Best The Black Keys Songs


The Top Ten

1 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

Just heard it for the first time, better by far.

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2 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

Great catchy tune. Good song. - Userguy44

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3 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

The music video is the best!

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4 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/

Amazing single for El Camino album but He'll of A Season, Sister, and Dead and Gone are close 2nds!

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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.

Austin City Limits it was most Amazing song.

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6 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

So good and so underrated probabaly one of my favourite songs atm

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7 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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8 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

Fills up the room...

9 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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10 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!

How can this be so low, to me this one is life changing.

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The Contenders

11 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

This song has an amazing riff, should be higher. - Songsta41

12 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!

13 Fever (Turn Blue)

Definitely should be higher. No question.

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.

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

Great song.. Obviously inspired by Pink Floyd - BrianScott01

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14 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.

Transcending 🙉

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15 Psychotic Girl (Attack & Release)

Simply there best song ever! Sit back, crank it up, and love it!
And a famous quote from White Men can't Jump ".. Look man, you can listen to Jimi but you can't hear him. There's a difference man. Just because you're listening to him doesn't mean you're hearing him... "

God, what a soulful music

16 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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17 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...

18 Next Girl (Brothers)

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

19 Girl is on My Mind (Rubber Factory)

Should be top ten at least

So catchy and rad and guitars and

20 Ten Cent Pistol (Brothers)

Best black keys song EVER! ^_^

Best song of BK!

21 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

Needs to be higher on the list

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

22 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

Totally The Black Keys!

23 Never Gonna Give You Up (Brothers)

So full of sound! A great song.

24 Keep Me (Rubber Factory)

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

This song is one of their besrt

25 Nova Baby (El Camino)

My favorite song by the Black Keys, the song sounds great when at both of the tempos it switches to and the lyrics are very meaningful

26 Just Got to Be (Magic Potion)

I love this song it's the best they ever made

Best black keys riff sounds like Hendrix

Best off magic potion

One of the best! Top 5

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27 Meet Me in the City (Chulahoma)
28 Midnight In Her Eyes (Thickfreakness)
29 She's Long Gone (Brothers)

LISTEN to the guitar riff in the CHORUS and you will be hooked! Love this song!

I think this is the best song by the black keys. so underrated

30 Sister (El Camino)

Good stuff but seems underrated. The music is mixed pretty well, catchy touch in guitar and bass, plus fun stomping drum. The tempo is amazingly addicting.

Amazing! So catchy, a mint summer tune, and along with nova baby, the best off the album by far!

My favorite on el camino

31 Waiting on Words
32 Stack Shot Billy (Rubber Factory)

The intro to this song on its own is so great, it displays Dan's amazing talent for guitar. The story told by song is so clear to understand and such a great showcase of good blues-inspired rock music

33 You're the One (Magic Potion)

So underrated, but one of their best in my opinion. It's right up there with The Lengths as far as slow dance songs. This one's a masterpiece

Wow! How is this at 51? Deserves to be in the top 10 at least!

34 Busted (The Big Come Up)
35 Till I Get My Way (Rubber Factory)
36 I'll Be Your Man (The Big Come Up)
37 My Mind Is Ramblin' (Chulahoma)

The song speaks for its self.

38 Hard Row (Thickfreakness)

Love this! Should definitely be much higher

Rock and roll, sweetheart!

39 The Lengths

This proves that these guys are true rockers and rollers. Every great band needs a great slow dance song and this is it for them. The Lengths!

Love this song. A little less of blues and more of roots rock. Great song, great band, and awesome note bending in this particular song.

40 The Only One (Brothers)

Just a beautiful and emotional song

All time favorite song!

41 Yearnin' (The Big Come Up)
42 The Go Getter (Brothers)
43 When the Lights Go Out (Rubber Factory)

Always thought this song was one of the more popular ones...

Ohh come on this is to good to be 42nd!

Gritty and powerful

44 Bullet In the Brain (Turn Blue)
45 Things Ain't Like They Used to Be (Attack & Release)

My favorite black keys song

46 Turn Blue (Turn Blue)

Wait a while, I bet this song will be higher! Best song off new album!

47 Have Love Will Travel

Love the sound of this one.

48 Unknown Brother (Brothers)

Easily one of their most beautiful songs. Very underrated, but with so many songs, many of them will end up being underrated.

Favorite song off of Brothers

This song is very underrated!

49 Grown So Ugly (Rubber Factory)

Amazing riff! So catchy

50 Just Couldn't Tie Me Down (Rubber Factory)

The riff is simply amazing, the solo beautiful, everything about this song is perfect besides the fact that my speakers won't go loud enough to do it justice!

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Top Remixes (26)

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. Oceans & Streams (Attack & Release)
3. Little Black Submarines (El Camino)

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