Best The Black Keys Songs


The Top Ten

1 Gold on the Ceiling (El Camino) Gold on the Ceiling (El Camino)

This is the song that made me love these guys. It beats everything else on this list. I've gotten many of my friends hooked on the Keys because of this song.

This is the song that got me hooked onto the Black Keys and got me listening to all of their other great music such as Little Black Submarines. A truly great band that uses actual instruments and good vocals to write amazing songs.

I love the music and the beat to this song, why is tighten up higher than this, I don't understand. This has a great melody and the lyrics a really catchy while tighten up doesn't have nearly as good lyrics as this song. The Black Keys are now one of my favorite bands because of this song. BLACK KEYS RULE

I love this song and I'm not a millennial, this is one band that just keeps me going. Great jam, but most of them are.

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2 Tighten Up (Brothers) Tighten Up (Brothers)

This is the first song I heard by the duo and it has still remained my favorite by them. It's nothing short of perfection

This song just makes my day!
And when the beat changes towards the end...
It just sets my heart racing
Hats off guys

Not only is this song amazing, but the music video is golden! Love the style of all their songs. Classic stuff

This one of their most popular songs but it is not their 3rd best of all time.

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3 Lonely Boy Lonely Boy

The amazing first single for the album El Camino. Rolling Stone praised the song, giving it four out of five stars, saying that "Frustrated desire is the song's ostensible theme... But for Keys fans, this is a clean hit of instant gratification. " I loved the music video- that dance was precious!

This is an amazing exception to the old "they don't make music like they used to" saying.

Gives you that feel of the old 70s with the touch of modern rock. Ultimate feel provided whole together. Gets your spirits all high. Super energetic song. The simply changes the mood with keeping in account the feel which can never be lost. Must for every single lonely boy in the towm.. Keep rocking, cheers.. M/

I love this song so infinity much!

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4 I Got Mine (Attack & Release) I Got Mine (Attack & Release)

You haven't properly experienced this song until you see them play it live. The rock in this song is so much stronger than his other songs. Go listen to it right now!

The Black Keys finish strong, I Got Mine is what they use to close their shows. This song is top 3, at worst!

The live versions of this song all feature a completely random and epic solo and close the concerts with perfection. Just so much energy!

4%? People really need to listen to this! No. 1 no question

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5 Weight of Love (Turn Blue)

This song is not only by far the best of Turn Blue, but one of their best ever. Bass line, guitar solo, drums all work perfectly to create this amazing song

The buildup, calming voice, then powerful guitar solo make for the best Black Keys song I've ever heard. - Songsta41

The build up in this song is so amazing and then it hits the guitar solo... so good. This song sets the tone for the whole turn blue album and is the best song on it in my opinion. Also this song is amazing in concert.

Pink Floyd vibes in the into but it becomes its own masterpiece

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6 Thickfreakness (Thickfreakness) Thickfreakness (Thickfreakness)

Huge Keys fan, this is probably their best (although there are too many to really choose a clear best. )

Love this song its just classic black keys. If you are rating this top ten solely based on popularity than I understand why this is so low.

This and sinister kid should be top ten at the very least

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7 10 A.M. Automatic (Rubber Factory) 10 A.M. Automatic (Rubber Factory)

Anyone who doesn't have this in their top 10 Black Keys songs, well they shouldn't be making a Black Keys list in the first place. What an amazing song... - TragedyBound27

This is one of their best songs with simple rock guitar and no keyboards bringing the thickness of the guitar down. This song should be higher.

Great song. Maybe not their best, but definitely in the Top ten!

It the best song on their best album

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8 Howlin' for You (Brothers) Howlin' for You (Brothers)

"It's True, Baby I'm Howling For You! " Really catchy and amazingly creative

It kicks! The drums are the best. And who did not see trailer (video), it's like parody of Hollywood movie - then you must see it.

This is something else! It sets you on right fro the beginning to the end!

My second choice after Gold on the ceiling. - Feirceraven

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9 Everlasting Light (Brothers) Everlasting Light (Brothers)

Always puts me in a good mood, His falsetto voice is unbelievable so calming and pure. Should definitely be higher on the list. :(

Most beautiful, soulful, borderline R&B song (yet still completely rocking) song on brothers. Worth the listen, every time.

How the heck is this not higher?! Amazing vocals by Auerbach and a subtle but amazing buildup from start to finish?! Come on people

This is underrated! Must be near top 3!

