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Year of the comeback

Brunch takes a retrospective look at the sensational hits that made 2013 one of the most exciting years in the recent history of pop

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The year has proved to be yet another exciting one for music. It's officially the year of comebacks, as we saw new releases from some of the biggest names in rock, dance and pop _ including David Bowie, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and, quite unexpectedly, Beyonce. This year also brings us a thrilling array of newcomers, both homegrown and imported, like Chladni Chandi, Part Time Musicians and Lorde. As 2013 draws to a close, we round up some of the best singles that we've featured in the past 12 months to remind you of how great it all has been. So, with no further ado, here's our Top 20 singles of this year (in no particular order). Enjoy _ and we'll see you next year. 

DAVID BOWIE/ WHERE ARE WE NOW?

One of the world's most iconic figures in music made a welcome return this year with The Next Day. The single Where Are We Now? finds the now 66-year-old Ziggy Stardust in a melancholic state of mind, reminiscing about his time in Berlin, his second home. Referring to himself as "a man lost in time", Bowie repeats: "Where are we now? Where are we now?/The moment you know, you know, you know." As far as production goes, it's an understated piano ballad with hints of the late '70s/early '80s electro-rock _ the very sound and style he has long mastered.

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