SPIN's 20 Best Songs of 2011

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(Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty, Adele)
(Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty, Adele)

1. ADELE, "Rolling in the Deep"
The young Ms. Adkins' ex-b'friend is transformed into the accursed Jericho and she's the Israelites blowing his shit apart with the wind of a higher power at her back, a.k.a. cowriter-producer Paul Epworth's holy-moly arrangement, a meticulous groundswell that left cubicles quaking not weeping. All together, now, children: "Fuuuck that dude!"

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