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Thursday, July 05, 2007


BlogPolling: The Top Songs of the Year (Thusfar)

Yesterday I asked nine musically-minded bloggers -- Arjan of Arjan Writes About Music, Robbie from Toons 'N' Tunes, Adrian and The Mysterious D of Bootie, Damion from Queering The Apparatus, Ashley of Radio Allegro, Brian aka Stinkylulu, Paul of The Zapping!, and Frank from OMG Blog -- for their favorite songs of 2007 to date. With six months to go until year's end, there's a lot of strong opinions already! Here's the ten that got the most collective votes from our panelists (in order of how many lists they appeared on...only our #1 song received more than 4 votes), followed by our individual favorites:

#10. Jay Brannan, "Half-Boyfriend"
Brian says: What a voice on this kid. I may have first delighted in Brannan through Shortbus's visual delights, but it's his aural gifts that have me on permanent crush.

#9. Gwen Stefani, "4 in the Morning"
Gabriel says: On an inconsistent and imperfect album, this contemplative track is the most perfect moment. We've all been there, haven't we? Well...I have.

#8. Mika, "Love Today"
Arjan says: Should be a Gay Pride anthem forever. It is simple. It is fun. It is incredibly hooky. No matter who you sleep with. (Honorable mention: "Love Today" remix by Spoon.)

#7. Kelly Clarkson, "Never Again"
Adrian says: Sure, it may be lacking the candy-pop hooks of "Since U Been Gone" -- but it's still a kick-ass kiss-off to an ex-lover -- only this time it's darker, angrier, and harder-edged. It looks like Kelly's inner rocker-chick is finally let loose. Too bad the rest of the album is a bit hit-or-miss.

#6. Amy Winehouse, "Tears Dry On Their Own"
Damion says: Because the entire album is flawless...and because this song perfectly captures Love to me.

#5. Beyonce, "Get Me Bodied"
Robbie says: "If the stars are aligned, this will be a huge summer hit in the US. I think it's a great party song, and Beyonce is turning into my greatest guilty pleasure!"

#4. Maroon 5, "Make Me Wonder"
Paul says: M5 came back with a song that was immediately very Maroon 5 and yet a little bit different and new, with strong disco influence running through the track that made it perfect for the introduction of summer and a song that has the legs to still be around in the fall. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Adam is love juice leaking lovely…

#3. Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
The Mysterious D says: What can I say, this song is a song after my own heart? :-) I love the subject material, and the lyrics are soulful yet funny and charming. Bonus: My favorite version of this song is the Desert Eagle Remix. Get it here.

#2. The Gossip, "Listen Up"
Damion says: The Gossip rules my universe, and every remix of this song is stellar...and “Are You That Somebody?” is the B-side!

#1. Rihanna, "Umbrella"
Frank says: Either it's a touching sentiment or the most bizarre euphemism for a vagina in
the history of music. Regardless, it's infectious and I can't stop dancing to the remix. The Mysterious D says: Her voice draws me in, and I want to sing along (poorly) to every word. Even though it's a shameless pop song, it has a real beauty to it's message. Or maybe I'm just a gushy simple sap. Bonus: Party Ben just put together dancefloor gold using this track combined with an 80's General Public classic. I give you: Tender Umbrella!

Gabriel's Other Favorites of 2007 (I Get More, Cuz' It's My Blog):
50 Cent, "Amusement Park"
Dragonette, "Take It Like A Man"
Erasure, "I Could Fall in Love With You"
Justice, "D.A.N.C.E."
Mark Ronson, "Stop Me"
Pink, "U + Ur Hand"
The Pipettes, "Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me"
Unklejam, "What Am I Fighting For"

Robbie's Other Favorites of 2007:
Diddy ft Lil' Kim, Keyshia Cole, & Busta Rhymes, "Last Night (Remix)"

Damion's Other Favorites of 2007:
Silversun Pickups, "Lazy Eye"
Fantasia, "When I See U"
Nelly Furtado, "Say It Right"

Adrian's Other Favorites of 2007:
Mika, "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)"
Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'"

The Mysterious D's Other Favorites of 2007:
Lil Mama, "Lip Gloss"
Avril Lavigne, "Girlfriend"
Placebo, "Running Up That Hill (2007 Digital Remaster)"

Paul's Other Favorites of 2007:
Simon Curtis, "Put Your Make Up On"
Take That, "Shine"

Ashley's Other Favorites of 2007:
Rufus Wainwright, "Leaving for Paris"
Original Cast Recording, Company, "The Ladies Who Lunch"
Feist, "Brandy Alexander"
Mika, "Grace Kelly"

Brian's Other Favorites of 2007:
Rufus Wainwright, "Going To A Town"
The Bird and The Bee, "Because"
Rosie Thomas, "These Friends of Mine"

Arjan's Other Favorites of 2007 (alphabetical):
Amy Winehouse, "Back To Black"
Charlotte Gainsbourg, "The Songs That we Sing"
Calvin Harris, "Acceptable In The '80s"
The Killers, "Read My Mind"
Klaxons, "Golden Skans"

Frank's Other Favorites of 2007:
Brandi Carlile, "The Story"
Alanis Morrissette, "My Humps"

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