**********Just the trax, ma'am: THE ILX 2007 POLL RESULTS, part 1**********

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This week will feature the top 50 trax of 2007 as voted by the cast and crew of ILX. Next week will be the albums, which means that if you want to blurb about an album, you have an extra week. But throughout the polling season, if I get your blurb before the track/album in question gets posted, I'll make every attempt to include it here.

Vital poll stats:

-364 out of 422 nominated trax received at least one vote
-64 ballots cast
-Ranking determined by number of points received, number of votes received, then number of number one votes received
-No ties (take that, Idolator!!)
-47 instances of me messing up BBCode (predicted)

And while the eyes of the world are watching, I'd like to take this opportunity to ask for a Waffles invite; I'll make you proud, I promise.

And now, here we go...

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:32 (eleven years ago) link

50. M.I.A. - Jimmy (58 points, 5 votes) (Youtube link)

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/947699.jpg

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:44 (eleven years ago) link

musically, check yr email

The Reverend, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:57 (eleven years ago) link

Wow that is surprisingly low.

Matt DC, Monday, 25 February 2008 17:59 (eleven years ago) link

49. Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song (58 points, 5 votes, 1 number
one vote) (Youtube link)

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/973877.jpg

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:11 (eleven years ago) link

needs images for aesthetic purposes i think
lol @ waffles jab tho

J0rdan S., Monday, 25 February 2008 18:15 (eleven years ago) link

are there gonna be 3+ m.i.a. singles on here?

J0rdan S., Monday, 25 February 2008 18:15 (eleven years ago) link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9b/Potential.jpg

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:16 (eleven years ago) link

I would have waffles with all this white girls.

The Reverend, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:17 (eleven years ago) link

The image at rateyourmusic isn't showing up on their site either...I've seen this happen randomly, especially on the Cover Connections threads.

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:18 (eleven years ago) link

eww, I didn't mean I would have waffles with Aly & AJ (no rolling teenpop)

The Reverend, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:18 (eleven years ago) link

^^ban this lex sockpuppet

J0rdan S., Monday, 25 February 2008 18:20 (eleven years ago) link

^^ban this person without reading comprehension

The Reverend, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:21 (eleven years ago) link

^^ worst message board Laurel & Hardy ever

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:43 (eleven years ago) link

amen to that

The Reverend, Monday, 25 February 2008 18:55 (eleven years ago) link

48. Jens Lekman - The Opposite Of Hallelujah (61 points, 5 votes, 1
number one vote)
(link)

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/294513.jpg

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 19:47 (eleven years ago) link

M.I.A. - Jimmy

I would have voted for this, but I restricted myself to only one track vote per artist.

o. nate, Monday, 25 February 2008 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

where are the pictures

The Brainwasher, Monday, 25 February 2008 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

i forgot to vote in this, oh well

The Brainwasher, Monday, 25 February 2008 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

What other pictures were you expecting?

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 19:59 (eleven years ago) link

thanks for putting together this poll, musically, don't mind the whiners who demand visual aids.

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 25 February 2008 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

yeah i'm only seeing the reposted Aly&AJ pic, but no matter

blueski, Monday, 25 February 2008 21:06 (eleven years ago) link

You don't see the other two photos? I'm hotlinking RYM photos, but I didn't think that would be a problem...

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 21:23 (eleven years ago) link

i had the jens album in my top 5 but 'the opposite of hallelujah' is one of my least favorite songs on the album

J0rdan S., Monday, 25 February 2008 21:23 (eleven years ago) link

i can't believe jimmy is at 50....guessing some form of paper planes will show up much higher on this list

gman, Monday, 25 February 2008 21:29 (eleven years ago) link

really don't get the love for 'Jimmy'. not that it's bad, just no big deal.

blueski, Monday, 25 February 2008 22:01 (eleven years ago) link

Lesson learned: do not use RYM images. Here are the results so far, with images visible (?):

50. M.I.A. - Jimmy (58 points, 5 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/MIA_Jimmyofficialcover.jpg/200px-MIA_Jimmyofficialcover.jpg

49. Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song (58 points, 5 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9b/Potential.jpg

48. Jens Lekman - The Opposite Of Hallelujah (61 points, 5 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/33/Jens_Lekman_-_The_Opposite_of_Hallelujah.jpg

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 22:34 (eleven years ago) link

And #47...

47. Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (61 points, 7 votes) (link)

http://www.clickmusic.com/upload/youmedancing300.jpg

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 22:35 (eleven years ago) link

i don't like any of the tracks mentioned thus far :-(

stephen, Monday, 25 February 2008 22:58 (eleven years ago) link

woohoo. it's begun! I'm hoping for no more M.I.A.

danzig, Monday, 25 February 2008 23:02 (eleven years ago) link

46. Malcolm Middleton - We're All Going To Die (62 points, 5 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/be/We%27re_All_Going_To_Die.jpg

musically, Monday, 25 February 2008 23:36 (eleven years ago) link

So many other better songs on that album.

W4LTER, Monday, 25 February 2008 23:56 (eleven years ago) link

Come on people, how's about a little positivity? Someone must have voted for these.

45. Björk - Earth Intruders (62 points, 6 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/49/Earthintruderscover.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:08 (eleven years ago) link

wow, two songs like so far (i don't expect any i voted for to appear)

electricsound, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:14 (eleven years ago) link

*I* like

electricsound, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:15 (eleven years ago) link

Los Campesinos yay!

maciej recognizing trill, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:16 (eleven years ago) link

the dreaded question is: will the ILM album poll results most closely resemble...

a) Pazz + Jop
b) Idolator
c) Pitchfork
d) Stylus
e) none of the above

stephen, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

if Aly & AJ keep popping up we might be on our way to e)

gman, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:37 (eleven years ago) link

how about

f) all of these polls end of looking the same

omar little, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:39 (eleven years ago) link

end up*

omar little, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:39 (eleven years ago) link

I actually crosschecked the top 10 with Idolator's and Pazz & Jop's top 10...I figured that if our top 10 songs have an average ranking of 5.5 ((10+9+...+2+1)/10=5.5), I can determine the average ranking of Idolator's and Pazz & Jop's top 10 with respect to ours and see which one has the closer correlation (hardly scientific, I know). Now each of their top 10 tracks have the same track that was not even in our poll at all (Young Folks), so I averaged their top 9s with respect to ours and it turns out that...they were both the exact same. The average ranking of their top 10 songs in our poll is 8.7 for both. So do with that knowledge what you will. I should do the same w/ p4k and Stylus.

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:50 (eleven years ago) link

very excited that this has finally started, just not excited about the songs so far.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:52 (eleven years ago) link

44. Low - Murderer (64 points, 5 votes) (Free download via MySpace)

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/3418/308410vu6.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 02:53 (eleven years ago) link

43. Kanye West - Stronger (67 points, 5 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d7/KW-Stronger.jpg

Surprise?

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 03:08 (eleven years ago) link

Well, there was a lot of Kanye single vote-splitting in other polls, and even here with only 2 options, I could see "Flashing Lights" doing better than "Stronger" w/ people on this board.

Alex in Baltimore, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 03:23 (eleven years ago) link

It's a bit dead here now, so I'll make that one the last for today, and take the list down to 31 tomorrow.

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 03:54 (eleven years ago) link

YES i'm so happy "Murderer" made the cut! GREAT SONG

stephen, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 04:50 (eleven years ago) link

murderer is great. i like the single art too I had never seen that.

gman, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 05:56 (eleven years ago) link

Songs that I love, to date: Jimmy, Potential Breakup Song, You! Me! Dancing!
Songs that I like, to date: We're All Going To Die, Murderer, Stronger
Songs that I dislike, to date: Earth Intruders
Songs that I've never heard, to date: The Opposite Of Hallelujah

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 09:10 (eleven years ago) link

'You! Me! Dancing!' makes me want to kill puppies and I dislike the Kanye, everything else in here is either pretty good or I've never heard it.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 09:14 (eleven years ago) link

"Stronger" is pretty good, and with a little distance I can admit that not ALL of its success stems from getting "Harder Better Faster Stronger"'s hook to a mass audience and trading on the twenty-year-old cool of Akira. A hell of a lot of it does, but then there's also that great fat synth part running through it; this song has more of a sense of "event" to it than almost anything else that was on the charts this year.

The lyrics still suck though.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 14:10 (eleven years ago) link

I think I said something similar in the thread about the song...it seems to be split between wanting to be a big, glorious event and a "hey ladies!" track, which ultimately takes away from the song.

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

That split is exactly along the line between the production/video and Kanye's rap, I think...

Threads:

Kanye West (and Daft Punk too) 'Stronger'

THIS IS THE THREAD FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE KANYE TRACK W/ THE HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER SAMPLE

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 16:43 (eleven years ago) link

one of the dozen or so alternate mixes of "Stronger" that Kanye did before the official album version had a verse that was much better than anything that made the final cut. still a lame song, though.

Alex in Baltimore, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

Here we go...

42. Von Südenfed - The Rhinohead (68 points, 6 votes, 2 number ones, + 1 vote for Pilooski Remix) (link and Pilooski Rmx)

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7333/1085930gs1.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

41. Rich Boy - Throw Some D's (69 points, 5 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b7/Throw_Some_D%27s.jpg

Most obviously, "Throw Some D's" is about accents, in senses both regional and musical. As heavily as Rich Boy leans on his semi-comprehensible dialect, he puts even more emphasis on the first two beats of each measure, springboarding off the already sizable bounce of Polow's track. But that's only on the surface. What the song is truly about is the triumphs and failures of the post-civil rights generation and the American Dream. Rich Boy's new-monied swagger is in simultaneous harmony and discord with the sample's quiet storm pretensions of affluence: he's moving up in the world, but at the expense of how many friends?
-Rodney Greene

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 18:14 (eleven years ago) link

hometown hero!

