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ROLLING STONE’s top 50 albums of 2007:
1. M.I.A., KALA
2. Bruce Springsteen, MAGIC
3. Jay-Z, AMERICAN GANGSTER
4. The Arcade Fire, NEON BIBLE
5. Kanye West, GRADUATION
6. Radiohead, IN RAINBOWS
7. LCD Soundsystem, SOUND OF SILVER
8. Rilo Kiley, UNDER THE BLACKLIGHT
9. Against Me!, NEW WAVE
10. Spoon, GA GA GA GA GA
11. John Fogerty, REVIVAL
12. Bright Eyes, CASSADAGA
13. Lily Allen, ALRIGHT, STILL
14. Gogol Bordello, SUPER TARANTA!
15. Common, FINDING FOREVER
16. Les Savy Fav, LET’S STAY FRIENDS
17. The White Stripes, ICKY THUMP
18. Lucinda Williams, WEST
19. Devendra Banhart, SMOKEY ROLLS DOWN THUNDER CANYON
20. Melissa Etheridge, THE AWAKENING
21. Nine Inch Nails, YEAR ZERO
22. Paul McCartney, MEMORY ALMOST FULL
23. 1990s, COOKIES
24. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, RAISING SAND
25. Linkin Park, MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
26. Miranda Lambert, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
27. Lil Wayne, DA DROUGHT 3
28. Apples in Stereo, NEW MAGNETIC WONDER
29. Mary J. Blige, GROWING PAINS
30. Youssou N’Dour, ROKKU MI ROKKA
31. Kings of Leon, BECAUSE OF THE TIMES
32. Maroon 5, IT WON’T BE SOON BEFORE LONG
33. Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Ray Price, LAST OF THE BREED
34. Chris Brown, EXCLUSIVE
35. Feist, THE REMINDER
36. Alicia Keys, AS I AM
37. Down, OVER THE UNDER
38. Imperial Teen, THE HAIR THE TV THE BABY & THE BAND
39. Dr. Dog, WE ALL BELONG
40. Amy Winehouse, BACK TO BLACK
41. Of Montreal, HISSING FAUNA, ARE YOU THE DESTROYER?
42. Wilco, SKY BLUE SKY
43. Smashing Pumpkins, ZEITGEIST
44. Peter Bjorn and John, WRITER’S BLOCK
45. Foo Fighters, ECHOES, SILENCE, PATIENCE & GRACE
46. Fall Out Boy, INFINITY ON HIGH
47. Band of Horses, CEASE TO BEGIN
48. Mavis Staples, WE’LL NEVER TURN BACK
49. Dropkick Murphys, THE MEANEST OF TIMES
50. Britney Spears, BLACKOUT
I know all the Rolling Stone haters are going to rip this list regardless, because that's what they do, but I don't find it that bad. Most of the albums are deserving.
The most obvious omission to me is the National, which should be on the list. The most glaring inclusions are Melissa Etheridge and Linkin Park. We all know they both suck balls. OK, so Etheridge doesn't literally suck balls, I meant that in a figurative sense.
I am surprised, though, that "Under the Blacklight" is getting all the credit that Rilo Kiley deserved for "More Adventurous."
Yeah, that's not a terrible list. MIA's album has been really underrated, Jay-Z is finally getting some love and Against Me! as well.
I don't get the Rilo Kiley lovefest but whatever.
not a terrible list but at least an eclective one
some rap, some country, some classical rock, not the usual white-indie only Arcade Fire-National-LCD list we find on too many EOY lists
I'mm considering opening a thread about the implications of music/ musical press market's segmentation on this site's listings
It is an imporant matter I guess
Here I was assuming that most lists don't include The National because they didn't hear the record. (Christgau doesn't have a review either for example) RS however included a song (one of the weaker ones in my opinion) in their top 100 songs though, but still no inclusion in the top 50. I honestly don't get it.
By the way, is there some kind of unwritten rule that you can't have more than 1 song per artist in a top 100? Surely M.I.A., Bruce Springsteen or anyone among the top songs has another song better than Nickelback..
Maybe some critics simply don't like "Boxer"I've listened to it and I didn't like it
Yeah, I can understand that, but practically all of them? I don't buy it.
Another thing; Rolling Stone gave Boxer 4 stars, and Britney 3.5, yet still she's on the list and Boxer isn't.
Same goes for Foo Fighters, Maroon 5 probably a few more.
Hell, something as high as Jay-Z got 4 stars. Anyway, enough with the ranting.
I suppose the list isn't too bad.
Apples in Stereo!!!!!!!!! Yay! I never thought Rolling Stone would be one of the very few to include them in a year end list but any magazine that's smart enough to include this overlooked gem is fine with me. It came out early in the year so it's often forgotten and I hope it at least cracks the top 100. I don't understand what the big deal is behind Neutral Milk Hotel, their fellow bandmates, but without Apples all their hype would be minimal at best. Get the band that started it all. They deserve better.
I can't stand Schneider's voice. The music's great but I hate that nasally, whiny voice. It's almost as bad as Billy Corgan's.
Really? You're the 1st person I've ever heard say that. Billy Corgan's voice is annoying but Zack from Rage and Joanna Newsom are like chalk boards being scratched.