The 100 Best Songs of 2007

Jay-Z triumphed, and Rihanna offered us shelter under her umbrella, while Springsteen, Bright Eyes and Arcade Fire reported on the storm

Posted Dec 11, 2007 9:26 AM

25 "Teenagers"
My Chemical Romance

My Chem all but cover the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" on this unlikely Southern-rock rave-up — the catchiest and most fun song of their career.

26 "Same Girl"
R. Kelly and Usher

Turns out that Kels has learned something by churning out 400 chapters of "Trapped in the Closet." This hilarious minidrama exhibits considerable skill in laying out a complete story (R. and Usher discover they're both dating a young lady who works at TBS, went to Georgia Tech, drives a Durango and has an angel tattoo — it's the same girl!) in four minutes and twelve seconds. No sequels — or flatulent midgets — required.

27 "Silver Lining"
Rilo Kiley

Jenny Lewis and her bandmates are at their tuneful best, channeling Rumours and the pop-rock sensibility that may yet make them famous on this track about the dark and good things a breakup can bring.

28 "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Miranda Lambert

The title cut from the best country album of the year, this single found Lambert pushing the role of the rowdy Nashville lass to new extremes. Over bar-band stomp, Lambert narrates a rage-fueled encounter with her ex's new girl, and both her big chorus and slice-of-life story are long on raucous energy and entertainment value.