Gukbe, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 18:57 (eleven years ago) link

40. Chromatics - Running Up That Hill (69 points, 6 votes) (link)

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/4376/chromaticsnightdrivejl9.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 19:08 (eleven years ago) link

one of the few Kate Bush covers that generates the goosebump excitement to the original

zaxxon25, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 19:32 (eleven years ago) link

I might agree if it sounded like she put any effort into the vocals.

lou, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 19:59 (eleven years ago) link

39. M.I.A. - Boyz (69 points, 7 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f9/MIA_Boyzsing.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 20:09 (eleven years ago) link

"boyz" is probably the number 1 m.i.a. track i feel i should love-- both when i read about it and when i think about its individual elements-- but it really annoys the living hell out of me

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 February 2008 20:12 (eleven years ago) link

this musics M.I.A., I did not hear her. Possibly are these good song to hear to possibly?

Klaus Krück, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 20:22 (eleven years ago) link

possibly why because she sound intersting

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

I am in agree with that = )

Klaus Krück, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 20:37 (eleven years ago) link

Intersting results so far, that's for sure! Although now that "Boyz" and "Potential Breakup" have both come up, I fear my personal stake in the results is at an end.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 20:40 (eleven years ago) link

38. National - Fake Empire (69 points, 8 votes) (link)

http://bp1.blogger.com/_Q9Yb0xusLec/RvwShgnZEFI/AAAAAAAAADY/0Jad-svsWE0/s1600-h/bf1456401722.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:07 (eleven years ago) link

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DoK6EFIpL._SS500_.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

This is going to suck if I was the only one who wrote blurbs, which it's looking like it might be.

The Reverend, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

^^the only good national song. the way the unfurl the horns is A+

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:11 (eleven years ago) link

Boyz is one of the cooler tunes on the M.I.A. album, but not as good as Bird Flu.

Jordan, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:12 (eleven years ago) link

they*

personally i didn't offer to do any blurbs bcuz i was weary of reading blurbs about stuff from last year when the voting/doling out was going on but if musically's got scant blurbs for albums or the rest of the singles i'll write about anything i voted for. email me.

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:13 (eleven years ago) link

I read the voting instructions super carefully but managed to miss the part about how you have to volunteer to do blurbs while voting, otherwise I totally woulda. but then, I don't expect more than 3 or 4 of the trax I voted for to place.

Alex in Baltimore, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:19 (eleven years ago) link

I will send both of you emails tonight with lists of blurbs you could write. The number of poll-specific blurbs is probably the same as last year, it's just that this time around I couldn't be bothered with searching ILX for blurbs on all the songs like I did last time around. Maybe I'll do it with albums next week, which might be easier.

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:49 (eleven years ago) link

"that sound wiped" is so much better than "the rhinohead"! but "the rhinohead" is still good...

Emily Bjurnhjam, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:49 (eleven years ago) link

37. Feist - My Moon My Man (72 points, 5 votes + 2 for Boys Noize Remix) (link and Boys Noize Remix)

http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/3743/o796459qk4.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:50 (eleven years ago) link

If the Boys Noize remix is your sound, it's on the Electronation: 5 Years comp mixed by Mason, which is amazing all around.

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 21:51 (eleven years ago) link

36. Spoon - The Underdog (72 points, 6 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9519/gagagagagafv7.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 22:19 (eleven years ago) link

35. Groove Armada - Song 4 Mutya (73 points, 7 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/38/Song_4_Mutya_cover.jpg

This should have been Mutya's coronation song as a solo star, and a big fuck you to Amelle and the rest of the 'babes. Unfortunately, it couldn't overcome a truly crap video, Mutya's perch on the lower rungs of the record label marketing ladder, and an album that was trying too hard to turn her into an R&B slow jam princess, when people just wanted to hear her be a Sugababe, just without all the other Sugababes around. She's recently been dropped-excuse me, has decided to part ways with Island Records, but with Song 4 Mutya on her CV, it's definitely not the last we've heard from her.
-musically

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 22:47 (eleven years ago) link

34. Radiohead - Reckoner (74 points, 6 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2e/In_Rainbows_Official_Cover.jpg

musically, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 23:54 (eleven years ago) link

33. Lil' Mama - Lip Gloss (75 points, 6 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4d/LilMama_LipGloss.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 01:30 (eleven years ago) link

Will post more tomorrow!

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:07 (eleven years ago) link

Its only #42, but I'm happy that The Rhinohead (my #1) made the list. I don't expect many from either my song or album lists to make the ILM list, so to the other 5 of you....Cheers!

Apart from being a solid song, the amazing thing about it is how different it is for both MoM and MeS.

peepee, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:07 (eleven years ago) link

btw...Thanks musically!

peepee, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:08 (eleven years ago) link

Dammit, had a REALLY BRILLIANT response about "Throw Some D's" typed here a few hours ago and lost it somehow... damn...well, the basic thing was that the song really captures this moment of JUST beginning to see one's dreams come true - if he was talking about having a bunch of Cadillacs, or looking back on when he first bought one, I wouldn't care, but he just bought a Cadillac and you can totally hear both the joy and the "fuck you!" of that moment. It's the song's real hook, but the title line does important work too: you become this guy's buddy, along for the first ride in the new Cadillac, and you share in your friend's triumph. "Shit, dude, you should throw some D's on this bitch! The world is your oyster - why not?" It's very well done.

The production backs this up perfectly - it's exultant, but there's an added fuzz or tinniness, giving the veneer of homemade-ness; it's the perfect soundtrack for a rising underdog.

And yes, bravo to musically!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 05:20 (eleven years ago) link

Well said.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 05:21 (eleven years ago) link

Reverend - I wrote a few blurbs as well.

Reckoner = BEST SONG ON RADIOHEAD'S 'IN RAINBOWS'.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 09:16 (eleven years ago) link

Videotape is better, imhfo.

W4LTER, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 09:20 (eleven years ago) link

I just realized I wrote "friends" in my Rich Boy blurb where I meant to write "fiends". Oops, oh well.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 09:24 (eleven years ago) link

haha v. curious now what the brilliant throw some ds comment was b/c i like what you wrote in summary

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

also hope that results arent just 3+ trax off of mia/spoon/radiohead

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 15:20 (eleven years ago) link

I've never even heard of a band called Spoon, what's it like?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

32. White Stripes - Icky Thump (79 points, 8 votes) (link)

http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/527/862530xe2.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 15:50 (eleven years ago) link

31. Roisin Murphy - Overpowered (79 points, 10 votes) (link)

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/1329/musiccatalog5cr5croisingh5.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 16:14 (eleven years ago) link

30. LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous (82 points, 8 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/ff/LCD_Soundsystem_-_Sound_of_Silver.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 17:43 (eleven years ago) link

^didn't vote for this but happy to see it get some shine

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 18:13 (eleven years ago) link

29. Britney Spears - Piece Of Me (83 points, 7 votes, 1 number votes) (link)

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/7066/britneypieceofmecoverxz2.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

I hope "gimme more" also makes it.

daavid, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 19:54 (eleven years ago) link

I am going to be devastated if T.I. doesn't make this list.

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:09 (eleven years ago) link

What T.I. from this year you think gon make it? "Big Shit Poppin"?

maciej recognizing trill, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:32 (eleven years ago) link

^didn't vote for this but happy to see it get some shine

-- J0rdan S., Wednesday, February 27, 2008 12:13 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Link

yeah thank god someone's voting for lcd soundsystem

deej, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

"Big Shit Poppin'" was the only thing by T.I. that was nominated, besides "I'm A Flirt": http://ilx2007poll.googlepages.com/home

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:37 (eleven years ago) link

28. Gwen Stefani Ft Akon - The Sweet Escape (84 points, 6 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b9/Gwen_Stefani_-_The_Sweet_Escape.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

27. Radiohead - 15 Step (84 points, 8 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2e/In_Rainbows_Official_Cover.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 21:30 (eleven years ago) link

'sweet escape' seems 3 years old to me

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 21:30 (eleven years ago) link

seriously!

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 21:33 (eleven years ago) link

so far only 1 of my trax has been on the list so far (murderer) but i can bet there will be at least 2 more...although im liking this list so far...a few i had never heard before so far like We're All Going To Die and Overpowerd

gman, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 21:53 (eleven years ago) link

I could have sworn ILM was too cool for Radiohead.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 21:59 (eleven years ago) link

Radiohead - In Rainbows
Not all messages are displayed: show all messages (1453 of them)

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:00 (eleven years ago) link

26. Studio - Out There (87 points, 9 votes, 1 number votes) (link)

http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/6416/749205bv6.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:12 (eleven years ago) link

^depending on who voted this could sneak into the top 10 in albums

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:14 (eleven years ago) link

i forget whether i voted for it now

ciderpress, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:23 (eleven years ago) link

this list is ghey

The Brainwasher, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:23 (eleven years ago) link

Thanks Reverend, Johnny Crunch. I think in hindsight that my original post was about the same thing but with more words and hence probably worse. So...here's to screwing things up on the Internet!

"Sweet Escape" is good for A-Kon's hooting and chortling, but everything Gwen, everything Gwen...I don't think so. I like the idea of a song from the perspective of someone who kinda wishes they could be sweet, but can't really be fucked to accomplish it, but it's weirdly at odds with the hook, which seems to be about actually being sweet. That could be a productive tension, but somehow I just don't buy into it on this one.

Count me with those hoping for GIMME MAWR to top the mysterious "Piece of Me," which I've never heard of before. Is it good?

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:24 (eleven years ago) link

Not really. Al in Bmore used the word "inert" to describe it, and I can't come up with one more accurate. "Gimme More" is the better of the two, at any rate.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:51 (eleven years ago) link

Piece of Me is the best thing from Blackout...the remixes are all aces too. The Boz and Lo mix (bascially an alt mix as it's done by the original's producers) is the best, but the Tiesto and Bimbo Jones mixes are worth checking out too.

