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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Best Pop Singles Of 2007

Pop cads-in-residence Mr. D and MoogaBoo compile their lists of the year's best singles. But first, a D'luvvly holiday video message:


D'LUV'S 10 BEST POP SINGLES OF 2007

10. "The Way I Are" - Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson

Why? Timbaland blasts off into space with the most vanilla sistah since '80s-era Whitney! Without an actual sample, this track managed to be more Daft Punk than any of Tim's less-skilled contemporary's attempts.
MoogaBoo weighs in: It was also a nice respite from all the Timberlake. Although if I was tappin' that, I'd probably put him on all my records, too. (Just kidding, Justin & Tim's attorneys!)

9. "Gimme More" - Britney Spears

Why? In all it's ridiculous simplicity, "It's Britney, bitch!" could just be this decade's most poignant lyric in pop.
MoogaBoo weighs in: I admit, this was really catchy and waaay better than anyone expected. But I'm still a little bitter that The Crazy Bag Lady Of Pop got this gem while workhorse Dannii Minogue got re-reheated Sylvester.

8. "No U Hang Up" - Shayne Ward

Why? In the naughty corners of my mind -- so in other words, all four -- Shayne flew off to Max Martin's studio in Sweden and f***ed for tracks over and over and over again.
MoogaBoo weighs in: That probably totally happened! Well, okay, probably not. P.S., Shayne's ass looks hot in white pants.

7. "Because Of You" - Ne-Yo

Why? Glittering magic happens in the video when Ne-Yo furiously twirls in place to the faux Michael Jackson beat. This one is just really great pop.
MoogaBoo weighs in: Hell yes to that 4/4 hand-clap beat. Loved it all summer. Extra video love for the scene where he shtups Chaka Khan in the bathroom sink.

6. "Umbrella" - Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Why? Yeah, it got overplayed after a bit and spent far too long at #1, but the immediate pleasure "Umbrella" brings is undeniable.
MoogaBoo weighs in: Plus, it will always remind us of that magical summer when Britney attacked some paparazzi with her Totes.

5. "About You Now" - Sugababes

Why? Not the gals' best single -- and the Dr. Luke/"Since U Been Gone" beat has about worn out its welcome by now -- but still better than 99% of what got airplay this year.
MoogaBoo weighs in: With the amazing success of this single, it's kind of like the 'Babes hijacked a steamroller and took it for a spin all over Mutya's face.

4. "Glamorous" - Fergie featuring Ludacris

Why? With this flurry of synths and handclaps, Fergie single-handedly absolved herself of the crime that was "London Bridge" (which topped our "Worst Of..." list last year).
MoogaBoo weighs in: Fergie's solo stuff isn't so bad. Actually, it's pretty okay. If she did something really cool -- guest star on the Paula Deen show, beat up Lily Allen, etc. -- I'd totally think about buying her album.

3. "Rule The World" - Take That

Why? Take That 2.0 have proven to be the masters of elegant power-balladry. This blows everything off their recent album away except for "Patience."
MoogaBoo weighs in: Lulu isn't on this, so of course I was wary at first. Then D'Luv assured me it was produced by Ian Levine and it became my favorite song ever!

2. "Apologize" - Timbaland featuring OneRepublic

Why? I still can't tell if I'd boff Ryan Tedder -- maybe if he bought me some pasta -- but this was at least the one catchy track that immediately leapt out from Timbaland's album. It's this decade's "No One Is To Blame."
MoogaBoo weighs in: This three-kleenex weepie regularly makes the meatheads at the gym stop in the middle of their concentration curls and have a good cry. And that's when I move in.

1. "With Every Heartbeat" - Robyn with Kleerup

Why? An emotional pop punch to the gut that deserves its place on Oldies stations for centuries to come. And, really, who'd have thought?
MoogaBoo weighs in: If you played this alongside "Apologize" it would make baby kittens cry. (But not D'luv's cat, Miss Pussy, that jaded cow!)

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MOOGABOO'S 10 BEST POP SINGLES OF 2007

10. "The Way I Are" - Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson


Why?
That Timbaland could make me love an umpteenth rework of Salt n' Pepa's "Push It" hook (a song I've been sick of for 20 years) says a lot about his abilities as a producer. Couldn't get enough of it.
D'luv weighs in: Timbaland's just a big girl who likes to dance at heart.

9. "Undisco Me" - Billy Ray Martin

Why? Like most BRM projects, as dancey as it is weird and as acutely tuned toward the future as it is the past. In short terms: exhilarating.
D'luv weighs in: This bitch scares me.

8. "Call the Shots" - Girls Aloud

Why? Great song title, great chorus, great new blunt cut on the girl in the middle. Yep, that's all it takes, kids.
D'luv weighs in: Between you, me and the firewire cable, I like this song, too. But don't tell anyone.

