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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2007

PopMatters' Best Music of 2007 series continues today with the Best Metal Albums of 2007. Stay tuned tomorrow for the year's best world and Americana. More: 60 best albums | 50 best singles | 20 best re-issues.

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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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The Best Re-Issues of 2007

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The Best Singles of 2007

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The Best Singles of 2007

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The Best Singles of 2007

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The Best Singles of 2007

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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.

Deanne Sole
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The Best Albums of 2007

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The Best Albums of 2007

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The Best Albums of 2007

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The Best Albums of 2007

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The Best Metal Albums of 2007

Adrien Begrand and Andrew Blackie
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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2007

2007 was one of the best years for metal in the 2010s. Like other watershed years -- 1983, 1984, and 1991-- it's partially a case of artists peaking at the same time. The year unleashed 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.

Roger Holland
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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.

Josh Timmermann
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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.

Christian John Wikane
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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.

Michael Keefe
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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.

Dave Heaton
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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.

Quentin B. Huff
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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.

Will Layman
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The 10 Best Electronic Albums 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.

Dan Raper
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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.

Maureen Miller
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