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yes, there were about 50 songs that i cared for this year.  some i will get into detail, others i wont.  it’s the weekend after all, and while i may not be a “cool guy” with “plans” to “go out”, i still have college bowl games as a back-up option.

i think these songs are all from 2007.  nevertheless, i played the hell out of these songs in the old year. 

happy new year everyone!!!!

50. peter bjorn and john – lets call it off

49. pitbull – lengua afuera

48. the virgins – rich girls NY disco rock you dont have to be a hipster to enjoy.  they had a big year this year, and will likely see more laurels in 2008.


47. belanova – baila mi corazon  I caught on to this one late, but thanks to my sister i’m back in the loop.  i tend to enjoy belanova songs a lot, and this is pretty much more of the same

46. kid sister – pro nails  this likely made its way into Kanye’s Cant Tell Me Nothing summer mixtape because of his connection to A-Trak.  it’s a goody, your basic hipster retro geek raps that have been poppin all year long.  the video is worth a watch.

45. black kids – i’ve underestimated my charm again  this was my myspace jumpoff.

44. a band of bees – listening man

43. alice smith – dream  first heard this song on a scene of Entourage,  when Eric was about to bone some British jumpoff.  great slow tempo song.

42. arctic monkeys – brianstorm

41. omarion  – icebox  filled in nicely just in time for the Justin Timberlake over-exposure.  awesome beat by Timbo and a great hook

40. dizzee rascal – pussy’ole

39. notch – dale pa’tras  much like rap, the best reggaeton is not overproduced.  here a simple guitar strum give the drum variations purpose.  not too much going on in the beat aside from that, and who needs it?  the radio and clubs loved this song

38. interpol – no I in threesome

37. swizz beats w/ lil wayne – it’s me bitches  one of many high energy cameos from lil wayne this year.  swizz beats with another good year, even if his solo album flopped hard.  and an unexplainable Jadakiss verse over the CREAM beat.  what were they thinking at the time?

36. grinderman – no pussy blues  Nick Cave waxing poetic about not getting any trim.  part of it is coming to terms with getting older and abiding by the sex laws, the other is defeat in the face of cultural differences. 

35. devin the dude w/ snoop and andre 3000 – what a job  Three of the most prominent rappers of the last decade-plus rapping about rap-as-a-profession.  they show the frustration that comes with choosing the biz as your bread-and-butter, and the reasons they do it.

34. lloyd – get it shawty

33. rihanna – let me get that

32. muse – starlight  i feel like this should be a prom song.

31. spank rock – lindsey lohan  dirty, sexy, white trashy, glamorous;  this song embodies all the good qualities of one Lindsey Lohan.


30. calle 13 – me voy pal norte

29. fabolous w/ jay-z and uncle murda – brooklyn

28. the shins – sea legs  talk about an exercise in genre!  totally unexpected song from the shins.  i did a doubletake the first time i heard it, plus he sounds really british in this one.

the shins-sea legs.mp3

27. CRS – us placers  it’s probably a good thing i never heard Thom Yorke’s solo album, from where the sample for this song was lifted.  i may have not liked this song as much, possibly.  Kanye, Lupe, and (especially) Pharell sound perfect over the minimalist blips.  In typical hip-hop fashion the song is credited as “featuring Thom Yorke,”  i wonder how he felt about this song?

26. feist – past in present

25. crime mob – rock yo hips  the two girls in Crime Mob can rap their asses off.

24. arcade fire – intervention

23. the national – mistaken for strangers

22. mark ronson w/ amy winehouse – valerie

21. the blow -parentheses  i love the drums in this song.  can be mixed well with the retro hipster rap i mentioned above.  synths, baby! 

the blow -parantheses.mp3

20. rilo kiley – breakin’ up

19. lcd soundsystem – all my friends 

18. common w/kanye west – southside

17. janelle monae – violet stars happy hunting!  she starts out the song by saying she’s an “alien from outer space”  over a simple guitar riff, and then the beat drops.  we hear the obvious Prince influence, but even more of Outkast’s southern funk.  why she hasnt blown up is beyond me.  she’s the kind of artist rock needs right now.

janelle monae – violet stars happy hunting-osc.mp3

16. MIA  – paper planes

15. R. Kelly w/ T-pain and T.I. – i’m a flirt  three of music’s favorite perverts in one track.  i’m not quite sure if they’re calling themselves flirts, or they’re giving guys and girls fair warning of what their intentions are.  probably both.  and of course T-Pain blessing us with his moniker “Teddy Pin-her-ass-down”.  Don’t hate on them.

14. jay-z – i know  that good pimpish, slick raps Jigga has perfected over the years.  he might think otherwise, but this is how adult alternative rap should sound like.  grown and sexy indeed.

