Everyone has them, those lists of what song rocked the hardest, made your heart beat the fastest, made you grin the longest. The music that made 2007 stand out from any year before or after it. After much deliberation, I'm set to share with you guys my top 100 songs of 2007, piece by piece.
(Also, check out Marelly's list, as there shall be some interesting stuff on it.)
100. Jon McLaughlin - Amelia's Missing (Rapidshare link)
A sweet song with an interesting hook, dropping names of famous missing persons to express the difficulty of finding the love of one's life in a sea of possibilities. Not perfect by a long shot, with some parts grating, but a nice, enjoyable song
99. The Bird and the Bee – Carol of the Bells (Rapidshare link)
Album: Internet Release
I'm not a huge Christmas music lover by a long shot, but Inara George and her merry band bring a gorgeous version of the well-known carol. It's a dreamy, sweet version of a song that, due to overexposure, often threatens to grate.
98. Spoon – Eddie’s Ragga (Rapidshare link)
Album: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Though Spoon is a band I've yet to properly fall for, this is one of the songs I really like despite the relatively few times I've listened to it. The classic Spoon sound doesn't interfere with itself here, which makes it quite enjoyable. I expect to like this even more after a few more listens.
97. Bjork - Earth Intruders (Mark Stent Extended Mix) (Rapidshare link)
Though Volta was, not to mince words, a great disappointment considering how great Bjork can be, it wasn't without its bright spots. Well, one bright spot. An intriguing song pounding forwards, unapologetic about its weirdness. Mark Stent's additions make this a Bjork song to remember, even if Volta was an album to forget.
96. Dolores O’Riordan – Ordinary Day (Rapidshare link)
Album: Are You Listening?
Oddly enough, the solo debut of Cranberries' lead singer didn't get much in the way of buzz, something I found sad considering how much I, personally, loved them. O'Riordan's made a great album here ("Black Widow" just barely missed the list as well), one I've overlooked on many an occasion, and Ordinary Day is a great song, easy to listen to.
95. Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse (Rapidshare link)
Album: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
The song that showed me exactly what everyone saw in Of Montreal, even if I was slow to love it. Desperation coats the vocals of this song, desperation for normalcy and control, a sad state of affairs even as the song throws itself into a beat that makes it hard not to tap your feet along. Somehow, the beat and the melancholy work together instead of odds, giving it a shade of the manic that it needs to properly sell itself.
94. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Colour Me In (Rapidshare link)
This unreleased track, presumably a b-side from new album Trip the Light Fantastic, is delightfully visual. Ellis-Bextor is remarkable in her ability to make a great dance song with interesting lyrics, and this is no exception as it draws on colour to express feeling. The synthesizers and electric guitar (I believe), the enthusiasm of the vocals, just makes this song exciting, and that's a win for Sophie.
(* Please note that the file is from a collections of B-sides and other songs someone pieced together before 'Fantastic' was released as a sort of guess, and isn't from the actual album despite the mp3's label.)
93. Modest Mouse - Dashboard (Rapidshare link)
Album: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
A good beat, nonsensical lyrics declaring "the dashboard melted but we still have the radio", which is some consolation as this reminds why one would enjoy having a source of music despite a melted dashboard. At their best, Modest Mouse can make me move in my seat, and this one does so quite well.
92. A Fine Frenzy - The Minnow & the Trout (Rapidshare link)
Album: One Cell in the Sea
A tender song about acceptance and forgiveness, using (in my mind, Disney-esque) animals as stories to illustrate themes about equality among all who are different, even enemies. No matter how cheesy it sounds, it's a genuinely pretty song, and despite my better instincts hits somewhere deep inside.
91. Tegan and Sara - Floorplan (Rapidshare link)
Album: The Con
A nice T&S song, what could be considered a standard of The Con. While the lyrics don't seem to add up to a specific story, each part of this song ("I want to draw you a floorplan..." / "I'll hold this pain in my heart forever..." / "All eyes are on me now...") works both independently and with the others to make a beautiful song that just flows through you.
That's the beginning of what's been a pretty insane project these past weeks, alongside the Top 10 albums. These are often the tests by which blogs live, and I'm hoping this will properly establish at least my half of tBoS.
And as always, if you like the artists, feel free to check them out elsewhere. And enjoy!
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