Video: The five best bands that broke up in 2011 -- paired with five of their saddest songs

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2. Sonic Youth: How many hearts broke when Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced their relationship had ended? Ours did. And despite the fact that their record label, Matador, insists the band's future is "uncertain," the eventual fact is that the future of the haltingly eerie noise-rockers is looking dim these days. If you take a few clues from earlier entries on our list, the October announcement that Sonic Youth, together only one year less than R.E.M., is on indefinite hiatus should send you desperately running for their B-sides. And there are some glorious ones: Before it began to crumble slowly inward, before it began to break, Sonic Youth cornered its career on sounding carefully, beautifully broken.
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