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10 Set You Free (Thickfreakness) Set You Free (Thickfreakness)

Really awesome riff. It's amazing how the Black Keys are just two people. They create ideas that are the views of many. SO awesome!

The Newcomers

? Little Black Submarines (El Camino) Little Black Submarines (El Camino)

The Black Keys answer to Stairway to Heaven! And what an awesome song it is too! I can't stop listening to it!
Definitely better than Gold on the Ceiling.

This is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. It's so lovely and slow and emotional first, and then when the drums and the electric guitar kicks in, I just want to get up and dance.

Best song, it really showcases how good his voice is, with the classic Black keys sound, it is literally the best song ever! Why the hell isn't higher, I mean, gold on the ceiling is great but, come on

Another great song... Obviously inspired by Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven) - BrianScott01

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? Dead and Gone (El Camino) Dead and Gone (El Camino)

I think this is my favourite song by the black keys, why is it so low?!

Why the hell is this not no. 1. Let alone not in the top 5

Great song, doesn't stop moving, Carney is really on point in this too.

Best Song ever, it simply have everything on it

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The Contenders

11 Fever (Turn Blue) Fever (Turn Blue)

This is their worst song in a long time and should not be in this list at all. It's a weak pop version designed to appeal to the masses.

Definitely should be higher. No question.

Best song from their newest album (2014) called Turn Blue.

Great song.. Obviously inspired by Pink Floyd - BrianScott01

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12 Strange Times (Attack & Release) Strange Times (Attack & Release)

HOLY CRAP! This song is so cool. There is no way that someone can't like this, unless, of course, they're crazy!

If it was worthy of being in Grand Theft Auto IV then it most definitely belongs in the top ten

This is THE best alt rock song ever. the guitar is so cool. I love to play it

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13 Girl Is on My Mind (Rubber Factory) Girl Is on My Mind (Rubber Factory)
14 Oceans & Streams (Attack & Release) Oceans & Streams (Attack & Release)

This song adds so many awesome components plus an awesome beat. Definitely one of their best ones

So many awesome songs by tjese guys, but this one takes the cake.
Its also very underrated in my opinion. Good to see it on this list. Proves that Keys Fans have awesome taste! :) now if only I could learn to play that awesome solo...

15 Next Girl (Brothers) Next Girl (Brothers)

This song is REALLY catchy and just AMAZING all in all.

16 Keep Me (Rubber Factory) Keep Me (Rubber Factory)

This an underrated song. Amazing rhythm and the guitar solo is so good!.

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17 Breaks (The Big Come Up) Breaks (The Big Come Up)

How is this not higher?!? The intro of "Lean forward slightly, Look straight at
The speaker and listen with a sparkle
In your eye as though you might be thinking
'gee this is the most wonderful thing
I've ever heard in all my life'" just immediately sets you up for an incredible guitar riff that hooks you for the whole track. My favourite song

Really? If you do not have this song in your top ten, then you are not a fan of The Black Keys

Amazing guitar riff just listen to it I guarantee you'll you it

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18 Your Touch (Magic Potion) Your Touch (Magic Potion)

Bloody great song, should definitely be higher, but I can't say I'm surprised that all their mainstream stuff is up top, while amazing songs like this go unrecognized, like if you're not a real fan and you haven't heard half of these songs, why are you voting? You don't have a broad enough perspective yet, which is fine, just listen to more of their music!

Simple, but an unforgettable riff. Dan's voice suits that blue's guitar amazingly well.

So good. If you don't know it you can't be a true fan

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19 Sinister Kid (Brothers) Sinister Kid (Brothers)

First of all it's based on a real life story! Secondly, it's just awesome. This Tighten up Gold on the Ceiling and Lonely Boy are the best

I'm amazed this isn't at least top 15

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20 Just Got to Be (Magic Potion) Just Got to Be (Magic Potion)

How In the world is this 51... I think the world should listen to the whole CD and not cherry-pick the hits!

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List StatsUpdated 19 Jan 2017

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Top Remixes (23)

1. Tighten Up (Brothers)
2. Meet Me in the City (Chulahoma)
3. Midnight In Her Eyes (Thickfreakness)
1. Little Black Submarines (El Camino)
2. I Got Mine (Attack & Release)
3. Thickfreakness (Thickfreakness)
1. Tighten Up (Brothers)
2. Lonely Boy
3. Gold on the Ceiling (El Camino)

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