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Published September 4th 2019
2007 - a year of musical fun
September of 2007 was a special time for me. That was when my daughter was born. I've already explained how February 2005 was also pretty special to me because that was when my son came into the world. Well, it's only fair I do the same thing for the year of my daughter's birth as well. So, in honour of her birthday (even though I am reasonably sure it won't embarrass her as much as it did him), here are the songs of 2007!
In 2007, I had one of the best classes I'd had as a teacher. It was one of those fun years. Now, as I mentioned when writing about the songs of 2009, I did not like a quiet class-room. This meant I was subjected to all manner of music. And that brings up another reason this class was so good: that their music veered away from standard pop music of the day, and so I was introduced to some fine alternate rock, heavy metal, and other assorted tracks.
Typical desk from my class.
But before I hit the music list, the thing about 2007 was the albums. There were some awesome albums! I was going to list them here, but when the list reached a decent number, I decided that they deserved a column of their own, so hopefully, I'll have that done soon! Also, there is a distinct lack of cover versions here… for the same reason! So there's another column… (Plugging two columns that haven't been written yet? Okay… sorry.)
But first, my favourite live track of the year. Bruce Springsteen released Live In Dublin with the Sessions Band in 2007, and one of the tracks was a remake of his own song 'Blinded By The Light'. I love this version! It is different from the original, to the Manfred Mann version, to other live versions I have by the Boss himself. And yet, the lyrics still don't make sense. Who cares? Cool track.
And we follow that up with a YouTube track – 'Die Hard' by Guyz Night. The first 4 Die Hard movies in one song. NSFW – language warning! However, I still recommend playing it exceedingly loud.
To begin, as usual, let's list with those that did not quite make the top 10. '1973' by James Blunt (yes, I'm allowed to like a James Blunt song); '4th Dimensional Transition' by MGMT; '7 Days To The Wolves' by Nightwish; 'Aesthetics Of Hate' by Machine Head; 'Amaranth' by Nightwish; 'Anthem For The New Millennium Generation' by Anti-Flag; 'Antichrist Television Blues' by Arcade Fire; 'Beginning Of The End' by Status Quo (so close to making it); 'Better Than This' by Brad Paisley; 'Bleed It Out' by Linkin Park; 'Busy Being Fabulous' by Eagles; 'Bye Bye Beautiful' by Nightwish (yes, another song by Nightwish – Nightwish are awesome!); 'Carolyna' by Melanie C (the Spice Girl… stop judging me); 'Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running)' by Foo Fighters; 'Dear Father (Complete Unknown)' by Sum 41; 'Elvis Ain't Dead' by Scouting For Girls; 'Forgiveness' by John Mellencamp; 'Fresh News' by Jean Michel Jarre; 'Ghost Opera' by Kamelot; 'Girls In Their Summer Clothes' by Bruce Springsteen; 'Guilty Of The Crime' by Eagles; 'Hard Times' by Gary Moore; 'House Of Wax' by Paul McCartney; 'How Far We've Come' by Matchbox 20; 'How Long' by Eagles (few Eagles tracks floating in here as well…); 'I'm Still A Guy' by Brad Paisley; 'Kristofferson' by Tim McGraw (really close to the top list); 'Let's Dance To Joy Division' by The Wombats; 'Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson' by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; 'Liverpool 8' by Ringo Starr; 'Metalizer' by Sabaton; 'Naked' by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts (yet another close call); 'Online' by Brad Paisley; 'Rise Today' by Alter Bridge; 'So Hott' by Kid Rock; 'Start The Day' by Ghostwriters; 'Tarantula' by The Smashing Pumpkins; 'The Last Fight' by Velvet Revolver; 'The Pretender' by Foo Fighters (another just miss); 'This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race' by Fall Out Boy; 'Vintage Clothes' by Paul McCartney; 'When You're Gone' by Avril Lavigne. Whew!
Yes, 2007 was actually a surprisingly good year for music. And with that in mind, here's the top 10 songs of the year in alphabetical order, except the last one.
'All Summer Long' by Kid Rock
This song has come up before as a great celebration of nostalgia, and it still stands. But, more than that, it is a really good song. Borrowing music from Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves Of London' and Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama', the lyrics are incredibly strong and the imagery is spot-on. I mentioned how this brought up my own memories when I first heard it, and I have been told I am not alone in that. Some people complain about the musical appropriation, but that is part and parcel of today's music, and helps add to that nostalgic feel. Great song.
