Top 10 Singles of 2011--So Far

We just gave you the top 10 best albums of the year so far--now revel in the best singles!

Obviously, Adele is in there, but guess who else gets a mention? Plus, do you agree with our choices? Put your own picks in the comments!

10. The Raveonettes - "Forget That You're Young"

The band turns down the noise and ups the quiet desperation on this track about robbing the cradle.

9. Bon Iver - "Calgary"

Pardon my knock earlier (excessive fawning gets tiresome) -- this is the best Phil Collins song ever!

8. The Weeknd - "What You Need"

Noirishly sexy and menacing.

7. EMA - "California"

A rambling and brilliant mission statement from EMA's similarly strong Past Life Martyred Saints, recalling '90s folktronica stars like Suzanne Vega.

6. Lykke Li - "I Follow Rivers"

Perhaps her best song yet, full of surging longing -- a Dusty Springfield moment from a singer who usually stays aloof and mellow.

5. Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

Really just an undeniable earworm with enough psych-pop chops to make it more than a passing fancy.

4. Beyonce - "Run the World (Girls)"


3. Tyler, the Creator - "Yonkers"

Delusional paranoia never sounded so alluring.

2. Lil' Wayne - "6 Foot 7 Foot"

Who knows if/when Tha Carter IV will come out, but its singles have not disappointed thus far -- this sequel of sorts to "A Milli" is as industrial and dark as that track but with a more commanding delivery and a breakneck-speed guest spot by Cory Gunz.

1. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Meaner and darker than any indie, rock or hip-hop song released this year is "Rolling in the Deep," a bitter breakup song for the ages. How amazing is that slightly atonal backup vocal at the chorus? That this song is as popular as it is makes me love everyone.


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