Top 100 Pop Songs 2007

This is admittedly a subjective list based on judgments of quality instead of sales figures or radio airplay. A number of songs have expanded reviews - click on the word 'Review' to read more information about the song.

This list should be a great conversation starter and feel free to agree or disagree. Either way there is a lot of great pop music to be found here.

Justin Timberlake - Summer Love

© Jive Records

It's one of the weaker songs on but at this particular point in time average Justin Timberlake is better than the best by many other performers.

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Akon - Don't Matter

Akon. Courtesy UniversalMotown

Akon has a sure hand with melody, and it's obviously apparent in this sweet song of forbidden love.

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Lil Mama - Lip Gloss

Lil Mama
Lil Mama. Courtesy Jive Records

Something tells me this isn't the last we'll hear from teenage Lil Mama. This song is a throwback to classic hip hop girl groups like J.J. Fad and Salt 'n Pepa.

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Ne-Yo - Because of You

Ne-Yo. Courtesy Def Jam

Ne-Yo has had such major success as a songwriter, that it's possible to nearly forget his stellar work as an artist. This was the lead single to his second solo album and features elegant production from Stargate. Listen for the Michael Jackson influences.

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Blake Lewis - Break Anotha

Blake Lewis - A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)
Blake Lewis - A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream). Courtesy J Records

Blake Lewis, this year's American Idol runner-up, brings his musical vision to record. His energy and passion for pop are in abundant evidence here.

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Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You

Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad. Courtesy Def Jam

Overall, this song is a bit of a disappointment. A collaboration between Def Jam's brightest young stars Rihanna and Ne-Yo deserved to be an absolute blockbuster. It wasn't, but it's still catchy and glides along in ultra-smooth fashion.

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Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose

Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose
Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose. Courtesy Sony

It took many months, but Mat Kearney finally broke through into the pop top 40 this year. The moments that will stick in your memory are when he effortlessly glides into his upper vocal register as the chorus kicks off.

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Enrique Iglesias - Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)

Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias. Photo by Scott Gries / Getty Images

Pop Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias returned this year with this fun little slice of pop effervescence complete with ping pong ball sound effects.

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Katharine McPhee - Over It

Katharine McPhee
Courtesy J Records

2006 American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee hit the pop singles chart early this year with this wistful, soulful song. The use of lower register is particularly engaging.

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Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston - Love Like This

Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston - Love Like This
Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston - Love Like This. Courtesy Epic Records

A sunny, singalong tune that takes advantage of the rocket to stardom of teenager Sean Kingston. On the charts Natasha Bedingfield avoided the sophomore curse by taking this song into the pop top 10.

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JoJo - How to Touch a Girl

JoJo - The High Road
Courtesy Blackground Records

JoJo gets instructional here, but it's her soulful, seasoned voice that draws attention here.

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Jordin Sparks - Tattoo

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks. Courtesy Jive Records

It's really hard to get enough of the exuberant approach to life and music of this year's American Idol champion Jordin Sparks. Don't miss the video of this sweet song.

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Mandy Moore - Extraordinary

Mandy Moore - Wild Hope
Mandy Moore - Wild Hope. © The Firm

The most extraordinary thing here is that Mandy Moore has left teen bubblegum behind for a polished, mellow adult pop sound.

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Kat DeLuna featuring Elephant Man - Whine Up

Kat DeLuna - 9 Lives
Kat DeLuna - 9 Lives. courtesy Sony

One of the dance anthems of the summer of 2007 from newcomer Kat DeLuna.

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Bon Jovi - (You Want To) Make a Memory

Bon Jovi - Lost Highway
Bon Jovi - Lost Highway. Courtesy Mercury Nashville

Bon Jovi seem to be an indestructible band. This is the type of song that lets the band age gracefully with their audience.

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Kelly Clarkson - Sober

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson. Courtesy RCA Records

Kelly Clarkson masters the art of the confessional pop ballad here.

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Flo Rida featuring T-Pain - Low

Flo Rida
Flo Rida. Courtesy Atlantic Records

Welcome to the birth of a new pop/hip hop star. T-Pain contributes his trademark vocals to the festivities on the chorus.

