This year more than previous years I have been listening to individual songs more than whole albums. Don't get me wrong there have been some great albums released this year that I like and listen to (Interpol, Midnight Juggernauts, Arctic Monkeys, Blonde Redhead, The National, The Shins, etc...) Check out some of Chris' great choices too, but due to my process of finding new music nowadays (other music Blogs like Off the Radar), once or twice a month I compile all the best new tracks I find and put them into mix CD's which I then use to play out at clubs/parties. Survival of the fittest then ensues. As time goes by there always seem to be some tracks that you notice people dance more, request more and generally outlast the others. Those usually tend to be my favorites. If you can hear a track over and over and not get bored of it the artists are doing something right. Believe me I get bored pretty fast of the crappy stuff, so you better have a catchy chorus and some melodies! I am after all a pop music fan...
Here are some of my favorite tracks of 2007! Like Chris said I'm sure I missed some good ones but these are a pretty solid bunch.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did...
One of the biggest dance hits of the year! Started in the Summer and still going strong. This song always gets people jumping on the dancefloor. Just don't fade it out until that vocal kicks in after the break and people go nuts! Can't wait to see what they can do with a full length album in 08' They put out some solid dance remixes in 07' that are also worth getting.
Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor (YSI)
Love this Track! It melds electronics but with warmth that is hard to find in electronic music. I don't play it out so much cause the BPMs are lower, but I definitely played this one out alot at home around the middle of the year, around the same time I found out about Midnight Juggernauts. Still sounds amazing! Hustler was another track of theirs that was pretty huge in 07' and much easier to mix with.
A late addition to 07' just barely made it in Dec, but it's classic Zoot Woman. 3 mins long and no filler! Catchy, dancey, pop that Zoot Woman do so well. They released this as a stand alone single. Can't wait for a full length from them in 08', they never let me down.
Chromeo came on strong in 07'! They must have had at least 3 solid singles including this one, Bonafied Lovin' and Tenderoni which was the first single and my least favorite. Fancy Footwork is also the title song to their album and probably my favorite of the bunch. It's so irrisistably catchy and danceable with those female vocals chanting ' Two Step, Two Step..' It just makes you bust out those moves on the dancefloor as the lyrics implore you to, so you can get the girl, of course! Woo!
One of the mellower and more commercial artists to make it into my top singles, but it's just a great song! Love the video for this too. Very memorable with her going backwards on that people mover thingie like they have at Disney.
One of the darker/gothier bands to make it. I just love these guys. Burned out this song around the middle of the year. They do stuff reminiscent to early Fischerspooner or The Knife were they mix performance art and dark electronic pop music. Some amazing pics on their MySpace page. Hopefully I'll get to see a live show one day. Gotta be a fun show!
I think this was released in late 06', but I found out about it played it out like crazy in 07'. Such a great pop song with those amazing lyrics and great back and forth male/female vocals like Postal Service did in 'Nothing Better' or Human League's Classic 'Don't You Want Me'. It's like a couple going back and forth trying to prove their point. Great track and totally danceable... Love those lyrics 'What do you mean'
Great party song that I still play out even after months. Easy to mix this into bands like Daft Punk due to the danceability factor. The lyrics just implore you to get into it and dance your ass off. Noble cause no? I think their unsigned too. Wonder when a label will snatch these guys up. Not too long I'm sure...
One of my favorite tracks of the last part of the year! Probably due to the fact that they obsess over Scarlett Johansson as much as I do. It's a classic pop track, filled with hooks and melodies. I never get tired of that. They also did some great remixes for other artists in 07' I'm sure these kids have a bright future ahead of them.
This quirky electro-pop artist made a pretty good splash in 07' At first I didn't know if I could play this out cause of it's quirky factor, but then I started hearing other DJ's playing it out and people digging it so that was the end of that thought. 'The Girls' was another great single of his this year proclaiming his love for women of all shapes, sizes and colors. It already spawned a reverse cover called 'The Boys' by Dragonette with all the lyrics reversed to the oppsosite sex. Brilliant!
More of a traditional rock track than the rest of the stuff here, but irrisistable and dancey as well! I played this one out more in my own time. The lyrics are amazing. It's like he's telling you a story and you wanna hear what he has to say. I love when he says in a nonchalant way 'You don't have to be such an asshole all the time' We can all relate to people like that.
Saw these guys perform here in Miami last year and they had me dancing the whole time. They got the knack for catchy, dancey electro pop tracks reminiscent of bands like Cut Copy. Their super young too, I'm sure they have a great career ahead of them with tracks like this.
Solid dance track with great lyrics, melody and hooks. They're on DFA Records too. It's more subdued and classic sounding than some of the stuff here and will probably sound like a classic years from now. It also reminds me a bit of Freestyle music as well, don't know why. Love that lyric 'It's like Scream inside a Scream'
This track is Classic Chemical Brothers! Complete with Big Beat, and quirky sounds. If you don't like this track your probably not a Chemical Brothers fan.
This song was recommended to me one night by someone at Circa Saturdays. They kept raving about how amazing it was and for me to play it at the club. So I remembered it and got it the next day. Don't know if it's the right track for a club at least not prime time, but for the home and car it's amazing! I can hear her beautiful voice over and over and never get bored. Great late night track!