Parodies of 2013 iTunes Top-Sellers Are Better Than the Actual Albums

With just two weeks left of 2013, iTunes have tabulated their year-end sales and Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience was the highest-selling album of the year. It was a swanky, sexy, and swaggy year in the iTunes store. Beyoncé's self-titled secret release came in second after only having been released less than a week ago (she's just that flawless), followed by Imagine Dragons' Night Visions, and Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail. And in terms of singles, the tops of the year were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thriftshop," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis again with "Can't Hold Us."

Timberlake also topped Billboard's Top 200 of 2013. After a huge album, mega worldwide tours, endorsements with Target and Bud Light (it’s Bud Light Platinum, people), Justin had quite the year... and was clearly cornering the “going to the local bar with your high school friends on a weekend home and stocking up on underwear and snacks” market. He was essentially 2013's Homecoming King and voted in our yearbook as "Best Smile" and "Most Likely to Succeed." Suit and ties for everyone!

And now we pay tribute to the best parodies of 2013’s biggest hit-makers on iTunes. Because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Unless you’re Robin Thicke, imitation is the sincerest form of getting called-out for your offensive lyrics. Dig it.

Justin Timberlake

An oldie, but a goodie, and always worth re-watching.


Skye Townsend's impersonation is



HustlinMusiq on YouTube

HOVA's Magna Carta Holy Grail came in fourth behinf his pal Timberlake, the lovely Mrs. Carter, and the most-over-used-in-car-commercial-juggernaut Imagine Dragons. "I'm on a Boat" may not be a parody of a Jay Z song, but it sure as hell looks a lot like it could be.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

DRdoubleB on YouTube

"Thriftshop" was the top single on iTunes. It even reached fandom in the deep recesses of the Pathology labs at the University of Florida. It's so bad it's good. Nerds, rappers, same love.

Robin Thicke

Auckland Law Revue on YouTube

"Blurred Lines" was the second-most purchased single on iTunes, though we MUCH prefer this feminist take on Thicke's super-rapey and bad-for-women song and video.