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:52 (eleven years ago) link

i'm cool with sweet escape and i esp. love when she comes out of the hook and into the second verse. the melody on those first few lines is fantastic

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:52 (eleven years ago) link

'radar'>>'gimme more'>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>'piece of me'

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

25. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around... Comes Around (88 points, 8 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8a/WhatGoesAroundSingleCover.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

Yay "Out There," boo "What Goes Around..."

maciej recognizing trill, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 23:03 (eleven years ago) link

24. Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend (90 points, 7 votes, 1 number votes) (link)

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/641/avrillavignegirlfriendsdq6.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 23:12 (eleven years ago) link

^this song sucks

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 23:13 (eleven years ago) link

'u + ur hand' came out like 3 months before and is infinitely better

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 27 February 2008 23:14 (eleven years ago) link

Isn't Avril the punk chick supposed to hate girls like the video's protagonist? She's just a bully in the song and especially in the video, and the whole video is incredibly mean-spirited. I'm not familiar enough with Avril's work to cite specific examples from her earlier albums, but it certainly feels as if "Girlfriend Avril" is the girl the old Avril used to hate.

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 23:22 (eleven years ago) link

I swear I had just been thinking (after the Timberlake song), "Oh, good, maybe that Avril Lavigne song isn't going to make it after all."

_Rockist__Scientist_, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 23:31 (eleven years ago) link

one more for today:

23. Gui Boratto - Beautiful Life (90 points, 10 votes) (link)

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/6764/727793xx7.jpg

musically, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 23:55 (eleven years ago) link

If you ignore almost everything about it, "Girlfriend" is a fun song the first few times.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 28 February 2008 00:16 (eleven years ago) link

50. M.I.A. - Jimmy (58 points, 5 votes)
49. Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song (58 points, 5 votes, 1 number one vote)
48. Jens Lekman - The Opposite Of Hallelujah (61 points, 5 votes, 1 number one vote)
47. Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (61 points, 7 votes)
46. Malcolm Middleton - We're All Going To Die (62 points, 5 votes
45. Björk - Earth Intruders (62 points, 6 votes)
44. Low - Murderer (64 points, 5 votes
43. Kanye West - Stronger (67 points, 5 votes)
42. Von Südenfed - The Rhinohead (68 points, 6 votes, 2 number ones, + 1 vote for Pilooski Remix)
41. Rich Boy - Throw Some D's (69 points, 5 votes)
40. Chromatics - Running Up That Hill (69 points, 6 votes)
39. M.I.A. - Boyz (69 points, 7 votes)
38. National - Fake Empire (69 points, 8 votes)
37. Feist - My Moon My Man (72 points, 5 votes + 2 for Boys Noize Remix)
36. Spoon - The Underdog (72 points, 6 votes, 1 number one vote)
35. Groove Armada - Song 4 Mutya (73 points, 7 votes)
34. Radiohead - Reckoner (74 points, 6 votes)
33. Lil' Mama - Lip Gloss (75 points, 6 votes)
32. White Stripes - Icky Thump (79 points, 8 votes)
31. Roisin Murphy - Overpowered (79 points, 10 votes)
30. LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous (82 points, 8 votes)
29. Britney Spears - Piece Of Me (83 points, 7 votes, 1 number votes)
28. Gwen Stefani Ft Akon - The Sweet Escape (84 points, 6 votes, 1 number one vote)
27. Radiohead - 15 Step (84 points, 8 votes)
26. Studio - Out There (87 points, 9 votes, 1 number votes
25. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around... Comes Around (88 points, 8 votes)
24. Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend (90 points, 7 votes, 1 number votes)
23. Gui Boratto - Beautiful Life (90 points, 10 votes)

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 00:19 (eleven years ago) link

Eclectic.

SeekAltRoute, Thursday, 28 February 2008 00:33 (eleven years ago) link

I know nothing about Studio, but that cover is great, makes me want to listen to it.

daavid, Thursday, 28 February 2008 00:43 (eleven years ago) link

It sounds as awesome as the cover looks.

maciej recognizing trill, Thursday, 28 February 2008 00:53 (eleven years ago) link

5 votes for Aly & AJ and they come in just by a hair. I had it top 5 or 6, and I imagine the other 4 voters did too.

I'm glad this list isn't pretending that it was a good year for indie rock.

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 28 February 2008 01:18 (eleven years ago) link

Average for Aly & AJ is 9 or 10.

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:26 (eleven years ago) link

A whole bunch of other songs that only got 5 votes placed higher.

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:27 (eleven years ago) link

2007 was the worst year in the history of popular music.

billstevejim, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:35 (eleven years ago) link

^might be otm

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:37 (eleven years ago) link

Oh fucking Jesus. Why do people unfailingly manage to think themselves clever by decrying the current or previous year as the worst year for music ever, especially when, by fact of reality, it's only possible to hear a tiny fraction of what's available or even tiny fraction of what is great?

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:49 (eleven years ago) link

the fuck?

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:50 (eleven years ago) link

a. i don't think billstevejim said that to be clever
b. he said popular music, which is by definition music that most people should have heard most if not all of
c. it's a good and fairly common argument to have

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:51 (eleven years ago) link

a, b, fine. C, NO IT IS NOT A GOOD ARGUMENT IT IS THE MOST BORRRRINGG ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ARGUMENT THAT CAN BE HAD SOME HINDSIGHT WTF

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:54 (eleven years ago) link

It's a fairly common argument to have among people whose opinions I feel completely at ease to disregard, goddammit.

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:55 (eleven years ago) link

A side note, I'm interested in the wallpaper or whatever that JT's got on the cover of "What Goes Around"... the song I could take or leave, it's brilliantly headsticky but in a way that's SO insistent that, once you've had it stuck in your head once, you really truly want to never hear the song again for fear it will trigger that infinite loop of "goes around goes around goes around comes all the way back arouuunnd." It's also sort of retroactively destructive because I can't hear "Cry Me A River" without subconsciously expecting/wanting it to morph into WGACA. That's not a knock on either song, but it's the way it is.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:56 (eleven years ago) link

xp: I mean, if you think having a "who's the most jaded" pissing contest is entertaining, umma do me, you do you.

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:56 (eleven years ago) link

why you so mad rev

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:57 (eleven years ago) link

damn dude

i don't think it's jaded to say that pop music this year wasn't as good as it's been in previous years

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 05:57 (eleven years ago) link

I think that's fine, but there's a difference between "not as good as it's been in previous years", and "worst year in the history of recorded music". Jaded people get in my craw, that's all.

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 06:01 (eleven years ago) link

ethan otm?

reverend is cool with me hes just kinda crotchety

-- and what, Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:42 PM (6 months ago) Bookmark Link

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 06:02 (eleven years ago) link

It's for a good cause?

(haha for a second I thought the "ethan otm" was part of the quote, and was like "wth, you can't otm yrself!")

The Reverend, Thursday, 28 February 2008 06:07 (eleven years ago) link

Conrad Flynn wrote a blurb for The Underdog which I carelessly forgot to append to the track post when it appeared, so here it is in all its glory:

36. Spoon - The Underdog (72 points, 6 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9519/gagagagagafv7.jpg

The Underdog is the type of uplifting and delightful song Belle and Sebastian used to release all the time (and stick primarily on their EPs and b-sides) but stupidly stopped making around 2002 or so. It's like a camp-fire sing-a-long that almost becomes power-pop but at the last minute decided that that would be too aggressive and so exchanges loud guitars for acoustic strumming, maracas, and horns. Producer Jon Brion might have helped Spoon make that adjustment and a lot of bands would improve overnight if they did what Spoon has done here: stop with the non-stop indie posturing and focus more on just making a song that is pleasant to listen to above all else.
-Conrad Flynn

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 06:35 (eleven years ago) link

I'm happy Gui Boratto placed relatively highly. Such an obvious sound but it just WORKS.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2008 09:12 (eleven years ago) link

22. Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb (91 points, 10 votes) (link)

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9519/gagagagagafv7.jpg

"You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" is compact, lean, economical -- that's what Spoon do. But there's a lot going on in this track. For starters,
there's one of Britt Daniel's most engaging melodies, marrying angular
verses with a more linear chorus (built, as it happens, on the tail
end of the verse). Compared to the minimalism elsewhere on _Ga Ga Ga
Ga Ga_, the arrangement is downright lavish: the rhythm section --
snare drum, piano and rhythm guitar -- is brightened by a tambourine
jangle and augmented by vibraphone and horn parts. It sounds like
Motown, in fact, which is fitting for this bittersweet song about
breaking up ("It was the longest day that I ever known / I watched you
start that drive alone") and moving on ("Life can be so fair / Let it
go on and on").
-Paul in Santa Cruz

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

-'what goes around' is awesome

-jon brion produced the new spoon??

Jordan, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:57 (eleven years ago) link

Just The Underdog, I think.

nate woolls, Thursday, 28 February 2008 16:03 (eleven years ago) link

21. Of Montreal - The Past Is A Grotesque Animal (93 points, 10
votes)
(link)

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/2341/o480487fp4za9.jpg

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 16:54 (eleven years ago) link

I can honestly say I don't get the love for that song. I think I read some end-of-year track list (Pitchfork, maybe?) that chose it, and I can't figure out why. There are some great songs on that album, but the 11 minute albatross in the middle puts me off listening to the whole thing.

Gukbe, Thursday, 28 February 2008 17:13 (eleven years ago) link

i was actually just thinking i should have voted 'grotesque animal' way higher. i put it at like 19 or 20.

johnny crunch, Thursday, 28 February 2008 17:15 (eleven years ago) link

20. Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson - The Way I Are (93 points, 12 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7c/The%2Bway%2Bi%2Bare.jpg

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:15 (eleven years ago) link

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2183/2282654959_e7f6571a89_o.jpg

blueski, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:16 (eleven years ago) link

you ain't got 8 AmEx cards? wtf does that even mean? god I hate the nonsensical math on some of those rap graphs.

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:18 (eleven years ago) link

let's not go somewhere exotic SEVEN TIMES

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:18 (eleven years ago) link

sorry, six

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:18 (eleven years ago) link

my proposed webbie graph> all other graphs

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:51 (eleven years ago) link

19. Brave Kylie - 2 Hearts (& Studio Version) (96 points, 8 votes) (link and Studio Version)

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/694/kylie2heartsaw2ly0.jpg

The publicity surrounding Kylie's illness and subsequent recovery
seemed to elevate her into some untouchable Everywoman of pop.
Claiming you don't like Kylie nowadays gets about the same reaction as
saying you like having sex with little baby kittens. Whilst listening
to The Wombats.

