Songs of '07 Meld Impressive Year of Music

As 2007 comes to a close, producers and editors of the program share their favorite songs of the past year.

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And now, to wrap up the last of our TELL ME MORE programs for this year, we wanted to say cheers by serving you a musical cocktail. I'll ask all of the TELL ME MORE producers to tell me about their favorite tunes of 2007. This is what they had to say.

(Soundbite of song, "Burn It All Down")

ROB SACHS: Hey, this Rob Sachs. I'm the director here at TELL ME MORE, and my favorite song this year actually comes from a band that we had here on the show. They're called VHS or Beta, and my favorite tune off their latest album "Bring on the Comet" is called "Burn it All Down."

(Soundbite of song, "Burn It All Down")

VHS OR BETA (Band): (Singing) Burn the flags, burn the house, burn the churches, burn it all down.

SACHS: And I really like both the album version…

(Soundbite of song, "Burn it All Down")

VHS OR BETA: (Singing) Burn the streets, burn the trees, burn the…

SACHS: …and also the acoustic version, which they performed here in the studio…

(Soundbite of song, "Burn It All Down")

VHS OR BETA: (Singing) We'll burn the flags, burn the house, burn the churches, burn it all down.

SACHS: So I grew up in the '80s, and this song is like that great lost U2 or Duran Duran track that I never heard. They're definitely a band that I'll be listening out for, and I think people should be watching out for the coming year.

(Soundbite of song, "Burn It All Down")

VHS OR BETA: (Singing) Burn the signs, burn the saints, burn the sinners, burn the whole thing down, down, down. Burn it all down.

ARWA GUNJA: Hey, this is Arwa Gunja, one of the producers here at TELL ME MORE. And my favorite song of 2007 would have to be "No One," by Alicia Keys.

(Soundbite of song, "No One")

Ms. ALICIA KEYS (Singer): (Singing) No one, no one, no one can get in the way of what I'm feeling…

GUNJA: This is my everything song - my getting-pumped-up-at-the-gym song, my lazy-day-with-a-book song, and especially my feel-good song. And, granted, I have no one about whom the song reminds me, but that aside, the power of her voice makes these lyrics come alive. It makes me feel what she feels, and every time I hear it, it makes me feel a little bit more in love with Alicia Keys.

(Soundbite of song, "No One")

Ms. KEYS: (Singing) I know some people search the world to find something like what we have. I know…

(Soundbite of song, "Big Brother")

Mr. KANYE WEST (Rapper): (Rapping) Stadium status…

ARGIN HUTCHINS: Hey, this is Argin Hutchins, one of the producers of TELL ME MORE. My song of the year is "Big Brother" by Kanye West.

(Soundbite of song, "Big Brother")

Mr. WEST: My big brother was big brother, used to be Dame and Big's brother, who was hip hop brother, who was No I.D.'s friend. No I.D., my mentor. Now let the story begin.

Mr. HUTCHINS: What I like about the song is that he is honest with himself and his personal image of Jay-Z, a.k.a., Shawn Carter. He had a falling out with him, and he admits to this. And it's very rare for hip-hop artists to kind of admit their flaws or their Achilles' heels. And I listen to this song a lot, because I've been in that situation before where I did not get a chance to show somebody I that admire how much I appreciate them.

(Soundbite of song, "Big Brother")

Mr. WEST: (Singing) My big Brother was Big's brother, used to be Dame and Big's brother, who was hip-hop brother…

(Soundbite of song, "Never Fall In Love Again")

A.C. VALDEZ: My name's A.C. Valdez, and I'm an editor at TELL ME MORE.

(Soundbite of song, "Never Fall In Love Again")

VALDEZ: I'd have to say my favorite song of 2007 is "Never Fall In Love Again." It's a hidden track from The Noisettes' album "What's the Time Mr. Wolf?"

(Soundbite of song, "Never Fall In Love Again")

THE NOISETTES (Rock Band): (Singing) I will never fall in love again.

Mr. VALDEZ: I really like it because I feel like a lot of the best songs are sad songs. It's a slow waltz, with mostly just guitar and two people on vocals.

(Soundbite of song, "Never Fall In Love Again")

THE NOISETTES: (Singing) I wrote this song, and I'm a man that was raised so tenderly.

Mr. VALDEZ: It really reflects a lot on what's hard about breakups and when you feel like you're just never going to fall in love again and you feel like you completely miss that person. And I play guitar myself, and I write songs. I feel like some of my best stuff that I've written really comes from that place of sadness and loneliness. And really, playing it makes you feel better. So it's something I can really identify with.

MONICA: Hi. My name is Monica (unintelligible), and I'm a producer on TELL ME MORE. My favorite song for 2007 is "Life Is Real" by Ayo. Ayo sings that some people say I'm too open. And I'm also too open, so I kind of related to it.

(Soundbite of song, "Life Is Real")

Ms. AYO (Singer): (Singing) Some people say that I'm too open. They say it's not good to let them know everything about me…

MONICA: Another thing I really enjoy is that I can actually relate to the performer, to Ayo, because she actually came from Europe like me, and she lives in Germany and I also lived in Germany. And I feel like some of the things that we have faced are similar.

(Soundbite of song, "Life Is Real")

Ms. AYO: (Singing) I live my life the way I want. I got nothing to hide, nothing at all.

MONICA: I just like it very much because it's a song that made me smile, and it's also very honest. So that's my pick for 2007.

(Soundbite of song, "Life Is Real")

Ms. AYO: (Singing) I live my life the way I want. I got nothing to hide, nothing at all. Life is not a…

MARTIN: You just heard the TELL ME MORE producers talking about their favorite music for 2007. And that's all our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow, and Happy New Year.

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