“Rolling Stone” Thinks Jay-Z Owned 2007

Dec 14th, 2007 // 20 Comments

77830627.jpgRolling Stone has named the most recent comeback from the (for the time being anyway) president of Def Jam the No. 1 single of 2007. And at No. 2… Randy Newman. (We give up.) At least Lil Wayne placed ahead of the Boss. (Bet that made for some fun editorial meetings.) The full 100 is after the jump, but first our thoughts on a list that ranks a Conor Oberst track ahead of 95 other songs.

THE GOOD: UGK just sneaks into the Top 10. Soulja Boy trumps the Arcade Fire. (More of an ideological victory than an aesthetic one, admittedly.) A handful of oddballs (Liars’ bleak joke at the expense of the Reid brothers, CRS’ low-key Yorke-freaking posse cut) do their best to liven things up a mix of iTunes top-sellers and Paste-y faves.
THE BAD: But it isn’t the make-weight Billboard pop filler or the old-dude rock that sinks this list so much as its complete lack of taste. That Kid Rock’s execrable “So Hott” is included is baffling enough, let alone that RS thought it was better than 62 other songs this year. It’s not even a decent Kid Rock song! At least they had enough taste/sense to stick Fergie and Nickelback down at Nos. 96 and 100, respectively.
THE WHAAAA? Speaking of which, listen to me very carefully: Rolling Stone called Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” a “modern day version of ‘I Will Survive.’” I can’t say it any better than Matos did: “NO NO NO NO NON ON ON ONO NONONO.”

1 “Roc Boys” Jay-Z
2 “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country” Randy Newman
3 “Umbrella” Rihanna
4 “D.A.N.C.E.” Justice
5 “Four Winds” Bright Eyes
6 “Dough Is What I Got” Lil Wayne
7 “Rehab” Amy Winehouse
8 “Long Walk Home” Bruce Springsteen
9 “Boyz” M.I.A.
10 “Int’l Player’s Anthem” UGK
11 “Stronger” Kanye West
12 “Gunslinger” John Fogerty
13 “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal” Of Montreal
14 “I Get Money” 50 Cent
15 “Piece of Me” Britney Spears
16 “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb” Spoon
17 “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” Radiohead
18 “Icky Thump” The White Stripes
19 “1234″ Feist
20 “All My Friends” LCD Soundsystem
21 “Crank That” Soulja Boy
22 “Keep the Car Running” Arcade Fire
23 “Teenage Love Affair” Alicia Keys
24 “What Goes Around . . . Comes Around” Justin Timberlake
25 “Teenagers” My Chemical Romance
26 “Same Girl” R. Kelly and Usher
27 “Silver Lining” Rilo Kiley
28 “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Miranda Lambert
29 “The People” Common
30 “LDN” Lily Allen
31 “Don’t Matter” Akon
32 “When Under Ether” PJ Harvey
33 “Backed Out on the . . .” Kevin Drew
34 “Are You Alright?” Lucinda Williams
35 “Girlfriend” Avril Lavigne
36 “Situation” 1990s
37 “Throw Some D’s” Rich Boy
38 “So Hott” Kid Rock
39 “Guitar” Prince
40 “Old News” Dr. Dog
41 “Just Fine” Mary J. Blige
42 “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” Fall Out Boy
43 “Us Placers” CRS
44 “Bleed It Out” Linkin Park
45 “Halloweenhead” Ryan Adams
46 “Do You Feel Me” Anthony Hamilton
47 “The Pretender” Foo Fighters
48 “Kiss Kiss” Chris Brown feat. T-Pain
49 “Makes Me Wonder” Maroon 5
50 “The Heart Gently Weeps” Wu-Tang Clan
51 “Killing the Blues” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
52 “Pressing On” John Doe
53 “Black Mags” The Cool Kids
54 “I-95″ Fountains of Wayne
55 “Hold On” KT Tunstall
56 “Lip Gloss” Lil Mama
57 “Men’s Needs” Cribs
58 “Grip Like a Vice” The Go! Team
59 “Let It Go” Keyshia Cole
60 “Make It Witchu” Queens of the Stone Age
61 “Down Boy” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
62 “The Last Fight” Velvet Revolver
63 “Buy U a Drank” T-Pain
64 “The Magic Position” Patrick Wolf
65 “White People for Peace” Against Me!
66 “Big Shit Poppin’” T.I.
67 “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” Vampire Weekend
68 “Tambourine” Eve
69 “Seahorse” Devendra Banhart
70 “Bed” J. Holiday
71 “Impossible Germany” Wilco
72 “You! Me! Dancing!” Los Campesinos!
73 “100 Days, 100 Nights” Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
74 “Comfy in Nautica” Panda Bear
75 “Phantom Limb” The Shins
76 “Go Getta” Young Jeezy
77 “Chelsea Dagger” The Fratellis
78 “The Songs That We Sing” Charlotte Gainsbourg
79 “Myriad Harbor” New Pornographers
80 “Stop Me” Mark Ronson
81 “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe” Okkervil River
82 “Ultimate” Gogol Bordello
83 “The State of Massachusetts” Dropkick Murphys
84 “The Crystal Cat” Dan Deacon
85 “It’s Me, Bitches” (Remix) Swizz Beatz
86 “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car” Iron and Wine
87 “Dashboard” Modest Mouse
88 “Computer Camp Love” Datarock
89 “I Wish That I Could See You Soon” Herman Dune
90 “Threshold Apprehension” Black Francis
91 “Freak Out” Liars
92 “Mistaken for Strangers” The National
93 “Is There a Ghost” Band of Horses
94 “2 Hearts” Kylie Minogue
95 “Satan Said Dance” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
96 “Big Girls Don’t Cry” Fergie
97 “Honey Bee (Let’s Fly to Mars)” Grinderman
98 “Wild Mountain Nation” Blitzen Trapper
99 “Never Again” Kelly Clarkson
100 “Rockstar” Nickelback

