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Best of 2010: Singles #15-11

The Black Keys -- Patrick Carney and Dan

The Black Keys -- Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach -- play Central Park SummerStage on July 27 and 28, 2010, to celebrate their new album "Brothers." Credit: John Peets / Nonesuch Records

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Welcome to the Backstage Pass year-end countdown. Happy holidays! Last week, we looked at the best albums of 2010. This week, we tackle the singles.

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15. Arcade Fire, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (Merge): It makes going to the mall sound like an adventure and gives Arcade Fire one of its most deceptively straightforward songs yet.

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14. LCD Soundsystem, “I Can Change” (DFA): Gorgeous desperation set to irresistible new wave.

13. Ryan Star, “Start a Fire” (Atlantic): An undeniable rush of hormones and pop craftsmanship.

12. M.I.A., “Born Free” (XL): Adrenaline and defiance combine to show how M.I.A. has no plans of backing down. (Warning: The video is ultra-violent.)

11. Black Keys, “Tighten Up” (Nonesuch): The Black Keys augment their spare blues rock with a Danger Mouse groove and broader instrumentation for spectacular results.

 

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