“Billboard” Asks Musicians For Their Favorite Records Of 2007 With Hilarious/Confusing Results

Dec 18th, 2007 // 13 Comments

jessicasimpson.jpgFrom Pitchfork to Artforum, publications love to pad out their year-end coverage with Top Ten lists from musicians, whether world-famous or positively subterranean, but perhaps only Billboard could bring together Greg Dulli and Katharine McPhee. Instead of reprinting them all–there are many, and do you really care that the dudes from Vampire Weekend also liked that Panda Bear record an awful lot?–we’ve included our “Top Three Lists From Billboards‘s Top Tens” after the jump, along with our “The Good,” “The Bad,” and “The Whaaaa?” wrap-up, so as not to spoil the fun.

JOHN DARNIELLE’s picks for best albums of 2007

Lead singer, The Mountain Goats

1. Bowerbirds, “Songs for a Dark Horse” (Burly Time)

2. CocoRosie, “The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn” (Touch & Go)

3. Bloody Panda, “Pheromone” (Level Plane)

4. Pig Destroyer, “Phantom Limb” (Relapse)

5. Bottomless Pit, “Hammer of the Gods” (Comedy Minus One)

6. Various Artists, “The Kings of Reggae” (Rapster)

7. Babyshambles, “Shotters Nation” (Astralwerks)

8. Foetopsy, “In the Bathroom” (Barbarian)

9. Mayhem, “Ordo ad Chao” (Season of Mist)

10. Om, “Pilgrimage” (Southern Lord)

TOM DeLONGE’s picks for best albums of 2007
Lead Singer, Angels & Airwaves
In no order:
Tegan & Sara, “The Con” (Sire)
I’m really blown away by them. I think they’re amazing.
Bloc Party, “A Weekend in the City” (Vice)
We played with them at the Reading Festival. Seeing 60,000 people go off to Bloc Party was absolutely incredible.
Angels & Airwaves, “I-Empire” (Geffen)
Nobody’s doing anything like the trailer for “I-Empire.” It’s on our web site, and I guarantee you every band’s watching it going, “How the fuck did they pull it off?”
Spank Rock at the MTVU Awards
There’s a kid who looks like Urkel who was dressed up as Run-DMC for Halloween. It was really cool and different.
The Police, Anaheim, CA, Honda Center, June 21, 2007
That was the most amazing thing ever. It was like U2′s production but with a punk rock band. It just blew my mind.

JESSICA SIMPSON’s picks for best albums of 2007
1. Colbie Callait, “Coco” (Universal Republic)
2. Justin Timberlake, “FutureSex/LoveSounds” (Jive)
3. James Morrison, “Undiscovered” (Interscope)
4. The Wreckers, “Stand Still, Look Pretty” (Maverick)
5. Sigur Ros, “Hvarf/Heim” (XL Recordings)
6. The White Stripes, “Icky Thump” (Warner Bros.)
7. Ray LaMontagne, “Till the Sun Turns Black” (RCA)
8. Keane, “Under the Iron Sea” (Interscope)
9. Mute Math, “Mute Math” (Teleprompt/Warner Bros.)

THE GOOD: John Darnielle’s list has to be the first (and only) time comedy grindcorers Foetopsy (sample song titles: “Deformed Foetal Scrotal,” “Scab In A Puddin’ Cup”) will rate a reference in the hallowed pages of Billboard. Unless America suddenly starts craving 10-second songs about forced rectal exams.
THE BAD: Sure, Maura and I both snickered at Tom DeLonge (positively!) comparing Spank Rock to Urkel after she sent me the former Blinker’s list this morning. But any points for that unintended dis are deducted for including his own band in his Top 5. That’s just bad form, Tom.
THE WHAAAA? Jessica Simpson sharing a tender moment with Tony Romo while listening to Sigur Ros. So wrong and yet so… no, it’s just kinda wrong.

The Year In Music: Artists Picks [Billboard]

  1. Anonymous

    by jessica simpson’s picks, they mean her pr guru’s picks after studying the blogosphere for tips for a fucking week.

    also, i officially love john darnielle now more than ever. om??? yessss.

  2. Ned Raggett

    I am surprised Om isn’t getting more love in general. That album’s fantastic. (As is the High on Fire.)

  3. walkmasterflex

    @Ned Raggett: I’m surprised Baroness hasn’t gotten much love from indie rock/hipster publications in general. The album seems to have the same appeal that Mastodon’s album last year had.

  4. Anonymous

    @walkmasterflex: i used to love love love baroness. but not so much anymore. their new songs more formulaic than their earlier work. or perhaps it’s just that i’ve seen them live too many times to actually like their records.

  5. Rob Murphy

    JESSICA SIMPSON’s picks for best albums of 2007
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    4. The Wreckers, “Stand Still, Look Pretty” (Maverick)

    I think it’s awesome that JS thinks one of my favorite albums of 2006 [release date: 23 May 2006] is one of the best albums of 2007.

    Also, that even Jessica Freakin’ Simpson likes Michelle Branch better than Jessica Simpson.

  6. Anonymous

    A couple of things–it’s “hymns for a dark horse,” Billboard!

    Jess, actually, Youtube has also put Greg Dully and Katharine McPhee together for hilarious creepy results. It’s a fan-made video of McPhee bouncing a lot in her America Idol days set to the Afghan Whigs’ “66″. So she’s dancing around to Dulli going “c’mon little rabbit! show me where you got it ’cause I know you gotta habit (or have it?)” Anyways, hilarious!

  7. Tenno

    =( ugh, I bet Tom wears his own band’s tshirt on stage, at home, in bed, to the coffee house, etc.

    He’s all like, “Hey! Remember me! I’m still relevant and the best thing ever!” And the girl behind the bar just asks him again for the 6 bucks for his latte, because she just likes Joy Division and Spank Rock…. ironically.

  8. El Zilcho!

    A couple of Jessica Simpson’s favorite albums this year came out last year. Huh.

    Tom DeLonge thought that two concerts were the best albums of 2007. And that blurb about the “trailer of I-Empire” is one of the most pretentious things I have ever read.

  9. sparkletone

    So no one looked at Ozzy’s list and did a double take?


    Paul McCartney, “Memory Almost Full” (Hear Music)
    Amy Winehouse, “Back to Black” (Universal Republic)
    Foo Fighters, ” Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” (RCA)
    The White Stripes, “Icky Thump” (Warner Bros.)
    Velvet Revolver, “Libertad” (RCA)

    Seriously? That didn’t cause cognitive dissonance for anyone else?

    I suppose it could’ve been weirder. Like say, he’d swapped any 3 of those for the UGK album, Band of Horses, the Burial album.

  10. Rob Murphy

    @El-Zilcho: @sparkletone: I thought there was “mineable” material all over those lists, and I commend Jess on his KISS approach to the piece. It’s up to us to bring the funny / outrage / funny ooutrage in the comments.

    Take a look at the list from Intern Kate’s favorite listmaker, Kevin “I have two brothers” Jonas. Prince at the Super Bowl, a Genesis concert, and Maroon 5′s new CD (“It’s really good. We were really happy, totally pumped.”). You can’t make this stuff up!

  11. Josh Mock

    The real WHAAAA? is the fact that five out of nine of Jessica Simpson’s best-albums-of-2007 came out in 2006.

  12. La Mareada

    I don’t actually believe Jessica Simpson has heard any of those, even Timberlake.
    The Police so punk rawk!

  13. Jfrankparnell

    So no one’s willing to tell John Darnielle that the Cocorosie album was so bad he must be joking? Or related to them somehow? Are they ex-nurses too?

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