Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Should Be Top 40 of 2007 (Part Two)

Will's Top 40 Songs of 2007
Part Two: 30-21

30. "Mistaken For Strangers" - The National

The National are one of the only bands right now keeping indie rock interesting. I really did like Boxer, but I probably played "Mistaken For Strangers" a good ten times more than any other song on it. Glad some folks can still craft a good chorus.

29. "I'm on Fire" - Bats For Lashes
Bats For Lashes put their own spin on the Bruce Springsteen classic, slowing it down several notches. The results are striking - much like the brilliant "Thunder Road" cover from Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Tortoise.

28. "Fisher King" - Greg Ashley
I've had the good pleasure of knowing Greg Ashley these past couple years, in addition to seeing him live and at work in the studio. A highly-prolific artist, his sound continues to evolve, and with "Fisher King," he has his catchiest song yet.

27. "Int'l Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" - UGK featuring OutKast

Yes, we also miss OutKast, and Idlewild did not exactly fix our craving. Thankfully, we have Andre and Big Boi bookending a stunning beat. For UGK, the Southern rappers who'd influenced many of today's stars, it was their biggest hit. Sadly, Pimp-C passed earlier this month.

26. "Pro Nails" - Kid Sister featuring Kanye West

The first time I heard this, I thought it was some underground classic from the eighties, until Kanye West brought it back into modern times. Kid Sister spits fire and the A-Trak beat is truly one of a kind.

25. "Rest My Chemistry" - Interpol

Our Love To Admire was my least favorite Interpol effort to date. Thankfully a few tracks, namely "Chemistry," had just what I was looking for - more of the same.

24. "Hood Boy" - Fantasia featuring Big Boi

This actually dropped in late 2006, but was sadly, sadly overlooked. Dig the Big Boi verse at the end - he absolutely kills it.

23. "D.A.N.C.E." - Justice

Yeah, this should probably be higher. Yes, it's awesome. I just didn't listen to it enough. Sorry.

22. "Revival" - Soulsavers featuring Mark Lanegan

You probably already know that I go positively apeshit over anything with Lanegan's voice attached. I just heard this a few days ago - but I was compelled instantly.

21. "Upgrade You" - Lil Wayne
When Weezy freestyles over a beat, he murders it, destroys it, burns it down and builds it back up anew. All you can do if you're the original artist or producer is take it as a compliment. It's hard to tell where Wayne pulls his rhymes from, but we can just be thankful he's got lots of them.


Allison said...

Interesting list! The National made my top ten, such a good record! Look forward to seeing the rest.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There are far too many songs here that I have never heard before. Good thing you are keeping me honest.