Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Glenn's Top 75 Singles of 2007

Now, my definition of "single" is a bit different, I basically just called it that so that I didn't allow myself to include album tracks. If I had done that the list would be reaching epic proportions. Amongst this list of 75 songs there are singles, a few remixes and specialty releases. I'm never going to be entirely happy with the placings, so this is as good as it's gonna be. Counting down from 75 to (the obvious and inevitible) number 1. Enjoy!

75. Bertine Zetlitz, "500" (listen)
74. Ciara, "Like a Boy" (listen)
73. Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, "Apologize" (listen)
72. The Klaxons, "Gravity's Rainbow" (listen)
71. Gwen Stefani, "Early Winter" (listen)
If she had released this song, ya know, a year ago I may have purchased the album, but by the time she finally got around the releasing the best song on the album it was too late. Still an ace song though.
70. Meck feat. Dino, "Feels Like Home" (listen)
69. Christina Aguilera, "Candyman" (listen)
68. The Killers, "Read My Mind" (listen)
67. The Veronicas, "Hook Me Up" (listen)
That "Hook Me Up" is only, like, the eighth best song on the album shows how littered this countdown would be with Veronica songs if I didn't restrict it.
66. Sophie Ellis Bexter, "Me & My Imagination" (listen)
65. Mika, "Grace Kelly" (listen)
64. Girls Aloud, "Sexy! No, No, No..." (listen)
Best use of grammar in a song title for all of 2007! Way to go!
63. The Wombats, "Let's Dance to Joy Division" (listen)
62. Boys Noize, "&Down" (listen)
61. Ricki-Lee, "Can't Touch It" (listen)
60. Stefy, "Chelsea" (listen)
59. Ultra Naté, "Automatic" (listen)
Perhaps the gayest song in the countdown; definitely the gayest video clip! What is it about Pointer Sisters tracks that make them so easy to do brilliant cover versions of?
58. Patrick Wolf, "The Magic Position" (listen)
57. Felix da Housecat, "Future Calls the Dawn" (listen)
The album was nowhere near the heights of Housecat's previous efforts, but he saved the best for last with this album closer. Bizarre single choice, but I ain't arguing if it means I can put it on the countdown.
56. LCD Soundsystem, "All My Friends" (listen)
55. Booty Luv, "Some Kinda Rush" (listen)
54. Shiny Toy Guns, "Rainy Monday" (listen)
53. Toni Collette and the Finish, "Look Up" (listen)
And she just had a baby!
52. Dragonette, "I Get Around [Midnight Juggernauts Remix]" (listen)
51. Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E., "The Way I Are" (listen)
Worst use of grammar in a song title for all of 2007! Way to go!
50. Amy Winehouse, "Back to Black" (listen)
49. Delta Goodrem, "In This Life" (listen)
48. Arcade Fire, "Keep the Car Running" (listen)
47. Beyonce, "Green Light [Freemasons Radio Mix] (listen)
Thank god Beyonce has hired the Freemasons to work on her new album proper, and not just in remix form.
46. Björk, "Earth Intruders" (listen)
45. Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse, "Valerie" (listen)
Well done on being about to get a Zutons song onto the countdown!
44. The Ark, "Prayer for the Weekend" (listen)
43. Sneaky Sound System, "UFO" (listen)
42. Mark Ronson feat. Daniel Merriweather, "Stop Me" (listen)
41. Ricki-Lee, "Love is All Around" (listen)
Ricki-Lee had a thing with naming her singles after already much more famous songs. Needless to say, this song is better than Wet Wet Wet's drippy song of the same name
40. LCD Soundsystem, "Someone Great" (listen)
That he took the best part of 43:55 and wrapped this song around is just makes it even better.
39. Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (listen)
It's what the Jackson Five would be making if they were still young, black and funky.
38. Armand Van Helden, "I Want Your Soul" (listen)
37. Feist, "1234 [Van She Remix]" (listen)
The album was a waste of time, the Van She's remix of "1234" was most definitely not.
36. Hilary Duff, "With Love" (listen)
35. Justin Timberlake, "LoveStoned [Justice Remix]/"I Think She Knows Interlude" (listen) (listen)
If somebody ever decides to include the original interlude onto the end of the far superior Justice remix of "LoveStoned" then I will be a very happy camper.
34. Kylie Minogue, "2 Hearts" (listen)
33. Just Jack, "Starz in Their Eyes" (listen)
32. Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta, Queen Latifah, "You Can't Stop the Beat" (listen)
Seeing a song like "You Can't Stop the Beat" on the charts was so refreshing. It's not my favourite from the film, but it was the only eligible contender.
31. Bruce Springsteen, "Radio Nowhere" (listen)
30. Groove Armada feat. Stush, "Get Down [Calvin Harris Remix]" (listen)
Further proof that Calvin Harris should stick to other people's music.
29. Leona Lewis, "Bleeding Love" (listen)
Alongside the upcoming #17, this was the best tradition ballad-type single of the year.
28. Silverchair, "If You Keep Losing Sleep" (listen)
27. Kanye West, "Stronger" (listen)
26. Amy Winehouse, "Tears Dry on Their Own" (listen)
25. Delta Goodrem, "Believe Again" (listen)
If Delta keeps making music like this intergalactic fictional Madonna/Celine duet then I'll never doubt her ever again.
24. Arcade Fire, "No Cars Go" (listen)
23. Britney Spears, "Gimme More" (listen)
22. Sopie Ellis Bexter, "Catch You" (listen)
21. Fergie feat. Ludacris, "Glamorous" (listen)
Look, I'm not saying this is 20th best written song of the year, but it was irresistibly catchy and those strings are to die for. What can I say? Other than "Umbrella" it was the best song to sing along to while drunk for 2007. No question.
20. M.I.A., "Paper Planes"
19. Daft Punk, "Harder Better Faster Stronger 2007"
Better than Kanye West's "Stronger".
18. Alicia Keys, "No One"
17. Darren Hayes, "On the Verge of Something Wonderful"
16. Gossip, "Standing in the Way of Control"
While it was incredibly surreal to see this song performed on Australian Idol last year, I can only hope that it helped bring it more into the mainstream. It deserves it, after all.
15. Robbie Williams, "She's Madonna"
The highest entry from an album released in 2006 - my #1 album of the year if you had forgotten - which could be something altogether different at the end of 2008 as a lot of my favourite albums were released late in the year and didn't release the best songs so the best singles of 2008 chart could, theoretically, be all 2007.
14. Siobhan Donaghy, "Don't Give It Up"
13. Sugababes, "About You Now"
Just like on the album countdown the Sugababes are nestled right next to their former bandmate Siobhan.
12. The Ark, "The Worrying Kind"
Yes, it's a Eurovision song and, yes, it sounds an awful lot like "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" by Edison Lighthouse, but so what. Eurovision is awesome and "Love Goes (Where My Rosemary Goes)" is a great song.
11. Hilary Duff, "Dignity"
The entire song is made up of one-liners and brushoffs to Hollywood's "It Girl" brigade. "It's not news when you get a new bag" she sings alongside zingers like "Always with mister right / but then you have a fight / Run into your friend's ex / He's happy to be your next (she won't mind / she won't mind)"
10. Siobhan Donaghy, "So You Say"
It's all dreamy David Lynch meets Kate Bush in a dark elevator shaft, ya know?

