Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2007: Dean's List


  1. M.I.A.: Kala (Interscope)
  2. Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta! (Side One Dummy)
  3. Tabu Ley Rochereau: The Voice of Lightness (Stern's Africa)
  4. Lil Wayne: Da Drought 3 (Purloined Datadisc)
  5. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge)
  6. Lucinda Williams: West (Lost Highway)
  7. Miranda Lambert: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Sony/BMG Nashville)
  8. Lily Allen: Alright, Still (Capitol)
  9. Rilo Kiley: Under the Blacklight (Warner Bros.)
  10. Burial: Untrue (Cargo)
  11. Against Me!: New Wave (Sire)
  12. Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather (Virgin)
  13. Youssou N'Dour: Rokku Mi Rakka (Give and Take) (Nonesuch)
  14. The Apples in Stereo: New Magnetic Wonder (Yep Roc)
  15. Les Savy Fav: Let's Stay Friends (Frenchkiss)
  16. Wussy: Left for Dead (Shake It)
  17. Balkan Beat Box: Nu Med (JDub)
  18. Bright Eyes: Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
  19. Imperial Teen: The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band (Merge)
  20. Lil Wayne: The Drought Is Over: The Carter 3 Sessions (
  21. White Stripes: Icky Thump (Warner Bros.)
  22. Fanfare Ciocarlia: Queens and Kings (Asphalt Tango)
  23. Jill Scott: The Real Thing (Hidden Beach)
  24. Babyshambles: Shotter's Nation (Astralwerks)
  25. Soulja Boy: (Interscope)
  26. Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams (SRC/Univeral Motown)
  27. Go! Team: Proof of Youth (Sub Pop)
  28. Los Campesinos!: Sticking Fingers Into Sockets (Arts & Crafts)
  29. Authenticité: The Sylliphone Years (Stern's Africa)
  30. 3 Tenors of Soul: All the Way From Philadelphia (Shanachie)
  31. Kenge Kenge: Introducing Kenge Kenge (Riverboat)
  32. The-Dream: Love/Hate (Def Jam)
  33. Hyphy Hitz (TVT)
  34. Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent (Mush '05)
  35. No Age: Weirdo Rippers (Fatcat)
  36. Public Enemy: How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul??? (Slamjamz)
  37. Motel Lovers (Trikont)
  38. Mary J. Blige: Growing Pains (Geffen)
  39. Nas: Hip Hop Is Dead (Columbia '06)
  40. Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero (Nothing)
  41. Ghostface Killah: The Big Doe Rehab (Def Jam)
  42. Amy LaVere: Anchors and Anvils (Archer)
  43. Colombiafrica: The Mystic Orchestra: Voodoo Love in a Champeta-Land (Riverboat)
  44. Buck 65: Situation (Strange Famous)
  45. Daft Punk: Alive 2007 (Virgin)
  46. Nellie McKay: Obligatory Villagers (Hungry Mouse)
  47. Konono No 1: Live at Couleur Café (Crammed Discs)
  48. Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Ray Price: Last of the Breed Vol. 1 & 2 (Lost Highway)
  49. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Some Loud Thunder (
  50. The Oohlas: Best Stop Pop (Stolen Transmission '06)
  51. African Pearls 1: Rumba on the River (Syllart)
  52. Tinariwen: Aman Iman (World Village)
  53. Girl Talk: Night Ripper (Illegal Art '06)
  54. Manu Chao: La Radiolina (Nacional/Because)
  55. Toni Iordache: Sounds From a Bygone Era Vol. 4 (Asphalt Tango)
  56. Jewface (Reboot Stereophonic)
  57. Lori McKenna: Unglamorous (Warner Bros.)
  58. Lupe Fiasco: The Cool (Atlantic)
  59. Bokoor Beats (Otrabanda)
  60. Kanye West: Graduation (Roc-A-Fella)
  61. Ponytail: Kamehameha (Creative Capitalism)
  62. The Thermals: The Body the Blood the Machine (Sub Pop '06)
  63. Nigeria Special (Soundway)
  64. The Roots of Chicha (Barbčs)
  65. Hot Chip: The Warning (Astralwerks '06)
  66. The Fall: Reformation: Post TLC (Narnack)
  67. Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: Obecanje: The Promise--Balkan Mix (Piranha)
  68. Common: Finding Forever (Geffen)
  69. Clinic: Visitations (Domino)
  70. Tom Zé: Danc-Eh-Sa (Irara)
  71. 7L & Esoteric: A New Dope (Babygrande '06)
  72. Urban African Club (Out Here)
  73. Mavis Staples: We'll Never Turn Back (Anti-)
  74. Look Directly Into the Sun (Bloodshot)
  75. brakesbrakesbrakes: The Beatific Visions (Rough Trade)


  1. Gogol Bordello: "Ultimate" (Side One Dummy)
  2. Britney Spears: "Piece of Me" (Jive)
  3. Randy Newman: "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" (iTunes)
  4. LCD Soundsystem: "North American Scum" (Capitol)
  5. Lil Wayne: "I Feel Like Dying" (Purloined Datadisc)
  6. Rihanna: "Umbrella" (Def Jam)
  7. Of Montreal: "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" (Polyvinyl)
  8. Paul McCartney: "Nod Your Head" (Hear Music)
  9. Lucinda Williams: "Are You Alright?" (Lost Highway)
  10. Lil Mama: "Lip Gloss" (Jive)
  11. Brad Paisley: "Ticks" (Arista)
  12. Akon: "Smack That" (Universal)
  13. Prince: "Guitar" (NPG/Columbia)

Jan. 28, 2008

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