2007 in Music: A Power Hour Review
Each week for the next 10 weeks, we will be doing a power hour while listening to one minute of the top 60 songs of the each of the last ten years. Don’t ask us why, it just felt like it was really important that we do this. Next up: 2007.
You can say a lot of things about the year 2007 (and I will). You can say that the final Harry Potter book represented the end of your childhood or that mortgage crisis was a clear harbinger of economic doom to come. You can even say that the debut of the iPhone was among the seminal moments of the 21st century.
What you can’t say about 2007 is that we didn’t crank that Soulja Boy. Cause… Like… We CRANKED that Soulja Boy. Hard. And it was good.
But when we weren’t busy Supermanning that ho, we had all we could handle with the ascent of the Queen. If Beyonce had announced her presence in years prior, 2007’s “Irreplaceable” was her final step onto her rightful throne. It was glorious and it was beautiful and tbqh, starting off a power hour with this song is a little unfair cause then you have to listen to 59 other songs and they’re fine or whatever but the whole time you’re just sitting there thinking “DAMN I wanted to hear the last 2:48 of ‘Irreplaceable.’”
But, c’est la vie, I guess. [Editor’s note: we believe we can say with 100% certainty that this is the first time someone has typed the words “c’est la vie” while holding a Coors Light and discussing Beyonce. Enjoy this historic moment.]
Once you move past Bey, you notice that 2007 was really quite the year for female pop stars in general. After Beyonce at #1 we had Rihanna #2 with “Umbrella,” Gwen Stefani #3 with “The Sweet Escape” and Fergie (FERGIEEEE!!!) #4 with “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” And in many ways this was really the beginning of today’s female-dominated charts. Even the names haven’t changed much– Rihanna, Beyonce and Gwen (as No Doubt) have each charted in the last two years. I think what that really says is that we as a society are willing to cede musical territory to women even as we refuse to give them full equality in a wide range of– IS THAT “PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR”?! THAT’S “PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR”!!!
*120 seconds pass*
IS THAT “THIS IS WHY I’M HOT”?!?! THAT’S “THIS IS WHY I’M HOT”!!!
All drunken shouting aside, this year really didn’t have a ton to it after the iconic-smash filled top 10 (“Before He Cheats” and “Hey There Delilah” are both already seven years old, apparently). We had some catchy beatz (“Smack That,” “Buy U A Drink” and “Walk It Out”), some emotional ballads (“How To Save A Life” and “It’s Not Over”), and some great Kanye and Avril. But beyond that, there wasn’t much to offer. I did have a few more thoughts, tho:
- Before Ariana Grande defied the rules of verb conjugation with the line, “now that I’ve become who I really are,” Timbaland was infuriating middle school grammar teachers with “The Way I Are.” Aaaand, before Robin Thicke sexually harassed a nation, he was seducing us consensually with “Lost Without U.”
- Can we just talk about what a goddamn treasure Elliott Yamin is? How the flying fuck did this guy not win Idol. Dude got straight up Jennifer Hudsoned.
- “Ice Box” by someone named Omarion came on and I thought it was a Spotify ad and so I paused the power hour timer and it took me a full 25 seconds to realize it wasn’t. Take from that what you will, but what I’m taking from it is that “Ice Box” by someone named Omarion isn’t very good and should probably go away.
- Look, I get that I’m supposed to hate John Mayer. And on some level, I do. I promise. You mess with Jen Aniston, and I will hurt you. That said…”Waiting On the World To Change” omgggg like COME ON how does he just GET IT like WOW.WOW.WOW like so perfect for the moment back then and so perfect for the moment right now like HOW.HOW.HOW did he do it.
- If I had to pick the most underrated song of the last 450 years, it would be “It Ends Tonight” by The All-American Rejects and it’s not even CLOSE. How every melodramatic showdown on a semi-scripted reality show doesn’t occur with this as the soundtrack is absofuckinglutely beyond me.
- Ok I know Chasing Cars was actually #61 but I was like “I’ll do an extra minute, it’ll be fun, that’s such a good song!” and now I’m on the ground crying yelling “WHY SHONDA RHIMES, WHY DID DENNY HAVE TO DIE. HE HAD SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR.”
And that, kids, is 2007. It was a weird year for the world and kind of a weird year for music. C’est la vie.