Friday, November 30, 2007

2007 Comes Back: Other people's favourites

Good god, we've been doing this so long now we've started to develop Christmas traditions. One of which is the post into which we keep poking selected details of other people's best-of lists until it gets bloated and/or we get bored of doing so, thus providing a handy print off, cut out and keep guide to what some people would insist was the shape of the musical year.

Which, as that implies, means this page will be updated from time to time: Last update 5.45pm, 05-01-08 customer's favourite albums:
1 Not Too Late - Norah Jones
2 Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
3 Magic - Bruce Springsteen
4 Call Me Irresponsible - Michael Bublé
5 West - Lucinda Williams editor's best albums:
1 The Reminder - Feist
2 Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
3 Graduation - Kanye West
4 In Rainbows - Radiohead (notably, not available through Amazon)
5 Back To Black - Amy Winehouse genre-by-genre best ofs:
Alternative: Person Pitch - Panda Bear
Folk: Dirt Farmer - Levon Helm
Instrumental classical: Osvaldo Golijov - Oceana
New Age: The Silver Tree - Lisa Gerrard

Apple iTunes best-selling singles in the US [via MTV]:
1. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie
2. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
3. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
4. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
5. Glamorous - Fergie

Apple iTunes best-selling albums in the US [via MTV]
1. It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5
2. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
3. Graduation - Kanye West
4. Daughtry - Daughtry
5. Coco - Colbie Caillat

Apple iTunes best-selling singles in the UK [via Discopop]
1. Grace Kelly - Mika
2. Umbrella - Rihanna
3. How To Save A Life - The Fray
4. Ruby - The Kaiser Chiefs
5. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

Devendra Banhart's favourite records of the year as told to PopCandy:
Death Of The Sun - Matteah Baim
Kala - MIA

Berkley Place chooses the top political songs:
1. Louisiana Purchase - Akir with Immortal Technique, Mojo, and Poison Pen
2. Katrina - Black Lips
3. Windowsill - Arcade Fire

Blogglebum Cage Album of the year: Tromatic Reflexxions - Von Sudenfed

The Bookseller's best-selling music books [via Sunday Times]:
1 Eric Clapton: The Autobiography (Century) 49,085
2 Ronnie: The Autobiography by Ronnie Wood (Macmillan) 19,995
3 Barefaced Lies and Boogie-woogie Boasts by Jools Holland (M Joseph) 17,000
4 Bit of a Blur by Alex James (Little, Brown) 16,445
5 The Autobiography by Johnnie Walker (M Joseph) 15,660

Carrie Brownstein's biggest musical disappointment of 2007 [via MonitorMix]: In Rainbows - Radiohead

Christianity Today best Christian album: Salvation in Lights - Mike Farris

Claire out of CFBGoesPop picks top tracks:
1. Song #1 (Original Version) - Serebro
2. La Vie E'st Chouette - Jodie Foster
3. I've Been Searching - Gwenno Saunders Pipette
4. Theme To St Trinians - Girls Aloud
5. Hitten - Those Dancing Days

US Coalition of Independent Music Stores best-selling albums of 2007, via Hypebot
1. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
2. Wincing The Night Away - The Shins
3. Icky Thump - The White Stripes
4. Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
5. Reminder - Feist

Daily Telegraph writers pick the top gigs of the year:
1. Prince at the Millennium Dome, various dates
2. Led Zeppelin, O2 Arena
3. Arcade Fire, Smith Square
4. PJ Harvey, Bristol
5. Mika, Koko

Heather D'Angelo of Au Revoir Simone's favourite album [via Sweeping The Nation]: Rise Above - Dirty Projectors

Decibel's album of the year: Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb

Double Viking nominate 10 Worst Songs of 2007:
Gimmie More - Britney Spears
Delilah - Plain White Ts
Buy U A Drank - T-Pain
Potential Break-up Song - Aly & AJ
New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
Young Folks - Peter Bjorn & John
Glamorous - Fergie
Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston
Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
Party Like a Rockstar/Crank That/This Is Why I'm Hot - Shop Boyz/Soulja Boy/Mims

Jim Ed Poole from NPR's The Current Morning Show favourite album: Over The Hills - Lucy Kaplansky

Harp Magazine top albums, via Brooklyn Vegan:
1. The Stage Names - Okkervil River
2. Cease To Begin - Band Of Horses
3. The Shepherd's Dog - Iron and Wine
4. Future Clouds And Radar - Future Clouds And Radar
5. The Reminder - Feist