7. "Umbrella" - Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Why? It was everywhere and I was sick of it after about a month, but I still love it for its sweetly-wholesome friends-forever lyric. Makes me want to put together some friendship bracelets and give them to everyone who signed my yearbook.
D'luv weighs in: Rihanna gets bonus points for doing Posh hair before the rest of the world's female population and Tom Cruise did.

6. "With Every Heartbeat" - Robyn with Kleerup


Why?
Just the right admixture of vulnerability and stomping dance beats. Much-needed.
D'luv weighs in: Robyn is so handsome, but he's a tad bit too femme for me.

5. "Me And My Imagination" - Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Why? There wasn't a lot of great disco this year, but what little there was proved amazing. The strings alone put this one in my top five.
D'luv weighs in: At least she married platinum-selling c**k.

4. "Two Times Blue (Nickel & Dime Mix)" - Deborah Harry

Why? Legwarmers ahoy! On this perky '80s-styled single, Debs sounds like a spring chicken, which is quite a feat if you've seen her lately.
D'luv weighs in: Can you believe I completely let this song pass me by this summer in lieu of trumping The Sheilas? I'm sure there are at least four countries where that's a punishable-by-death offense.

3. "No One" - Alicia Keys

Why? She's still a pill, but there's no denying a soulful chorus and wonky synths.
D'luv weighs in: You do know this isn't an April Fool's Day post, right, luv?

2. "Let Me Know" - Róisín Murphy

Why? Winning lyric: "I'd risk my reputation, just to get a room." Extra points for restaurant dancing in the video.
D'luv weighs in: I walked into the Hollywood Virgin Megastore recently and this was blasting over the sound system. I'm such an impulse buyer.

1. "One More Chance (Mark Ronson Mix)" - Candie Payne

Why? Oddly, the album version sounds like a (rather poor) remix, and the remix sounds as pristine as the rest of the album. Confusion! Otherwise, the perfect kind of heart-rending retro pop number for which I live.
D'luv weighs in: This picks up perfectly where Emma Bunton's Free Me left off. Why couldn't Kate Nash or Amy Winehouse be this non-abrasive?

Coming next week: The year's worst singles!

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NEW festive Towleroad column up now!
* REVISIT: D'luv & MoogaBoo's Best Pop Singles Of 2006
* REVISIT: D'luv's Best Pop Singles Of 2005

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17 Comments:

  • At 7:39 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    I am quite surprised by your Robyn love....err, luv! How did I miss that you like her? Much better than that "slapper" Titney.

     
  • At 7:39 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Oh PS I LOVE THAT VIDEO! Fantastique. Esp Miss Pussy.

     
  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    That's actually Cracker. Miss Pussy is far less cooperative.

     
  • At 8:36 PM, Blogger John said…

    Great list. Mine would probably not shake out much differently, so damn you for coming out with yours too early!

     
  • At 12:02 AM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    Cracker scared the shit out of me as i am terrified of cats! Seriously. Great list. Hope your baubles didn't break! Aces pic of shayne ward. Send Ryan my way, i'll let you know if he is worth boffing...

     
  • At 7:16 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    GREAT list! EVEN BETTER video, that was hilarious and adorable all the same. I've replayed that Alicia Keys fumble 4 times now.

     
  • At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Davearama said…

    Great lists! Here's mine:

    10. 2 Hearts--Kylie
    9. Love Today--Mika
    8. Song 4 Mutya--Groove Armada w/Mutya
    7. Destination Calabria--Alex C w/Crystal Waters
    6. Cry For You--September
    5. Me And My Imagination--Sophie
    4. Touch Me Like That--Dannii
    3. Headlines--Spice Girls
    2. Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)--Mika
    1. About You Now--Sugababes

     
  • At 4:39 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Really good lists! And liking the video trend.

     
  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Thanks, PG -- glad you like it!

    John, don't be shy, what would your list have been like? Moog and I love checking what other folks are into.

    Paul's on a roll with his year-end lists and Adem already posted his majorly HUGE one yesterday. I'm expecting we'll see PG's soon, too.)

     
  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger Robpop said…

    OMG! This Robyn is popping up everywhere!

     
  • At 9:59 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    Kudos for selecting Fergie and Debbie Harry in your lists!

     
  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger MrBrady said…

    Nicely done, guys! A very nice selection there, something for everyone. But no Mika? :D Robyn was such a surprise inclusion too..

    Happy holidays fellas.

     
  • At 10:08 PM, Blogger Kenneth Walsh said…

    I don't think I've ever heard of any of these songs except Deborah Harry's!!!

     
  • At 12:42 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    Loved the vid...we need more of those...

    Yay for Robyn...great song.

    Me and the broke-broke kids are loving your Fergalicious inclusion. With 3 #1s and 2 Top 5s (for now), she deserves to be here.

     
  • At 3:13 AM, Blogger M. G. said…

    The video came out great!

     
  • At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Emory said…

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  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Lizbeth said…

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