Here are my favorite singles* released in 2007. They are listed in no particular order.
Spoon - "The Underdog" Hipster band sticks it to The Man. With horns!
Common with Lily Allen - "Drivin' Me Wild" Honestly, I think Common's latest album is just okay, but this song is a winner.
Mika - "Grace Kelly" It's the feel-good castrato hit of the summer!
The White Stripes - "Conquest" Jack and Meg go bullfighting. With horns!
Kanye West - "Stronger" Kanye's ego battles French electronic musicians. And we win.
Jack Ingram - "Love You" The lone country song on this list. The video features one of this year's Crushes.
Jarvis Cocker - "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" Jarvis Cocker, Taxi Driver of the Year.
Motion City Soundtrack - "This Is For Real" Insanely catchy, with a chorus reminiscent of Icehouse's "Electric Blue."
Maroon 5 - "Wake Up Call" It's like a little movie, full of guns, cars, strippers, and Adam Levine. My sister's analysis of the song: "It sounds like Britney."
Fountains of Wayne - "Someone to Love" The highlight from an otherwise disappointing album. Great casting of Demetri Martin (who actually has a law degree).
The Fratellis - "Flathead" Dibs on the chick in red.
Finger Eleven - "Paralyzer" Sure, it's corporate neo-cock rock, but I dig it. The lead singer looks like Jeremy Piven's bowling alley-employed cousin.
Rihanna with Jay-Z - "Umbrella" I know this one flew under the radar, but it's quite infectious. Too bad stuff like this gets no airplay.
*Officially released, not just random favorite songs.