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No One (Alicia Keys song)

“No One” is a song by American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys, taken from her third studio album, As I Am (2007). It was written and produced by Keys, Kerry Brothers, Jr., and George M. Harry, and released as the album’s lead single in September 2007. This is one of Keys’ biggest songs, having topped several singles charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for ten consecutive weeks. It is her second solo number-one single in the United States after 2001’s “Fallin'”.

In 2008, “No One” was ranked at number forty-two on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs[1] and number fourteen on the Top Billboard Hot 100 R&B/hip-hop songs.[2] In 2009, the song placed at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart. It also placed at number 48 on Billboard’s “Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs”.

The song won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 2008 Grammy Awards on February 10, 2008. During the ceremony, Keys performed it in a duet with John Mayer. “No One” was also the most listened song on U.S. radio of 2008 with 3.08 billion listeners.[3] According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, “No One” is the eight biggest selling single of 2008 with sales over 5,6 million.[4]

Kiss Kiss (Chris Brown song)

“Kiss Kiss” is a song recorded by American recording artist Chris Brown for his second studio album, Exclusive (2007). The song features vocals and production credits from hip hop recording artist T-Pain, who co-wrote it with Brown. The song was released as the album’s second single on September 10, 2007 worldwide. It was later solicited to rhythm crossover radios in the United States on September 11, 2007. “Kiss Kiss” is composed as upbeat chanting record that incorporates elements of R&B and dance music. The song is written mainly about getting a woman’s attention.

“Kiss Kiss” was generally well received by music critics; many cited it as one of the album’s highlights and praised T-Pain’s appearance as the featured vocalist and producer. The song was a commercial success as it topped the charts in New Zealand and the United States, becoming Brown’s second number one hit in both countries. It also peaked inside the top ten in Canada and Australia and later earned platinum certifications there. The single, however failed to garner similar success in the European territories, peaking outside the top twenty in Ireland and the United Kingdom and below the top fifty in Sweden and Switzerland.

The music video for “Kiss Kiss” was directed by Brown and Erik White, who directed the music video for his last number one hit “Run It!”. The video features Brown in personas – a nerd and a jock – and several dance sequeces. It earned a nomination at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards for “Best Choreography”. It was nominated for several other accolades at the 2008 BET Awards and the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

Stronger (Kanye West song)

“Stronger” is a song by American rapper Kanye West, released as the second single from his third studio album, Graduation (2007). The production was handled by West, with an extended outro co-produced with Mike Dean. The composition is electronic in nature, employing synthesizers as its prominent instrument. For the track, West utilizes a vocoder-affected vocal sample of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by French house duo Daft Punk. On “Stronger,” West speaks about the resolve that comes when one is faced with adversity, with lyrics at the song’s refrain that paraphrase Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous dictum, “What does not kill him, makes him stronger.” West also describes “Stronger” as an “emancipation”, using the track to vent his frustration over mistakes he made in the past year.

The song’s production process was arduous, with West and his team mixing the track reportedly over 75 times, including after its release as a single. Although he worked with eight different audio engineers and eleven different mix engineers around the world for the track, West still felt dissatisfied with the results and decided to enlist the aid of record producer Timbaland in redoing its drum programming prior to the release of Graduation. West felt “Stronger” paled in comparison to the sampled original, but Daft Punk were delighted by the song, leading to future collaborations. The single’s music video was directed by Hype Williams, features sci-fi imagery based on the 1988 anime film Akira, and was shot largely in Tokyo, Japan. Kanye West’s use of shutter shades in the music video became a signature of his in the late 2000s.

Released as a single on July 31, 2007, “Stronger” would top the Billboard Hot 100 several weeks later, becoming West’s third number-one single. It was a top ten single in ten countries, topping the charts in four of them, including the United Kingdom. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards, and was named as one of the best songs of the year by Rolling Stone and Spin. Its popularity has been accredited to not only encouraging other hip-hop artists to incorporate house and electronica elements into their music, but also for playing a part in the revival of disco and electro-infused music in the ensuing years. “Stronger” has since sold five million copies in the United States.[3]

Crank That (Soulja Boy)

“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” is the debut single by American rapper Soulja Boy Tellem. It served as the lead single from his debut studio album, souljaboytellem.com (2007) and accompanies the Soulja Boy dance. The song is recognized by its looping steelpan riff. It caused what has been called “the biggest dance fad since the [mid-1990s] Macarena”, with an instructional YouTube video for the dance surpassing 27 million views by early 2008.[3]

