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