9. The Veronicas, "Untouched"
If this were made in the 1980s by Giorgio Moroder and put onto the soundtrack to a movie about a youth from the wrong side of the tracks using the power of dance to turn their life around then it'd be #1 for the entire year and would make them worldwide superstars. Alas, it's not the 1980s and the music used in those youth-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks flicks are shitty hip-hop songs. I wish I grew up in the '80s.

8. Janelle Monáe, "Violet Stars Happy Hunting"
I tend to draw a blank when it comes to discussing Janelle Monae, so I'm going to steal some words from The Mixed-Up Files Of... Catherine (a great read, btw) -
If Michael Jackson circa “Thriller” released “Hey Ya” on the Blade Runner soundtrack in the year 2719 and stored it in a time capsule which was hurled back to the present day in the Tardis…the resulting tune wouldn’t be half the song VSHH is.
And then some.

7. Girls Aloud, "Call the Shots"
Just the sort of beautiful pop that the gals seem to be able to pop out of the recording studio without breaking a sweat. Dreamy.

6. Yoko Ono with Antony Hagerty & Hahn Rowe, "Toyboat"
Taking the song from Ono's "Season of Glass" album and putting Hagerty's eathereal vocals and instrumental work on top of it turns "Toyboat" into a magical fairyland of cosmic beauty. Uh-huh!

5. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z, "Umbrella"
Ignore Jay-Z's lazy ridiculous rap (created only to get the song onto American urban radio, if you can believe that!) and you have the zeitgeist hit of the year that, for once, actually warrents the title.

4. Robyn with Kleerup, "With Every Heartbeat"
A totally heartfelt and amazing song that became a shocking UK #1 - and it deserved to be #1 everywhere else, too. Who knew you could get so much emotion out of simply repeating six words over and over for a minute and a half?

3. Rihanna, "Don't Stop the Music"
Rihanna ditches any semblence of "R&B", "Hip-Hop" and anything "urban" and bursts out with this out-of-this-world spectacular dance track sampling Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Something". It's made for the dancefloor and the few times I've heard it the place virtually explodes into a crazed posessed euphoria.

2. Silverchair, "Straight Lines"
It has taken them 13 years to finally reach their mystical sky-high epic apex with "Straight Lines". A life-affirming slice of pop-edged rock that truly soars - the moment at 3:10 is the moment the song becomes a classic for me with those swirling guitars, keyboards and those weird futuristic blips in the background. This is a song for the history books, folks.
1. Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena, "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)"
I've said everything that could ever possibly be said about "Song 4 Mutya" - least of all that it's the greatest song of this decade - bar maybe Girls Aloud's "Biology" - it's like Xanadu on acid after a nasty breakup, and it throws in everything PLUS the kitchen sink (there's four of them!) and even cow bells, spoken word segments and minute-long instrumentals. It's everything, it's anything. It's completely and utterly out of this world brilliant. But, if there were one thing that I had to pinpoint as the harbinger of greatness it would be the lyric that comes a mere 24 seconds into the song:

"I'm drivin' fast / I feel so fine /
I got Prince singin' 'Hot Thing' to me / I know every line"

If you can't see how exactly perfect that lyric is then you probably don't think "Song 4 Mutya" is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You can love it, admire it, think it's brilliant, but - for me - everything that makes "Song 4 Mutya" so good is in that lyric and, obviously, "Song 4 Mutya" is - for me - the best single of 2007.

...but you knew that already, didn't you? If you don't you obviously haven't been paying attention (naughty you!)


Joel said...

Good to see some love for my favourite album of the year (and Mercury Music Prize winner) Myths of the Near Future by Klaxons! Gravity's Rainbow is one of my favourite songs.

Catherine said...

Great list. I don't agree with all of it (I still don't understand the Robyn love and I was sorely disapointed by the new GA) but overall, well done. I agree 110% on the Song 4 Mutya thing. 'cept for me, the OMG THIS IS A PERFECT SONG moment comes at the false ending.