It seems to have given her an incredible confidence as a performer,
which is evident here. Her vocals swagger and though it starts slight
it builds into a stomping, cock-sure GETOUTOFMYWAY!! The obvious
glam-rock related comparisons are Goldfrapp and Rachel Stevens, and
Kylie offers a personality and warmth here that trumps either of those
interlopers.

That said, I may have voted for this erroneously - I thought it was
the single version. But, though that wasn't technically in the poll,
it damn well should have been. So it’s still okay. Yes. Really. A
shame people preferred wibbling X-factor finalists singing Celine
Dion-esque nonsense and she didn't get the number one she deserved.
-Hobart Paving

(Studio Version) If Balearic does prove to be the sound of 2008, the
stream of consistently great remixes the Scandinavian duo have been
putting out will go a long way towards cementing that position. This
is the finest of the lot though, Kylie's vocals freed from the
constraints of the lumpen original and allowed to float through a haze
of lovely intertwining acoustic guitar lines and lush electronic
flourishes. Plus points to Studio for having the audacity to use those
two most overused of pop remix devices, the ticking clock and beating
heart, at the same time.
-Matt DC

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 20:16 (eleven years ago) link

<3 studio but i wasn't that impressed by '2 hearts' remix. i thought it sounded like a mountain of one, and not in the greatest way.

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

I'm not sure what the distribution of votes was regarding the single edit versus the remix, especially since "studio version" is a particularly misleading name for a remix, so let's count it's place at #19 as a win for both.

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 20:27 (eleven years ago) link

18. Caribou - Melody Day (99 points, 9 votes) (link)

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/5122/893861nl3.jpg

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 21:27 (eleven years ago) link

'The Past Is A Grotesque Animal' is amazing. Still. Every listen. I don't get the Spoon love though.

Mister Craig, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:04 (eleven years ago) link

17. Panda Bear - Bro's (104 points, 12 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/214_442.jpg

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:14 (eleven years ago) link

16. Pantha Du Prince - Saturn Strobe (110 points, 9 votes, 2 number one votes) (link)

http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/4297/o768903lh3qo1.jpg

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:28 (eleven years ago) link

15. LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum (114 points, 10 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/01/Northamericanscum.jpg

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:57 (eleven years ago) link

Re: Saturn Strobe - that was my number one, which I really didn't expect when I started putting my list together. I don't know *why* it works so well, possibly because the all the minimal house elements have been quietly slipped under the strings rather than one element grafted on top of the other, or because they seem to move together so well.

Also, that bit around 5:19 when that hissing noise pans right across = like seeing the bright white lights bathing the dancefloor at 5am for a few seconds to allow everyone to put their hands in the air. It's beautiful.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:59 (eleven years ago) link

Jesus, North American Scum? And Get Innocuous? And I bet Someone's Great and All My Friends are still to come. I want variety!

danzig, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:08 (eleven years ago) link

I still don't understand why he says "North American". So awkward.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:12 (eleven years ago) link

what

J0rdan S., Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:13 (eleven years ago) link

Canadians are scum too?

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:18 (eleven years ago) link

don't get him started on those Greenlanders

blueski, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:22 (eleven years ago) link

14. Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson's Objects In Space Mix) (116 points, 10 votes) (link)

http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/3052/o829678yb9vk9.jpg

Production-wise at least, I'd kind of written Ewan Pearson off as a past-it electrohouse producer by the start of 2007, but this remix obliterated that perception. Pearson takes his initial sound palette from minimal and lets it flower and wilt, drifting from icy shudder of beats and slowly thawing into a glorious nu-Balearic 7am anthem and back again, via one astonishing collapse into a swarm of electronic drones and swirls. Cortney's Bjorkish vocals help too, soaring over the top of it all as Pearson treats us to pay-off after pay-off after pay-off.
-Matt DC

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:35 (eleven years ago) link

xpost, It's awkward because I don't know anyone who self-identifies as a "North American". I don't think anyone externally refers to anyone as that either.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:38 (eleven years ago) link

Wow, nice to see Pantha du Prince over Panda Bear, tho I didn't vote for it on the singles ballot.

maciej recognizing trill, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:47 (eleven years ago) link

'The Past Is A Grotesque Animal' is amazing. Still. Every listen. I don't get the Spoon love though.

-- Mister Craig, Thursday, February 28, 2008 5:04 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Link

OTM, too.

maciej recognizing trill, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:49 (eleven years ago) link

I think my top three records just clocked in one after another?

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:49 (eleven years ago) link

One more for today, and then the top 12 will be tomorrow:

13. Burial - Archangel (128 points, 12 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/64/BurialUntrue.jpg

musically, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:59 (eleven years ago) link

Hi, I think 2007 was the worst music year ever. And I don't think my opinion will change in hindsight, unless 2008 turns out somehow worse, which it very well might be. I thought 2004 & 2006 were not-so-great at the time, but now looking back at this or this, I was surprised how many songs I actually enjoyed.. whereas this list I consider hugely disappointing.. especially the top 10. I really would love to be proven wrong about this, but in my own opinion, I don't think there was a single solid album from 2007. A few good singles here and there, but overall, it's definitley the worst of this decade so far.. I looked back to the 90's, 80's, 70's and 60's to try and find a year that was worse, and I couldn't find one. I was hoping this thread would be the saving grace that would change my opinion, but so far it looks like it's just more of the same crap.

I do think that "Out There" by Studio is really effin good.

billstevejim, Friday, 29 February 2008 01:37 (eleven years ago) link

so far this list might be more indie than Pitchfork's 07 tracks list.

Alex in Baltimore, Friday, 29 February 2008 02:01 (eleven years ago) link

*UPDATED*
50. M.I.A. - Jimmy (58 points, 5 votes)
49. Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song (58 points, 5 votes, 1 number one vote)
48. Jens Lekman - The Opposite Of Hallelujah (61 points, 5 votes, 1 number one vote)
47. Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (61 points, 7 votes)
46. Malcolm Middleton - We're All Going To Die (62 points, 5 votes
45. Björk - Earth Intruders (62 points, 6 votes)
44. Low - Murderer (64 points, 5 votes
43. Kanye West - Stronger (67 points, 5 votes)
42. Von Südenfed - The Rhinohead (68 points, 6 votes, 2 number ones, + 1 vote for Pilooski Remix)
41. Rich Boy - Throw Some D's (69 points, 5 votes)
40. Chromatics - Running Up That Hill (69 points, 6 votes)
39. M.I.A. - Boyz (69 points, 7 votes)
38. National - Fake Empire (69 points, 8 votes)
37. Feist - My Moon My Man (72 points, 5 votes + 2 for Boys Noize Remix)
36. Spoon - The Underdog (72 points, 6 votes, 1 number one vote)
35. Groove Armada - Song 4 Mutya (73 points, 7 votes)
34. Radiohead - Reckoner (74 points, 6 votes)
33. Lil' Mama - Lip Gloss (75 points, 6 votes)
32. White Stripes - Icky Thump (79 points, 8 votes)
31. Roisin Murphy - Overpowered (79 points, 10 votes)
30. LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous (82 points, 8 votes)
29. Britney Spears - Piece Of Me (83 points, 7 votes, 1 number votes)
28. Gwen Stefani Ft Akon - The Sweet Escape (84 points, 6 votes, 1 number one vote)
27. Radiohead - 15 Step (84 points, 8 votes)
26. Studio - Out There (87 points, 9 votes, 1 number votes
25. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around... Comes Around (88 points, 8 votes)
24. Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend (90 points, 7 votes, 1 number votes)
23. Gui Boratto - Beautiful Life (90 points, 10 votes)
22. Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb (91 points, 10 votes)
21. Of Montreal - The Past Is A Grotesque Animal (93 points, 10 votes)
20. Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson - The Way I Are (93 points, 12 votes)
19. Brave Kylie - 2 Hearts (& Studio Version) (96 points, 8 votes)
18. Caribou - Melody Day (99 points, 9 votes)
17. Panda Bear - Bro's (104 points, 12 votes)
16. Pantha Du Prince - Saturn Strobe (110 points, 9 votes, 2 number one votes)
15. LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum (114 points, 10 votes)
14. Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson's Objects In Space Mix) (116 points, 10 votes
13. Burial - Archangel (128 points, 12 votes, 1 number one vote)

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 02:14 (eleven years ago) link

man, 2007 was a lot worse than I remembered

Curt1s Stephens, Friday, 29 February 2008 02:22 (eleven years ago) link

Oh fucking Jesus. Why do people unfailingly manage to think themselves clever by decrying the current or previous year as the worst year for music ever, especially when, by fact of reality, it's only possible to hear a tiny fraction of what's available or even tiny fraction of what is great?

-- The Reverend

^

omar little, Friday, 29 February 2008 02:31 (eleven years ago) link

2007 had a lot that i loved...its just not totally comming through on this poll

gman, Friday, 29 February 2008 02:33 (eleven years ago) link

I don't think there was a single solid album from 2007.

That's funny, I managed to hear probably about 50 of them.

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:12 (eleven years ago) link

gman kind of otm, though

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:12 (eleven years ago) link

Actually, I guess I count about 15 or so songs I like in there, so not too bad.

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:14 (eleven years ago) link

i think 2007 was a really strong year for albums, not so much for singles. i voted for <5 singles on the current list, but i like a great deal more. my statement up thread was solely about pop music— the truly ubiquitous songs of last year. i think those songs were weaker than years past, yes

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 03:18 (eleven years ago) link

I do think 2007 was a bad year for music, even though I like to avoid making such sweeping generalizations. I guess it has to be wrong, because there is so much going on that I just don't know about, but in most areas I looked, there wasn't much to like. Also, it's not unusual for me to discover a few songs I like, sometimes really mainstream ones (since I can be pretty disconnected from pop), as a result of checking the winners of these end of the year polls. This time there's nothing on the list (so far) that I can get excited about.

