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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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Britney Spears, ‘Till The World Ends’

Brit delivers the Apocalypse Now of Eurotrash electrotrance disco songs, as that throbbing pulse builds to a pure drop-the-bomb chorus. And that "whoa-ho-ho" choir sounds like Cher leading an aircraft carrier full of gay sailors.