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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:


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!)



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

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

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!

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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  • 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 Myfizzypop 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 Anonymous 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 M. 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!

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  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Lizbeth said…

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