i would hesitate to call this a best music of 2007 list because a) there are many albums i never got around to, b) i’m certain that i have neglected to mention some great music from the albums that i have had a chance to listen to, and c) you won’t believe me as a credible source. it might be more appropriate to call it an ” opinionated highlights of music in 2007″ list. all albums/songs on the list were released in 2007 and are possibly obvious selections.


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1) Person Pitch – Panda Bear
2) Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Spoon
3) Sound of Silver – LCD Soundsystem
4) Strawberry Jam – Animal Collective
5) Graduation – Kanye West
6) In Rainbows – Radiohead
7) The Shepherd’s Dog – Iron and Wine
8 ) † – Justice
9) The Reminder – Feist
10) Friend Opportunity – Deerhoof
11) Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool – Lupe Fiasco
12) Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon – Devendra Banhart
13) Marry Me – St. Vincent
14) Raising Sand – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
15) 8 Diagrams – Wu Tang Clan

smartest album on mainstream radio

goodgirlgonebad.jpg Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna

graceful transition into limelight

leslie feist

best artist to be thoughtfully included in a motion picture

kimya dawson/ the moldy peaches

guilty pleasure, beloved joy

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best youtube artist

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some stand out tracks

Somewhere Down the Road – Feist (from the Hottest State OST)
Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine (from the Shepherd’s Dog)
Superstar – Lupe Fiasco (from The Cool; i went to a lupe concert and it was the most terrible day ever, but somehow it made the song more memorable)
International Players Antem feat. Outkast – UGK (from UGK; RIP Pimp C)

more stand out tracks with music videos

Lies – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (from Once OST)

Backed Out On The… – Kevin Drew (from Spirited If…; J Mascis!)

Teddy Picker – Arctic Monkeys (from Favourite Worst Nightmare; this one is a better song and video, but for i tend to like this one)

Paper Planes – MIA (from Kala)

All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem (from Sound of Silver)