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2007 Playlist

2007 Playlist

After the joy of creating my cinematic top 10 a few days back, I decided to take a stab at a lesser-qualified list, music. I love year-end music lists because it gives me the opportunity to go download a few dozen songs I missed from the year to keep me going through the generally drab group of releases that happens in market-low January and February. Though certainly as much a part of my life as film, I’ve never felt particularly informed on music. But my iTunes suggests, its there for me everyday, and 2007 found a good thousand tracks added to my iTunes library.

My music tastes are pretty much across the board, and are heavily influenced by a half dozen people in my life who seem constantly informed on artists and bands that become everyone’s favourite a year later. I basically taste test their tastes, as well as the tastes of some blogs and magazines I read on a semi-regular basis, and this results in what I listen to during the 20 hours a week or so I spent walking or in transit.

The list that follows is nothing out of the ordinary. It varies drastically from true artists whose entire albums could have made a top 100 list to manufactured pop sluts whose album found more of a place in my iPod rotation than I had expected. Its loosely representative of said library’s “most listened” function, though I decided to exclude artist repeats (or else Feist would have five songs in my top twenty), and tinkered with the rankings (the pop-hook-that-makes-you-repeat-it qualities of songs like Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” made it the unchallenged #1 most-listened), to create a good representation of the 25 songs that found themselves in heavy rotation in my 2007 ears.

1. The Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running

2. Beck – Time Bomb

3. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly

4. Feist – 1234

5. Rihanna – Umbrella

6. Peter, Bjorn & John – Young Folks

7. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends

8. Spoon – You Got Yr Cherry Bomb

9. M.I.A. – Paper Planes

10. Amy Winehouse – Rehab / Britney Spears – Radar

11. Nine Inch Nails – My Violent Heart

12. Bloc Party – I Still Remember

13. Rilo Kiley – Silver Lining

14. Pink feat. Indigo Girls – Dear Mr. President

15. Bjork – Earth Intruders

16. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby

17. Tegan & Sara – Back In Your Head

18. Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position

19. Jimmy Eat World – Here It Goes

20. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts

21. Of Montreal – Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse

22. Lily Allen – Smile

23. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Down Boy

24. Bright Eyes – Four Winds

25. Mary J. Blige – Just Fine

Multiples from artists that deserve a slot despite my “rules”: The Arcade Fire – Intervention; Feist – I Feel It All & My Moon, My Man; Britney Spears – Piece of Me; LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum; M.I.A. – Jimmy; Lily Allen – LDN; Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good; Bloc Party – The Prayer; Nine Inch Nails – In This Twilight; Bjork – Innocence

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