CNN readers' favorite musicians of 2013

Published 9:28 AM ET, Mon December 23, 2013
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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: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Robin Thicke likely thought 2013 was going to be far kinder than it was. He had a surefire smash with "Blurred Lines," and an album ready to reap the rewards. Instead, he got hit with controversy after controversy, and no other single has caught on like that one. At least he made the readers' favorites list, though!
For nearly the entirety of 2013, Beyoncé's fans were dying for an album. The hunger for it was almost palpable as the star teased the BeyHive with an iconic Super Bowl performance, snippets of songs and Pepsi-related adver-tunes. And then out of the blue in December, just in time for the holidays and because she's the Queen, Bey -- make that Yonce -- showed up with a full album, plus videos. Bow down indeed. Peter Lindberg/AP
Taylor Swift's "Red," released in October 2012, was so strong it kept rocking right through 2013. Songs such as "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Red" and "22" are tracks that are tailor-made for singing at the top of your lungs. Swift rode this album all the way to the bank. And, for that matter, to the No. 8 spot on our readers' favorites list. Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Out of nowhere, Eminem decided to announce in August that he had an album on the way in the fall. And, even better, it was called "Marshall Mathers LP 2," an indication that the Slim Shady we fell in love with had returned to the booth. We weren't disappointed -- and, judging by his ranking, neither were CNN readers. PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images/File
If the only Lorde song you know is "Royals," it's OK -- but it is time to dig deep into her album, "Pure Heroine." The 17-year-old New Zealand native became a 2013 success story thanks to that single's dominance on the top of Billboard's Hot 100, but there's more to her than the fact that she'll never be a royal (rooooooyal). Kevin Winter/Getty Images for
It's hard to think of a year when Rihanna isn't cranking out hit after hit. This year she led the way with singles such as "Stay" and "Pour It Up," not to mention her collaboration with Eminem, "Monster." Kevin Winter/Getty Images
These two "Thrift" shoppers were also game-changers in 2013. They had two hot singles, "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," but they also had "Same Love," a track that was not only sonically sound but contained a message that carried major impact. Brad Barket/Getty Images for Clear Channel/File
This year, Katy Perry let the light in, and CNN readers ate it up. The singer's fall release, "Prism," rocketed to No. 1, and has been cruising on the strength of singles such as "Roar" and "Unconditionally." Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel
Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is one of the top albums of the year, and CNN readers agree. Although Bruno didn't chart in 2012 with a single, his overall artistry helped him reach second place in 2013. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel/File
After making us wait seven years for a new album, Justin Timberlake finally delivered. Well, at least partially -- the first half of his "20/20 Experience" was far better received than the second installment. But no matter! CNN readers have missed his blue-eyed pop soul so much that they voted him straight to No. 1. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP