Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Beyonce Songs

See which song beat "Single Ladies" and "XO"

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"XO"

Amid the edgier sounds of her surprise fifth LP, titled Beyoncé, "XO" was the purest pop track on the entire album. Above a glitchy synth beat, the singer used a controversial sample of audio recorded during the space shuttle Challenger disaster before singing a song about the loss of a loved one. The song's melancholy message is lightened profusely by the bright sound of the song and was the most clearly radio-friendly hit from a largely risky album. 

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