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All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2007

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Tens of thousands of listeners voted in the All Songs Considered poll for the year's best CDs. It was tight for much of the race, with Radiohead and Arcade Fire running neck-and-neck for first place. But in the end, Radiohead's In Rainbows pulled ahead as an overwhelming winner.

There were also surprises: Some of the year's most anticipated CDs (like Rilo Kiley's Under the Blacklight), or most popular albums (like Lily Allen's Alright, Still) barely made the top 25. Meanwhile, smaller acts like Andrew Bird wound up in the Top 10.

The 25 CDs NPR listeners loved most this year are listed below. Thanks to all who voted for helping make it a great year at All Songs Considered.

More 2007 Top 10 Lists from:

Bob Boilen, Will Hermes, Robin Hilton, Tom Moon, Meredith Ochs

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All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2007

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Moneymaker

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25.

  • Song: Moneymaker
  • from Under the Blacklight
  • by Rilo Kiley

Rilo Kiley's 'Under the Blacklight' was one of the year's most anticipated records. The band had built a huge following, but a major-label contract provided a chance for a lot more exposure. Judging from its poor showing in our poll, we're guessing that a lot of people heard a few good songs, but were generally disappointed.

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Alfie

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24.

  • Song: Alfie
  • from Alright, Still
  • by Lily Allen

Lily Allen's pop masterpiece was a smash when it was released in the U.K. in the summer of 2006. Most of her music was on MySpace then, as well. The U.S. release was a bit anticlimactic -- it wasn't released until January 2007 -- and by the time of this poll, the record felt old. Still, this is a great CD.

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Hop a Plane

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23.

  • Song: Hop a Plane
  • from Con
  • by Tegan and Sara

Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie co-produced this album by the duo of twin sisters from Canada. The Con has a sound seemingly inspired by '80s power pop.

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St. Apollonia

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22.

  • Song: St. Apollonia
  • from Flying Club Cup
  • by Beirut

A lush and beautifully arranged album, The Flying Club Cup draws heavily on songwriter Zach Condon's love of Balkan music.

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Ba Da Bing!
Released
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Goodnight Rose

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21

  • Song: Goodnight Rose
  • from Easy Tiger
  • by Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is so prolific that it's easy to lose track of his individual albums: One can easily blur into the next. But NPR listeners found a lot to love on Easy Tiger, one of the singer's strongest efforts in years.

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Lost Highway
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Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe

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20.

  • Song: Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe
  • from The Stage Names
  • by Okkervil River

Okkervil River's The Stage Names is a stunning and soaring collection of songs that examine the consequences of celebrity and pop culture. Wonderful wordplay and cinematic tales from songwriter Will Sheff, with music that's upbeat and smart.

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Jagjaguwar

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To the Dogs or Whoever

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19.

  • Song: To the Dogs or Whoever
  • from Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
  • by Josh Ritter

The sound of Josh Ritter's most mature album to date was as bold as the title. For Historical Conquests, he tossed his guitar aside and wrote songs on piano instead, hoping for something new. It worked, yielding some of Ritter's most inspired songwriting.

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V2
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No One Would Riot For Less

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18.

  • Song: No One Would Riot For Less
  • from Cassadaga
  • by Bright Eyes

On Cassadaga, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst further explores his love of roots and country-flavored rock, with more production polish than heard on previous records.

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Detlef Schrempf

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17.

  • Song: Detlef Schrempf
  • from Cease to Begin
  • by Band of Horses

Band of Horses moved from a grittier indie-rock sound to a more Southern feel on Cease to Begin. For many fans, it was a huge step forward from the band's 2006 debut, Everything All the Time.

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Cease to Begin
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Sub Pop
Released
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Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse

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16.

  • Song: Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
  • from Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  • by Of Montreal

The Athens, Ga., band Of Montreal continues to impress with its swirling synths and tangled wordplay. Hissing Fauna also boasts one of the year's best album covers, with packaging that unfolds like origami.

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Paper Planes

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15.

  • Song: Paper Planes
  • from Kala
  • by M.I.A.

This was a fan favorite and a favorite for NPR reviewer Will Hermes who notes that M.I.A. "manages to critique and celebrate modern hip-hop in a single indelible line. She understands full well that in America, as in the world over, audiences love a charismatic outlaw."

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Myriad Harbor

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14.

