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CNN readers' favorite musicians of 2013

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
updated 9:33 AM EST, Mon December 23, 2013
In 2012, <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/readers-favorites-2012/index.html?iref=allsearch' target='_blank'>we wanted to know your favorite song</a>. But with the absolute wealth music fans have had this year, we knew we couldn't make you choose just one single. So instead, we asked who your favorite music artists were. And after counting up the votes, here are the 10 musicians who came out on top: In 2012, we wanted to know your favorite song. But with the absolute wealth music fans have had this year, we knew we couldn't make you choose just one single. So instead, we asked who your favorite music artists were. And after counting up the votes, here are the 10 musicians who came out on top:
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CNN Readers' Favorites 2013: Music artists
No. 10: Robin Thicke
No. 9: Beyoncé
No. 8: Taylor Swift
No. 7: Eminem
No. 6: Lorde
No. 5: Rihanna
No. 4: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
No. 3: Katy Perry
No. 2: Bruno Mars
No. 1: Justin Timberlake
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • This year in music was filled with surprises
  • Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Eminem and Beyonce creatively released new albums
  • CNN readers seemed to vote for artists with a complete package over one-hit wonders

(CNN) -- It's fair to say that the year in music has been one filled with surprises.

Justin Timberlake made his return to music last the entire year, while Eminem's comeback with "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" was more impromptu.

Kanye West went left with "Yeezus" while Jay Z tried to upset the way albums are released -- only to be upstaged by his wife, Beyoncé, mere months later.

And when CNN readers chose as their favorites of 2013, there were surprises there as well. Where 2012 was dominated by artists who were carried on the strength of one song -- Carly Rae Jepsen, Gotye and Psy -- 2013 favored the more established, as well as the artists who showed that they had more than a single hit to offer.

At No. 1 was Mr. "Suit & Tie" Justin Timberlake, followed by industry "Treasure" Bruno Mars and an enlightened Katy Perry. There were still a few artists who shone brightly thanks to a boost from a particular song -- such as Lorde with "Royals" and Robin Thicke with "Blurred Lines" -- but even those musicians have much more to offer beyond those undeniable hits of 2013.

Dare we say it, but could 2013 have been the year of the album? We think it looks like CNN readers voted that way.

If you missed our voting period, feel free to play along in the comments. Tell us your top 10 favorite musicians of 2013.

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