50 solid albums? Yeah? I doubt I'd agree.

_Rockist__Scientist_, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:19 (eleven years ago) link

i think 2007 was a really strong year for albums, not so much for singles.

I agree with this.

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:31 (eleven years ago) link

Oh, God, I can't believe Saturn Strobe actually made it, and at 16 nonetheless. By the time it got down to the 30's (especially the indie/popist fest it is) I was ready enough to post "NO PANTHA NO CREDIBILITY" but wow, ILM got me on this one. I'm really, really glad people aren't overlooking this (especially as it was released in January). As I've said many times before here, he reminds me why I like music in the first place, and right now that seems more important than ever.

mehlt, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:34 (eleven years ago) link

btw, I did my not-at-all flawed statistical analysis of this poll vs. p4k and Stylus, and got that the average place of p4k's top 10 in this poll is 10.2, and Stylus's was 34. And tomorrow I'll post the final tracks and you can all contribute your own math projects.

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:57 (eleven years ago) link

the average place of p4k's top 10 in this poll is 10.2,

i have no idea what this means

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:03 (eleven years ago) link

wtf @ 'sweet escape' beating throw some d's

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:04 (eleven years ago) link

so what's left? (sorry to be all spoilsportish)

Flashing Lights
Atlas
Rehab
I'm a Flirt
(redacted)
No Pussy Blues
D.A.N.C.E.
Int'l Player's Anthem
Someone Great
Paper Planes
Umbrella
All My Friends

????????

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:11 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I wasn't even aware that "Sweet Escape" was well-liked.

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:12 (eleven years ago) link

can't tell me nothing?

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 04:28 (eleven years ago) link

there's probably some dance tracks we're forgetting and/or don't know about that could slip into the top 10. something by the field maybe

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 04:29 (eleven years ago) link

"Can't Tell Me Nothing" wasn't nominated.

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:33 (eleven years ago) link

hm

you probably have 8 or 9 of the top 12 on that list

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 04:34 (eleven years ago) link

i have no idea what this means

-- BIG HOOS aka the steendriver

I explained it a bit above confusingly when I did the Idolator and VV polls...basically, I determined where their top 10 songs placed in this poll (for example, their #1 song was our #5 song, their #2 song was our #16 song, and so on) and then averaged the placements (5+16....divided by the number of songs). If this poll and the other poll in question shared the same top 10, the average would be 5.5, so the closer the average is to that, the closer their top 10 "relates" to ours.

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:47 (eleven years ago) link

i'm betting all my friends or paper planes take it

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:56 (eleven years ago) link

for example, their #1 song was our #5 song

this is 'all my friends'

i think it's 'umbrella'

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 04:57 (eleven years ago) link

Those were just arbitrary numbers as an example, I wasn't referring to one poll in particular.

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 05:04 (eleven years ago) link

sweet escape got robbed.

tremendoid, Friday, 29 February 2008 08:25 (eleven years ago) link

With Every Heartbeat still to come, I hope.

nate woolls, Friday, 29 February 2008 08:52 (eleven years ago) link

it was my #1 iirc, but it's also like 2 years old.

tremendoid, Friday, 29 February 2008 09:20 (eleven years ago) link

With Every Heartbeat will definitely be in there. I'd say around the #10 mark.

Matt DC, Friday, 29 February 2008 10:52 (eleven years ago) link

Also, 1234 will be in there. Was 'Nude' nominated? Probably more Radiohead in there somewhere.

Matt DC, Friday, 29 February 2008 10:57 (eleven years ago) link

"All I Need" is the only other nommed 'head. I can't see it placing. As for 1,2,3,4. I actually have my doubts. Of course, now that I've said that, I'll end up yelling "THIS IS NOT ILM" at the screen when it takes top place.

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 11:05 (eleven years ago) link

no love for 'remember love' - noze? :'(

Crackle Box, Friday, 29 February 2008 11:14 (eleven years ago) link

buy u a drank or kiss kiss maybe? actually i am holding out hope for yeasayer - 2080 too

johnny crunch, Friday, 29 February 2008 12:14 (eleven years ago) link

Here we go, the top #12 tracks of 2007 as voted by ILM:

12. Amy Winehouse - Rehab (129 points, 11 votes, #35 in 2006) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/71/Amy_Winehouse_-_Rehab.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 15:38 (eleven years ago) link

uck.

Thomas, Friday, 29 February 2008 15:44 (eleven years ago) link

I second that 'uck.'

!Alicia!, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:24 (eleven years ago) link

Thirded.

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:29 (eleven years ago) link

I had never heard of Aly & AJ before looking at this, so I checked their wikipedia and found this tidbit:

In an interview with Blender magazine, the two expressed their disbelief in the theory of evolution, with the interviewer asking what their thoughts were. When asked if they accepted evolution, AJ responded, "No," and Aly responded, "Are they teaching that in schools now?" When told that it had been taught for the last quarter of the century, she replied, “I think that’s kind of disrespectful, anything that has to do with anybody’s beliefs on religion, that should stay out of the classroom. I mean, I think people should be able to pray in school, if people were into that. Everybody should just do their own gig", and AJ added "Evolution is silly. Monkeys? Um, no."

stingy, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:39 (eleven years ago) link

stingy you should look up Prussian Blue.

danzig, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:43 (eleven years ago) link

^^ thought this was 'dabug' posting for a sec

Alex in Baltimore, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

Old news, stingy.

Back to Rehab:
48.5 points, 5 votes + 129 points, 11 votes

(assuming no double counting. also may have been a diff. voting/scoring system last year)

Anyway, I'm one of those who thought "Rehab" was merely OK as at 31.12.06 but felt quite passionately about it as a song one year on. The various cover versions and pastiches that popped up in '07 helped.

Jeff W, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:47 (eleven years ago) link

The voting system for last year was largely the same, although unranked votes this time around were 10 pts, while last year they were the more mathematically fair 10.5 pts. Why that changed, I'm not all that sure.

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:10 (eleven years ago) link

hooray for cortney & ewan. pity it was only 14, it was easily the best record of last year.

or something, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:19 (eleven years ago) link

11. LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (151 points, 11 votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/Someone_great_cover.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 18:03 (eleven years ago) link

10. Robyn - With Every Heartbeat (157 points, 11 votes, 1 number one vote, #31 in 2006) (link)

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4292/witheveryheartbeatji6df5.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 18:39 (eleven years ago) link

DEAD ON.

Matt DC, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:04 (eleven years ago) link

they're both still high quality

Gukbe, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:08 (eleven years ago) link

I hadn't heard that song before now.

Curt1s Stephens, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:11 (eleven years ago) link

"With Every Heartbeat" blurbs, btw:

See, the ILM Hype Kru *does* get it right sometimes.
-Matt DC

Where most ballads take delight in grand gestures and displays, "With Every Heartbeat" revels in its own formlessness. Robyn, on the other hand, has no time or cause for revelry, charting what she thinks is a bee-line to the deadening refrain. But that path is fraught with obstacles. She wants to make it better, she doesn't want to look back. She doesn't know. And then there are those ancient, creaking forests of strings in her way. _They_ know. They know how she feels.
-The Reverend

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:13 (eleven years ago) link

the original video captures the song so much better

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:14 (eleven years ago) link

9. Feist - 1,2,3,4 (162 points, 13 votes + 1 for Van She Technologic Mix) (link and Van She Technologic Mix)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f3/1234Feist.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:22 (eleven years ago) link

I hate that song

Curt1s Stephens, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:23 (eleven years ago) link

I've still not heard it properly. Only the snippets from the advert.

Gukbe, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:30 (eleven years ago) link

yay to With Every Heartbeat

gman, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

but if Atlas isn't in the top 9 im going to be upset

gman, Friday, 29 February 2008 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

8. UGK feat. Outkast - International Player's Anthem (I Choose You) (165 points, 12 votes, 2 number one votes) (link)

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/1526/ugk28undergroundkingz29pz7.jpg

What’s most striking about rap’s undoubted collaboration of 2007 isn’t how great it is (that was, let’s be honest, expected), but how right it feels, as if the two legendary duos involved had been recording together for years. And what’s most surprising is that the real star might be the beat: the way DJ Paul and Juicy J loop the Willie Hutch sample to near orgasmic proportions at the end of Andre’s verse only to drop it out for a second so they can usher in the nose-breaking bass that plays the perfect counterpart to Pimp C’s defensive snarl; the way they chop up the drums so they can tag-along with Bun’s stuttering opening bars, and the way the bass steadily hums behind Big Boi’s verse while we wonder whether or not he’s going to stumble over his honed slur. The rapping, though: Andre flipping his paisley collar up at the idea of rapping with any sort of cadence, yet still delivering the song’s best punchline (“Then I CC’d every girl that I see-see ‘round town”); Pimp, the hardened romantic, still managing to get in shots at unnamed haters; Bun flipping his rhyme scheme three times and then delivering some bashful common sense(“What’s a ho with no pimp?/And what’s a pimp with no ho?”), and Big Boi, who’d be the icing on the cake if it didn’t—perfectly—sound like he was rapping with it in his mouth.
-J0rdan S

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

7. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues (170 points, 14 votes, 3 number one votes) (link)

http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/8004/nopussyblueslu9kz1.jpg

the most primal scream of them all. the history of rock and roll distilled into one twitching, thrusting thrash. really, why did he bother with an album?
-Grimly Fiendish

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 20:35 (eleven years ago) link

6. R. Kelly - I'm A Flirt (171 points, 13 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/I%27m_a_flirt.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

I really have missed out this year. Also kicking myself for investing an hour in The Good the Bad and the Queen when obviously the side project of choice for 2007 was Grinderman.

Gukbe, Friday, 29 February 2008 21:12 (eleven years ago) link

5. Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (178 points, 14 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/5980/justicedancehz0ub9.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 21:47 (eleven years ago) link

4. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (249 points, 18 votes, 2 number one votes) (link)

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7949/881654fg8.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:05 (eleven years ago) link

phew

blueski, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:14 (eleven years ago) link

disappointed animal collective didn't make the cut, but seeing as i voted for all of the (presumed) top 3 not too disappointed.

