So, in time honoured tradition, here’s my 20 best singles of 2007. And my goodness, it’s gone very pop…!
20. The White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is
Even if the ‘you don’t know what love is, you just do as you’re told’ refrain cut a bit close to the bone.
19. Rihanna – Umbrella
The only act with two singles in the top 20. This strode all over the floods like a colossus and though it was outsold by Mika and Leona, it is this song that defines Britain’s 2007.
18. Maroon 5 – Won’t Go Home Without You
The album was a bit of a non-event, but the singles were pretty good. And this was so sweet it made me sing out loud to it every time.
17. Arctic Monkeys – Flourescent Adolescent
The album was nowehere near as amazing as their first – but then few albums are. It still had its highlights, including this one.
16. Rihanna – Shut up and Drive
She had class like a 57 Cadillac, and who were we to argue when she made such awesome driving music?
15. Take That – Shine
OK, so its overuse on adverts and soundtracking TV shows quickly got tired, but it was nonetheless a bona fide classic. Good work, lads.
14. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Fast approaching the point where nearly every song off the album has been a single, this was the best of those released in 2007. Let us put the X Factor cover of it behind us once and for all.
13. The Klaxons – Golden Skans
The album did not deserve the Mercury, but this single was a total stormer.
12. Girls Aloud -Call the Shots
The second single from Tangled Up took a bit of time to get into your system, but once it did, you couldn’t help but love it. As evidenced by its current chart run.
11. Freemasons feat Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited
Regular viewers will know that when this first emerged, I was nonplussed. Dance up an obscure Alanis track? Err, right. Yet it worked. Really bloody well. I think I prefer it to the original now.
10. KT Tunstall – Hold On
Well, Drastic Fantastic has so far had about 10% of the plays its predecessor got on my stereo after I got it, but this song was properly ace.
9. Kanye West – Stronger
Well, this one took its time to become loved by me. But I was won over, as usual with Mr West. His new single still has not convinced me, mind.
8. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts
Not the strongest track to launch X (which took over two weeks to arrive, lest we forget), but a thumping good tune, nonetheless. Had she released The One or No More Rain, she’d probably win this chart.
7. Scissor Sisters – She’s My Man
Awesome Elton John-style stomper from Ta-Dah. Should have been the second single, not the third. And I never figured out why they didn’t release I Can’t Decide on the back of the Who finale.
6. Kings of Leon – Fans
The best track on Because of the Times by miles (although On Call is pretty neat, too). Great.
5. Robyn – With Every Heartbeat
Yes, it did get a bit annoying and a bit wearing. But if you put the overplayed-ness aside, it was actually a flipping awesome tale of love lost, set to a great beat. Loved it.
4. Soulsavers – Revival
Heard this randomly one night on Zane Lowe’s show and fell in love with it. Just beautiful.
3. Bloc Party – The Prayer
‘Tonight make me unstoppable’. And for a moment, they truly were. One of those anthems that just can’t fail to send goosebumps down the spine.
2. Sugababes – About You Now
Yyou couldn’t fault this single. I love everything about it.
1. Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
Yes, technically it was out in 2006 (and that’s when I first heard it) but its rerelease this year (on the back of Skins, but let’s gloss over that) made is stratospheric. Now, I know it got boring because it was everywhere, and for that reason, it almost made number two or three. But in ten, fifteen, twenty years time, which song from 2007 is going to get me on the dancefloor as a most undignified middle-aged woman who should know better? Exactly. The album was ace, too.