  • Song: Myriad Harbor
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In a strong year for Canadian artists, The New Pornographers continued to stand out as a leader. Challengers' melodic and thoughtful pop masterpieces feature more textures and layers than ever.

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North American Scum

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13.

  • Song: North American Scum
  • from Sound of Silver
  • by LCD Soundsystem

Rock and dance pop intermingle with a sense of humor on LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver. "North American Scum" is a hilarious example of body-shaking, head-rattling music.

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Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car

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12.

  • Song: Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
  • from Shepherd's Dog
  • by Iron & Wine

Iron and Wine's Shepherd's Dog was a surprising turn from the whispery folk of earlier albums. Frontman Sam Beam explores his eclectic side with forays into psychedelic rock and lush instrumentation.

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Rehab

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11.

  • Song: Rehab
  • from Back to Black
  • by Amy Winehouse

It's been a wild year for Amy Winehouse. A tumultuous personal life has some fans questioning her staying power, but there's no doubting her artistry or her voice on the Motown-inspired Back to Black.

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Imitosis

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10.

  • Song: Imitosis
  • from Armchair Apocrypha
  • by Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird made one of the year's most subtle works of art. Not as brash as other albums, Armchair Apocrypha features delicate, handmade songs built around Bird's trademark violin work and world-class whistling.

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Green Gloves

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09.

  • Song: Green Gloves
  • from Boxer
  • by The National

The National wins the prize for clever time-signature trickery, setting different rhythms against one another on Boxer's opening track, "Fake Empire." It sets the tone for a near-perfect collection of introspective late-night rock songs.

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"Phantom Limb"

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08.

  • Song: "Phantom Limb"
  • from Wincing the Night Away
  • by The Shins

The Shins returned this year with what many considered a long-overdue album. Four years after releasing the incredibly popular Chutes Too Narrow, the band survives the pressure and expectations by picking up where it left off. Wincing the Night Away is full of jangly, heartfelt pop.

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Parting of the Sensory

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07.

  • Song: Parting of the Sensory
  • from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
  • by Modest Mouse

On We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank Modest Mouse stands its ground as one of the most original bands making music today. It's filled with surprising music and words, led by the distinctive voice of Isaac Brock and the addition of Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.

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"You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"

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06.

  • Song: You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
  • from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • by Spoon

Spoon frontman Britt Daniel makes meticulously crafted pop songs. His attention to detail results in a tight, if oddly titled, album that bounces and sways from track to track, and even surprises every now and then.

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Icky Thump

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05.

  • Song: Icky Thump
  • from Icky Thump
  • by The White Stripes

Some critics dismissed Icky Thump as a hit-and-miss minor work for The White Stripes. But NPR listeners loved Jack White's jagged guitar solos and Meg White's elemental drum work enough to put the band in the Top 5.

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Hate it Here

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04.

  • Song: Hate it Here
  • from Sky Blue Sky
  • by Wilco

Much less experimental than recent work, Sky Blue Sky shows Wilco returning to the more straight-ahead, folk and country-flavored rock of the band's earlier days. The addition of guitarist Nels Cline for this recording attracted as much attention as Jeff Tweedy's laid-back songs.

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I Feel It All

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03.

  • Song: I Feel It All
  • from Reminder
  • by Feist

Few singers can hold listeners' attention as effectively as Leslie Feist. TV ads for Apple made her song "1 2 3 4" (co-written by New Buffalo's Sally Seltmann) a huge hit. But collectively, The Reminder runs much deeper, both in its mysterious sound and in its soulful meditations on love and loss.

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Antichrist Television Blues

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02.

  • Song: Antichrist Television Blues
  • from Neon Bible
  • by Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire spent much of the poll swapping with Radiohead for first place before settling in at second. But Neon Bible is no less impressive in its majestic wall of richly orchestrated sound. Political and passionate, it shines light on the darker side of humanity without seeming overly overt or self-righteous.

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01.

  • Song: Nude
  • from In Rainbows
  • by Radiohead

They're the biggest band in the world for some and the most overrated for others. But with In Rainbows, Radiohead did something no other major player did this year. It wasn't just the group's decision to more or less give the album away as a download, or its decision to work without a record label. It was the care Radiohead took to produce In Rainbows, sculpting a three-dimensional sonic landscape unlike any other.

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