“Rolling Stone” Gives Its Blessing To M.I.A.

Dec 17th, 2007 // 24 Comments

kalaaaaaaa.jpgNothing quite as batshit on Rolling Stone‘s Best Albums Of ’07 list as Randy Newman landing at No. 2 on the magazine’s list of the year’s best singles, but that’s not to say the list isn’t full of surprises, some far less pleasant than M.I.A.’s Kala taking the top spot.

THE GOOD: Far more hip-hop and R&B–and far more music made (and listened to) by folks under 35–than one may have expected. That’s not to say there’s a lot, of course, or that RS doesn’t rank Bright Eyes and John Fogerty ahead of most of it.
THE BAD: Gee, who’d have thunk the Top 10 would be yet another worthy-but-dull Magic Neon Silver Rainbows Ga Ga Graduation kind of affair? Is it 2008 yet?
THE WHAAAA? One has to assume that Rilo Kiley placing in the Top 10 has something, if not everything, to do with the dreaded hot pants.

50 Britney Spears – Blackout
49 Dropkick Murphys – The Meanest of Times
48 Mavis Staples – We’ll Never Turn Back
47 Band of Horses – Cease to Begin
46 Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High
45 Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
44 Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
43 Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist
42 Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
41 of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
40 Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
39 Dr. Dog – We All Belong
38 Imperial Teen – The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band
37 Down – Over the Under
36 Alicia Keys – As I Am
35 Feist – The Reminder
34 Chris Brown – Exclusive
33 Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price – Last of the Breed
32 Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
31 Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
30 Youssou N’Dour – Rokku Mi Rokka
29 Mary J. Blige – Growing Pains
28 The Apples in Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder
27 Lil Wayne – Da Drought 3
26 Miranda Lambert – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
25 Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
24 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
23 1990s – Cookies
22 Paul McCartney – Memory Almost Full
21 Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero
20 Melissa Etheridge – The Awakening
19 Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
18 Lucinda Williams – West
17 The White Stripes – Icky Thump
16 Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
15 Common – Finding Forever
14 Gogol Bordello – Super Taranta!
13 Lily Allen – Alright, Still
12 Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
11 John Fogerty – Revival
10 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
09 Against Me! – New Wave
08 Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
07 LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
06 Radiohead – In Rainbows
05 Kanye West – Graduation
04 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
03 Jay-Z – American Gangster
02 Bruce Springsteen – Magic
01 M.I.A. – Kala

Rolling Stone’s Top Albums Of ’07 List [Stereogum]

  1. Rob Murphy

    Amy Winehouse only makes it to #40, while Lily Allen is all the way up at #13?


  2. tigerpop

    M.I.A. over Bruce? Does Jann Wenner know about this?

  3. Camp Tiger Claw

    Uh… Jann? Rob Sheffield turned in his year end list and it just said “Britney’s kids on a two day twee binge somewhere between Mastodon and Trent Lott’s limo.”

    What the fuck do you think that means?

  4. Anonymous

    My eyes are burning…

  5. The Van Buren Boys

    As an actual Bright Eyes fan, I must say that Cassadaga was not very good. I’m just suprised that nobody has mentioned Linkin Park being at number 25.

  6. Clevertrousers

    Seriously, can the anti-M.I.A. backlash begin NOW?

  7. extracrispy

    43 Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist


    (and breathe)


  8. Ned Raggett

    I’m glad somebody noticed that as well. Far too high.

  9. The Dewd

    Is the Bruce Springsteen album actually good? Or is this kind of like the last Rolling Stones album that everyone raved about but no one actually listened to?

  10. natepatrin

    @Clevertrousers: You mean it didn’t already? In 2004?

  11. BigRicks

    Doesn’t Mary J’s album come out tomorrow? Is this list like a “future-post” on Deadspin or something?

    FOB in the Top 50, Good ol’ Petey Wentz must be pretty pumped. McCartney, on the other hand, didn’t even realize he released an album this year and was quite excited to hear it’s been recognized.