'All Your Reasons' by Matchbox 20
" Bada ba-da ba-ba-ba-ba-dada!" From the moment that opening chant hits, this song just sits in the mind. It sounds so upbeat and yet it is about a guy telling a woman he's sick of her, wants her gone, and doesn't care what she has to say. Wow. I enjoy Matchbox 20 as a band and this is certainly one of my favourites of theirs. It just does not let up, and is definitely ear-worm material.
'Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be In Love)' by Good Charlotte
I would never have discovered Good Charlotte and how many of their songs are actually quite listenable without members of the 2007 class I was teaching. The band has that pop-rock feel that was so prevalent in the 2000s, which appealed to people who liked both forms of the music. This has a singable chorus, even though the lyrics are slightly depressing. At the school discoes that year, this song was screamed by everyone in attendance. It struck a chord at the time, and even now all these years later, it is still a wonderful song.
'Girlfriend' by Avril Lavigne
Fine. I'll take your abuse for liking an Avril Lavigne song. Or more than one, as I own two of her albums. Her publicity put her forth as "punk" but she is as punk as Sandi Thom – she is another pop-rock singer, with slightly more pop sensibility. Now, this song – a cheer. Yep, the cheer-leader style adopted here works so well, and makes it yet another song that was sung-along every time it was played. There were a number of years I couldn't listen to this song because I heard it so much in 2007, but in recent years I've gone back to it and, yes, it is still a fun sort of song. Even if the lyrics are slightly dodgy ("leave your girl for me because I'm better"… mind you, it is different hearing this sort of sentiment being sung by a female), it is still a fun song.
'Kill The Director' by The Wombats
This song is bizarre lyrically, but the sentiments are possibly something many of us have considered at some time or another: "If this is a rom-com, kill the director…" It is so well-written, and the music is that Britpop style that was so big in the 1990s, but which was adapted and adopted so magnificently by a number of bands in the 2000s. I was introduced to this song by a younger friend at the sporting club I was involved with, and it has stayed with me ever since. It is even a good song to train to at the gym. Just fantastic.
'Knights of Cydonia' by Muse
This is a strange song musically, and yet it is so addictive. There are bits of everything thrown into the blend – country, electronica, classic rock, pop, a choir – and what comes out is a near-epic of a tune. It has soaring pieces, magnificent playing and even though the lyrics don't seem to have much to do with anything, it is just such an awesome mixture of brilliance. "No-one's gonna take me alive…" So close to being being my favourite song of the year.
'Radio Nowhere' by Bruce Springsteen
Yes, I know I've already put a Springsteen song in this column, but this is from the other album he released in 2007 – Magic. The whole was quite wonderful, but there is something about this song that is just timeless. The lyrics, the way I read them, are about how we are becoming less connected to our world, how the world is falling apart. It is quite the depressing song – all he wants to hear is a rhythm, a beat, some-one on the same wavelength, and he is struggling. An excellent addition to the Springsteen canon.
'Straight Lines' by Silverchair
Moving away from the pounding rock of their debut album Frogstomp, this song was a change for Silverchair, and it worked. An upbeat song about overcoming loneliness and getting on with things, walking that straight line, going forward, not looking back. Again, this is a song I would not have come across without my students, and when I told them I liked it, I was greeted with shocked looks. Who cares? A really good song.
'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' by Fall Out Boy
This song has come up before because of the fact too many school kids just don't listen to the lyrics, but that should not take away from the awesomeness that is this song. Strong opening, rock music, lyrics about a one night stand, it has everything that my grandparents hated about modern music, and it was released to kids young enough that I could have been their father. This is a superb example of the adage that rock never dies, and makes periodic re-emergences to combat the blandness of too much modern pop.
'Please Read The Letter' by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
My favourite song of the year, and yet another one I've mentioned before, but it still stands – my favourite song from 2007 is a glorious meshing of the voices of the former lead singer of Led Zeppelin and a country/bluegrass singer/violinist. I love this track, the way it builds but does not go over the top, and the lyrics so full of yearning. I guess technically this could be considered a cover version, but the original was done by Robert Plant with Jimmy Page, so I'm calling it a remake. And, for what it's worth, I prefer this version. Beautiful. Stunning. Wow.
Now, much as I did with my 2005 column, to finish with the song that my daughter as a pre-schooler adored. It was the only way some days I could get her to sleep (yes, I became a stay-at-home dad when she was young). So, here in a live version of magnificence is Pink Floyd and 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'. Yes. both my kids have awesome musical taste
And there you have it. This time it was the year 2007 in song. I know a lot of popular artists got short shrift (e.g. Mika) and there is no dance music. So, what did I get wrong? Comments, etc. (and requests for other years) are always welcome.
Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to my daughter…