Cosmo Vitelli, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:17 (eleven years ago) link

3. M.I.A. - Paper Planes (278 points, 21 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/7192/miapaperplanescoverch3fr8.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:22 (eleven years ago) link

as if 'umbrella' isn't gonna be #1

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 22:23 (eleven years ago) link

as if 'Atlas' isn't gonna be #2

Cosmo Vitelli, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:25 (eleven years ago) link

Oh God don't let Battles beat Rihanna.

maciej recognizing trill, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:26 (eleven years ago) link

Dudes, Battles sucks.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:34 (eleven years ago) link

2. Battles - Atlas (280 points, 21 votes, 1 number one vote) (link)

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/9049/782490sp6.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:40 (eleven years ago) link

This song was sweeet live

W4LTER, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:41 (eleven years ago) link

yah it was

gman, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:41 (eleven years ago) link

This song band was sweeet live

-- W4LTER, Friday, February 29, 2008 4:41 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Link

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 22:42 (eleven years ago) link

SOMB list >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> this one.

The Brainwasher, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:43 (eleven years ago) link

I think everyone knows that the #1 song will be, no use in drawing it out...

1. Leon Jackson - When You Believe (592 points, 70 votes, 8 number one votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e5/When_You_Believe_%28Leon_Jackson%29.jpg

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:45 (eleven years ago) link

1. Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain (312 points, 25 votes, 3 number one votes) (link)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1312/1024051258_c31fa1c4de.jpg

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:46 (eleven years ago) link

musically be getting the joke posts in before me

The Reverend, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:46 (eleven years ago) link

^^this song was sweet live

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 22:48 (eleven years ago) link

so glad battles beat fucking umbrella

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

oh wait

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

goddammit ilm

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

BIG LOSE

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

the rubbishness of the rest of the top ten kind of undermines the jokes bruv.

or something, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

1. Rihanna - Umbrella (334 points, 25 votes, 2 number one votes) (link)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f0/Rihanna-jay-z-umbrella.jpg

While I hope Rihanna doesn’t go to bed every night without thanking whomever that she ended up with this track instead of Mary J. et al, the real twist of fate in the whole thing is that she elevates it as much as it elevates her. She doesn’t let the hammering drums or the revving synths swallow her, and for as much as she gets ragged on for being a quote unquote cyborg, she sings the song like I think it was meant to be sung: confident instead of empathetic. Who knows what it would have become in the hands of those who passed on it, but it’s to Rihanna’s credit that if we heard it sung by any of those divas named, it wouldn’t sound better, or more right.
-J0rdan S

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:56 (eleven years ago) link

thx chav

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 22:56 (eleven years ago) link

i miss lex, he would've written a better blurb than that.

The Brainwasher, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:57 (eleven years ago) link

>>>>>>>>>>>>

i think this magnificent, gorgeous single deserves its own thread. massive drums, dramatic high-end, growling bass which sounds like engines revving up, gorgeous us-against-the-world lyrics ("i took an oath, i'mma stick it out 'til the end" - aaahhh), and an aboslutely massive crashing powerballad tune. i've played it about 95854944 times in a row since i first heard it. early contender for single of the year!
-- lex pretend, Wednesday, April 4, 2007 3:20 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark Link

J0rdan S., Friday, 29 February 2008 22:57 (eleven years ago) link

ilm=OTM

or something, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:58 (eleven years ago) link

damn what an eclectic list

gman, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:58 (eleven years ago) link

brainwasher, please feel free to find another board.

sleeve, Friday, 29 February 2008 22:59 (eleven years ago) link

lol OOOOH.

The Brainwasher, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:00 (eleven years ago) link

ugh

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

i think your hunger for blurbs from that d-bag can be sated at poptimists, BW

omar little, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:25 (eleven years ago) link

brainwasher is an awesome poster

deej, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:27 (eleven years ago) link

In case you couldn't tell, that's it for tracks; albums are coming up next week. Please send any blurbs in if you haven't already and wanted to write something. I'll post a complete list of tracks that received votes with point totals later today.

musically, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:32 (eleven years ago) link

Chocolate Rain is better than all these songs.

Curt1s Stephens, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:34 (eleven years ago) link

it's not that i even like atlas that much, just really wanted something to beat umbrella

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:43 (eleven years ago) link

It wasn't even close!

Matt DC, Friday, 29 February 2008 23:52 (eleven years ago) link

Listening to this Battles thing for the first time now and what I'm struck by more than anything (except maybe that fabulous Alien ductwork reverb) is how the beat is so perfectly lifted from "The Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson.

Hey, this is a pretty good song!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 1 March 2008 03:51 (eleven years ago) link

I really like the trick it plays where, by being so dedicatedly weird and gnashy and freaky the whole time, it actually takes you completely by surprise when it drops in a snatch of really clear, bright, melodic playing near the end. It ends up being the weirdest thing in the song!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 1 March 2008 03:53 (eleven years ago) link

"Song 4 Mutya" is pleasant enough...presumably this is a UK ilxor thing? I still can't tell a Sugababe from a Spice Girl so who cares what I think? It's nice but, can anyone chime in with why they think it's so fabulous? Musically's blurb puts it into context nicely, but is there an argument for this song? Aside from "It sounds like 'Material Girl'"?

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 1 March 2008 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

where the fuck is Soulja Boy on this list anyway?

Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 1 March 2008 05:02 (eleven years ago) link

There's a sense of urgency in "Song 4 Mutya" when the song builds up to the chorus, where Mutya's inner voice is both sonically and lyrically challenging her visceral reaction, and they go back and forth to the point where Mutya has to yell to reclaim the chorus for herself, but in the end they join up and overlap and it clicks and snaps the chorus shut. If you don't find the chorus exciting then the whole song is pointless for the listener.

Also, the cover art is my favorite...I bought the 12" remix disc from Amoeba just to put on my wall.

musically, Saturday, 1 March 2008 05:51 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, that is great cover art.

The Reverend, Saturday, 1 March 2008 09:36 (eleven years ago) link

Listening to this Battles thing for the first time now and what I'm struck by more than anything (except maybe that fabulous Alien ductwork reverb) is how the beat is so perfectly lifted from "The Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson.

Hey, this is a pretty good song!

-- Doctor Casino, Friday, February 29, 2008 7:51 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

6. Battles, "Atlas" (Warp) (50 votes)
Brittany and Alex: (immediately) "The beautiful people, the beautiful people."
Brittany: It is! It totally is.
Michael: It's not.
Brittany: I hate to disagree with you, Michael. I didn't know Marilyn Manson was still making records. (vocals come in) They're singing it backwards; they're putting in subliminal satanic messages. We could do a ouija board to this.

The Reverend, Saturday, 1 March 2008 09:40 (eleven years ago) link

musically you should get the e-boy book for more of the same isometric pixel art...altho maybe not as it's going for £150 second hand on amazon wtf

blueski, Saturday, 1 March 2008 13:27 (eleven years ago) link

Chocolate Rain is better than all these songs.

-- Curt1s Stephens, Friday, February 29, 2008 11:34 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

^^^^Seriously

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 1 March 2008 13:48 (eleven years ago) link

With Every Heartbeat is better than all these songs

later arpeggiator, Saturday, 1 March 2008 16:28 (eleven years ago) link

I call hijinks -- no Electrelane! Surely because best song ever "Saturday" was mistakenly (but cutely) nominated as "Caturday."

Leee, Saturday, 1 March 2008 19:04 (eleven years ago) link

Not great in my books. Only 3 or 4 I voted for.

Musically: Will you list #s 51-150?
(That's usually where most of the gems are)

peepee, Saturday, 1 March 2008 21:56 (eleven years ago) link

btw...

Atlas isn't even the second best song offa the Battles album,
yet its way better than Umbrella, which includes a good idea,
but ain't a good song.

peepee, Saturday, 1 March 2008 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

I'm not going to provide the # of votes something received or the # of number one votes since that's massively time-consuming, but if you're particularly interested in something, I can give you the stats on it.

56 points Amerie - Take Control
55 points Britney Spears - Gimme More
55 points Okkervil River - Unless It's Kicks
54 points Eluvium - Indoor Swimming At The Space Station
52 points Matthew Dear - Don & Sherri
52 points Panda Bear - Comfy In Nautica
52 points White stripes - you don't know what love is
52 points T2 Ft Jodie Aysha - Heartbroken
52 points Cassie - Is It You?
51 points 50 Cent - Ayo Technology
51 points LCD Soundsystem - Us V Them
50 points Animal Collective - Fireworks
50 points T-Pain - Buy U A Drank

49 points Beyonce - Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix)
48 points A Place To Bury Strangers - To Fix The Gash In Your Head
48 points Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
47 points Black Lips - Katrina
46 points Fantasia - When I See U (Polow Da Don Remix Feat Young Jeezy)
46 points Crime Mob - Circles
45 points Modest Mouse - Missed The Boat
45 points Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls
45 points Dude & Nem - Watch My Feet
45 points Ricardo Villalobos - Primer Encuentro Latino Americano
45 points Four Seasons/Pilooski - Beggin'
44 points Electrelane - The Greater Times
44 points Hot Chip - Shake A Fist
42 points Shackleton - Blood On My Hands (Villalobos Remix)
41 points Klaxons - Golden Skans
40 points Faze Action - In The Trees (C2 Remix)
40 points Ulrich Schnauss - Medusa
40 points Animal Collective - For Reverend Green

