Kevin's Favorite Fifty Songs of 2007
50. Lip Gloss - Lil Mama
I tried to hate it, but damn if her lip gloss ain't be poppin'. Innocuous fun.
49. Contagious - Avril Lavigne
I've liked Avril Lavigne since she came onto the music scene, and I'm willing to go so far as to vouch for her talent. Sure, "Girlfriend" tested our patience, but I offer this as proof that she's still capable of recording a song that's both addictive and not quite so mind-numbing.
48. Read My Mind - The Killers
If for no other reason than because the vocals remind me of the way Alex H. sings.
47. Mortified - Lesbians On Ecstasy
As if the band name weren't enough, they vocals are humorous and entrancing.
46. Hell No - Sondre Lerche & Regina Spektor
I'm a sucker for duets, and an even bigger sucker for Spektor.
45. Back In Your Head - Tegan & Sara
On several occasions in the past, I've been introduced to Tegan & Sara and it never stuck. The band's new album, however, is all sorts of good.
44. When I Say Go - The 1900s
A harmony that lingers.
43. Love Song - Sara Bareilles
This year's female singer/songwriter/pianist favorite.
42. Kid Gloves - Voxtrot
Voxtrot is a band that could easily be mainstreamed if anyone would play their easily consumable music.
41. I'll Kill Her - Soko
A wee bit creepy, yet relatable.
40. The Championship - The Polyphonic Spree
If you've read this blog previously, you know I'm a bit obsessed.
39. Gotta Work - Amerie
For the third year in a row, Amerie hits my chart with a dance sensation. Amerie's swell.
38. Stop Me - Mark Ronson f. Daniel Merriweather
The first of many covers on my list, I'm kind of a cover nut.
37. Thnks fr the Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is the best in this genre of music currently, in spite of the silly song titles.
36. Never Again - Kelly Clarkson
An angry Kelly Clarkson is the hot.
35. Love Is Here - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
When I'm in the mood for a cheesy discoesque tune, I play this one.
34. Valerie - Mark Ronson f. Amy Winehouse
Take Winehouse's amazing vocals, add big band instrumentation, receive a danceable hit.
33. Out The Back Door - Jesca Hoop
Jesca exudes fun as she alternates between poppy and prickly lyrics.
32. Don't You Evah - Spoon
Spoon's new album is one of my favorites; the band oozes slickness.
31. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty
Unlike the rest of America, my love affair with Matchbox Twenty never really got off the ground. Imagine my surprise when a song this late in Rob Thomas's career finally caught my attention. It keeps me bouncing.
30. Like Castanets - Bishop Allen
I'm pretty smitten with Bishop Allen and this song, rereleased with the band's first major label release.
29. Meatblanket - The Triangles
The Triangle's website recently announced. Awww, I had just discovered them.
28. Can I Get Get Get - Junior Senior
A cheesy dance tune from a duo that specializes in such fare.
27. This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race - Fall Out Boy
Don't expect me to apologize for my Fall Out Boy adoration.
26. Walcott - Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend is an up-and-coming band you have to check out.
25. 1 2 3 4 - Feist
My favorite music video of the year. Ah, Feist.
24. Running Away - The Polyphonic Spree
They make me smile until I hurt.
23. Rehab - Amy Winehouse
I dig Winehouse's voice so much, I try to avoid hearing any of her personal drama that might turn me off.
22. My Eyes - Travis
Travis is a band that keeps reemerging every so often. Though they've always been consistent, I find this song to rise above consistency.
21. Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
Gwen tends to be hit or miss with me. This is a mega hit.
20. Umbrella - Marie Digby
I've heard numerous covers of this song, but this is by far my favorite. Marie adds a special something to the popular tune.
19. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
M.I.A. is her own brand of genius and this is my favorite from a very eclectic album.
18. Unless It's Kicks - Okkervil River
This song puts me in a good mood.
17. Doin' It Right - The Go! Team
Dancedancedance to the Go! Team, or you're missing out.
16. Flare Gun - Final Fantasy
I've avoided the interminably whiny Final Fantasy in the past, but this song led me to give him a second chance.
15. I Feel It All - Feist
The best Feist song on a very impressive album.
14. Burn - Pink Nasty
The highest-charting cover on my list. When Usher's "Burn" initially came out, I loathed it, but Pink Nasty's spin makes me a believer.
13. Don't Make Me A Target - Spoon
My new favorite Spoon song.
12. We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives - Los Campesinos!
This song is quick and adorably clever. I love the list of Halloween costumes in the outro.
11. Oxford Comma - Vampire Weekend
My favorite lyric of the year: "Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?" Grammar jokes and witty lyrics make this tune a winner.
10. Before I Knew - Basia Bulat
The shortest song on the list is also perhaps the most beautiful.
9. Myriad Harbour - The New Pornographers
A song that might be about nothing carries a lot of poignancy. Plus, it's ridiculously fun.
8. Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley
I was really excited for Rilo Kiley's new album and found it to be thoroughly mediocre. This one track stands out as a winner for me, however.
7. Call It Off - Tegan & Sara
Mix heartache and harmonies. I wish I could sing like this.
6. D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
Innovative and danceable, Justice gets me on my feet.
5. Lose Myself - Lauryn Hill
Maybe my nostalgia for Lauryn Hill caused me to inflate this song's value, but I think it holds its own.
4. Challengers - The New Pornographers
A song that's so beautiful, I literally stopped everything I was doing when I first heard it.
3. No One - Alicia Keys
Forget "Fallin'." This is the song Alicia Keys was always meant to sing. I pant for it.
2. Magic Position - Patrick Wolf
A couple of months ago, Stacy introduced me to this fun video While the video is indeed fun, I'm even more taken by the song. I want to be Patrick Wolf.
1. Umbrella - Rihanna
I defy you to think of a bigger pop sensation this past year. The perfect combination of glumness, simplicity, and catchiness, it is difficult to resist chanting "ella ella ella ey ey ey" along with the song. Sometimes something is a breakthrough hit because it's just that good.