My Ten Favourite Songs of 2007

musicOh 2007, where have you gone? It seems like only a year ago you showed up, all fresh and new. Now, it's time to say goodbye.

It wasn't easy trying to come up with my ten favourite songs from 2007. I had "Nature of the Experiment" from Tokyo Police Club on here before I realized it was released in 2006. Same for "Lazy Eye" from Silversun Pickups. Then, I had a couple of Arcade Fire tunes on here before I started making cuts. It turns out I like Neon Bible better as an album than a collection of singles.

Here's my 10 favourite songs of 2007 complete with videos so you can hear the great tunes you missed this year.

10. "Flathead" by The Fratellis

9. "1234" by Feist

8. "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn & John

7. "The Last Fight" by Velvet Revolver

6. "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters

5. "Empty Walls" by Serj Tankian

4. "Backed Out On The..." by Kevin Drew

3. "Is There A Ghost" by Band of Horses

2. "Take Me To The Riot" by Stars

1. "Icky Thump" by The White Stripes

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Take Me To The Riot

musicOne of my favourite songs of the year is "Take Me To The Riot" from Stars. It's just a great little ditty. Here's the video.

The Stars are responsible for one of my favourite songs of all-time. I don't remember the last time I synced my iPod without including "Your Ex-Lover is Dead". The video is perfect for this time of year, full of ice and snow.

You likely know Stars best from their 2006 hit "Ageless Beauty". That's a great tune, although I prefer The Most Serene Republic Mix. Here's the video for the original.

They'll call Stars a Montreal band, but they were originally formed right here in Toronto. They've got a fantastic sound, don't they?

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You Scumbag, You Maggot

videosI shared The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" earlier in the month as a weekly MP3. Normally I only host MP3s for seven days before yanking them, but dammit, this is Christmas, so you can still grab it if you haven't already.

If you can't wait to hear this holiday favourite, the video is below. It's Matt Dillon's greatest role to date.

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Last Christmas, I Gave You My Heart

giftIs there really only a week until Christmas? Holy crap.

Here's a little something from me to you. It's Wham's "Last Christmas". Don't pretend you're not ecstatic.

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Bring the Noise

peAfter hearing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back for the first time, I couldn't believe my ears. I had finally found music that got my heart pumping, my head banging and my mind racing all at once. A standout track on that phenomenal album is "Bring the Noise".

It only took me a few listens to memorize the lyrics and I've never forgotten them. A few years later, while flipping through the channels, I heard that beat again, only it was different. It was rocking hard. It was Public Enemy and Anthrax. It was awesome.

Every time I hear this, I rap along. It came on the radio this weekend and I treated James and Michelle to my Chuck D and Scott Ian. I brought the noize and they loved it.

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The Original Mr. Metro

videoWhile riding the subway today, I called myself "Mr. Metro". The dialogue in my head was about eco-friendly modes of transportation and with metro being the French word for subway, the term Mr. Metro came naturally. (Note to self: check yourself into a mental institution for observation).

So I'm calling myself Mr. Metro, when all of a sudden I catch myself singing a local rap song from back in the day. Devon was a Toronto rapper who recorded "Mr. Metro", a song about Toronto police racism allegations. MuchMusic would play the video now and then and I always thought it had a raw, gritty charm.

I found the video on YouTube. There are some Toronto street scenes in there for good measure. On an interesting side note, I just learnt from Devon's Wikipedia page that he's now a police officer for the RCMP. Go figure.

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Sarah Polley's Haunting Cover of Courage

musicThe Sweet Hereafter, a great Atom Egoyan film, features a cover of The Tragically Hip's "Courage" sung by Sarah Polley.

I've always liked this haunting reworking of the tune and meant to share this video some time ago.

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Record Body Count by Rheostatics

videoDuring Thanksgiving turkey at my mom's house, the conversation turned to The Rheostatics. Actually, the conversation turned to Old Mill Donuts and then The Rheostatics, but the devil is in the details.

I told Steve my favourite Rheostatics song was "Record Body Count" and promised to share the video in this space. He told me to do it up, and here it is done... and done.

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The Ballad of Wendel Clark

videoI've been helping Buffalo Boy start up his own blog. I just popped over to see how he's doing and I was delighted to find this entry in which he shares The Rheostatics' "The Ballad of Wendel Clark, Part 1&2".

If you remember Etobicoke in the mid-80s, watching this video is a trip down memory lane. My favourite part is the scenes of the Old Mill Donuts shop which I fondly recall. It was on Dundas Street West, between Islington Avenue and Burnhamthorpe Road, where the Second Cup is now. I hadn't thought about Old Mill Donuts in years.

There's more fantastic Etobicokery as well, and it's a pretty cool tune honouring a Leaf great who was all heart.

Well done, Buffalo Boy. Just remember what I told you about leaving the entry mark-up to the CSS...

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