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The 2007 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (DFA/EMI) 1662 (141)
2. Radiohead: In Rainbows (Self Released) 1611 (148)
3. M.I.A.: Kala (XL/Interscope) 1611 (144)
4. Amy Winehouse: Back To Black (Universal) 1492 (131)
5. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge) 1212 (111)
6. Kanye West: Graduation (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 913 (91)
7. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge) 785 (77)
8. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand (Rounder) 759 (78)
9. Bruce Springsteen: Magic (Columbia) 747 (64)
10. The National: Boxer (Beggars Banquet) 743 (68)
11. Feist: The Reminder (Cherrytree/Interscope) 709 (69)
12. Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch) 649 (62)
13. Panda Bear: Person Pitch (Paw Tracks) 588 (55)
14. The White Stripes: Icky Thump (Warner Bros.) 579 (58)
15. Miranda Lambert: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Columbia) 560 (49)
16. Lily Allen: Alright, Still (Parlophone/EMI) 509 (53)
17. Battles: Mirrored (Warp) 450 (45)
18. Jay-Z: American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 406 (41)
19. The Shins: Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop) 370 (38)
20. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone) 368 (36)
21. Against Me!: New Wave (Sire) 366 (33)
22. Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl) 356 (32)
23. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala (Service/Secretly Canadian) 339 (30)
24. Band of Horses: Cease to Begin (Sub Pop) 327 (32)
25. Deerhunter: Cryptograms (Kranky) 312 (31)
26. PJ Harvey: White Chalk (Island) 309 (33)
27. Grinderman: Grinderman (Anti-) 306 (28)
27. Burial: Untrue (Hyperdub) 306 (28)
29. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam (Domino) 299 (27)
30. Bettye LaVette: Scene of the Crime (Anti-) 272 (26)
31. Okkervil River: The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar) 268 (27)
32. Rilo Kiley: Under The Blacklight (Warner Bros.) 265 (31)
33. Mavis Staples: We'll Never Turn Back (Anti-) 263 (26)
34. Tinariwen: Aman Iman: Water Is Life (World Village) 262 (28)
35. Lil Wayne: Da Drought 3 (Young Money Entertainment) 262 (24)
36. Justice: Cross (Ed Banger/Downtown/Vice) 257 (28)
37. The Field: From Here We Go Sublime (Kompakt) 254 (24)
38. Iron & Wine: The Shepherd's Dog (Sub Pop) 244 (27)
39. UGK: Underground Kingz (Jive) 243 (19)
40. El-P: I'll Sleep When You're Dead (Def Jux) 235 (21)

The albums poll combines ballots from 577 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 2006 titles. (Every individual ballot is available online.) Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (included in parentheses) used for tiebreaking.

Includes 2006 votes: Amy Winehouse, 41 (4); Lily Allen 225 (23).

Singles

1. Amy Winehouse: "Rehab" (Universal) 97
2. Rihanna featuring Jay-Z: "Umbrella" (Def Jam) 93
3. LCD Soundsystem: "All My Friends" (DFA/EMI) 61
4. Feist: "1234" (Cherrytree/Interscope) 58
5. Justice: "D.A.N.C.E." (Ed Banger/Downtown/Vice) 53
6. M.I.A.: "Paper Planes" (XL/Interscope) 50
7. Kanye West: "Stronger" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 48
8. UGK featuring Outkast: "International Players Anthem" (Jive) 47
9. Peter Bjorn & John: "Young Folks" (Wichita/V2) 42
10. Battles: "Atlas" (Warp) 39
11. The White Stripes: "Icky Thump" (Warner Bros.) 35
12. The Shins: "Phantom Limb" (Sub Pop) 30
13. Arcade Fire: "Keep The Car Running" (Merge) 26
14. LCD Soundsystem: "Someone Great" (DFA/EMI) 25
Lil' Mama: "Lip Gloss" (Jive) 25
16. Spoon: "The Underdog" (Merge) 22
17. Grinderman: "No Pussy Blues" (Anti-) 21
Bruce Springsteen: "Radio Nowhere" (Columbia) 21
M.I.A.: "Boyz" (XL/Interscope) 21
20. Spoon: "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" (Merge) 20
21. Amy Winehouse: "You Know I'm No Good" (Universal) 19
22. LCD Soundsystem: "North American Scum" (DFA/EMI) 18
23. Modest Mouse: "Dashboard" (Epic) 16
Alicia Keys: "No One" (Sony) 16
R Kelly featuring T-Pain and T.I.: "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" (Jive) 16
Avril Lavigne: "Girlfriend" (RCA) 16
27. Soulja Boy: "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" (Interscope) 15
50 Cent: "I Get Money" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 15
Kanye West featuring T-Pain: "Good Life" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 15
Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson: "The Way I Are" (Blackground/Interscope) 15
31. Arcade Fire: "Intervention" (Merge) 14
32. Lily Allen: "Smile" (Parlophone/EMI) 13
Britney Spears: "Piece of Me" (Jive) 13
34. Bat For Lashes: "What's a Girl to Do?" (She Bear/Echo/Parlophone) 12
Bruce Springsteen: "Girls in their Summer Clothes" (Columbia) 12
Kanye West: "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 12
Jay-Z: "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...)" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 12
Bright Eyes: "Four Winds" (Saddle Creek) 12
39. Against Me!: "Thrash Unreal" (Sire) 11
Miranda Lambert: "Famous In A Small Town" (Columbia) 11

Village Voice, Feb. 6, 2007

Postscript Notes:

For complete results, essays, and comments, see the Village Voice website. Robert Christgau did not work on organizing this poll, although he did cast a ballot.


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