10. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
Even though this song came out in a different version in 2010, and again last year, it was featured one more time on M.I.A.’s 2013 album Matangi and is still one of the best songs of the year with maybe one of the best videos ever. That’s high praise for someone currently embroiled in a legal dispute for flipping off the entire world during the Super Bowl, but that’s what bad girls do (and they do it well).
Src: 2013 © M.I.A. via YouTube
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