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Michael Buble - Everything

Michael Buble - Call Me Irresponsible
Michael Buble - Call Me Irresponsible. © Reprise Records

Michael Buble heads closer to mainstream pop here, but it's still his amazingly polished and smooth voice that will make his fans' hearts melt.

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Beyonce & Shakira - Beautiful Liar

Beyonce. Photo by Evan Agostini / Getty Images

Two of the world's biggest female pop stars, Beyonce and Shakira, generate seriously sexy sparks here. The only thing missing was a truly killer chorus to take it over the top.

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Ashley Tisdale - He Said, She Said

Ashley Tisdale
Ashley Tisdale. Courtesy Warner Bros. Records

Ashley Tisdale proves there is life beyond High School Musical. Her first major pop chart hit is an uptempo pop/dance gem.

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Britney Spears - Gimme More

Britney Spears - Blackout
Britney Spears - Blackout. Courtesy Jive Records

Yep, Britney Spears is still a recording artist. This sexy slow-burn dance tune was good, but her album release brought even better treasures.

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Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls

Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston. Courtesy Epic Records

The debut hit by teen star Sean Kingston was instantly memorable with the use of the instrumental hook from the classic "Stand By Me." However, it does wear out its welcome a bit eventually.

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Mark Ronson featuring Lily Allen - Oh My God

Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson. Photo by Dave Hogan / Getty Images

Pair one of the top dance/pop producers in the business with Lily Allen, one of the most distinctive female British pop voices of the moment and you've got an exhilaratingly fun track. This was all but ignored in the US, but it is worth hearing.

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The Last Goodnight - Pictures of You

The Last Goodnight - Poison Kiss
The Last Goodnight - Poison Kiss. Courtesy Virgin Records

It was a good year for rock with a strong pop melody, and the Last Goodnight were one of the best new artists to emerge in the genre in 2007.

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Simple Plan - When I'm Gone

Simple Plan
Simple Plan. Photo by Warwick Saint, courtesy Lava Records

Canadian pop punk veterans Simple Plan returned near the end of the year with a surprisingly poppy single. The new album appears early in 2008.

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Backstreet Boys - Inconsolable

Backstreet Boys - Inconsolable
Backstreet Boys - Inconsolable. Courtesy Jive Records

No vocal groups do sweet melodic harmonies better than the Backstreet Boys. They are vocal masters.

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Dashboard Confessional - Stolen

Dashboard Confessional

The spirit of emo continues to live with the music of Dashboard Confessional. The song wisely skirts the edge of true weepiness.

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James Morrison - You Give Me Something

James Morrison
James Morrison. © Interscope Records

James Morrison's voice is one of the top ones in the singer/songwriter boomlet that defined much of the pop music scene in early 2007.

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Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am

Ingrid Michaelson - Girls and Boys
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls and Boys. Courtesy Cabin 24

Singer-songwriter Michaelson was turned into a pop star via the use of her music in the TV show Grey's Anatomy. Her gentle, wistful sound is perfect for the drama unfolding on the screen.

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Melee - Built to Last

Melee. Courtesy Warner Bros.

If this little pop gem got lost in the crush of other music last year for you, then treat yourself and watch the video. The humorous recycling of romantic movie cliches fits perfectly with the sweet piano pop of the song.

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Annie Lennox - Dark Road

Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction
Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction. Courtesy Arista Records

Age has not dulled the voice of Annie Lennox. While bluesy in tone, this song still soars with unmistakable power.

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Jonas Brothers - S.O.S.

Jonas Brothers
Jonas Brothers. Photo by David Livingston / Getty Images

A plum guest spot on the Miley Cyrus concert tour didn't hurt at all, but it's the Jonas Brothers' unrelentingly positive power pop that leaves a lasting memory.

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Fall Out Boy - I'm Like a Lawyer... (Me & You)

Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy. Photo by Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

This 3rd hit single from is accompanied by a video set in war-torn Uganda.

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Hilary Duff - With Love

Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff. Courtesy Hollywood Records

Here Hilary Duff proves she is fully capable of maturing into a talented adult pop-dance artist.

