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2007 Billboard Critics' Picks

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Billboard is a very quantitative magazine, providing the chart positions that give us a handy way of measuring a song's popularity. They do have an editorial side, however, and here's their list of critic's picks.

Gretchen Christopher of The Fleetwoods brought this to my attention - you'll notice that her album comes in at #6. Quite an accomplishment and great to have it recognized.

1. Colbie Caillat, "Coco" (Universal Republic)

Break out the "Bubbly" for the year's most engaging album.

2. Rihanna, "Good Girl Gone Bad" (SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG)

The perfect storm of performance, songwriting and production.

3. Kim Richey, "Chinese Boxes" (Vanguard)

Vocals and compositions connect directly to your heart.

4. Ingrid Michaelson, "Girls and Boys" (Cabin 24/Original Signal)

I would have loved this even without help from Old Navy.

5. Mêlée, "Devils & Angels" (Warner Bros.)

This overlooked CD deserved to be a hit; it's worth seeking out.

6. Gretchen Christopher, "Sweet Sixteen (Suite 16)" (Gold Cup)

The former Fleetwoods singer, born Feb. 29, celebrates her "16th birthday" by turning her life into a stunning suite of 16 songs.

7. Cartel, "Cartel" (Epic)

This year's Pure Pop for Now People winner.

8. Nick Lowe, "At My Age" (Yep Roc/Proper)

Speaking of Pure Pop, here's the original, still a Now Person at his age.

9. D'Nash, "Capaz de Todo" (Import: Caes)

This Spanish boy band should get a U.S. release.

10. Rilo Kiley, "Under the Blacklight" (Warner Bros.)

Indie sensation still cooking on major label.

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my personal top 20

1. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

2. White Stripes - Icky Thump

3. Panda Bear - Person Pitch

4. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

5. Menomena - Friend and Foe

6. Radiohead - In Rainbows

7. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum

8. Madlib - Beat Konducta India

9. Justice - †

10. Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation

11. Daft Punk - Alive 2007

12. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass

13. Battles - Mirrored

14. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away

15. Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings

16. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

17. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

18. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

19. MIA - Kala

20. The Apples In Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder

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