This list of the 10 best songs of 2007 is reminder of just how good a year it was for music. A stellar, post-major label release from Radiohead? The breakout success of MGMT? A new White Stripes album? There’s not much to complain about, there.
- “15 Steps” Radiohead. There aren’t many bands from the '90s still making good music today. Radiohead is not only still making great music, they’re making some of their best ever. “15 Steps” is an audacious song that makes use of a 5/4 time signature and a chorus of children cheering.
- “My Body Is A Cage” The Arcade Fire. There was an abundance of great tracks on The Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible,” but the lyrics on this one in particular make it stand out. It is a heartbreaking song about fear and self-doubt and a fitting coda to the album.
- “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” Spoon. Whenever a new Spoon album is released, it is cause for celebration. They are a band that does not disappoint, and the oddly-titled “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” was among their best albums to date. It’s hard to pick a stand-out track among so many good ones, but this song is probably it.
- “Time To Pretend” MGMT. Perhaps the breakthrough band of 2007, MGMT released some wickedly catchy songs on their debut album “Oracular Spectacular." This opening track was among the catchiest, and easily one of the best songs of 2007.
- “1 2 3 4” Feist. Another breakthrough artist in 2007 was Canadian songstress Leslie Feist. An occasional contributor to the Broken Social Scene collective, Feist also had some previous solo albums under her belt. “The Reminder” was by far her best, though, and earned her much-deserved critical recognition and some lucrative licensing deals to boot. This song in particular was licensed for use in Apple’s iPod Nano ad campaign.
- “Dashboard” Modest Mouse. Could anything Modest Mouse did have lived up to the huge success of “Good News For People Who Love Bad News?” It doesn’t seem likely. Modest Mouse’s follow-up album with an equally laborious title, “We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank,” may not have been quite as much of a chart-topper, but with the addition of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr it went in a new, louder direction. “Dashboard” was an excellent showcase of Marr’s guitar skills and a solid track all around.
- “Rag And Bone” The White Stripes. Taking to heart the old maxim, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” this song finds Jack and Meg White rifling through some undisclosed old house and being amazed by the wealth of fantastic old junk they find. “If you ain’t gonna use it,” Jack suggests, “just give it to us.” Knowing Jack, he would probably find a way to convert it into some sort of guitar.
- “Hunting For Witches” Bloc Party. Bloc Party’s sophomore album, “A Weekend In the City,” did not receive quite the widespread acclaim as their prior album, “Silent Alarm.” It lacked much of the energy of its predecessor and never really had a breakout single. Its lyrics, though, were as sharp as ever, with “Hunting For Witches” being a full-on assault of post-9/11 paranoia and racism. Those who overlooked the album missed out on one of the best songs of 2007.
- “Rehab” Amy Winehouse. Remember when Amy Winehouse was full of promise, a real up-and coming musician? Remember when “Rehab” wasn’t just a punchline to a snide joke about how ironic the lyrics were? It’s easy to forget how great a song this was now that it’s been overshadowed by how much of a wreck Amy Winehouse is.
- “Sun In An Empty Room” The Weakerthans. If you’ve ever looked back into your empty home or apartment on moving day and felt a pang of sadness upon seeing how empty it was, this bittersweet song might strike a chord with you. It’s a beautiful track from a woefully underrated album, and easily one of the best songs of the year.
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