“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” spent seven weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 2007, and was the number 21 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[4] The song received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song at the 50th Grammy Awards but lost to Kanye West’s song “Good Life”. On January 6, 2008, it became the first song ever to sell 3 million digital copies in the US.[5] In 2009 it was named the 23rd most successful song of the 2000s on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[6] It had sold 5,080,000 downloads in the US by February 2014.[7]

Big Girls Don’t Cry (Fergie song)

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” (also known as “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)”) is a song recorded by American singer and rapper Fergie for her debut studio album, The Dutchess (2006). It was written by Fergie and Toby Gad while the production was helmed by will.i.am. The song was released as the fourth single from the album on May 22, 2007. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” deviates from the hip-hop and urban music of Fergie’s previous singles and opts for a more simplistic pop sound that incorporates acoustic and classical elements. It features credits from about thirty instrumentalists, many of which play the violins, violas and celli on the track. Lyrically, the song talks about moving on from the pain of divorce.

The critical reception of “Big Girls Don’t Cry” was positive, with many praising the maturity and simplicity displayed on the single as well as the message. The song was a commercial success domestically, attaining the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. It became her third single to do so and earned her the accolade of being the first female artist with three number one singles from one album since 2000 with Christina Aguilera’s first three number one singles. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” also became Fergie’s highest selling single in the country with 3,833,000 units sold as of August 2012,[1] and her longest charting with nearly fifty weeks logged on the Hot 100 between May 2007 and March 2008. The song peaked at number one in Canada and was present for fifty-three weeks on the chart. The song also reached number one in various international territories including Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Australia, where it spent nine weeks at the top position. Besides France and Hungary, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” reached the top ten in all other international markets like the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It was used in an episode of Pretty Little Liars, “Father Knows Best”.

The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Anthony Mandler and released in May 2007. It depicts Fergie and her love interest, portrayed by actor Milo Ventimiglia, in their turbulent relationship that ultimately ends with Fergie packing up her belongings and driving away in her car. The music video featured Fergie in apparel designed by Candie’s and was used by the brand to promote their clothing line.

Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston song)

Beautiful Girls” is the debut single by reggae-influenced musician Sean Kingston from his eponymous debut; it was first released in 2007. The song samples Ben E. King’s classic “Stand by Me” and uses digital pitch correction technology on the vocals. The song is about a boy who is suicidal (or rather “in denial” in the edited version) over the failure of his relationship with a “beautiful girl”. It is Kingston’s signature song.

Rapper Lil Mama and actors Kenny Vibert and Lil’ JJ are featured in the music video directed by Marcus Raboy.

Hey There Delilah

“Hey There Delilah” is a song by American pop punk group Plain White T’s. It was released in May 2006 as the third single from their third studio album All That We Needed. It received radio play over the following year and eventually reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 2007. The song was featured in television shows Journeyman, I Love the New Millennium, Orange Is the New Black, and Family Guy.

Umbrella (song)

“Umbrella” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It features American rapper Jay Z, who co-wrote the song with its producers Tricky Stewart and Kuk Harrell, with additional writing from The-Dream. The song was originally written with Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected it. “Umbrella” is a pop and R&B song referring to a romantic and platonic relationship and the strength of that relationship.

Entertainment Weekly ranked the song number one on the 10 Best Singles of 2007, while Rolling Stone and Time listed the song at number three on the 100 Best Songs of 2007. The song has earned Rihanna several awards and nominations. In 2007, the song won two awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, when it was nominated for four. At the 2008 Grammy Awards, “Umbrella” also earned Rihanna and Jay Z a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in addition to receiving nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song is also listed on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at 412.

The song serves as the lead single to the album, and was released worldwide on March 29, 2007 through Def Jam Recordings. “Umbrella” was a commercial success, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the United Kingdom, where the song’s chart performance generated controversy[citation needed] when the country was experiencing excessive flooding and large amounts of rain at the time, it was one of the most played songs on radio in the 2000s (decade). It managed to stay at number one on the UK Singles Chart for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest run at number one for any single of that decade, and is also one of the few songs to top the chart for at least 10 weeks. The single was one of the highest digital debuts in the United States and remained at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks.

The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Chris Applebaum and features, among all, Rihanna’s nude body covered in silver paint. The video earned Rihanna a Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and Most Watched Video on MuchMusic.com at MuchMusic Video Awards. Along with countless amateurs, “Umbrella” has been covered by several notable performers from a variety of musical genres, including Taylor Swift, Manic Street Preachers, Biffy Clyro, All Time Low, McFly, OneRepublic, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Vanilla Sky and The Baseballs. Rihanna performed the song at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, 2008 BRIT Awards and was the closing song of the “Good Girl Gone Bad Tour” (2008), the “Last Girl on Earth” (2010), and the “Loud Tour” (2011). It was included in the “Diamonds World Tour” (2013), and the “Anti World Tour” (2016).

Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)

“Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” is a song by American singer-songwriter T-Pain, released on February 20, 2007, as the lead single from his second studio album, Epiphany. The song, produced by T-Pain himself, features a guest verse from American rapper Yung Joc.

T-Pain describes the meaning of the song as “…these days lots of people begin their relationships in the clubs. Whole conversations begin with some guy buying a young lady a drink. I wanted to make a song for those folks.”[1]

Makes Me Wonder

“Makes Me Wonder” is the first single released from Maroon 5’s second album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007). It premiered on the Las Vegas radio station KMXB, and became an instant hit worldwide. Upon release, the song set a record for the biggest jump to number-one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, rising from number 64 to number-one. However, the record was later broken by Kelly Clarkson’s 2009 single, “My Life Would Suck Without You”.

“Makes Me Wonder” also became the band’s first number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 50th Grammy Awards, their second song to win the award. The song was among the most successful of 2007, and was their biggest hit until the release of “Moves like Jagger” by the band in 2011.

Despite the song’s commercial success, critical reception was mixed. It was ranked No. 49 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. Maroon 5 performed the song in May 2007 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

This song was used in Rock Band games as DLC.

Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne song)

“Girlfriend” is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. The song was written by Lavigne with her producer Dr. Luke for Lavigne’s third studio album, The Best Damn Thing (2007). “Girlfriend” was released as the lead single from The Best Damn Thing on 27 February 2007 by Columbia and RCA Records.[1] Lyrically, the song revolves around its protagonist having a crush on someone who is in a relationship, proclaiming she should be his girlfriend. The song has been noted to have similarities to Toni Basil’s 1982 single “Mickey”, and The Rubinoos’ 1979 single “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”. The songwriters of “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” sued Lavigne and Dr. Luke for copyright infringement; the suit was later settled.

“Girlfriend” received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented its catchiness. The song was a worldwide success, peaking at the top spot of the charts in eight countries, including Canada, the United States, and Australia. It additionally charted in the top ten of most other countries. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by The Malloys, sees Lavigne portraying three alter-egos, with all of them fighting over the same guy. In June 2007, the song’s official remix, featuring American rapper Lil Mama, was released. Lavigne performed the song a number of times, including at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards, the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, and the 2008 Juno Awards.

The song’s success made it a mainstay of pop music in the late 2000s. “Girlfriend” was certified multi-platinum in Australia and the United States. It was the top-selling songs of 2007, with over 7.3 million worldwide sales. In 2008, the song became the most viewed video on YouTube, and was the first video on the site to reach 100 million views. Rolling Stone ranked the song number thirty-five on their list of “Top 100 Songs of 2007” list. Several versions of the song were released with the chorus sung in multiple languages. In 2010, the song was named the ninety-fourth most successful song on the Hot 100 in the 2000s decade. Allmusic highlighted the song as one of the most significant punk-pop songs of all time.[2]

Give It to Me (Timbaland song)

“Give It to Me” is a song performed by American producer, songwriter and rapper Timbaland, released as the first single from his second studio album Shock Value (2007). The song features vocals by Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado and American singer Justin Timberlake. All three artists co-wrote the song together with American rapper Attitude and American producer Danja, who produced the song with Timbaland. Mosley Music Group, in association with Blackground Records and Interscope Records, serviced the song to contemporary hit and rhythmic radios in the United States on 4 February 2007 and later to urban radios on 10 March 2007. “Give It to Me” is an electro song that embodies the sensibilities of club music. The song features the protagonists addressing their critics about their successes in the music industry.

The song has been noted for its notable diatribe in Timbaland’s verse against American producer Scott Storch, who has worked with the producer in the past. It received positive reviews from music critics, many praising it for its club-oriented sound, Timbaland’s production and the lyrics. The song experienced successful commercial outcomes in the United States as well as internationally. “Give It to Me” reached the top position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first and only number one solo single in the United States (second overall after “Promiscuous”). It has sold nearly two million downloads in the United States, remaining as his third-best-selling single there. The song also topped the charts in Denmark and the United Kingdom. It experienced a lengthy chart run in Austria and Switzerland, where the song attained top ten positions on the chart. The song also attained top ten positions in European countries like Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

The accompanying music video was directed by Paul “Coy” Allen and Timbaland. It features footage of the singers performing live at the 2007 Grammy Awards and the singers in their tour bus and on a balcony. The single was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Don’t Matter

