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Best Songs of 2007

It would be great to list the best albums of 2007, but since album-making is virtually a dead art (sad, but true), I’d rather honor some of the coolest songs of the year.


I used to be really strict about release dates. (In other words, for me to list a song on my year-end best of list, it had to be released in that calendar year.) But in recent years, I’ve mellowed on that rule a bit. Partly because I run in different circles now, and don’t always have a promo copy four months in advance of an album’s release. (And anyway, people are releasing stuff right after they get it mixed nowadays, so there’s not as long of a wait for albums to come out as there used to be.)


The other reason is that, like movies, the best music has a way of getting released in the second half of the year. So, while something might have been released in the the fall of 2006, it may have made its greatest impact on listeners (i.e. me) in early 2007, and so on. (Case in point: Three of the albums I listened to most this year (John Legend’s Once Again , Razorlight’s eponymous sophomore effort, and The Kooks’ Inside In/ Inside Out) were actually released in 2006, but just kept keeping on, ya know?)


OK, so let’s get to it:


The Five BEST OVERALL Songs of 2007:


Kiss the Sky by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra feat. Nino Moschella


When Your Mind’s Made Up by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova


Love Is All Around by Sloan


Australia by The Shins


Sunday Morning by K-OS



The Five COOLEST Songs of 2007:


Heretics by Andrew Bird


Objects of My Affection by Peter Bjorn and John


Wet and Rusting by Menomena


No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses


Like I Needed by Rogue Wave



The Five BEST Songs from Other Shores:


This is How It Goes by Missy Higgins (Australia)


Das Gute Gefuhl by Juli (Germany)


New York by Eskimo Joe (Australia)


Water by Blue King Brown (Australia)


UFO by Sneaky Sound System (Australia)



The Five BEST Songs released in 2007 that could have sucked but turned out to be really good:


Ever Present Past by Paul McCartney


Running Man by Hanson


Don’t Stop Now by Crowded House


Sing by Annie Lennox


Radio Nowhere by Bruce Springsteen



Best Singalong Girl Song of the Year:


Love Song by Sara Bareilles



Best Comeback Song:


Miracles by Arrested Development



Top Five FUN Songs of 2007


Tell Me ‘Bout It by Joss Stone


Take My Time by Junior Senior


Grace Kelly by Mika


Makes Me Wonder by Maroon 5 (OK, give me hell, but this had a great melody.)


Ruby by Kaiser Chiefs



Best moody and/or chill and/or groovy songs of 2007:


The Trumpet Child by Over the Rhine


Joy by Ledisi


Rich Girls by The Virgins


Where Do We Go From Here by Alicia Keys


State of Clarity by Guru featuring Common & Bob James


Djin Djin (Featuring Alicia Keys & Branford Marsalis) by Angelique Kidjo



Best Remake:


Gone Daddy Gone by Gnarls Barkley



The Ten BEST Songs not released in 2007 that were still cool hanging around from 2006:


Crosses by Zero 7


America by Razorlight


Postcards From Italy by Beirut


Once More With Feeling by Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly


Goodbye by the Postmarks


Take it From Me by The Weepies


Satellite by Guster


Rusted Wheel by Silversun Pickups


Love is Something by MoZella


And I was A Boy From School by Hot Chip



Honorable Mention/ Best of the Rest:


Apartment Story by The National


Waiting Game by Lightspeed Champion


Delivery by Babyshambles


One Night Stand by the Pipettes


It’s All True (Radio Edit) by Tracey Thorn


No More Empty Words by The Thrills


Take Me to the Riot by Stars


Say It All by Sondre Lerche


Entertaining Thoughts by Over The Rhine


A Man In Love by Nick Lowe


Nothing Left to Lose by Mat Kearney


Right Moves by Josh Ritter


Tonight by Hard-FI


Told You So by The Guggenheim Grotto


Be Good or Be Gone by Fionn Regan


Never Be Lonely by The Feeling


Under Cloud by David Kilgour


I Still Remember by Bloc Party


When DId Your Heart Go Missing? by Rooney


The Only Evidence by John Ralston


Matter of Time by Tahiti 80


Kiss Me by Uncut


Nite Runner by Duran Duran


Save Yourself by The Colour


If You Fall by Azure Ray


History Song by The Good, The Bad And The Queen


Strange Lights by Deerhunter


We Made the Team by The Radio Dept.


Cardigan Weather by Meg & Dia


Don’t Wake Me Up by The Hush Sound


We Can Work It Out by Dislocation Dance


Passing the Hat by Cold War Kids


Golden by Brookville


White People for Peace by Ben Lee



Older songs I listened to a bunch this year for some crazy reason:


Thieves Like Us by New Order


On the Horizon by Melanie C


All Possibilities by Badly Drawn Boy


Hey Mockingbird by Dillon Fence


Remind Me by Royksopp


Alcohol, Pt. 1by Robert Jay


Galvanize by The Chemical Brothers



The BEST WTF!?! Song of the Year:


Patience by Take That (Brilliant chorus, that!)



Top Ten general comments on the year, good and bad:



1.I’m all for quirky girl singers, but, thanks to Grey’s Anatomy, video iPods, and other crazy influencers in this brave new digital world, there were WAY too many Cat Power wannabes this year. Chan is an original, please don’t imitate her!



2.This is the first year since 1992 that I wasn’t annoyed by someone trying to sing like Kurt Cobain (or actually like bad early fake grunge such as Creed). Vocals in general have really gone back to a smoother, more pop-influenced style, leaving post-grunge, aggro, and other annoying styles in the past (a trend I have been waiting for for fifteen years!)



3.Only parents will understand this: High School Musical could have been much worse. Let’s thank our lucky stars that Kenny Ortega has some decent friends in the music biz.


4. Bruce Springsteen made his best album since Born in the USA


5.Joss Stone is the real deal.


6.New Order and Joy Division finally got their due, thanks to Control, but we lost Tony Wilson. : (


7.Look out for Missy Higgins. I think she’ll be big in these here parts.


8.Australia still counts (see #8).


9.I am undecided about In Rainbows. I want to love it, because lord knows, I was one of the first three US journalists to interview them MONTHS before Pablo Honey was released back in 92, and that I went on to interview them several more times and see them live on many occasions …


10. Never underestimate the power of pop music. Rock ‘n’ Roll may be dying, but great melodies will live on forever!

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