favorite songs of 2007
Here is some semblance of a totally subjective list of songs that I loved the most from 2007, complete with assorted mp3s. Okay, that's the last list for 2007.
50. New Pornographers - Myriad Harbour
49. White Williams - "Violator"
48. SSION - "Clown"
47. The Tough Alliance - "Something Special"
46. Simian Mobile Disco - "I Believe"
45. Daniel Rossen - Deep Blue Sea
44. Brazos - Mary Jo
43. Caribou - Melody Day
42. The Field - "A Paw in my Face"
41. Black Moth Super Rainbow - "When the Sun Grows on Your Tongue"
40. Zach Condon - Venice
39. St. Vincent - "Landmines"
38. Studio - "West Side"
37. Yeasayer - 2080
36. Hood Headlinaz - "Bama Gettin' Money"
35. Arcade Fire - "My Body is a Cage"
34. Jana Hunter - Babies
33. Burial - Ghost Hardware
32. Department of Eagles - No One Does it Like You (demo)
31. Ola Podrida - "Cindy"
30. The Polyphonic Spree - "Light to Follow"
29. Spoon - "Black Like Me"
28. Alela Diane - White as Diamonds (Daytrotter session)
27. Map of Africa - "Bone"
26. Celebration - "Heartbreak"
25. Grizzly Bear - "Blackcurrant Jam"
24. Bodies of Water - I Guess I'll Forget the Sound
23. Gui Boratto - "Beautiful Life"
22. Black Lips - "Fairy Stories"
21. Deerhoof - "Matchbook Seeks Maniac"
20. J Dilla - "Nothing Like This"
19. Animal Collective - "#1"
18. Marissa Nadler - Diamond Heart
17. The Tough Alliance vs. Taken by Trees - Taken Too Young
16. Blue Gene Tyranny - "Next Time Might Be Your Time"
15. Burial - "Archangel"
The standout track on an altogether stunning album; the ghostly warped/pitch-shifted vocals make this the most haunted love song of the year.
14. Outkast - "Da Art of Storytellin' Pt. 4"
This was unexpected: a triumphant return to Aquemini form for Andre 3000. His epic verse erases any doubt about the fact that he's still one of the best MCs alive, when he feels like it.
13. LCD Soundsystem - "Someone Great"
12. Radiohead - "Reckoner"
11. Lil' Wayne - "I Feel Like Dying"
Weezy goes from "playing touch football on Marijuana Street" to being a "prisoner locked up behind Xanax bars." Without a doubt the most enjoyably fucked up song of '07.
10. Chromatics - In the City
The best song to emerge from the stellar Italians Do It Better family in 2007. Johnny Jewel's production is at its peak here, and Ruth Radelet's icy vocals sound amazing over the warmth of the audible vinyl crackle.
09. M.I.A. - "Paper Planes (remix feat. Bun B and Rich Boy)"
08. Animal Collective - "Safer"
Leave it to AC to relegate their best song of 2007 to a b-side. Granted, the 9+ minute-long "Safer" would've felt entirely out of place on Strawberry Jam, but on its own, it's a haunting, otherworldly psychedelic dreamscape.
07. Santogold - "LES Artistes"
06. White Denim - "All You Really Have to Do"
05. Panda Bear - Untitled (Ma Fama session)
In some ways, it's a shame that this is now an Animal Collective song. I like their rendition too, but Noah Lennox's fragile, ethereal solo version, complete with that Zombies sample, is perfect. Recorded live for Portuguese blog Ma Fama, it's my #1 most-played song of the year (according to iTunes).
04. The Polyphonic Spree - "The Fragile Army"
Written by a disgusted Tim DeLaughter as he watched our current president's State of the Union address, this overtly political call to arms is one of the most dramatic and theatrical productions the Spree has ever recorded.
03. The Besnard Lakes - "Disaster"/"For Agent 13"
02. UGK feat. Outkast - "International Players Anthem"
The hip-hop single of 2007, BY FAR. Dre's opening verse glides over Willie Hutch's "I Choose You" to create one of my favorite musical moments of the year. This is a bonafide classic before the drums even kick in.
01. Panda Bear - Bros
I'm fairly confident that this song will go down as a timeless pop classic. Give it a few decades.
Garrison and David's lists are more succinct and focused than mine, check those after the jump...
Garrison's 20 Favorite Songs of 2007:
1. Chromatics - In The City
2. Radiohead - Reckoner
3. Super Furry Animals - Carbon Dating
4. Kid Sister - Damn Girl
5. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
6. The Black Lips - Fairy Stories (Live)
7. The Bees - Listening Man
8. Josh Ritter - Mind's Eye
9. Panda Bear - Comfy in Nautica
10. Alela Diane - White As Diamonds (Daytrotter)
11. Brazos - Mary Jo
12. St. Vincent - Human Racing
13. Girl Talk - Knife (Remix)
14. LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You
15. Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
16. Caribou - Melody Day
17. Beirut - The Penalty
18. Feist - I Feel It All
19. Laura Veirs - Don't Lose Yourself
20. Jackie Chain - Blinded By The Light
David's 20 Favorite Songs of 2007:
1. Panda Bear - Good Girls/Carrots
2. Dan Rossen of Grizzly Bear - Deep Blue Sea
3. Animal Collective - Brother Sport (live)
4. Spoon - Finer Feelings
5. Panda Bear - Bros
6. Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
7. Black Lips - Fairy Stories
8. Deerhoof - Choco Fight
9. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
10. Arcade Fire - The Well and the Lighthouse
11. Animal Collective - #1
12. Wilco - Either Way
13. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
14. White Denim - Don't Look That Way At It
15. Kings of Leon - Charmer
16. St. Vincent - Human Racing
17. Albert Hammond, Jr. - Back to the 101
18. Celebration - Evergreen
19. Burial - Ghost Hardware
20. Map of Africa - Bone
Gorilla vs. Bear's Favorite Records of 2007
Gorilla vs. Bear's Favorite Live Shows of 2007