#1 Reason – Ciara, ‘CIARA’
Ciara’s one of those artists who somehow continually gets overlooked in the traditional diva sphere, but “Body Party” is not only one of the best songs of the year, it’s probably one of the best R&B songs of all time. The first single off the singer’s self-titled fifth album, this sensual banger (and its excellent remix featuring Ciara’s fiancé, Future) is cheeky, sweet, fun, and almost impossible not to grind to. But I write this as I’m currently about to jump out of my chair dancing to the album’s closing track, “Overdose.” A glitchy, dance-y banger, the song alternates between seductive, catchy verses and a roaring, cathartic chorus. Ciara has a little bit of everything, from girl power swagger on the Nicki Minaj-assisted “I’m Out” to her rapping debut on “Super Turnt Up.” But even just based on the merits of “Body Party” alone, Ciara deserves the top spot among the wealth of awesome R&B in 2013. — A.Z.
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