Like most of the media world, we here at MTV News obsess and argue relentlessly over our year-end top 10s. This year, we thought we'd share them! Our staff top 10s will be rolling out all this week, along with several less conventional lists we've come up with, like couples, hot messes, arrests, hip-hop phrases and much more. Enjoy, and share your own top 10s in You Tell Us!
10. Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend"
She announced her new album via a MySpace bulletin riddled with more spelling and grammatical errors than a fourth-grade book report. She posed "topless" on the cover of Blender beneath the headline "Hell Yeah, I'm Hot!" She recorded her first single in seven different languages for maximum commercial impact. And there is roughly an 85 percent chance she ripped off this song from a bunch of guys who wrote the theme song to "Revenge of the Nerds."
9. The Killers' "Read My Mind"
They spent much of 2007 recoiling from everything frontman Brandon Flowers said in 2006, but still found time to film nonsensical music videos in Japan, cover Joy Division and duet with Lou Reed, all while continuing to dress like blackjack dealers on a riverboat casino. Truly an accomplished 12 months.
8. Paramore's "Misery Business"
They are bizarrely unwilling to talk about the label machinations that aided in their ascent from middling midday Warped Tour act to mall-punk's next great hope, yet more than happy to take full advantage of said machinations (see the just-released Music Video Interactive version of their Riot! album). Also, they all wear ties too often.
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7. Rilo Kiley's "Silver Lining"
The band decided that the best way to capitalize on the breakup of frontwoman Jenny Lewis and guitarist Blake Sennett was to record a modern-day version of the ultimate breakup album: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours — only with a song featuring Lewis singing en Español. The group also released an unnecessarily long (and unnecessarily "gritty") video for first single "The Moneymaker," complete with confessional interviews with porn stars and the band playing in an adult-video shop.
6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's "Goodbye to Mother and the Cove"
They joined forces with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann for this year's Some Loud Thunder, an album that garnered so much praise for being self-released, most forgot to notice that it wasn't very good at all. Not only are they perhaps the most pretentious band of '07, they're also one of the most annoying too. (Seriously, listening to a song like "Satan Said Dance" on repeat is like audio waterboarding.)
5. M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes"
It's entirely possible that she is the most important artist of the late 2000s: the musical embodiment of the cross-cultural, ADD-inflicted, increasingly shrinking, incredibly unstable era in which we live. It's also entirely possible that she's been riding the coattails of her well-connected celebrity friends (like actor Jude Law, producer/DJ Diplo and former Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischmann) this whole time, and we just haven't figured it out yet.
4. Rihanna's "Umbrella"
Following in the long and storied tradition of post-2K pop tarts like Britney and Christina, she released her "Aren't I sexy?" album, Good Girl Gone Bad, on the heels of her 19th birthday. She spent much of the year bumping and grinding in leather corsets with all the conviction of a day-shift stripper in Wisconsin. She often appeared dazed and confused in public, only lending credence to the school of thought that she has no idea where she is at any given moment.
3. Kanye West's "Stronger"
He could have held 50 Cent to his promised retirement when Graduation outsold Curtis to take the #1 spot on the Billboard albums chart, but he didn't, dooming us to another decade of lunk-headed rhymes and "candy-as-reproductive-organs" metaphors. Plus, he spent six months walking around in clunky white shutter shades, and launched a blog that allowed him to pimp his favorite clothing designers and automobile manufacturers. And he threw a tantrum backstage at the VMAs in which he vowed never to return to MTV. Somehow, we're still standing.
2. Britney Spears' "Piece of Me"
What does a piece of Britney smell like? I sort of imagine something like Cheetos and Marlboro Lights. Or shattered dreams and unfulfilled promises. Or an overturned tanker truck on the interstate. She's totally back, y'all!
1. Black Kids' "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You"
Up until about a month ago, I was convinced that they weren't even a real band. Now I can't get this song out of my head. They win.