Top 10 Albums of 2007
2007 was an incredible year for music! Kidzworld counts down the top 10 albums of the year.
#10 Chris Brown :: Exclusive
Like a lot of artists this year, Chris Brown did his best to avoid a sophomore slump. He did far more than that! In fact, Exclusive took this great young singer, dancer and performer, and made him the Crown Prince of R&B. He's been called the next Usher for a while now, but from now on, thanks to tracks like Kiss Kiss and With You, everyone will be gunning to be the next Chris Brown.
#9 Rihanna :: Good Girl Gone Bad
Rihanna is a bad girl who is really good at making hits. Umbrella was the biggest song of the year and Shut Up and Drive roared from radios everywhere. Add to that her latest single in 2007, aptly titled Rehab, and you have one of the best albums of the year. Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Justin Timberlake all lent a helping hand on Rihanna's third album release in less than two years, and as she keeps churning out chart-toppers, her millions of fans will keep singing along.
#8 Jonas Brothers :: Jonas Brothers
Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas released their second album in August only months after being dropped by Columbia Records. Oops, somebody should definitely lose their job over that decision! The next thing you know, the Jonas Brother's self-titled album is #5 on the Billboard Hot 200, and they're performing at the Miss Teen USA pageant, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and everything in between! This catchy, energetic album went certified platinum and singles SOS and Hold On were huge hits. Now, the boys are set to tour with Miley Cyrus. What a difference a day makes!
#7 Lily Allen :: Alright Still
Lily Allen is English. Lily Allen is awesome. Lily's album is one of the year's best. Smile was the hit single, but each of the 11 songs on the disc feature Lily's playful voice and witty lyrics. From LDN to Alfie, Alright Still just doesn't let up. Perfectly produced, this is the kind of well-balanced, eclectic album you can listen to over and over. Lily's tunes are sassy and smart, just how we like them.
#6 Feist :: The Reminder
The Reminder put Feist on the map world-wide, along with a little help from an iPod nano commercial. Even though one of her four Grammy nominations is for Best New Artist, Feist has been making hauntingly beautiful music for quite a while now. 1234 and My Moon My Man are songs unlike any other produced this year, and each of the other tracks is just as fantastically quirky. This album is tender and well executed and can hold its ground against any of the best released in 2007.
#5 Alicia Keys :: As I am
The first thing you are struck by on As I Am is that Alicia Keys can really sing. She can sing loud, she can sing low, and her voice drips appropriate emotion. None of the songs on As I Am let the listener down, and tracks like No One, Like You'll Never See Me Again, Wreckless Love, Teenage Love Affair, and Go Ahead, are powerful. Oh, wait., that's most of the album, sorry. No wonder it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 742,000 copies in its first week!
#4 Kanye West :: Graduation
If you don't know how great Graduation is, don't worry, because Kanye will certainly tell you all about it. The biggest hip hop release of the year boasts Daft Punk samples, Jay-Z samples, flashy disco, a little Lil' Wayne, and hooks galore. In a year where Kanye tragically lost his mother, Graduation continued the trend begun by The College Dropout and Late Registration: incredibly inventive music making. Kanye might brag more than most, but he backs it up with results you just can't argue with: massive hit records.
#3 Miley Cyrus :: Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is Hannah Montana. One is a pop superstar on TV. The other is a pop superstar in real life. Meet Miley Cyrus is the second soundtrack album from her Disney Channel original series and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Now multi-platinum, with over 2.5 million albums sold, this album made Billy Ray's little girl the hottest concert ticket of the year. A two-disc album, Miley sings as Hannah on one disc and as herself on the next. So far six of the 20 tracks have been top singles. Most artists try for that many hits in a career, not to mention one album, which is why this teen pop sensation ranks near the top of our list.
#2 M.I.A. :: Kala
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam's (aka M.I.A.) parents can be proud because their daughter released the second best album of 2007. Like the rest of the top 10, M.I.A. simply made a record unlike anything we've ever heard. Kala is an international block party featuring Sri Lankan temple music, Bollywood disco, the Pixies, New Order, the Clash, and even Wreckx-N-Effects. MIA is thoughtful, too. She explores war zones and discusses third-world democracy, but does it all with an effortless coolness over unpredictable beats. Controversial single Paper Planes might be the song of the year, and that's saying a lot.
#1 Amy Winehouse :: Back to Black
This was a tough year for Amy Winehouse personally, but it was also the year she took over the music world and released the best album of 2007. Since Back to Black came out Amy has been nominated for (and won) almost every award, including six Grammys, and sold more than five million records. Back to Black is slickly modernized Motown soul and Winehouse's voice is like none other in its depth and raw emotion. Yes, Rehab was a massive hit, but every song, especially the remix of You Know I'm No Good featuring Ghostface Killer, is a perfect pleasure for the ears. The only bad thing about this album is that it has to end.