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Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder

Maroon 5 - It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Maroon 5 - It Won't Be Soon Before Long. © A&M Records

Maroon 5 answered those who questioned the band's ability to hold their audience after such a gap between first and second albums by sending this single straight to the top of the pop singles chart.

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Rihanna - Shut Up and Drive

Rihanna - MTV Video Music Awards 2007
Rihanna - MTV Video Music Awards 2007. Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Rihanna handles the dance-rock genre with the same ease she seems to handle any other style of r&b or pop.

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Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come

Matchbox Twenty - Exile on Mainstream
Matchbox Twenty - Exile on Mainstream. Courtesy Atlantic Records

If this song is any indication, the reunion of Matchbox Twenty with lead vocalist, and solo star, Rob Thomas is a very successful one. If you thought Matchbox Twenty's music was a bit on the down side, you need to hear this peppy pop-rock.

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Diddy featuring Keyshia Cole - Last Night

Keyshia Cole - Just Like You
Keyshia Cole - Just Like You. Courtesy Geffen Records

Diddy helps Keyshia Cole continue on her path towards top-level stardom in this brilliantly insinuating r&b groove.

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Daughtry - Home

Photo by Frank Ockenfels, courtesy RCA Records

This year's American Idol theme managed to avoid becoming too annoying even after it became one of the most played radio hits of the year. It's a key part of the story of Daughtry, one of the biggest pop-rock stories of the year.

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Sean Kingston - Me Love

Sean Kingston - Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston - Sean Kingston. courtesy Beluga Heights

Extra points to Sean Kingston for basing this hit around a classic Led Zeppelin tune.

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Kanye West featuring T-Pain - Good Life

Kanye West - Graduation
Kanye West - Graduation. Courtesy Roc-a-Fella

The song may be a bit slight, but Kanye West and T-Pain will make you smile with the happy groove here. Also, the video is one of the very best of the year.

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Avril Lavigne - When You're Gone

Avril Lavigne - When You're Gone
Avril Lavigne - When You're Gone. Courtesy RCA Records

Few artists make emotional ballads sound more effortless than Avril Lavigne. If it fits your life situation, this song will hit home.

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J. Holiday - Bed

J. Holiday - Back of My Lac
J. Holiday - Back of My Lac. Courtesy Capitol Records

Every year needs a great make out song, and J. Holiday's big pop debut just may be the one for 2007.

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Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare. © Domino Records

Sales weren't as stunning as last year, but the Arctic Monkeys proved last year's debut was no fluke.

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Hurricane Chris - A Bay Bay

Hurricane Chris
Hurricane Chris. Courtesy Polo Grounds Records

This song put the Shreveport, Louisiana rap scene on the map. You will be singing along before the song's over.

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John Mayer - Gravity

John Mayer
John Mayer. Courtesy Sony

There's a bluesy timelessness to this song from John Mayer. A few well chosen words have a serious impact.

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Chris Brown - With You

Chris Brown
Chris Brown. Courtesy Jive Records

This is Chris Brown's best ballad work yet.

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Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold

Gym Class Heroes
Gym Class Heroes. Courtesy Decaydance

It's still impossible to know whether Gym Class Heroes would have had a serious pop breakthrough without a big assist from Supertramp, but at this point I don't think it really matters.

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Sara Bareilles - Love Song

Sara Bareilles - Little Voice
Sara Bareilles - Little Voice. Courtesy Epic Records

Sara Bareilles emerged very late in the year as a very promising singer-songwriter producing classic piano pop.

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Miley Cyrus - See You Again

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus. Photo by Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

For those who think Miley Cyrus' Disney pop is only for kids, this is the song to hear. It's driving dance-pop with a hint of rock.

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Maroon 5 - Wake Up Call

Maroon 5 - Wake Up Call
Maroon 5 - Wake Up Call. Courtesy A&M Records

Quentin Tarantino movies meet the pop music world in this song and video from Maroon 5.

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Wyclef Jean featuring Akon, Lil Wayne, and Niia - Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)

Wyclef Jean - The Carnival II (Memoirs of an Immigrant)
Wyclef Jean - The Carnival II (Memoirs of an Immigrant). Courtesy Sony

Wyclef Jean returned with his biggest solo hit in 10 years. It's a unique combination of a rather sinister back story with irresistible music.

