PopMatters Picks:

The Best Music of 2007

By PopMatters Staff

20 December 2007

20 Dec 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Best Albums of 2007

From tech house to Radiohead and Americana to indie and everything in between, PopMatters picks the best 60 albums of 2007.

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19 Dec 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Best Singles of 2007

From hip-hop to indie rock and in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 singles of 2007.

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18 Dec 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Best Re-Issues of 2007

From '60s soul to bluegrass and Krautrock to post-punk, PopMatters counts down the year's best re-issued albums.

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Kids Don’t Go and Buy Anything Out of This Section: World Music 2007

As a category world music is both useful and frustrating. It puts CDs on the shelves and prevents people picking them up. It is the other-than category: other-than rock, other-than indie, other-than everything. It is the whole world and nothing definite.

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The Best Americana of 2007

If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.

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16 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Best Metal Albums of 2007

This is the best year for metal music we've seen in a very long time. Like other watershed years, such as 1983, 1984, and 1991, it's partially a case of artists peaking at the same time, and 2007 was no exception, unleashing a wave of superb releases from January straight through November.

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The Best Country Music of 2007

Whatever your taste in music, be it Country or Western, 2007 has been something of a disappointment when compared with recent years. You have to look a little harder to find the diamonds in the Van Lear coal-mine that was the year that was, but they're there.

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The Best Pop-Country of 2007

Purists may turn up their noses at pop-country, but it produced more top-shelf music this past year than the stricter formal traditions on which it draws.

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The Best R&B 2007

On this year's "Best R&B Albums" list, you will find albums that merit attention for the unique artistry each possesses, not because they sold half a million out of the gate.

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The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2007

What unites these artists is an individual presence -- a voice -- that is powerful enough to carry an entire album without retreating to the cozy confines of a band.

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The Best Indie-Pop of 2007

2007 was a year of independent thinking, where fresh and experienced bands alike stubbornly set off on their own course.

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The Best Hip-Hop of 2007

From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to a dope album named Desire, hip-hop showed growth in 2007.

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The Best Jazz of 2007

In spite of the perception of jazz as an increasingly niche market, the year's best show a style of music that remains ever youthful in its exploration of new territories, expanding its diversity and range of expression.

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The Best Electronica of 2007

As electronic music's edges bleed out all over the genre map, some sounds have been resurrected, others minimally revised, but the sum total shows a genre that, diffuse identity or not, continues to exert its pull on rock, pop, and the dancefloor.

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Ay Meme: The Best Internet Marketing in Music 2007

Double up with music's best Internet gimmicks of oh-sev -- here at PopMatters we're the club hollerin' "ay, meme," as it were.

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//Mixed media
//Blogs

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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