Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry dominate YouTube's most-viewed music videos of 2013

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry dominate YouTube's most-viewed music videos of 2013
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While the video in the top spot may be a little surprising, the rest of YouTube's most-viewed videos are pretty predictable -- and it's not at all surprising that record-breaking artist Miley Cyrus is on the list twice.

The controversy surrounding Robin Thicke's  not-suitable-for-work video for "Blurred Lines" helped drive it to the top of the list, while Katy Perry's intense PR and marketing drove views to the much-anticipated video for "Roar." 

It deserves to be noted that YouTube separates viral videos from music videos; "What Does the Fox Say" and BadLipReading landed on separate lists. 

Here are the top 10 most-viewed music videos on YouTube in 2013:

  1. PSY – “Gentleman” 
  2. Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
  3. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
  4. Katy Perry – “Roar”
  5. P!nk ft. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me a Reason”
  6. Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
  7. Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko – “Stay”
  8. Naughty Boy fr. Sam Smith – “La La La”
  9. Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”
  10. Avicii – “Wake Me Up”

Meanwhile, across the pond in the UK, Naughty Boy takes the first spot, and Thicke outpaced Cyrus, bumping her down to numbers four and five.