Best Music of 2007

I’m not a music blogger, but in the spirit of all the year-end lists that are popping up on proper music blogs, I thought I’d make my own. My criteria were simple. The disc had to come out sometime in 2007, and I had to actually care enough to buy it. I don’t buy that much music anymore, so my list of potential picks was mercifully small. Ranking was difficult, but I decided that if something was pleasantly surprising, it ranked higher than something that was just dependably good. So, here, without any real commentary, are my top 10 from 2007.

  1. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  2. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  3. Okkervil River – The Stage Names
  4. The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
  5. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Music from the film “Once”
  6. Apples In Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder
  7. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
  8. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
  9. St. Vincent – Marry Me
  10. Interpol – Our Love to Admire

Outside the top ten:

  • The New Pornographers – Challengers
  • The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows
  • Stars – In Our Bedroom After the War
  • Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block

Other great albums that I just haven’t got around to buying yet:

  • The National – Boxer
  • Beirut – The Flying Club Cup

How about you? What were some of your favourites?

3 thoughts on “Best Music of 2007”

  1. Funny. I hardly buy albums anymore either, but three that I did ended up on one or another of your lists:

    Once soundtrack
    In Rainbows
    Neon Bible (which I’m pretty sure I’ve seen on at least a few other top tens this year)

  2. Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Lover

    I think I heard this on the Sound Opinions podcast and immediately bought it. Unlike most of my impulse choices the enjoyment has lasted well beyond a few weeks.

  3. Ditto on the Once soundtrack choice – what a lovely film that was.

    I’d also have to include:

    The Shins: Wincing the Night Away
    Feist: The Reminder

    …and re-discovering the weird joy of Etta James’ voice.

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