Rolling Stone slights Rihanna and embraces Newman on 2007 singles list

    Rolling Stone, that magazine your dad thinks is cool, has released its list of the best singles of 2007. In a fit of curmudgeonly ill temper, the editors at the publication have passed over Rihanna’s omnipresent dance joint “Umbrella” as the song of the year, placing it at number three on the list. The top spot was ceded to Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys,” a quality track but not as good (in my humble opinion) as Jay-Z gets. A case could be made, though, that the master should be exalted over the student, and Hova walks away with the list. The problem with the list and the problem with Rolling Stone lies with the inclusion of Randy Newman’s “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country” at number two. There’s no reason to hate on Newman. He has a great catalog, and my nephew respects the hell out of his work on both Toy Story films. He is not, however, on this planet or any parallel Earth the author of the second best song of 2007. Even if Newman didn’t sound as old as the candy in my grandma’s coffee table, “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country” is a one-note piece of hate mail to the Bush administration. Though Rolling Stone is trying to show that it still cares about things that “matter,” all it does is show how way, far away it is from being a shadow of its former self. The list, like the magazine, tries to be everything to every person, and doesn’t end up mattering much to anybody.   The full RS list follows:

    100 "Rockstar" – Nickelback
        99 "Never Again" – Kelly Clarkson
        98 "Wild Mountain Nation" – Blitzen Trapper
        97 "Honey Bee (Let’s Fly To Mars)" – Grinderman
        96 "Big Girls Don’t Cry" – Fergie
        95 "Satan Said Dance" – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
        94 "2 Hearts" Kylie Minogue
        93 "Is There A Ghost" – Band Of Horses
        92 "Mistaken For Strangers" – The National
        91 "Freak Out" – Liars
        90 "Threshold Apprehension" – Black Francis
        89 "I Wish That I Could See You Soon" – Herman Dune
        88 "Computer Camp Love" – Datarock
        87 "Dashboard" – Modest Mouse
        86 "Pagan Angel And A Borrowed Car" – Iron & Wine
        85 "It’s Me, Bitches (Remix)" – Swizz Beat
        84 "The Crystal Cat" – Dan Deacon
        83 "The State Of Massachusetts" – Dropkick Murphys
        82 "Ultimate" – Gogol Bordello
        81 "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe" – Okkervil River
        80 "Stop Me" – Mark Ronson
        79 "Myriad Harbor" – New Pornographers
        78 "The Songs That We Sing" – Charlotte Gainsbourg
        77 "Chelsea Dagger" – The Fratellis
        76 "Go Getta" – Young Jeezy

        75 "Phantom Limb" – The Shins
        74 "Comfy In Nautica" – Panda Bear
        73 "100 Days, 100 Nights" – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
        72 "You! Me! Dancing!" – Los Campesinos!
        71 "Impossible Germany" – Wilco
        70 "Bed" – J. Holiday
        69 "Seahorse" – Devendra Banhart
        68 "Tambourine" – Eve
        67 "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" – Vampire Weekend
        66 "Big Shit Poppin’" – T.I.
        65 "White People For Peace" – Against Me!
        64 "The Magic Position" – Patrick Wolf
        63 "Buy U A Drank" – T-Pain
        62 "The Last Fight" – Velvet Revolver
        61 "Down Boy" – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
        60 "Make It Witchu" – Queens Of The Stone Age
        59 "Let It Go" – Keyshia Cole
        58 "Grip Like A Vice" – The Go! Team
        57 "Men’s Needs" – The Cribs
        56 "Lip Gloss" – Lil Mama
        55 "Hold On" – KT Tunstall
        54 "I-95" – Fountains Of Wayne
        53 "Black Mags" – The Cool Kids
        52 "Pressing On" – John Doe
        51 "Killing The Blues" – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
        50 "The Heart Gently Weeps" – Wu-Tang Clan
        49 "Makes Me Wonder" – Maroon 5
        48 "Kiss Kiss" – Chris Brown (Feat. T-Pain)
        47 "The Pretender" – Foo Fighters
        46 "Do You Feel Me" – Anthony Hamilton
        45 "Halloweenhead" – Ryan Adams
        44 "Bleed It Out" – Linkin Park
        43 "Us Placers" – CRS
        42 "This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race" – Fall Out Boy
        41 "Just Fine" – Mary J. Blige
        40 "Old News" – Dr. Dog
        39 "Guitar" – Prince
        38 "So Hott" – Kid Rock
        37 "Throw Some D’s" 36 "Situation" – 1990s
        35 "Girlfriend" – Avril Lavigne
        34 "Are You Alright" – Lucinda Williams
        33 "Backed Out On The…" – Kevin Drew
        32 "When Under The Ether" – PJ Harvey
        31 "Don’t Matter" – Akon
        30 "LDN" – Lily Allen
        29 "The People" – Common
        28 "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" – Miranda Lambert
        27 "Silver Lining" – Rilo Kiley
        26 "Same Girl" – R. Kelly and Usher
        25 "Teenagers" – My Chemical Romance
        24 "What Goes Around…" – Justin Timberlake
        23 "Teenage Love Affair" – Alicia Keys
        22 "Keep The Car Running" – Arcade Fire
        21 "Crank That" – Soulja Boy
        20 "All My Friends" – LCD Soundsystem
        19 "1234" – Feist
        18 "Icky Thump" – The White Stripes
        17 "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" -Radiohead
        16 "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" – Spoon
        15 "Piece Of Me" – Britney Spears
        14 "I Get Money" – 50 Cent
        13 "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" – of Montreal
        12 "Gunslinger" – John Fogerty
        11 "Stronger" – Kanye West
        10 "Int’l Player’s Anthem" – UGK
        09 "Boyz" – M.I.A.
        08 "Long Walk Home" – Bruce Springsteen
        07 "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse
        06 "Dough Is What I Got" – Lil Wayne
        05 ""Four Winds" – Bright Eyes
        04 "D.A.N.C.E." – Justice
        03 "Umbrella" – Rihanna
        02 "A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country" – Randy Newman
        01 "Roc Boys" – Jay-Z

    [Stereogum]