Finally, the list of my favorite songs of the year....The 19 songs below fit on an 80 min CDR. This was very hard to whittle down, so there are some extras below. I could (and did) do all sorts of lists, but this is The List... thanks to everyone who listened to me prattle on about how brilliant these songs were as I discovered them. That is one of the great things about music, the shared experience.
Note - the first 2 songs are truly the Top 2, but the others appear in the order they do on my iTunes playlist.
1 Let Me Know Roisin Murphy UK SONG OF THE YEAR!
I've been intrigued by some guy's interpretation - can't remember where I read it - that this song is about the gay dating/sex scene. From my own CD review: "Everything is right here: the step step step hook on the chorus, the soulful intro and a vocal that is far more beautiful than most pop songs deserve (especially at 2:08: I don't belong to you, like you don't belong to me / So don't hold on too tightly...)."
2 Casey Darren Hayes USA
Everybody has a real Casey and I had several. Those girls - and one guy -know who they are. What I said in my CD review: "Darren has the time to allow the 6 minute+ track to slowly blossom with longer instrumental passages. The bass beat doesn't really come in until minute 3. The song is divided into sections and when you think it's about to end at 4:43, alongs comes a beautiful synth coda that adds to the grandeur." That part with the beat (2:52) still gives me chills, literally.
and the other greats of the year...
3. Redeem Me Marc Almond UK
My God! Can you think of a better comeback song than this? Every single OTT element is perfect. This is a collaboration with the incredible Marius Devries.
4. 1234 Feist CAN
Apple almost overexposed this in their commercials. I most love the section with the horns toward the end - it makes me so happy.
5. If I Called You On The Telephone The Revelations UK
Poor girls never got a proper CD release or even an album cover or photos. Whatever, they had several great tracks on their CD, but this girl-groupish boomer hits the sweetest spot.
6. Up Country Mancini UK
Although Mancini never released a second single, there is evidence they are not done. Jo Whiley likes them! This is the driving song of the year.
7. Umbrella (Jody den Broeder Lush Radio Edit) Rihanna USA
I could never listen to the original after hearing this mix. I love the chorus lyrics, especially the bit about "Took an oath, I'ma stick out to the end."
8. It's All True Tracey Thorn UK
Tracey surprised everyone with this song being so "pop." Most expected icy club drama and they got the sweetest love song evah, circa Madonna 1983.
9. Wow Kylie Minogue UK
Take Kylie's best musical elements and whip them into a frothy 3 minutes. Explosive would be a good word for this song. 2008 hit coming soon.
10. Disco Friends Just Jack UK
I still don't know the lyrics on the robotic chrous of this took-too-many-club-drugs downer gem.
11. Medevac Siobhan Donaghy UK
I imagine this could be done hard live. Like, massively loud and metallic. I fucking love those diving synths that come in at 2:30 ish. Help me out here, coz I'm strung out.
12. Big Sky Annie Lennox UK
All you need to know: Darkness and light, that's what's inside. Darkness and liiiiight, that's what's insiiiiiide.
13. Between My Legs Rufus Wainwright USA/CAN
How often does one get to chat with the songwriter about one of his favorite songs of the year? I did! From my review: "If fans are going to have a Big Gay Moment on this record, when they finally lose their shit and start running around screaming, the last 90 seconds of this song - complete with Phantom Of The Opera crescendos - are sooo it."
14. Augustine Patrick Wolf UK
Elegant, eerie, wise and passionate. Still love that bit at 2:54 where he asks, "Well, is it?"
15. Stop Ghosts UK
Title should've had an exclamation point on it. This Britpop song unexpectedly took me to a Culture Club-circa-1983 moment. Glorious and uplifting. Thanks to Torr for this one.
16. Extraordinary Mandy Moore USA
I am a Geek. I feel for her empowerment schtick wholeheartedly, but hey, I think I was a better version of myself in '07. Did I just say that?
17. Better Tom Baxter UK
Why isn't this love song at #1 yet? It may still get there. This CD will be around all of 2008.
18. Gravity Sara Barielles USA
Sara is just now taking off, but I was obsessed with this perfect ballad in June when I got my car. I would wail at stop lights, scaring other drivers.
19. Come To Me (Peace) Mary J. Blige USA
Mary excels at lifting us right off the grey city sidewalks as we trudge to work with our iPods. Like, levitating off the ground. "I'm here to make peace. peace. peace."
What almost made it. I practically cried when cutting these. It was XO's Choice! Mark Ronson w/Daniel Merriweather: Stop Me If You Think…, Mika: Relax (Take It Easy), Siobhan Donaghy: So You Say, Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Can’t Have It All, Sarah Nixey: Endless Circles and Suzanne Vega: Ludlow Street.
I played the hell out of Antigone's uberballad Life Without You (among others), but it's out next year. Also, Robyn's With Every Heartbeat was on my 2006 list, so I won't repeat that one.