Drake would co-sign the record with a crazy over-the-top verse and several dozens of remixes showed their hit was too big to ignore. In October, Quavo and TakeOff premiered the official video for the song, which put their obsession with Versace in visual form. Here’s hoping 2014 rings in another style brand chant for us to recite to the rap world.—ED

Rich Homie Quan, “Type Of Way”

Rich Homie Quan broke through the Billboard Rap charts and made one of the year’s most memorable anthems with “Type of Way.” It dropped at the end of 2012 on his Still Goin’ In Reloaded mixtape, and proceeded to take over radio making Drake even saying in an interview with MTV News that he regretted not hopping on the song. Adopting the Auto-Tune falsetto made popular by T-Pain and updated by Future, Quan’s sing-rap style mashed with his delivery worked wonderfully. The ATL newcomer delivered a catchy infectious hit that you can’t help to repeat over and over.—ECM

Drake, “Started From The Bottom”

Drake’s rag to riches anthem was inescapable. While many questioned his idea of a tough road to success, Drake believed his story was relatable to the masses. “I just wanted to make it known that I did work really hard to get here and it wasn’t just a fluke and it wasn’t easy by any means,” he explained to MTV News in February. However you want to classify what your bottom is, Drizzy made sure everyone was chanting his hook and acting cocky doing it. Started!—ED

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  • Doug

    You Spelled most popular wrong

  • LongerThanISmokeMyMeat

    Wow yeah this list is just the most popular list. I’m fine with calling this a most popular list. Now make the real list of best songs of 2013.

    • Eric Diep

      Ha. Our personal lists are a lot in that lane.

      • LongerThanISmokeMyMeat

        listen diep i dont need to know your damn life story.

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  • Juan Carlos

    the list is bogus

  • YungSauce

    List is trash.

  • Ramon Rojo

    BET ass list…fine by me

  • Oz

    does anybody even care about xxl lists? on the nuts of complex much?

  • Your Daddy

    Thanks for reminding me why I stopped listening to rap.

  • AreYouSerious

    how dense does one have to be to make such a shitty list? my fucking god is this a shitty list. in fact saying it’s shitty is an insult to things are actually shitty…

  • JT

    Obviously “Red Nose” was not the number one song of 2013. Agree with the high placement of “Blood on the Leaves” though. No way “Holy Grail” should make this list either…

  • JDS

    lol this list sucks zo hard j cole was a right choice but most of the rappers are just dumbass swag rappers, its a shame that you call this best songs of 2013 list…. let people pick who listen to real music!