By Jack Sharkey, March 10, 2017
Every Friday during 2017 we’re going to offer up five songs from each of the last fifty years that tell the story of music as it existed during that year, and how that music ultimately played a role in getting us to where we are today. We're taking the journey backwards for a different persepctive on how music has evolved over the past half century. Week 10 is all about 2007.
Like every subjective list of art, we hope this will at times make sense and at others spark debate (and maybe even a little criticism). Take the trip with us in 2017 as we look back on the music that got us to where we are today.
A mixed bag year of R&B, straight-out pop and the descending arc of the power-pop-punk guitar band genre that was the mainstream off-shoot of the emo movement. Two-thousand-seven was the first year of the iTunes revolution, or the last year that downloading wasn't the giant factor it is today, depending on how you look at it. But from a stylistic point-of-view the way listeners consumed music had no real effect (yet) on the music being marketed to them.
Irreplaceable - Beyonce Unmistakable ten years later as a Beyonce melody line, the production is simple but the hook is about as good as they come. This track is cool to listen to now in the context of her entire career because her voice is so young and thin in comparison to her voice now. Further proof that no matter how much talent an artist has, it takes years to develop that talent fully.
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's From Donovan to James Taylor to Billie Joe Armstrong (believe it or not), Plain White T's add another stop on a (somewhat) straight line of vulnerable guys singing vulnerable songs and winning hearts without much more than a guitar and a decent melody line.
How To Save A Life - The Fray But wait! There's more. Guitar. bass, drums and piano are still the fundamentals, but the swagger of 80s and 90s rock stars has been replaced by sensitive guys playing sensitive music. Swagger is now the sole domain of hip-hop and rap as pop rock took a decidely softer turn mid-decade.
Rockstar - Nickelback Every decade has that band that's uncool to love but people do anyway. The 70s had Rush, the 80s had Poison, the 90s had Creed, and then there's Nickelback. Here's the thing though, bro-country acts like Florida -Georgia Line and Luke Bryan are the logical spawn of Rockstar so say what you will, but Nickelback is responsible for more than just lame jokes by eminent hipsters. Plus, the video is a great travelogue through the first decade of the 21st Century.
Flourescent Adolescence - Arctic Monkeys The history of popular music would be somewhat dull without the contributions of the Brit Pop scene, and starting with their debut album in 2006, Arctic Monkeys took control of the genre and pretty much haven't let go of it.