The 100 Best Songs Of 2007 [Rolling Stone]

  1. Ned Raggett

    first our thoughts on a list that ranks a Conor Oberst track ahead of 95 other songs

    I think I lost it right here.

  2. Rob Murphy

    No Wilco or Nicole Scherzinger? I call bullshit.

  3. Luke N Atmaguchi

    No “Doggy Bounce” ?!? Heresy !!!

  4. Julio Allison

    It’s like getting your grandfather’s opinion on the hottest ringtones. Thanks, Rolling Stone.

  5. Camp Tiger Claw

    Ha. Rolling Stone. Too bad Randy Newman is dead or they’d probably put him high up on the list!

  6. Al Shipley

    I kinda like some of their random deep cut picks (“Teenage Love Affair” and “Long Walk Home”), but the whole thing screams of reflecting some bizarre top-down mandate instead of a staff voting on or even discussing the list. Really goofy token rap singles, too, like they just grabbed a Jay-Z and T.I. song at random and threw it up there.

  7. wondergoodtx

    Randy Newman is a true patriot! You kids stay off my lawn.

  8. the rich girls are weeping

    They clearly pulled this list out of a hat. OUT OF A HAT, I tell you. There’s no other way to explain the inexplicable randomness of it all. Either that, or they tried too hard to make a bulletproof list that ALL BLOGGERZ COULD LOVE.

  9. Ted Striker

    Kid Rock and Nickelback? None of this would’ve happened if Jann Wenner were still alive.

  10. walkmasterflex

    The top 10 is interesting, at least.

  11. Thierry

    @DHMBIB: Wilco’s in at No. 71 with “Impossible Germany”.

    For all its randomness, I’m excited to see a list that includes both John Doe AND Herman Dune…

  12. Jfrankparnell

    They let the ex-suburban NYU interns do this. Like everything.

  13. Liz Lemon

    while this list was pulled out of some staffer’s ass, props for putting Frank Black on there. threshold apprehension is a great song to rock the fuck out to.

  14. TheMojoPin

    Wait…what does a good Kid Rock song sound like?

  15. Rob Murphy

    @Thierry: damnit, scanned the list too fast and missed that.

    still, no nicole scherzinger = bullshit…

  16. Bob Loblaw

    @Jfrankparnell: As an ex-suburban, ex-NYU
    ex-intern, I can tell you that we did nothing but read US Weekly and
    accidentally walk into shots for upcoming VH1 specials.

  17. Poubelle

    You know, if they had claimed “Never Again” was a modern-day version of “I Will Survive,” I could see it. But the Fergie song? The hell?

  18. stopokaygo

    Ugh Britney Spears. I don’t think so.

  19. VanillaXtraDry

    At least PJ Harvey beat out Avril Levine. Also, “Seahorse” by Devendra Banhart…yum. words cannot explain.

    Then again, this isn’t anything to get happy about since i’m talking about two artists who deserve to be much fucking HIGHER on the list than they actually are. but this was expected. can’t ask for anything more from Rolling Stone can ya?

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