From “Umbrella” to “Irreplaceable,” 2007 was the year that served us good music. It is the year that saw the rise of some famous stars we celebrate today. For instance, this is the year Rihanna won her first career Grammy award. Other stars who dominated the music industry include Akon, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Fergie, and many more. In this article, we take you through some of the best hit songs of 2007.
10. Umbrella – Rihanna ft. Jay-Z
This song is from the Barbadian singer Rihanna. The track is from Rihanna’s album, Good girl gone bad, and serves as the lead single in this album. It was officially released on March 2007. In her song, she features Jay-Z, who took part in writing the lyrics.
The song is an R&B, hip-hop, and pop song with some rock elements. It refers to a platonic and romantic relationship and how strong the relationship is. According to Grammy, Rihanna won her first Grammy with this track at the 58th Grammy Awards in 2008.
9. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is a Canadian songwriter and singer behind the “Girlfriend” track. Lavigne co-wrote this song alongside Dr.Luke, who also produced the track. It is the lead single from Avril’s third studio album, the best damn things. Listening to the lyrics, this song is a story of the song’s protagonist crushing on another person who is already in another relationship.
The protagonist claims that she should be his girlfriend. This track has similarities to “Mickey” by Toni Basil and “I wanna be your girlfriend” by The Rubinoos. According to Baltimoresun, Avril and Dr.Luke were sued for this on claims of copyright infringement. Later the case was dropped.
8. Makes Me Wonder- Maroon 5
“Makes Me Wonder” is a song from Maroon 5, a pop-rock band from America. This song was released in March 2007 as the band’s first album; It won’t be soon before long. After it was released, this rack set a record for its big jump to position one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It rose from position 64 to position 1. The track also won a Grammy award during the 50th Grammy awards. According to the lyrics, this is a love song about a failed relationship that went wrong.
7. Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
Fergie is an American singer and is the person behind the “Big Girls Don’t Cry” song. She recorded the song for her debut studio album, Dutchess. Fergie co-wrote this song alongside Tob Gad. The production was taken care of by will.i.am.
This track is different from other singles from Fergie in that it deviates from the urban music and hip-hop we are used to. Instead, it is a simple pop ballad that also incorporates acoustic elements. According to the lyrics, the song is about moving on after the pain of a breakup.
6. Don’t Matter – Akon
This is an R&B song from Akon, an American rapper. The tune featured in Akon’s second album, Konvicted, and was released in the album as the third single in 2007. According to Rolling Stone, this song ranked at position 31 on the list of 100 best songs of 2007. The melody of the song borrows heavily from R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix),” with the chorus interpolating Bob Marley’s “Zimbabwe.”
5. Party like a Rockstar – Shop Boyz
This is a hip-hop ballad from an American group called Shop Boyz. This song was released as part of the group’s album, Rockstar Mentality. It achieved considerable mid-2007 by peaking at position five on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In other countries, this track gained airplay on BBC Radio 1 and in the U.K. Lyrically, the tune references famous rock music figures like Travis Barker, Marilyn Manson, and others.
4. Glamorous – Fergie
Fergie recorded Glamorous alongside Ludacris for her studio album, The Dutchess. The track was co-written by Fergie alongside Ludacris, among other people. This song has a very smooth and silky feel with some techno elements. Glamorous achieved commercial success worldwide by peaking within the top 10 in different countries like Ireland and Australia. This song was Fergie’s best-selling tune in the U.S. as well.
3. Home – Daughtry
This is a song from an American rock band, Daughtry. The track had been on the rise in the U.S. charts before being featured as the band’s second single in their self-titled album. According to Entertainment Weekly, Chris Daughtry mentions he wrote the song in 15 to 20 minutes. This was when he was going to be away from home for the first time. From this, he wrote this radio-friendly piece that we enjoy to date.
2. This Is Why I’m Hot – Mims
This is the debut single from Mims, an American rapper. The track was written by Mims, and left the production to Blackout Movement. Upon releasing the track in 2007, it hit position one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Listening to this track, you will realize samples of different hip-hop songs, including Dr. Dre’s “Tell me when to go.” This is among the tracks that Alex Rodriguez, a baseball player, used in his career.
1. Stronger – Kanye West
Kanye West, an American rapper, takes credit for this track. He released this track as his second single in his third album, Graduation in 2007. Written by a team of 4, the composition is amazing, deploying synthesizers and drums. The hip-hop song lasts 5 minutes and 11 seconds. According to Kanye West, this song helped him vent his frustrations for some mistakes he had committed in his prior years.
In 2010, West was sued on copyright claims by Vincent Peters of a song he had recorded in 2006. A federal judge, however, dismissed this claim for inadequate evidence of the claims.
There you go! 2007 had many goodies in terms of music. From Rihanna to Kanye West, we listened to the best tunes from the current stars. If you feel like walking down memory lane 15 years back, add the above songs to your playlist. The hits have garnered so many views and streams on music platforms. We are sure that you will enjoy revisiting these tracks.
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