39 points Radiohead - All I Need
39 points Axwell - I Found U (Remode)
38 points Unklejam - What Am I Fighting For?
38 points Lindstrøm - Breakfast In Heaven
38 points T.I. - Big Shit Poppin (Do It)
37 points Amerie - Crazy/Wonderful
37 points Les Savy Fav - The Equestrian
37 points Deerhoof - 81
37 points Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
36 points Neil Young - Ordinary People
36 points Casa De Leones - No Te Veo
36 points Calle 13 Feat. Mala Rodriguez - Mala Suerte Con El 13
36 points Rihanna - Shut Up And Drive
35 points Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction
35 points 50 Cent - I Get Money
35 points Maximo Park - Our Velocity
35 points Sugababes - About You Now
34 points Britney Spears - Get Naked (I Got A Plan)
34 points Pharaohe Monch - Let's Go
34 points Voxtrot - Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives
34 points Bloc Party - Flux
33 points P. Diddy Feat. Keyshia Cole - Last Night
33 points Super Furry Animals - Carbon dating
33 points Cut Off Your Hands - Still Fond
32 points Kelley Polar - Chrysanthemum
32 points Tracey Thorn - It's All True
32 points Dan Le Sac - Thou Shalt Always Kill
32 points Dinosaur Jr - Almost Ready
32 points New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream
31 points Sebastian Tellier - Sexual Sportswear
31 points Mistah F.A.B. - Ghost Ride It
30 points Paramore - Misery Business
30 points Shellac - The End Of Radio
30 points Mason Vs Princess Superstar - Perfect (Exceeder)
30 points Electrelane - Caturday
30 points Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Shackleton Remix)
30 points Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder

29 points Take That - Shine
29 points Alex Gaudino Ft. Crystal Waters - Destination Calabria
29 points DJ Khalid - We Takin' Over
29 points Junior Boys - FM (Tensnake Remix)
29 points Sophie Ellis-Bextor - If You Go
29 points Liars - Freak Out
29 points Pole - Warum
28 points Audio Club - Sumthin' Serious
28 points Robert Wyatt - A Beautiful War
28 points Apples In Stereo - Same Old Drag
27 points Bruce Springsteen - Long walk home
27 points White Stripes - Bone Broke
27 points Will.I.Am - I Got It From My Mama
27 points Motiivi Tuntematon - I Don't Feel Good (When You're Not Around)
27 points Jesu - Storm Comin' In
27 points Sally Shapiro - He Keeps Me Alive
27 points Of Montreal - No Conclusion
27 points Go! Team - Keys To The City
27 points Justin Timberlake - Summer Love
26 points Bat for Lashes - What's a girl to do
26 points Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80's
26 points Digitalism - Pogo (On The Road To Paris Version)
25 points Pierces - Boring
25 points Natasha Bedingfield - I Wanna Have Your Babies
24 points High On Fire - Rumors Of War
24 points Union Of Knives - Evil Has Never
24 points A Mountain Of One - People Without Love
23 points Vampire Weekend - Wolcott
22 points Dizzee Rascal - Where's Da G's
22 points Emma Pollack - Adrenaline
22 points R. Kelly - Same Girl
22 points Gorilla Zoe - Hood Nigga
22 points M.I.A. - Bamboo Banga
22 points Fall Out Boy - Thks 4 Th Mmrs
21 points Kings Of Leon - Fans
21 points Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not A Movie Or A Maybe
20 points LCD Soundsystem - Freak Out/Starry Eyes
20 points Megan Rochell - My Mistake
20 points Trans Am - 4,738 Regrets
20 points Stopstarts - Mentor / Diamondless
20 points Radio Slave - Bell Clap Dance
20 points National - Apartment Story
20 points Swizz Beatz - It's Me Bitches
20 points Caribou - Niobe
20 points Tokyo Jihen - Metro
20 points Jurgen Paape - Fruity Loops #2
20 points M.I.A. - $20 / 20 Dollar
20 points Rufus Wainwright - Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix)
20 points Feeding Fingers - Fireflies Make Us Sick
20 points Lindstrøm - The Contemporary Fix
20 points Junior Boys - The Equalizer
20 points Young Jeezy - Go Getta
20 points TEPR - Minuit Jacuzzi (Data Remix)
20 points White Stripes - Little Cream Soda

19 points Tokyo Jihen - Osca
19 points Holy Ghost! - Hold On
19 points Feist - Intuition
19 points Kanye West - Flashing Lights
19 points Avalanches - Ray Of Zdarlight
19 points Junior Boys - Like a Child (Carl Craig Remix)
19 points Natasha - Hey Hey Hey
19 points M83 - By The Kiss
19 points Solomun & Stimming - Feuervogel
19 points Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining
19 points Stylofone - Nighttime
19 points Maximo Park - Books From Boxes
19 points Six Organs of Admittance - Shelter From The Ash
19 points Dream - Shawty Is A Ten
19 points Jay Z - Ignorant Shit
19 points Colleen - Sun Against My Eyes
19 points Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
19 points Sorcerer - Divers Do It Deeper
19 points Ame - Balandine
19 points Map Of Africa - Map Of Africa + Ely Cathedral
18 points Lifelike - So Electric
18 points Clientele - These Days Nothing But Sunshine
18 points Talib Kweli Feat. Sizzla - Hostile Gospel Pt. 2 (Deliver Me)
18 points Mapei - Date Rape
18 points Tokyo Jihen - Kaban No Nakami
18 points Lauryn Hill - Lose Myself
18 points Fedde Le Grand V Ida Corr - Let Me Think About It
18 points Guns N' Roses - Madagascar
18 points Freemasons Feat. Baily Tzuke - Uninvited
18 points Pleasure - Uptown
18 points Hatchback - Carefree Highway
18 points Kubichek! - Stutter
18 points Polly Scattergood - Nitrogen Pink
18 points Nightcats - Inside
18 points Pharoahe Monch - Desire
17 points Field - Silent
17 points Daddy Yankee - Ella Me Levanto
17 points Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Catch You
17 points Bloc Party - Where is Home (Burial remix)
17 points Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
17 points Christophe Willem - Double Je
17 points Wu-Tang Clan Feat. Sunny Valentine - Gun Will Go
17 points Dears - You And I Are A Gang Of Losers
17 points Lawrence - Pond
16 points Pull Tiger Tail - Let's Lightning
16 points Moving Oos - Romancer
16 points Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas - Nummer Fire En
16 points Clientele - Bookshop Casanova
16 points Panda Bear - Good Girl/Carrots
16 points Keyshia Cole F/ Missy Elliott And Lil Kim - Let It Go
16 points Good Charlotte - Keep Your Hands Off My Girl
16 points A Mountain Of One - Brown Piano
16 points Animal Collective - Peacebone
16 points Von Sudenfed - Family Feud
16 points Jordan Pruitt - Over It
15 points Chungking - Love Is Here To Stay
15 points Tony Allen - Ole (Moritz Von Oswald Remix)
15 points Booka Shade - Numbers
15 points Kelly Rowland F/ Eve - Like This
15 points P. Diddy Feat. Christina Aguilera - Tell Me (Switch Remix)
15 points Cirez D - Teaser (Deadmau5 Remix Version 1)
15 points Nejo Y Dalmata - Algo Musical
15 points Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor
15 points Hatchback - White Diamond
15 points Aly & AJ - Blush
15 points Roisin Murphy - You Know Me Better
15 points Mathew Jonson - Stop
15 points Playaz Circle F/ Lil Wayne - Duffle Bag Boy
15 points Adam K & Soha - Twilight
14 points Joell Ortiz - Brooklyn Bullshit
14 points Prince - The One U Wanna C
14 points Martin Landsky - Let Me Dance (Sebo K Remix)
14 points Arms - Whirring
14 points Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
14 points Wu-Tang Clan Feat. Dexter Wiggle - Unpredictable
14 points Ashley Tisdale - Be Good To Me
14 points Wisin Y Yandel - Sexy Movimiento
13 points Modest Mouse - Dashboard
13 points Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
13 points Dan Deacon - Wham City
13 points Hilary Duff - Outside of You
13 points Miley Cyrus - See You Again
13 points Parts & Labor - The Gold We're Digging
13 points Usher F/ Ludacris - Dat Girl Right There
13 points Anthony Cuz - Empece A Llorar
13 points Metro Area - Read My Mind
12 points Ashley Tisdale - Goin' Crazy
12 points Built to Spill - They Got Away
12 points Lea Shores - Guillotine
12 points Apparat - Holdon
12 points Trunk Boiz - Scraper Bike
12 points Simon Baker - Plastik
12 points Enrique Iglesias - Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)
12 points King Boy Pato - Raspberry Jersey Mashup
12 points Eve - Tambourine
12 points Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Please Read The Letter
12 points Deadmau5 - Not Exactly
12 points Daddy Yankee - En Sus Marcas Listos Fuera
12 points Justus Kohncke - Feuerland
11 points Thomas Fehlmann - TRNTTF
11 points Concretes - Kids
11 points Art Brut - Direct Hit
11 points Young Knives - Terra Firma
11 points Of Montreal - Voltaic Crusher/Undrum To Muted Da
11 points Gallego - Imaginate
11 points Mechanical Bride - Umbrella
11 points Peter & The Wolf - Safe Travels
11 points Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain
11 points Babyshambles - Delivery
10 points Runaway - Shadows
10 points Strawberry Whiplash - Who's In Your Dreams
10 points Dan Deacon - Trippy Green Skull
10 points Antena - Joppo & Eno (Pink Alert Rerub)
10 points John C. Reilly - Royal Jelly
10 points Deerhunter - Cryptograms
10 points Beanie Siegel Feat. R Kelly - All The Above
10 points Jay-Z F/ Nas - Success
10 points Kotey Extra Band feat.Chaz Jankel - Sooner or Later
10 points Tinariwen - Matadjem Yinmixan
10 points Glass Candy - Miss Broadway
10 points California Snow Story - Suddenly Everything Happens
10 points Still Going - Still Going Theme
10 points Hercules & Love Affair - Classique #2
10 points Mary Weiss - Cry About The Radio
10 points Société Des Admirateurs - Eurograce
10 points Gallego - Pegao, Pegao
10 points Beck - Phone's Dead (Re-edit by Arthur Blackbeard)
10 points Rod Thomas - Your Love Is A Tease
10 points DJ Mehdi - Signatune (Thomas Bangalter Remix)
10 points Z-Ro - I'm A Murderah (Ft. Pimp C & Spice 1)
10 points Swan Lake - All Fires
10 points Club 8 - Heaven
10 points Working For A Nuclear Free City - Nancy Adam Susan
10 points Spoon - Ghost of You Lingers
10 points Dubfire - Roadkill
10 points Saint Etienne & Annie - This Is Tomorrow
10 points Tunng - Bullets (Max Tundra Remix)
10 points Club 8 - Whatever You Want
10 points Prodigy Feat. Alchemist & Un Pacino - White America
10 points Noze - Remember Love
10 points Spoon - Black Like Me
10 points Dusty Kid - Kore

