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Songs of '11: #10-#6 Black Keys, Beyonce, The Throne, Belle Brigade, Lloyd

Lloyd released his new "King of Hearts" album

Lloyd released his new "King of Hearts" album in 2011. (Credit: John Ricard / Interscope)

Happy holidays! It's the time of year when we look back. Last week, we looked at the 25 best albums. This week, we'll review the 25 best songs.

#25-#21, #20-#16, #15-#11

10. The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy” (Nonesuch): Blues rock that's part deep-fried Southern boogie and Northeast Ohio earnestness.

9. Beyonce, “Countdown” (Columbia): While her ambitious “4” album was uneven, this love song, packed with stacked vocals, marching band horns and crazed synths, is irreplaceable.

8. The Throne, “Otis” (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation): You can almost hear Jay-Z and Kanye West find inspiration in each other and in Otis Redding's classic track, pushing them both to become even better.

7. Belle Brigade, “Losers” (Reprise): The Gruskas – siblings Ethan and Barbara – opt out of the rat race with this stunning folk-rock anthem built around their Simon-and-Garfunkel-esque harmonies that grows into a massive “No more.” They win.

6. Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, “Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)” (Interscope): This year's soul revival single with the unprintable sing-along chorus goes a step farther than Cee Lo Green, but makes up for it with Andre 3000's complex rhymes that dis his ex for not having enough self esteem.

Tags: Best of '11 , Black Keys , Beyonce , The Throne , Belle Brigade , Lloyd

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