Moving on with the various top 10 lists, we’ll go with songs. I tried to stick with songs released in 2007, but I’m afraid it just wasn’t a very good year. At least the top five came out this year. I can’t make the same promise for the last five.
As a special note, all of these songs should be available on iTunes.
1. “My Way Home Is Through You” by My Chemical Romance. Who would have thought the song of the year would be a B-Side by a band that’s seen so much success in the last year? “My Way Home” is a gut-kick of a love song delivered in under three minutes. Kudos for admitting in the middle of the song that there’s no message but a declaration of love. “We’re not here to pay a compliment or sing about the government…”
2. “Feathers” by Coheed and Cambria. It figures that these prog-rockers would reach their apex when channeling both “Janie’s Crying” and “Jump.” The result is an incredible string of pop-rock bliss with an incredible hook. “So right now hide your feathers on the back porch baby…”
3. “Magazine” by The Afghan Whigs. The Whigs return after eight years and score a touchdown with a song that doesn’t even have a chorus. Greg Dulli sums up the entire Whigs output in three minutes of heartfelt longing. “Think I’m driving by your house, don’t ya?”
4. “Point of Extinction” by Motion City Soundtrack. While Even If It Kills Me may have been the weakest of their records, this song is one of their strongest. In just over two minutes, Justin Pierre and company create a pop masterpiece. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned you always get burned, but you never get enough.”
5. “Little Lover’s So Polite” by Silversun Pickups. Wow. I didn’t think there would be a single band to impress me with a debut record this year, but these guys did it without even trying. “Can’t control the slow ride, little lover’s so polite.”
6. “Song Without A Chorus” by Butch Walker and the Let’s Go Out Tonights. Yeah, it’s another song lacking in the chorus department. Instead, it’s three minutes of Butch Walker harmonizing with Pink while contemplating love, the creative process, and the music industry. “And this beach is getting wider than this train of thought is long, and each little drop of sand is probably some other asshole poet’s song.”
7. “Intervention” by The Arcade Fire. Cutting down religion and politics in the same song could end up as an obvious joke, but The Arcade Fire make it work in ways that it shouldn’t. “Working for the church while your family dies…”
8. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys. There’s more violence, anger, and optimism in this two minute and 34 seconds than I’ve heard in my entire life. “Climbing up the top sails, I lost my leg!”
9. “Starlight” by Muse. Slow, driving, and featuring a keyboard line that turns the song into a pop masterpiece. This probably wins points for being the strangest love song of the year (Yeah, I’m addicted to love songs). “Far away, this ship is taking me far away…”
10. “Finale” from the Dreamgirls soundtrack. Just in case the previous nine songs didn’t completely sabotage my cool, here’s one from a musical. Even if you haven’t watched the preceding two hours of this movie, this song packs enough punch to put you on your knees. Led by Jennifer Hudson, the climax of this song is a crushing example of musicality, and then they strip away everything for the final note. Damn-near perfect. “We’ll be theeeeeeere!”