9 points Bag Raiders - Fun Punch
9 points Freemasons - Rain Down Love
9 points Salem Al-Fakir - Dream Girl
9 points Pase Rock - Sexy MF
9 points Bloody Beetroots - Bluto Fuck Popeye
9 points Julieta Venegas Feat. Dante Spinetta - Primer Dia
9 points Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
9 points Ghosts - Stay The Night
9 points Lavender Diamond - In Heaven There Is No Light
9 points Kubichek! - Method Acting
9 points Kelly Clarkson - Never again
8 points Girls Aloud - Black Jacks
8 points Parts & Labor - Fractured Skies
8 points Jason Isbell - Dress Blues
8 points Buckethead - Carpal Tunnel Slug
8 points Natasha Bedingfield - Not Givin' Up
6 points Lethal Bizzle - Police On My Back
6 points Commix - Be True
6 points Pepe Deluxé - The Mischief Of Cloud 6
6 points Maroon 5 - Wake Up Call
6 points Times New Viking - Teenage Lust!
5 points Trusme - W.A.R.
5 points Uffie - First Love
5 points Rosie Thomas - Much Farther To Go
5 points My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
5 points Chris Brown With T-Pain - Kiss Kiss
5 points Gym Class Heroes - Clothes Off!
5 points Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
4 points Pissed Jeans - Secret Admirer
4 points Lee Douglas - New York Story
4 points Supermayer - The Art of Letting Go (Ewan's The Art Of Getting Low Dub)
3 points Robin Thicke - Lost Without U
3 points Gwen Stefani - 4 In The Morning (Thin White Duke Mix)
3 points New Young Pony Club - Get Lucky
3 points Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
3 points LG - Cuchi Cuchi
2 points Ciara - Like A Boy
2 points Santogold - Creator
2 points Yelle - A Cause Des Garcons
2 points Jordan Pruitt - Jump To The Rhythm
1 points Dollyrots - Because I'm Awesome
1 points Siobhan Donaghy - Don't Give It Up (Carl Craig Dub)
1 points Britney Spears - Radar

musically, Saturday, 1 March 2008 23:29 (eleven years ago) link

yay to With Every Heartbeat and UGK, other than their shows i think i'm still immune to lcd soundsystem, i just don't get it for the most part.

thanks to whoever voted for trunk boiz

tremendoid, Saturday, 1 March 2008 23:45 (eleven years ago) link

i still like soulja boy throw some ds better

tremendoid, Saturday, 1 March 2008 23:54 (eleven years ago) link

i thought "he keeps me alive" would do better. love that song.

tremendoid, Sunday, 2 March 2008 00:02 (eleven years ago) link

4 lcd soundsystem tracks, hahaha

omar little, Sunday, 2 March 2008 00:02 (eleven years ago) link

that's nuts, isn't it?

tremendoid, Sunday, 2 March 2008 00:04 (eleven years ago) link

I'm happy other people voted for "Get Me Bodied (Extended Version)," thought I would be the only one on that.

I'm kinda surprised "I Get Money" did so poorly.

maciej recognizing trill, Sunday, 2 March 2008 01:05 (eleven years ago) link

I really like "With Every Heartbeat," thx ILM.

Still can't believe people didn't like "Big Shit Poppin." Especially compared to fucking Of Montreal.

Curt1s Stephens, Sunday, 2 March 2008 08:19 (eleven years ago) link

"Big Shit Poppin'" = average T.I. album track. It's probably his weakest single since "Let's Get Away".

The Reverend, Sunday, 2 March 2008 09:02 (eleven years ago) link

That's not to say it's bad, it's not, just that it doesn't work as a single, really.

The Reverend, Sunday, 2 March 2008 09:05 (eleven years ago) link

i disagree. that hook is anthemic, man. and the way he hits so many of those lines right on point, effortlessly ('whether in miami...underwear', 'errywhere the strap be,' we do it for a month or two') really make it work for me.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 2 March 2008 20:32 (eleven years ago) link

big shit poppin was boring

deej, Sunday, 2 March 2008 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/be/We%27re_All_Going_To_Die.jpg

i like this cover!

roxymuzak, Sunday, 2 March 2008 20:43 (eleven years ago) link

Were there really 50 solid albums from 2007? You know like how Juno says "do me a solid?" I don't mean it like that. I mean that none of the tracks get skipped over, because every song is good. In Rainbows, and Kala, and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga were prob my favs of this year, and I normally skip around 3 tracks on each of these.

billstevejim, Sunday, 2 March 2008 22:17 (eleven years ago) link

Thee Majesty - Vitruvian Pan still my #1.

Curt1s Stephens, Sunday, 2 March 2008 22:26 (eleven years ago) link

Who the fuck are Of Montreal anyway? One of those bands you never hear anything about ever, until they're suddenly top 10 in the Pitchfork poll? See also The National.

(Nb - this may be a British thing)

Matt DC, Sunday, 2 March 2008 23:57 (eleven years ago) link

Of Montreal put out 2 really good records in '04 and '05 that were pretty much ignored in terms of critical acceptance, but then people realized they fucked up and decided to make up for it by backing their next record which was merely "okay" in comparison. This happens all the time to indie bands. It also happened to Weezer when The Green Album was released.

billstevejim, Monday, 3 March 2008 00:33 (eleven years ago) link

I'm gonna completely disagree with that, as I couldn't really see what the fuss was about until this record, which I really like.

Also, going by both memory and the Metacritic pages, I'm not quite sure where you're getting that thing about the last two records being critically ignored.

maciej recognizing trill, Monday, 3 March 2008 01:04 (eleven years ago) link

Those 2 records were well-reviewed initially, but did not appear in "best of the year" lists as often as Hissing Fauna.. those lists usually grab more people's attention that a few random positive write-ups. This was somehow the record that Rolling Stone, SPIN and Pitchfork enjoyed enough to include it in their favorites of 2007.. which would have been more justly applied to Satanic and Sunlandic. Just my own opinion.

Also pretty much everyone I know IRL who has heard Hissing Fauna thinks "Grotesque Animal" is the worst thing on it.

billstevejim, Monday, 3 March 2008 01:37 (eleven years ago) link

of montreal pretty famous here for ages

roxymuzak, Monday, 3 March 2008 02:27 (eleven years ago) link

here too, being that they're a GA band

Curt1s Stephens, Monday, 3 March 2008 02:37 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I guess I meant the whole American South.

roxymuzak, Monday, 3 March 2008 02:39 (eleven years ago) link

I think "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" is one of the best tracks on that album. It's the centerpiece. The record wouldn't be whole without it.

I also had the experience that maciej describes...couldn't see the appeal of that band until this album.

Dan S, Monday, 3 March 2008 06:39 (eleven years ago) link

Thanks for putting this together, musically

Jeff W, Monday, 3 March 2008 12:25 (eleven years ago) link

I think "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" is one of the best tracks on that album. It's the centerpiece. The record wouldn't be whole without it.

I also had the experience that maciej describes...couldn't see the appeal of that band until this album.

Yeah, it seems this is the case with most people. It's just my own opinion..

billstevejim, Monday, 3 March 2008 21:00 (eleven years ago) link

how many votes were cast? 25 votes for number 1? should we even bother next year??

winston, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 03:49 (eleven years ago) link

i mean, 25 votes!!! this poll tells us nothing about nothing

winston, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 03:50 (eleven years ago) link

i think that means 25 people voted it as their number one, not that 25 people voted for it

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 04:19 (eleven years ago) link

25 people voted for it. 2 people voted for it as their number one.

winston, no one's claiming that this poll includes a huge sample set or that this poll is anything resembling definitive. I don't know what you are expecting, but feel free to lower those expectations to a more reasonable level.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 04:23 (eleven years ago) link

aha

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 04:25 (eleven years ago) link

If you look at the first post, it says there were 64 ballots cast, to answer that question.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 04:26 (eleven years ago) link

i know but it just seems like there have been way more ballots in the past

winston, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:51 (eleven years ago) link

not to mention blurbs

winston, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:54 (eleven years ago) link

looking back at the '05 poll; i guess nothing has changed in terms of # of ballots. i'll shut up now

winston, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:59 (eleven years ago) link

Fewer blurbs because I didn't have time to search ILX using the world's crappiest search function for 100+ choice quotes that may or may not even exist. And compared to just about every other poll this is Zogby stuff.

musically, Thursday, 6 March 2008 02:15 (eleven years ago) link

Listening to "Watch My Feet" right now and can't help but feel like it was really, really robbed in this thing. I don't think I voted for it, mind you, but...

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 02:48 (eleven years ago) link

I wouldn't say it was really, really robbed considering that only like 4 rap songs even placed in this godforsaken poll.

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 02:57 (eleven years ago) link

that song is aiiight

tremendoid, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 03:19 (eleven years ago) link

Yes, it was very robbed.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

YA DIIIIIIIIIIIIG?

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 16:04 (eleven years ago) link

three years pass...

2007 was the worst year in the history of popular music.
― billstevejim, Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:35 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark

I still stand by this.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 03:52 (eight years ago) link

burtstantonjim

(Sorry dude, I had to...)

don't quixote me on that (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 04:59 (eight years ago) link

how was 2007 the worst year in the history popular music, when the best pop album of the decade was released that year?

prego, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:23 (eight years ago) link

2007 was a'ight. I'm very impressed with 2011 as it happens.

Yo wait a minute man, you better think about the world (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:23 (eight years ago) link


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