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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