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Top 100 Pop Songs 2007

The Best of the Year

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This is admittedly a subjective list based on judgments of quality instead of sales figures or radio airplay. A number of songs have expanded reviews - click on the word 'Review' to read more information about the song.

This list should be a great conversation starter and feel free to agree or disagree. Either way there is a lot of great pop music to be found here.

100. Justin Timberlake - Summer Love

Justin Timberlake - Summer Love
© Jive Records

It's one of the weaker songs on FutureSex/LoveSounds but at this particular point in time average Justin Timberlake is better than the best by many other performers.

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99. Akon - Don't Matter

Akon
Courtesy UniversalMotown

Akon has a sure hand with melody, and it's obviously apparent in this sweet song of forbidden love.

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98. Lil Mama - Lip Gloss

Lil Mama
Courtesy Jive Records

Something tells me this isn't the last we'll hear from teenage Lil Mama. This song is a throwback to classic hip hop girl groups like J.J. Fad and Salt 'n Pepa.

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97. Ne-Yo - Because of You

Ne-Yo
Courtesy Def Jam

Ne-Yo has had such major success as a songwriter, that it's possible to nearly forget his stellar work as an artist. This was the lead single to his second solo album and features elegant production from Stargate. Listen for the Michael Jackson influences.

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96. Blake Lewis - Break Anotha

Blake Lewis - A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)
Courtesy J Records

Blake Lewis, this year's American Idol runner-up, brings his musical vision to record. His energy and passion for pop are in abundant evidence here.

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95. Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You

Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad
Courtesy Def Jam

Overall, this song is a bit of a disappointment. A collaboration between Def Jam's brightest young stars Rihanna and Ne-Yo deserved to be an absolute blockbuster. It wasn't, but it's still catchy and glides along in ultra-smooth fashion.

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94. Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose

Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose
Courtesy Sony

It took many months, but Mat Kearney finally broke through into the pop top 40 this year. The moments that will stick in your memory are when he effortlessly glides into his upper vocal register as the chorus kicks off.

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93. Enrique Iglesias - Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)

Enrique Iglesias
Photo by Scott Gries / Getty Images

Pop Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias returned this year with this fun little slice of pop effervescence complete with ping pong ball sound effects.

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92. Katharine McPhee - Over It

Katharine McPhee
Courtesy J Records

2006 American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee hit the pop singles chart early this year with this wistful, soulful song. The use of lower register is particularly engaging.

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91. Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston - Love Like This

Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston - Love Like This
Courtesy Epic Records

A sunny, singalong tune that takes advantage of the rocket to stardom of teenager Sean Kingston. On the charts Natasha Bedingfield avoided the sophomore curse by taking this song into the pop top 10.

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