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Soulja Boy - Crank That

Soulja Boy -
Soulja Boy - Courtesy Collipark Music

The big dance hit of the year. Your mileage with Soulja Boy may vary, but this song swept through parties and even stage performances by major artists then refused to let go.

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Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake - Give It To Me

Timbaland. © Matt Law

A stylish way to settle scores with Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake all sharing their opinions.

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Foo Fighters - The Pretender

Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Courtesy RCA Records

The Foo Fighers unleashed one of the biggest Modern Rock hits of all time with this song. The fierce rock attack sounds great in a pop context, too.

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Paul McCartney - Dance Tonight

Paul McCartney - Memory Almost Full
Paul McCartney - Memory Almost Full. Courtesy Hear Music

There is plenty of life left in Sir Paul McCartney even after the age of 65. He maintains a sure hand with a pop song and plays a mean mandolin.

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Linkin Park - What I've Done

Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight. Courtesy Warner Bros.

The eerie opening piano line announced the return of Linkin Park in full fighting form with production work from the legendary Rick Rubin.

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Daughtry - Over You

Courtesy RCA Records

Daughtry exhibit an impressively polished pop-rock sound here. Of course, assistance from veteran producer Howard Benson doesn't hurt.

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Elliott Yamin - Wait for You

Elliott Yamin
Elliott Yamin. Courtesy Hickory Records

Former American Idol contestant Elliott Yamin proved his soulful voice is a good fit with contemporary pop arrangements. This song went clear to the pop top 5 for Elliott.

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Pink - U + Ur Hand

Pink - U + Ur Hand
Pink - U + Ur Hand. Courtesy La Face Records

It took some time but Pink finally got a major hit single from her album project with this raw opinionated piece.

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Fergie featuring Ludacris - Glamorous

Fergie - The Dutchess
Courtesy A&M Records

With a shiny sheen fitting the song's title, Fergie continued to spin out polished hits from her solo debut .

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Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend

Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Thing
Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Thing. © RCA Records

Avril Lavigne gets up in your face. It's a love/hate type of song. Is it childish or is the brattiness brilliant?

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Good Charlotte - I Don't Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem)

Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte. Courtesy Epic Records

It took some time for a major hit to emerge from Good Morning Revival, but this one is a monster. Dance-rock was big in '07 and this was one of the biggest standard bearers.

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Linkin Park - Shadow Of the Day

Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight. Courtesy Warner Bros.

Linkin Park strike a more wistful tone featuring brilliant vocals from Chester Bennington.

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Robin Thicke - Lost Without U

Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke. Courtesy Interscope

Robin Thicke proved definitively that blue-eyed soul is quite alive and well. This is one of the sexiest hits of the year.

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Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson. Photo by Dave Hogan / Getty Images

If "Rehab" doesn't convince you of the talent of Amy Winehouse, perhaps her rocking through this tune will.

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Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned

Justin Timberlake - MTV Video Music Awards 2007
Justin Timberlake - MTV Video Music Awards 2007. Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

More slinky, sexy dance music from Justin Timberlake's phenomenal album.

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Boys Like Girls - The Great Escape

Boys Like Girls
Boys Like Girls. Courtesy Columbia / Red Ink

Just like their heroes Jimmy Eat World, Boys Like Girls make memorable power pop hooks seem effortless.

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Pink - Who Knew

Pink - I'm Not Dead
I'm Not Dead. Courtesy La Face Records

The spare guitar hook is catchy, but it's the words here that can break your heart in Pink's lament of a life lost too soon.

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Fall Out Boy - Thnks fr th Mmrs

Fall Out Boy - Thnks fr th Mmrs
Fall Out Boy - Thnks fr th Mmrs. Courtesy Island Records

Clever words, ultra-catchy music, and an expanded instrumental palette makes this one of the best Fall Out Boy singles yet.

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White Stripes - Icky Thump

White Stripes - Icky Thump
White Stripes - Icky Thump. Courtesy Warner Bros.

White Stripes present another wildly creative tear through pop and rock conventions on the title song for this year's album Icky Thump.

