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Guide To The Misguided: Rolling Stone’s Top Albums Of ’07 List

We’ll get into the homestretch of 2007’s work-year, here, with what is probably the last year-end list (save Pitchfork’s), and definitely the most aggressively shitty. Congrats, RS! Despite some close calls from other rags, this list pretty much has it all; it’s a fully functioning masterclass in boat-missing predictability, so take notes on ‘how-to’ from the vets at Wenner Media, annotated with #s for extra happy fun times. For starters, after Bob Dylan’s win last year, you knew Bruce was gonna be #2 — dad’s choice for top spot, replaced last minute by something hipper to avoid any sense of being out of touch with what the kids are listening to. And what are the kids listening to anyway? Well, the indie kids like that Bright Eyes (#12) and those White Stripes (#17) and this Devendra Banhart (#19) and Rilo Kiley (#8?!?!), right? OK, enough bowing to the crazy fringe acts and their career-defining opuses? Good now get to some bands from Papa Jann’s youth, like a little Plant (#24) and Macca (#22), and get Fogerty at #11.

Now something for the older guitar girls, say Lucinda Williams (#18). Did Melissa Ethridge put anything out this year? She did? Are you sure? Far out! Make it top 20. And for those mall kids, say, oh I dunno, Fall Out Boy. Ah and that Apple ad! Put the “1234” gal up there somewhere. OK, one more for you kids (Band Of Horses) and one more for Papa Jann (Mavis Staples). So, that’s 48. Who else was in the news this year? Red Sox won the baseball thingy there was that band with the song that gave us the music angle on the Series — put ‘em at #49. And, wasn’t there something with limos and underwear and everybody talking about Britney Spears? That’s a thing, right? Ladies and gents, I think we’ve got ourselves a list. Boom, baby.

50 Britney Spears – Blackout
49 Dropkick Murphys – The Meanest of Times
48 Mavis Staples – We’ll Never Turn Back
47 Band of Horses – Cease to Begin
46 Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High
45 Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
44 Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
43 Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist
42 Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
41 of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

40 Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
39 Dr. Dog – We All Belong
38 Imperial Teen – The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band
37 Down – Over the Under
36 Alicia Keys – As I Am
35 Feist – The Reminder
34 Chris Brown – Exclusive
33 Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price – Last of the Breed
32 Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
31 Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
30 Youssou N’Dour – Rokku Mi Rokka
29 Mary J. Blige – Growing Pains
28 The Apples in Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder
27 Lil Wayne – Da Drought 3
26 Miranda Lambert – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
25 Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
24 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
23 1990s – Cookies
22 Paul McCartney – Memory Almost Full
21 Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero
20 Melissa Etheridge – The Awakening
19 Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
18 Lucinda Williams – West
17 The White Stripes – Icky Thump
16 Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
15 Common – Finding Forever
14 Gogol Bordello – Super Taranta!
13 Lily Allen – Alright, Still
12 Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
11 John Fogerty – Revival
10 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
09 Against Me! – New Wave
08 Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
07 LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
06 Radiohead – In Rainbows
05 Kanye West – Graduation
04 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
03 Jay-Z – American Gangster
02 Bruce Springsteen – Magic
01 M.I.A. – Kala

But to the list’s benefit: Another great placement for one of the year’s better records (Les Savy Fav), some huge love for one of our personal favorite albums of this year (M.I.A.), and as far as we can tell it’s not a cigarette ad.

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