  12. cerulgalactus

    So, hating on Rilo Kiley is the new hating on The Arcade Fire?

  13. Chris Molanphy

    Gee, who’d have thunk the Top 10 would be yet another worthy-but-dull Magic Neon Silver Rainbows Ga Ga Graduation kind of affair?

    So are you guys gonna do a few days’ worth of posts making fun of your own Poll respondents when they vote for most of these exact albums?

    Man, my Top 10 alone will generate two days’ worth of hits about how old, boring and out of touch I am, voting for these boring records that…um, happen to be the best of the year.

    BTW, props to @DHMBIB — the Winehouse placement is truly bizarre. I call shenanigans, or retailiation — the editorial staff must be pissing on her for wasting Jenny Eliscu’s time in that information-free cover interview last summer.

  14. drjimmy11


    Yeah, because Jenny Lewis is a woman. And sometimes she dresses sexy. Therefore she can’t possibly have anything to contribute artistically.

    Honestly, the new Rilo Kiley album really sucks, it’s their worst yet by a large margin. But that’s not why people are bagging on it. These are the same people, after all, who bagged on “Rabbit Furcoat,” rather obviously one of the best albums of last year. It would be nice to see people ocassionally rate music by how good it is, rather than based on some obscure indie/hipsterbullshit formula that goes something like this

    (black guys in band + from Brooklyn + godawful music + indie critic’s liberal guilt = album of the century omg!!!one1!

    band fronted by intelligent, talented woman who happens to wear hotpants = worst thing ever must be singled out and snarked out at every turn LOL!)

    Jesus, no wonder everyone with sense is embarrassed to be associated with the word “indie.”

  15. Maura Johnston

    @BigRicks: yeah, he totally didn’t realize that he put out an album at all. in fact, when he was interviewed by pitchfork, he thought he was just ringing up his local curry place for some lunch delivery.

    @dennisobell: we are actually going to have a poll ombudsman who will no doubt go over the results with a fine-toothed comb..

    @drjimmy11: did you not read kate’s theory of the hot pants? sometimes clicking links can help you with context!

  16. Maura Johnston

    @dennisobell: also, i don’t think ‘worthy but dull’ is that nasty! or inaccurate! if anything, it’s a sign of how the pool of music writers out there is a) ever-dwindling and b) ever-holding-on-to-the-same-things-in-order-to-not-go-down-the-drain-too.

  17. Maura Johnston

    @maura: and what’s weirder is that while the pool of professional music writers is dwindling, the number of lists is exploding! hmm, this might have to be a post tomorrow (especially now that i think we’re running out of lists…)…

  18. Swankster

    THE GOOD: [idolator.com] calling you guys out.

    THE BAD: Idolators getting bored with their list review idea to the point that they have started bagging on quality albums.

    Yes the same cast is going to repeat itself, but what exactly is the expected alternative you guys are looking for? A secret batch of ’07 albums is not going to magically appear and place in anyone’s top 10.

  19. KurticusMaximus

    @The Dewd: It was pretty decent. I never listened to that Stones album, but Magic was better than I’d expected. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t get extra points just because it’s by the Boss, of course.

    Also, I’m surprised nobody has put the Chiodos album anywhere in the top 50. It wasn’t the best album ever, but it was certainly better than Dropkick’s most recent album.

  20. Poubelle

    Nice to see the 1990s album getting a year-end nod from somewhere.

  21. cerulgalactus

    @drjimmy11: To be fair, I rated Rabbit Fur Coat as one of my favourite albums of last year, just as I did Under The Blacklight this year. Different sound than we are used to from prior Rilo releases, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s trash by any stretch.

  22. Michaelangelo Matos

    I like how drjimmy11 continues to hold a grudge about a tossed-off parenthetical phrase from last year’s poll essay.

  23. hotshot

    @maura: How meta!

  24. Jfrankparnell

    RS? Same readership as literary journals: other writers, the elderly, and few else

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