2007 was chalked full of great music, and even though we couldn’t list them all, here some songs that made a large impact in ’07. They’re not listed in any specific order, we just wanted to end the year off with a pretty good collection of chart toppers and songs that you couldn’t turn your radio on without hearing!
SOULJA BOY / CRANK DAT
♫ SOULJA BOY – CRANK DAT // I didn’t think this would take off and be as huge of a phenomenon as it is, but Soulja Boy is definitely on his grind this year. I tried hard not to get caught up in the hype of the dance, but when this song comes on, it is something about it. The lyrics to the song – questionable. And if “Superman that ho” means what they say it does, it’s a shame that this 17-year-old boy would utter these words. I will say one thing though, the song makes everyone move. Put this on in a crowded setting, everyone will be “crankin’ dat.”
RIHANNA FEAT. JAY-Z / UMBRELLA
♫ RIHANNA FEAT. JAY-Z – UMBRELLA // Probably one of the hugest crossover singles of the year. Little Miss Sunshine, also known as Rihanna come back on the scene with a bang. “Umbrella” was #1 worldwide, transcending language and color barriers. And although they’ve been in the industry for quite some time, it shed new light on the producer/songwriters, The Dream and Tricky Stewart, opening up a plethora of avenues for many slots on many huge albums this year.
J. HOLIDAY / BED
♫ J. HOLIDAY – BED // “Bed” most certainly put J. Holiday on the map. There was some slight controversy about this song (The Dream didn’t think that Chris Brown could pull the song off), you couldn’t turn on the radio at any time during the day without hearing J. Holiday croon over this wonderful production. “Bed” was huge for J. Holiday, it was amazing way to jump off his career and put this album Back of My ‘Lac in the running for most anticipated albums of the year.
T-PAIN FEAT. YUNG JOC / BUY U A DRANK
♫ T-PAIN FEAT. YUNG JOC – BUY U A DRANK // I tried hard not to like T-Pain, but this song just felt so good when I heard it. There are actual melodies and harmonies in the song that just go hard and make me really enjoy the song. Even though I think it was a horrible message to give out to people – as if buying a drink is really an appropriate way to make the assumption that someone is going home with you – you just couldn’t help but groove to this song. Definitely a hit.
SEAN KINGSTON / BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
♫ SEAN KINGSTON – BEAUTIFUL GIRLS // I couldn’t get with the lyrics, but the song is definitely intoxicating. I think I just had a problem with my little 11 year-old cousin walking around talking about somebody having him “suicidal.” There were many radio edits of the song, but I believe it’s pretty harmless, it was just a little off-putting, at first. This song was huge this year, garnering plenty of chart and radio success. But what’s up with his other singles? Have they been doing well?
TIMBALAND FEAT. KERI HILSON / THE WAY I ARE
♫ TIMBALAND FEAT. KERI HILSON – THE WAY I ARE // ’07 was the year of the crossover. Timbaland has really been on his Euro-pop funk thing, and it seems as though the pop and dance charts are loving Timbaland these days. Not only was he huge in the United States, he was also huge overseas. “The Way I Are” was a huge club hit. It was everywhere: from clubs, cars, to McDonald’s commercials. 2007 was really a great year for Timbaland, despite mixed reviews of Shock Value.
BEYONCE / IRREPLACEABLE
♫ BEYONCE – IRREPLACEABLE // Many call this the song of Beyonce’s career. I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t know the words to this song when that first acoustic chord drops. Everyone starts shouting “To the left, to the left…” In the club, in the car – there was a time when “Irreplaceable” was everywhere. Even though Beyonce’s B’Day dropped in 2006, it still carried on heavy into ’07, with her world tour, video anthology, and still heavy radio spins. Written by Ne-Yo, “Irreplaceable” has been award a spot as one of the most played songs on radio airwaves.
AMY WINEHOUSE / REHAB
♫ AMY WINEHOUSE – REHAB // The troubled Miss Amy Winehouse may have just gotten arrested just recently, but there is no denying that “Rehab” was one of the hugest songs of 2007. Her critically acclaimed sophomore set, Back to Black garnered Winehouse much attention in the United States, but much later, after her first record in the UK, 2003′s Frank. But “Rehab” is familiar to everyone’s ears. Even though her personal life has been through much scrutiny from the public eye, Amy is expected to win big at the Grammy’s next year.
KANYE WEST / STRONGER
♫ KANYE WEST – STRONGER // An anthem and a favorite among music lovers, Kanye West introduced the hip hop community to the Parisian electronica dance band Daft Punk, by taking their old smash “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” and adding his classic touch to it. “Stronger” was a huge single with a groundbreaking video, featuring model-turned-singer, Cassie. The song and video garnered much attention from fans and media outlets alike.
50 CENT / I GET MONEY
♫ 50 CENT – I GET MONEY // 50 and Kanye duked it out this year with a battle of the sales, and even though Kanye proved himself the victor, 50 Cent managed to throw some gut punches. And “I Get Money” was one of them. Possibly one of the songs that got played the most in the clubs and in cars, “I Get Money” was an anthem for all types of people this summer. I was an unstoppable force on the radio. It was definitely a good look, with a few good remixes to back it up too.
SHOP BOYZ / PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR
♫ SHOP BOYZ – PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR // Even though I wasn’t down for this whole “rockstar movement” (honestly, because I thought it was a little late – skull belts & wallet chains? Old trend!), people really got into this song. It was everywhere, and as much as I hated it, I can’t deny that the Shop Boyz made an impact this year. From the video, to their imagery, people just really bought into the whole rockstar mentality. But I’m not hating, do your thing, boys!