1 LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver
I just looked at my iPod and realized that I actually own this, although I have no memory of ever listening to it or even buying it. Note to self: listen to this album; it's the best album of the year!
I own and really like their previous album, but the songs don't actually have words, which I think is required of a top album. There's one song, called "Yeah," that just goes "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah," etc. I do like "Daft Punk is Playing at My House" and "Your City's a Sucker" from the old album.
2 Radiohead, In Rainbows
This might be heresy, but do I really need another Radiohead album, even if I can legally download it for free? Answer: no.
3 M.I.A., Kala
Own this; love it. It's hip hop that appeals to white people, and I am white after all.
4 Amy Winehouse, Back To Black
Should I buy this?
5 Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
It would have been almost impossible for them to top Funeral, which was such a great album, and they did not, in fact, top it.
6 Kanye West, Graduation
Loved The College Dropout; was bored by Late Registration; have no interest in this album.
7 Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
8 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
Seriously? I saw that this got good reviews when it came out, but it seems like such a baby boomer nostalgia project. Anyone heard it?
9 Bruce Springsteen, Magic
10 The National, Boxer
Love it. I know that some people (reader M., for example) really hate Matthew Berninger's voice, but "Slow Show" is one my favorite songs of the year.
11 Feist, The Reminder
Love it. But she is bordering on overexposure, what with all the iPod commercials.
12 Wilco, Sky Blue Sky
Wilco is one of those bands that I feel like I should like a lot more than I do.
13 Panda Bear, Person Pitch
Never heard of this band or this album. I do like panda bears though.
14 The White Stripes, Icky Thump
Own it. Like it. I have a huge crush on Jack White.
15 Miranda Lambert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Own it. Like it.
Of the rest of the top 40, I highly recommend Jens Lenkman at #23 and Okkervil River at #31; and I'm considering buying the Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (#20) and Iron & Wine (#38).
So, what were your favorite albums of 2007?