Friday, December 28, 2007

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the Year: My Picks

So, just for fun, here are my ten favorite songs of the year, off of and limited to Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of the Year. Now, the Rolling Stone list certainly has its flaws. First, there is the "share the wealth" mentality in which no single artist or group has more than one track listed— certainly someone had TWO of the best songs this year. The other thing is Rolling Stone's own top fifty albums aren't entirely represented by at least one song (a lot of them)— could an album that was one of the fifty best contain not even the 100th best song of the year? And finally there is the occasional, "let's not be obvious" picks just to be clever: Britney Spears' "Piece of Me" instead of "Gimme More" and Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around... Comes Around" instead of "SexyBack," for example. But hey, lists are never perfect and their top 100 is a pretty decent sampling.

My favorites (and their Rolling Stone rankings):

1.) "Makes Me Wonder"— Maroon 5 (#49)

2.) "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb"— Spoon (#16)

3.) "Is There a Ghost"— Band of Horses (#93)

4.) "Four Winds" — Bright Eyes (#5)

5.) "Mistaken for Strangers"— The National (#92)

6.) "I Get Money"— 50 Cent (#14)

7.) "Rehab"— Amy Winehouse (#7)

8.) "1234"— Feist (#19)

9.) "Phantom Limb"— The Shins (#75)

10.) "Teenage Love Affair"— Alicia Keys (#23)

Also like: "Hold On"— KT Tunstall (#55), "Lip Gloss"— Lil Mama (#56) [I admit it!], and "Impossible Germany"— Wilco (#71)

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