This was the year where Justin Timberlake explained (insulted?) Jessica Biel with, “It’s like you’re my mirror/ My mirror staring back at me/ I couldn’t get any bigger/ With anyone else beside of me.” It was the year Miley Cyrus walked us through giving herself an orgasm: “I feel the thirst pouring out of me/The things that I wanna try.” And who could forget that 2013 was the year where we all wondered — thanks to one infectious summertime ditty — what, exactly, rhymes with “hug me”?
Yes, this was a great year for lyrics both memorable and groan-worthy (Really, Justin Timberlake? You never thought to Google “Take Back The Night”?). Below, check out our picks for the best and the worst lyrics of 2013. (You can also read EW critic Nick Catucci’s picks for Albums of the Year.) Let’s all hope this is the last time anyone brings up “Accidental Racist.”
5.) “In a French-ass restaurant / Hurry up with my damn croissants” -Kanye West, “I Am God.” Instantly iconic.
4.) “Sometimes these walls seem to cave in on me/ When I look in your eyes, I feel alive/ Some days we say words that don’t mean a thing/But when you holding me tight, I feel alive.” -Beyoncé featuring Blue Ivy, “Blue”
3.)”It’s our party we can do what we want to, it’s our house we can love who we want to, it’s our song we can sing if we want to, it’s my mouth I can say want to.” -Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
2.) “It’s a fake, it’s a con/ The nature of the road you’re on/ Lets me see your skeleton/Well before your life is done” -The Avett Brothers, “Another is Waiting”
1.) “I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh/ I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies/ And I’m not proud of my address/ In a torn-up town, no postcode envy” -Lorde, “Royals”
5.) “It’s going down, I’m yelling timber, you better move, you better dance” — Ke$ha & Pitbull, “Timber”
4.) “Might be a bullsh—er/But I ain’t no ass kisser/ ‘Least I’ve never been one before/ But if there’s anybody’s ass I’d kiss/ I’d want it to be yours” -Justin Moore, “I’d Want it to be Yours”
3.)”This is truffle season/Tom Ford tuxedos for no reason/All Saints for my angel/Alexander Wang too” -Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit and Tie”
2.) “I’m proud of where I’m from/ (If you don’t judge my gold chains)/ But not everything we’ve done/ (I’ll forget the iron chains)” -Brad Paisley/LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist”
1.)” You wanna hug me/Hey, hey, hey/What rhymes with hug me?/Hey, hey, hey” -Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”