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Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson - The Way I Are

Timbaland. Courtesy Interscope

Before this song very few pop music fans knew who r&b/pop singer-songwriter Keri Hilson was. However, due to this irresistibly catchy hit, she is unlikely to be forgotten any time soon.

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Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song

Aly & AJ - Insomniatic
Aly & AJ - Insomniatic. Courtesy Hollywood Records

Disney teen pop stars Aly & AJ headed into the mainstream with this synth pop romp. It is one of the very best of the crowded Disney pop year.

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Nickelback - If Everyone Cared

Courtesy Roadrunner Records

Nickelback effectively deliver the simple but powerful message if we all simply care for and respect each other, it will be a much better world.

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Shop Boyz - Party Like a Rockstar

Shop Boyz - Party Like a Rockstar
Shop Boyz - Party Like a Rockstar. Courtesy Republic

The Shop Boyz reminded us all this summer that rock and rap can live quite comfortably side by side with a sense of humor.

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Fergie - Clumsy

Fergie - Clumsy
Fergie - Clumsy. Courtesy A&M Records

Borrowing liberally from a variety of sources including Casio synthesizer beeps, the rock n roll "Girl can't help it" line, and a hilarious spoken word interlude, "Clumsy" is Fergie at her best.

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Ciara - Like a Boy

Ciara - The Evolution
Courtesy La Face Records

Ciara explores the differences between genders from a unique perspective backed by music filled with drama. This is one of her most musically mature hits yet.

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Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music

Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music
Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music. Courtesy Island Def Jam

Rihanna's big dance hit burst on to the pop chart near the end of 2007 bringing big dance beats back to the upper reaches of the chart for the first time in too long. It was also a reminder, simultaneously, of glory days of Michael Jackson and a bit of dance music history.

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Gwen Stefani featuring Akon - The Sweet Escape

Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape
Courtesy Interscope

Gwen Stefani brought us a breezy taste of summer in the middle of last winter with this irresistible retro-ish hit. When summer rolled around the song fit perfectly into summer radio playlists as well helping "The Sweet Escape" become one of the biggest radio hits of the year.

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Chris Brown featuring T-Pain - Kiss Kiss

Chris Brown - Exclusive
Chris Brown - Exclusive. Courtesy Jive Records

It looked like Chris Brown's second album Exclusive might have problems getting off the ground commercially until this song was unleashed as the second single. The incessant bounce of the chorus creates an irresistible pull. You won't forget this one soon.

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Celine Dion - Taking Chances

Celine Dion - Taking Chances
Celine Dion - Taking Chances. Courtesy Sony

Celine Dion did indeed take chances on this single that marked her return to English-language pop recording. She moves into slightly more rocking territory in highly tasteful fashion. Some pop fans may take a second look at Celine after hearing this track. Don't miss the Eurythmics reference in the second half of the song.

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Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Amy Winehouse - Lollapalooza 2007
Amy Winehouse - Lollapalooza 2007. Photo by Rob Loud, © C3 Presents / Front Row Center

None of the tabloid headlines over the personal problems of Amy Winehouse can erase the sheer retro brilliance of the sound of this song.

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Colbie Caillat - Bubbly

Colbie Caillat - Coco
Colbie Caillat - Coco. © Universal Republic

With Colbie Caillat's emergence into the pop spotlight, MySpace officially became a music force to be reckoned with. This is one of the most comforting pop hits in recent memory. Smiles all around.

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Regina Spektor - Fidelity

Regina Spektor - Lollapalooza 2007
Regina Spektor - Lollapalooza 2007. Photo © Kristin Vogel

Regina Spektor is one of the most unique artist to emerge into the pop mainstream in the past year. Spektor carries the song primarily through unique effects she produces simply with her own voice.

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Paramore - Misery Business

Paramore. Courtesy Fueled By Ramen

Paramore brought a bracing burst of pop punk energy to the pop charts this year with style well beyond their very young years. Confidence brims from every chord and the commanding wails of lead vocalist Hayley Williams.

