MUSIC: THE 10 BEST SINGLES OF 2007
10. ”Stop Me,” Mark Ronson
It takes quite a guy to get that fussy Morrissey’s blessing to remake a Smiths song. But producer Ronson (Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse) was able to do just that. With the help of Australian singer Daniel Merriweather, he turned their mope-rock classic into a haunting dance-floor rapture.
9. ”Icky Thump,” The White Stripes
The red, white, and blues duo tears off a hot chunk of rawk — a testament to the visceral pleasures of Meg ‘s Muppety drum-pounding and Jack’s searing guitar contortions. A dark tale of Mexican adventures gone wrong, the song, like cheap tequila, still burns in a good way.
8. ”Someone Great,” LCD Soundsystem
This unabashedly electro dance tune creeps up sounding like an intriguing sequence of bleeps, buzzes, and beats. Then the next thing you know, you’re engrossed in a classic pop song about love and loss: ”I miss the way we used to argue/Locked in your basement.”
7. ”Thrash Unreal,” Against Me!
Quietly, without much mainstream radio or MTV support, this Gainesville, Fla., quartet amassed a major following on the strength of epic larynx rippers like this one — an anarchic collision of punk aggression and a bouncy ”bah bah bah” pop chorus.
6. ”Can’t Tell Me Nothin’,” Kanye West
We hear Kanye’s been known to make the occasional narcissistic boast. So it’s almost subversive to hear him, self-aware, musing about A-list life: ”I feel the pressure, under more scrutiny/And what’d I do? Act more stupidly.” Meanwhile, the beat — a glistening cascade of organs and vocal samples — might be his most mesmerizing ever.
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