Top 10 Musical Moments Of 2013 (VIDEO)

09/12/2013 17:21 | Updated 13 December 2013

This time last year, who'd have thought we would spend approximately 532 hours discussing former Disney star Miley Cyrus in 2013? And who'd have known both 'N Sync and Destiny's Child would have reformed (albeit briefly) for two spectacular shows?

All in all, 2013 has been quite a year for music nostalgia - and we're not just talking about The Big Reunion.

Check out The Huffington Post UK's top 10 musical moments of 2013 below. Have we missed something? Don't forget to let us know yours in the comments section.

  • 10 10. JLS Come To The End Of Road
    Girls Aloud weren’t the only British pop group to call it a day in 2013. Thousands were also heartbroken as JLS decided to go out on a high, claiming they have “nothing left to achieve”. Forget a 50-long-year career like the Stones, for the 2008 X Factor winners, a bundle of Brit and Mobo awards and selling more than 10 million records is quite enough. For now.
  • 9 9. Girls Aloud Split
    After 11 years as Britain’s most popular girl group and a spectacular comeback tour, Girls Aloud announced they had split for good. The girls barely had time to catch their breath after finishing the final gig of the Ten Tour in Liverpool before the message was put out via their official Twitter page. Since getting together on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, Girls Aloud racked up twenty-two consecutive top eleven singles, including four number ones. They also put out six albums, reaching the top spot twice. But we all know who the most famous one is.
  • 8 8. The Most Hyped Album In Living Memory…
    Lady Gaga really did give promoting her third studio album her all. From suspending her Twitter account, dyeing her hair black and getting her nose pierced, walking around naked in a field and continuing to get naked on-stage - all in the name of Artpop. After all the hype, the album didn’t quite have the huge impact on the music world Gaga seemed to be hoping for. But it did spawn the brilliant ‘80s-inspired R Kelly collaboration ‘Do What You Want’ and electropop banger ‘Applause’, and far that we once again tip our hat to her.
  • 7 7. Everyone Falls For Same Love By Macklemore
    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s beautiful ‘Same Love’ may not have dominated the charts for as long as other songs on this list, but it did all kinds of wonderful things for humanity. A big claim, we know, but the heartfelt song was nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy recently, marking a major cultural moment for the gay movement. The track, hailed for its pro-equality message, includes the lines “And I can't change / Even if I tried / Even if I wanted to)” and took the hip-hop world by surprise when it was released in July of 2012. It was re-issued almost a year later, and reached number 11 in the States while becoming something of an anthem for the legalisation of same-sex marriages.
  • 6 6. Blurred Lines Sparks Controversy
    Damn this song and its catchy but wildly misogynistic lyrics. Robin Thicke used to be all soppy R&B love songs and then he comes back and reinvents himself as some kind of imagined sex god. How? By surrounding himself with topless models strutting around while he sings “I know you want it,” of course. According to the Official Charts Company, his summer hit is the biggest selling single of the year, topping the charts with sales of over 1.44 million copies. Well, we did say it was catchy.
  • 5 5. Daft Punk’s Get Lucky Takes Over The World
    You’d have been hard pushed to walk into a bar this summer without hearing Daft Punk’s infectious comeback single ‘Get Lucky’ blasting out the speakers. The huge number one hit featuring Pharell’s smooth vocals and Nile Roger’s guitar handy-work also spawned a ridiculous amount of covers. From Russian Police, Daughter and Alan Partridge - everyone got lucky this year.
  • 4 4. Destiny’s Child Reform At The Superbowl
    “Kelly, Michelle, will you help me sing this one?” asked Beyonce at the Superbowl, as she launched into ‘Single Ladies’ flanked by her Destiny’s Child bessies for the first time since 2006. The group split up in 2005 and each of the three members worked on solo projects, to painfully obvious varying levels of success. But despite the Superbowl halftime show definitely still being the ‘Beyonce show’, it sure was nice to see them (briefly) back together.
  • 3 3. Justin Timberlake’s Comeback
    JT made us wait six whole years while he was busy making movies before coming home to the recording studio. But his musical return was worth the wait as - in a new suited and booted style - he brought us not one, but two new hit albums in 2013 - The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. And he didn’t stop there, fulfilling nineties pop fan’s dreams everywhere as he reformed with his 'N Sync bandmates for a smash hit medley performance at the MTV VMAs.
  • 2 2. Rolling Stones Conquer Glastonbury
    After 50 years as the world’s best rock’n’roll band it was high time the Rolling Stones made their Glastonbury debut. On the Pyramid stage, in front of a 100,000-strong adoring crowd, Mick Jagger didn’t disappoint with his slinky hips. The band’s ramshackle raw energy wowed the world and the fact that they performed on a sunshine-fuelled weekend made Glastonbury 2013 one to remember.
  • 1 1. Miley Cyrus Twerking All Over Robin Thicke
    Is there anyone who doesn’t have an opinion on Miley Cyrus’s outlandish MTV VMAs performance? Her sex-fuelled show included stripping off into a skin-coloured latex two-piece, slapping her dancers’ ‘booties’, simulating sex with a foam hand and twerking all over Robin Thicke. Was it sexist, racist, morally wrong or just simply good entertainment? The debate goes on. Watch the now infamous video and make up your own mind.

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