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50 Best Singles of 2011

The year's best songs included Adele delivering the breakup scorcher to end all breakup scorchers, Beyoncé slathering a triumphant love song in crazy sauce and Lady Gaga giving us the year's best arena jam.

Contributors: Stacey Anderson, Jon Dolan, David Fricke, Will Hermes, Monica Herrera, Jody Rosen, Rob Sheffield, Simon Vozick-Levinson

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Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire feat. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown and El-P, ‘The Last Huzzah’

The cream of New York's underground-rap scene (plus a maniac from Detroit) huddle around a trash-can fire of a beat, hurling deranged poetry.


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Adele, ‘Rumour Has It’

The vengeful, pounding flip side of "Rolling in the Deep": Adele steals her man back from the other woman, then dumps him just for laughs, over