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Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry

Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry
Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry. Courtesy A&M Records

Sounding like an instant classic upon release, this song became one of the biggest pop hit singles of the year. Fergie may not be the most technically skilled female singer in the business, but "Big Girls Don't Cry" proves she knows how to use her voice to its most stunning effect.

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Alicia Keys - No One

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys. Courtesy J Records

It may take a few listens for this Alicia Keys hit to sink in, but once it does, her vocals will be certain to move you.

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Timbaland featuring OneRepublic - Apologize

Timbaland featuring OneRepublic - Apologize
Timbaland featuring OneRepublic - Apologize. Courtesy Interscope

The combined power of a gorgeous song by upcoming band OneRepublic and a gentle, tasteful production job from Timbaland brought soaring pop music back to the top of the pop singles chart. OneRepublic leader Ryan Tedder was one of the hottest songwriters and producers in the business by the end of 2007.

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Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift. Courtesy Big Machine Records

Crossing over from the country music community, this is one of the best written songs of the year. The performance is available now in both country and pop mixes. You can take your choice. Either way it's a brilliant vocal performance by teen Taylor Swift in addition to the song's emotional charms.

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Kanye West - Stronger

Kanye West - Stronger
Kanye West - Stronger. courtesy Roc-a-Fella

It seemed a tall order for Kanye West to follow up the brilliance of "Gold Digger." However, undaunted, he made matching the quality with an entirely different approach seem effortless. Hip hop meets global electropop in bracing terms.

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My Chemical Romance - Teenagers

My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers. Courtesy Reprise Records

My Chemical Romance are true heroes for many teens who feel misunderstood and on the outside of the mainstream. This song explains exactly why. Don't miss the amazing video either.

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Janet Jackson - Feedback

Janet Jackson - Discipline
Janet Jackson - Discipline. Courtesy Island Def Jam

Rolling in at the very end of the year, this song is Janet Jackson revitalized and in fine form. One listen to this song makes it understandable why she is one of the most successful recording artists of all time.

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Kelly Clarkson - Never Again

Kelly Clarkson - My December
Kelly Clarkson - My December. Courtesy RCA Records

Extremely controversial among her fans, this song is a declaration of independence from corporate music powers from Kelly Clarkson, and it is a powerful rock vocal performance.

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Britney Spears - Piece of Me

Britney Spears
Britney Spears. Courtesy MTV Networks

Britney Spears answers her critics and the tabloid press in this sexy, writhing piece of futuristic electro-pop. It's her best single since "Toxic" and one of the best of her career.

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Feist - 1,2,3,4

Feist. Courtesy Interscope

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Finger Eleven - Paralyzer

Finger Eleven
Finger Eleven. Courtesy Wind-Up Records

It took a long time, but a song with this kind of sonic power would not be denied its time in the upper reaches of the pop charts. "Paralyzer" is the first pop top 10 hit in the US for veteran band Finger Eleven.

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Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love

Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis. Courtesy J Records

This song has not yet had time to reach the US pop charts in official release, but it is the biggest selling single of 2007 in the UK. Leona Lewis, winner of the UK talent show X Factor, is a stunning vocal talent, and this is a song that is a perfect fit for her skills. This very well could be one of the biggest singles of 2008 in the US.

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Rihanna featuring Jay-Z - Umbrella

Rihanna. Courtesy Def Jam

This song was a monster hit around the world and it is a stunning production as well as a brilliant song. For Rihanna it is simply another in an increasingly long line of major pop hits. However, few songs in recent years have generated more immediate cover versions than "Umbrella."

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Mika - Grace Kelly

Mika. Courtesy Universal

For the second year in a row, American pop radio has completely ignored a stunning pop single that was a major hit in much of the rest of the world. Trying to tease out the reasons "Grace Kelly" was ignored is probably a futile exercise, but if you've not heard it, treat yourself and find out what the rest of the world knows about the brilliant pop instincts of Mika.

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Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

Plain White T's
Plain White T's. Courtesy Hollywood Records

The simple brilliance of "Hey There Delilah" is that it takes a very heavily trodden area of pop songs - the love song about a relationship separated by distance - and makes it fresh, new, and filled with emotional resonance. There is still room for a near perfect love song and this is it.

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