14. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park
Not my favorite song on this disc and definitely not one of my favorite albums of 2007. Got a lot of play, regardless.
13. Electronic Battle Weapon 8 - The Chemical Brothers
I first heard this song in January on the phenomenal House music radio podcast Dance Department and I hunted and hunted for it. In the summer, this track was renamed "Saturate" and released on the album We Are the Night.
12. Alfie - Lilly Allen
I caught Lilly Allen's "Smile" as the radio-edited, iTunes Free Single of the Week back in late '06, but I didn't catch the full-length release until summer '07. "Alfie" is just one of the most ridiculously catchy songs on that record. Long since I've gotten sick of all of the other tracks, I can still listen to "Alfie".
11. Public Service Announcement (Interlude) - Jay-Z
When Jay-Z's Black Album dropped in 2004, my attention focused completely on DJ Dangermouse's The Grey Album. More than just a synthesis of Jay-Z's latest Hip Hop opus and The Beatles' White Album, The Grey Album was one of the more defining moments of the Internet's relationship with the Music Industry. Recently the original version of Public Service Announcement came to my attention and sounded like a novelty. It's odd when the original sounds like the remix.
10. The Salmon Dance (featuring Fatlip) - The Chemical Brothers
It's no secret that I am a big Chemical Brothers fan, but "The Salmon Dance" had an even broader appeal than the usual Chem Bros sound thanks MC Fatlip and a hilariously bizarre voxbox named "Sammy" the Salmon. Throw in a rump shakin' hip hop beat and some trippy synths and "The Salmon Dance" sweeps the nation.
One thing that The Chemical Brothers have never explicitly included in their music is comedy. "The Salmon Dance" featuring Fatlip tears down that barrier with a hilarious song that evokes the brand of humor found in Mr. Oizo's music video for his song "Flat Beat". For some reason, "The Salmon Dance" makes me think of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
9. You Know I'm Good - Amy Winehouse
8. Just Friends - Amy Winehouse
I grabbed "You Know I'm Good" as an iTunes Free Single of the Week, meanwhile "Just Friends" was/is the most perfect song I have ever heard to help facilitate coming home from work, loosening the tie, rolling up the sleeves and pouring a nice stiff drink.
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