Top 50 British Tracks of 2007

I've limited this list to songs that were unreleased in the U.S. during the past year or failed to chart here. Under these criteria, I disqualified Amy Winehouse's entire Back to Black album. Her immense talent will never be questioned by me, and "Rehab" topped the list last year. But now she's a six-time Grammy nominee with a platinum album. Hardly overlooked. Nevertheless, I placed her collaboration with Mark Ronson on the list: it has quite rightly eclipsed the original Zutons version, which sounds like a demo alongside Amy's full-bodied rendering.

Single of the year has to be Arctic Monkeys's "Fluorescent Adolescent." They've had memorable singles – "I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor," "When the Sun Goes Down" – but "Fluorescent Adolescent" is their first song that could be a massive American smash. The Monkeys have finally found the pop songcraft to match Alex Turner's sharply observed lyrics. If they can keep producing songs at this level, I will begin to entertain those Smiths comparisons.

McFly's "Transylvania" will likely be a criticized choice for runner-up. But eff it: the haters are just wrong. "Transylvania" is a totally gonzo Disney rock opera, like Queen re-interpreted by the cast of High School Musical. That's not a bad thing. It's rare for a song to be both ambitious and utterly charming. The song has hooks for days, and that call-and-response chorus, "Who is your lover?/I couldn't tell," is quite simply genius.

The top 10 contains zero current Sugababes and two former ones, Siobhan Donaghy and Mutya Buena. (Take that, Keisha.) There are also two Groove Armada in the top 10, proving that they are still some of the most inventive producers out there. Ice queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and goofball Jack Peñate impressed with joyous singles; Bat For Lashes and Maximo Park explored the internal world of heartbreak in very different ways. Following that theme is "Heartbroken" by breakout producer T2, an irresistible dance track that was a surprise hit in the UK.

Without further delay, these are the top 50 tracks of 2007:

50. "Autumnsong" – Manic Street Preachers

49. "Catch You" – Sophie Ellis-Bextor

48. "Crazy For You" – Groove Armada ft. Alan Donohue of The Rakes

47. "No U Hang Up" – Shayne Ward

46. "Delivery" – Babyshambles

45. "Books From Boxes" – Maximo Park

44. "I Wanna Have Your Babies" – Natasha Bedingfield

43. "Bitter End" – Nine Black Alps

42. "You! Me! Dancing!" – Los Campesinos

41. "Bigger Than Big" – Super Mal ft. Luciana

40. "Ruby" – Kaiser Chiefs

39. "Call the Shots" – Girls Aloud

38. "Some Kinda Rush" – Booty Luv

37. "Love Ya" – Unklejam

36. "Ankle Injuries" – Fujiya and Miyagi

35. "Secret Sunday Lover" – Ali Love

34. "No Man's Land" – Beverley Knight

33. "The Girls" – Calvin Harris

32. "Sheila" – Jamie T

31. "It's Not Over Yet" – Klaxons

30. "Relax, Take It Easy" – Mika

29. "Starz In Their Eyes" – Just Jack

28. "The Bomb" – New Young Pony Club

27. "Girls Who Play Guitars" – Maximo Park

26. "Merrymaking At My Place" – Calvin Harris

25. "Kingdom of Doom" – The Good The Bad and The Queen

24. "Flex" – Dizzee Rascal

23. "I Believe" – Simian Mobile Disco

22. "Run-Away" – Super Furry Animals

21. "Sexy! No No No" – Girls Aloud

20. "Anyway You Choose To Give It" – The Black Ghosts

19. "Flux" – Bloc Party

18. "Bird Flu" – M.I.A.

17. "The Magic Position" – Patrick Wolf

16. "Calm Down Dearest" – Jamie T

15. "Golden Skans" – Klaxons

14. "Valerie" – Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse

13. "Overpowered" – Roisin Murphy

12. "Paper Planes" – M.I.A.

11. "Never Seen Your Face" – Bishi

10. "Get Down" – Groove Armada ft. Stush & Red Rat

9. "Heartbroken" by T2 ft. Jodie Aysha

8. "Our Velocity" – Maximo Park

7. "Second, Minute, or Hour" – Jack Peñate

6. "Don't Give It Up" – Siobhan Donaghy

5. "What's a Girl To Do?" – Bat For Lashes

4. "Song 4 Mutya" – Groove Armada ft. Mutya Buena

3. "Me and My Imagination" – Sophie Ellis-Bextor

2. "Transylvania" – McFly

1. "Fluorescent Adolescent" – Arctic Monkeys

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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