13. the long blondes – once and never again

12. kanye west – can’t tell me nothing

11. battles – atlas  this song is too long for its own good, but it’s the best indie rock song from this year.

battles -atlas.mp3

10. lil wayne – we taking over (remix)  haters wanna hate.  about a year ago, a photo showing Wayne kissing his label boss/rapping partner/father figure Baby AKA the Birdman leaked to internet trolls nationwide.  Rap and its fans, still as homophobic as ever, decided to clown Lil Wayne as a way to express their discomfort with him being one of the biggest stars around.  So how does he respond?  by taking a beat he already destroyed in its first incarnation, bringing it back to life, and starting off with a sarcastic “no homo.”  He follows with an ode to the rapper and the DJ, as real as it gets.  he makes no qualms about it, he kissed a man, a man he considers his father.  he accuses everyone of being jealous of his daddy and follows his trend of the last few years, to demolish the beat.  Feed him rappers, but an even better idea, feed him all the beats, he’ll contain them.

lil wayne – we takin over-remix.mp3

9. T-Pain – buy you a drank

8. avril lavigne – girlfriend

7. stephen marley w/ damien marley and buju banton – traffic jam  they all did their thing, most notably Buju on the extended version.  the beat box is reminiscent of Doug E. Fresh in the classic “Freaks.” 

6. rihanna w/jay-z – umbrella  Rihanna had a landmark year.  Truth be told, all her singles were very good this year, but this was her “Since you been gone.”  Jay-Z shown up to piggyback on the undeniable groove, making sure he’s involved in another summer hit.

5. MIA – xr2  For a person so undeniably popular globally she sure has a lot of critics.  her biggest critique is that she’s a culture vulture.  it’s difficult to argue against those accusations, but she’s more Elvis Presley than Pat Boone.  when Baltimore Club sounds this good, i could give a shit less what part of the world she’s from.  between this song and her talk about using disposable phones on “paper planes,” the next logical question is:  how big of a fan is she of The Wire?

4. amy winehouse – tears dry on their own

3. justice – d.a.n.c.e  we can thank Daft Punk for this one.  hopefully more of their high quality clones appear for years to come.  you are such a PYT!

2. UGK w/ Outkast – international players anthem  Three seasoned rap veteran entities (three 6 mafia did the beat) collaborate for the best rap song of the year, and a new highlight in their respective careers.  Thank you Pimp C.  RIP.

1. bonde do role – gasolina


1. M.I.A. – kala 

2. amy winehouse – back to black

3. the national -boxer 

4. arcade fire – neon bible

5. lil wayne – da drought 3

6. justice – †

7. jay-z – american gangster

8. arctic monkies – favourite worst nightmare

9. common – finding forever

10. lcd soundsystem -sound of silver

11. wu tang clan – 8 diagrams

12. rilo kiley – under the blacklight

13. death proof soundtrack

14. manu chao – la radiolina

15. feist – the reminder

some thoughts while making up this list:

it really wasnt hard to compile.  i normally dont listen to albums all the way through like i used to.  i’m much more of a singles/album track person for the last few years.  so i tend to gravitate toward the obvious choices.

the wu-tang album is incredible.  it is off-putting and intriguing at once.  there is more revealed with each listen.  i wouldnt be surprised if a year from now i would put it in the top 5 of this list.

i dont listen to many albums by new rap artists.  aside from Clipse or T.I.’s King, they just dont do it for me.  they make great singles, and that is good enough for me.  So it’s funny that a mixtape by Lil Wayne had me so engaged.  that dude can spit about anything, and often he does.

Amy Winehouse’s album is the only album on this list people will listen to 20-30 years from now.  I promise you.

 I dont get why the Rilo Kiley album gets so much hate, like they sold out or something.  they’ve never been that deep in the first place.  they make great pop.

Kala has it all.  MIA toped Arular seemingly with no effort, and so much energy.  She ruled my year. Period. 

if this works out, i’ll try to reflect on the past year with a couple of re-occurring themes i’ve come across.

my first one: babies.

i’m getting older, and i see more babies all the time.  at this rate it’s unlikely i’ll have any of my own, and i’m not quite sure if i want any even in the next 5-10 years.

but i love my niece, Valentina.  she was born this year, and i dont ever recall holding a baby before last February.  what an odd thought.  with her i see something to look forward to, i see the opportunity to see someone grow, develop, all that stuff.  she’s great.  my sister is lucky.

my cousin Ricky also has a baby.  His name is Anthony and he was born about a month ago.  You can see the change in his family.

My friend Roberto’s friend, Cezar, became a father for the third time this year.

Ricky’s friend Milton, also with child.

On the celebrity tip.  Jessica Alba.  Britney Spear’s little sister.  Lili Allen is also pregnant!  there may be more i’m not aware of. 

so, i saw many babies this year.