Kat from Lipstick Vogue reviews the year:
Hit: Playground Weekender festival;
Miss: Good Vibrations festival

Stephen King, author, in Entertainment Weekly - apparently "so disappointed" with this year's music he could only choose a Top 7 [via Idolator:
1 Washington Square Serenade - Steve Earle
2 Sky Blue Sky - Wilco
3 Life in Cartoon Motion - Mika
4 It's Not Big It's Large - Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
5 Black Rain - Ozzy Osbourne
6 Revival - John Fogerty
7 Countrypolitan Favorites - Southern Culture on the Skids

Lostmusic of Indiemp3's favourite music of the year:
Single: Keep It Coming ep - Manhattan Love Suicides
Album: Profit In Your Poetry - Butcher Boy
Live: Jesus And Mary Chain

Mojo top albums [via Acclaimed Music Forums]:
1. In Rainbows - Radiohead
2. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
3. Magic - Bruce Springsteen
4. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
5. Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem

Paste magazine's Top 100 albums:
1. Boxer - The National
2. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
3. Magic - Bruce Springsteen
4. Icky Thump - White Stripes
5. The Reminder - Feist

Most-traded songs on peer-to-peer networks, according to Big Champagne:
1. Party Like A Rock Star - Shop Boyz
2. I Wanna Luv U - Akon
3. Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston
4. This Is Why I'm Hot - Mims
5. Don't Matter - Akon

Q albums of the year [via Idolator]:
1. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
2. Icky Thump - White Stripes
3. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
4. The Good, The Bad & The Queen
5. Magic - Bruce Springsteen

Q songs of the year [via Idolator]:
1. Umbrella - Rhianna
2. Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
3. Foundations - Kate Nash
4. Keep The Cars Running - Arcade Fire
5. Golden Skans - Klaxons

Rock Sound Top albums [via DJ Martian]:
1. Puzzle - Biffy Clyro
2. My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go - Aerogramme
3. The Blackening - Machine Head
4. Ire Works - The Dillinger Escape Plan
5. Death is the Communion - High On Fire

Rough Trade Record Shop picks ten best albums:
Person Pitch - Panda Bear
Close To Paradise - Patrick Watson
The Pirates Gospel - Alela Diane
West Coast - Studio
Five Roses - Miracle
Untrue - Burial
Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
Wooden Ships - Wooden Ships
Kala - MIA
Mirrored - Battles

Robert Sandall picks his favourite music books for the Sunday Times:
ERIC CLAPTON: The Autobiography
TONY VISCONTI: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy
HEAVEN AND HELL: My Life in the Eagles 1974-2001 by Don Felder
BIT OF A BLUR: The Autobiography by Alex James
RE-MAKE/RE-MODEL by Michael Bracewell
LONELY AVENUE: The Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus by Alex Halberstadt
IN SEARCH OF THE BLUES by Marybeth Hamilton

Rob Sheffield picks his favourite records not to make the Rolling Stone Critics Choice 50:
1. Is Is - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2. Grinderman - Grinderman
3. Liars - Liars
4. Guy - Guy
5. Jarvis - Jarvis Cocker
(It's not clear if he was primarily choosing just from albums with eponymous titles; maybe it's a fetish.)

Sunday Times records of the year:
Pop and rock: Rasing Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
New act: Marry Me - St Vincent
Best-selling rock: Life In Cartoon Motion - Mika
Jazz: Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford - Basquiat Strings
Fringe: Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John - Peter Case
"World": The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street - Simphiwe Dana
Dud of the year: The World Is Yours - Ian Brown

Sweeping The Nation is counting down the 30 top albums of the year; it's still a work in progress

Uncut best albums of 2007 [via Acclaimed Music Forums]:
1 Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
2 Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
3 White Chalk - PJ Harvey
4 Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
5 Sky Blue Sky - Wilco

You'll find much more useful collections like this at Largehearted Boy; via DJ Martian and Fimoculous

Lest we forget: 2006 and 2005


Duncan said...

Surprised there's not more love being given to Of Montreal's wonderous 'Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?". It topped my list this year, along with the genius "Sound of Silver".

Though in my humble opinion, it's been a particularly poor year for albums. Decent for songs, but very bad for albums.

What's your top 5, Simon?

ThePopGirls said...

See, now I've been quoted on this site, I'm referring to myself as a "tastemaker".

I even got a badge that says that.


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