When I look back on 2013, the top three names that instantly come to mind are Beyoncé (#flawless as ever), Miley (um, duh) and Kimye (I mean…). This says more about my viewing habits than the year itself because there was so much more to 2013 (but let’s be honest, not that much more) –and we’re counting down the best and worst of them right here.
The Best & Worst Pop Culture Moments of 2013
10. Lorde’s Royal Entry
Arguably, 2013 was all about the ladies of pop. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé (more on them later) made Top 40 radio roar this year. But it was 16-year-old Lorde who took 2013 by storm, with her debut album Pure Heroine, outspoken views on other princesses of pop and uncompromising message of being exactly who you are. The lyrics to her breakout hit Royals is enough to make anyone a convert.
9. Netflix Reigns Supreme with Orange is the New Black and House of Cards
It was a big year for TV… in the sense that most people weren’t watching TV (save for the Breaking Bad finale, R.I.P). Instead, we all spent the majority of 2013 curled up on the couch with our Netflix subscriptions watching all-night marathons of Kevin Spacey’s award-winning series House of Cards or Orange is the New Black (big ups to breakout stars Taylor Schilling and Laverne Cox).
8. Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines
“Remember that guy… who did that song… I think he performed with Miley Cyrus once at the VMAs…” Aka what 2014 will be like for Robin Thicke. We thank you (kind of) for Blurred Lines. Moving on.
7. Jennifer Lawrence’s Eloquent Fall at the Oscars
It’s safe to say that the world fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence this year. Her cool-girl, nonchalant attitude to life endeared millions as we watched her tumble up the stairs in her Dior Haute Couture gown to accept her award for Best Actress, and then opened her acceptance speech with, “You guys are just standing because I fell and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you.” Yup, she wins for the coolest, raddest girl of 2013.
6. ‘NSYNC Reunion at the MTV VMAs
You guys, there was an ‘N SYNC reunion in 2013!! I think we can all die happy now.
5. Amanda Bynes’ Breakdown
Two words. Amanda. Bynes. It wasn’t the best year for the former child star: from her breakdown and twitter-escapades to those weird wigs and finally setting fire to her neighbour’s driveway, 2013 proved to be a hard year for this once Disney darling. Here’s hoping 2014 is a lot better for Bynes who was recently spotted looking happy and healthy out in Hollywood over the holidays (and no wig in sight).
4. Kimye’s Fashion, Baby & Selfies Galore!
It was a big year for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (aka Kimye). They had a baby, they got engaged, Kim went blonde and blonder, Kanye went crazy… wait… what!? (For evidence of that last one click here, here, oh and definitely here.) Cheers to 2014 and more craziness from this humble duo. We’re just glad we have Seth Rogan and James Franco helping us get through it all.
3. Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball
This year Miley Cyrus decided she wasn’t a kid anymore… and then decided that the whole world needed to know. Her go-to strategy was to make sure that when she was being photographed, filmed or performing live, she wore next to nothing (because nothing says ‘I’m a grown women,’ like dancing in your underwear). Oh, and then there was the twerking. So. Much. Twerking. After her “shocking” performance with Robin Thicke (remember that guy?!) at the MTV VMAs, even Anderson Cooper took to the airwaves announcing how formulaic Miley’s shock-and-awe tactics were. And while we wholeheartedly agree with Cooper, we’re not embarrassed to admit how catchy her songs were, and, let’s face it, without Wrecking Ball we wouldn’t have this little number.
2. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Baby Prince
The media storm that surrounded the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby George, sorry, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (!!), was on another level. The media tracked Kate Middleton’s baby bump to near fanatical levels, pondered endlessly what they should name the little prince, cheered when she showed her post-partum baby bump and then took to the tabloids again after Middleton lost her baby weight in under three months. And we loved every minute of it.
1. Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Beyoncé.
If 2013 belonged to one woman in pop culture, I’d like to put forth Beyoncé’s name as the clear winner (like, by a mile). Let’s review, shall we? She started the year shutting down the Super Bowl; literally, there was a blackout after her performance. She also shut down Twitter as millions worldwide rushed to recount the sheer perfectness of her reunion with Destiny Child member’s Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (and then promptly sent them offstage). She then declared herself a feminist and released her self-directed and produced documentary Life Is But a Dream that had everyone crying with joy and wishing they could forever spend their days at a Beyoncé concert. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour happened (enough said). And just when you thought life couldn’t get any better, Beyoncé released one of the most innovative albums of the year. A self-titled ‘Visual Album’ with 14 songs and 17 videos, providing her fans with a completely immersive experience like no other. Bow down, people, bow down.