The Year That Was, 2013 is far too large of a topic to tackle all at once, even when only focusing on the pop culture aspects. Breaking things down month-by-month feels like the smarter call. We'll be working our way through the year one month at a time, remembering the songs, films, TV, and other fun/horrifying stuff that we may well have already forgotten.

The #1 Song

Miley Cyrus stepped aside in November for Lorde, the new young It Girl of the Top 40 music scene. Lorde's "Royals" dominated the No. 1 spot in November, as the New Zealand singer graduated from being known almost exclusively as "16-Year-Old Lorde" to a far more creative nickname, "17-Year-Old Lorde." Buoyed by the success of "Royals," Lorde was nominated for four Grammys, including for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. In the Top 40 music scene, at least, Lorde's November cemented her as a queen. Or, at least until she ages some more, a princess.

The #1 Movie 

November showed both the benefits and perils of adapting a beloved book to the big screen. Ender's Game successfully managed to distance itself from author Orson Scott Card's homophobic stances, only to disappoint at the box office and in reviews entirely on its own sub-par merits. It wasn't all bad for young adult dystopian novels, though. Hunger Games: Catching Fire lit up the box office with some of the best ticket sales of 2013, and Jennifer Lawrence solidified her permanent position as heart-melter and love interest of America.

The Hemsworth bros. (Associated Press)

But still, the movie universe called for more heroes in the movies, and Thor: The Dark World merrily answered the call. Pity Thor star Chris Hemsworth, who despite an on-screen romance with Natalie Portman and big ticket sales, can't even claim to be the biggest money-maker in his family. That would be brother Liam, who played Katniss's (better) love interest Gale in Catching Fire. Take that, bro.

The Month in TV

The Walking Dead dominated the airwaves with absurd viewing numbers among those coveted young people demographics. The people have spoken, TV world, and they want more zombies. Speaking of young people, they were all over NBC's The Voice, where Adam Levine formed a dominant team of front-runners that would pave the way to his 2nd title. This was apparently a thing lots of people cared about, and a big boon to NBC during the ratings-important November Sweeps. The Peacock also got a surprise hit in The Blacklist and James Spader's smug weirdness, which may have gotten a bit too personal for our taste. But hey, anything's better than the crashing depths of struggle that Homeland went through.

Also...

November ended strong on Thanksgiving weekend, when we all enjoyed debating which White House turkey should be murdered pardoned by the President. And on the holiday itself, the Internet learned about Diane from 7a, followed by a long, sad sigh and recognition that everything online is a big fat lie. Meanwhile, over in the sports world, the end of the Auburn and Alabama football rivalry gave us one of the greatest plays in football history. Auburn returned a missed field goal for a touchdown—something that has only happened four times in the past four decades of college ball—to win the Iron Bowl as time expired, helping send Auburn to the SEC (and eventually the national) championship game.