“Don’t Matter” is a reggae fusion–R&B song recorded by Akon for his second studio album, Konvicted (2006).[1] The song was released as the album’s third single in early 2007. In April 2007, it became Akon’s first solo U.S. number-one single and second number-one overall. A crucial part of the chorus uses Bob Marley’s 1979 classic “Zimbabwe”. The bridge also borrows the melody from R. Kelly’s song “Ignition (Remix)”. This song was #31 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[2] This song was also #81 on MTV Asia’s list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[3]

Glamorous (Fergie song)

“Glamorous” is a song recorded by American singer and rapper Fergie for her debut studio album, The Dutchess (2006). The song features vocals from American rapper Ludacris. It was released as the third single from The Dutchess worldwide except for in the United Kingdom, where it served as the second single. The song was serviced to mainstream radios on January 23, 2007 and to Rhythmic radios on February 20, 2007 in the United States, through A&M Records, together with will.i.am Music Group and Interscope Records.

It was written by Fergie, Ludacris, will.i.am, Elvis Williams and Polow da Don; the latter also produced the song. “Glamorous” is an airy hip hop and R&B song that has a slower feel from the album’s previous hip-hop and dance tinged singles. The lyrics deal with the protagonist staying rooted despite her success and fame. “Glamorous” garnered generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who commented on its smooth, generic sound and its lyrics, which have been likened to those of Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious” (2005) and Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny from the Block” (2002).

The song achieved commercial success worldwide, peaking inside the top ten in several countries, including Australia and Ireland, it reached the top three on the singles charts. “Glamorous” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Fergie’s second number one hit on the chart as a solo artist. The song also became her third best selling song in the United States, amassing sales of over three million copies as of August 2012,[1] and earning a double platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The music video for “Glamorous” features Fergie in scenes in which she portrays a successful actress and a teenager, acting as flashbacks from her past. “Glamorous” was featured in the video game, Grand Theft Auto V, in the radio station Non Stop Pop FM.

This Is Why I’m Hot

“This Is Why I’m Hot” is a song by American rapper Mims. The song was co-written by Mims and produced by Blackout Movement for his debut album Music Is My Savior (2007).

Released in 2007 as the first single from the album, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart, eventually being certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, selling 140,874 downloads. It remained the top-selling digital single for one additional week.

Eventually, the success of the song in the United States saw a release in the United Kingdom in May 2007, where the single peaked at No. 18 on the UK Singles Chart on the week dated June 3, 2007.The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the film Due Date.

What Goes Around… Comes Around

“What Goes Around…/…Comes Around (Interlude)” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). It was written and produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja. The song was said by Timberlake to be about betrayal and forgiveness, and was described by some music critics as a “sequel” to his 2002 single “Cry Me a River”. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics.

“What Goes Around …” is about the love life of a friend of Timberlake, Trace Ayala, and his relationship with Elisha Cuthbert. It also is rumored that the song talks about the relationship the two had in the TV series 24.[1]

The song was retitled “What Goes Around… Comes Around” for its December 19, 2006, release as the third single from FutureSex/LoveSounds. It became Timberlake’s third consecutive number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally the song was also successful, reaching the top ten in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and Australia. The song was later certified two-times platinum in Australia, gold in the United States and gold in New Zealand. The song won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards, where it also received a nomination for Record of the Year.

The Samuel Bayer-directed music video for “What Goes Around… Comes Around” was released February 7, 2007. Actress Scarlett Johansson plays Timberlake’s love interest in the video. The video received the award for Best Direction at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and was also nominated for Video of the Year.

Say It Right

“Say It Right” is a song by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado from her third studio album Loose (2006). Written by Furtado, Tim “Timbaland” Mosley and Nate “Danja” Hills, the song was inspired by, as Furtado described it, the “spooky, keyboard-driven pop sound” of the band Eurythmics, specifically their 1983 song titled, “Here Comes the Rain Again”. The song released as the album’s third single in North America and Australia (see 2006 in music). The song served as the album’s fourth single in certain European and Asian countries. It was released digitally in the United Kingdom in March 2007. It was the album’s fifth single in Latin America.

“Say It Right” attained worldwide success, topping the charts in more than seven countries, including the United States, France, New Zealand and many European countries. The accompanying music video for the song, directed by Rankin & Chris, portrays Furtado singing in various costumes and in various locations. The song has been performed on a number of live appearances by Furtado, including her third headlining Get Loose Tour.

It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards but lost to Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”.

Irreplaceable

“Irreplaceable” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, B’Day (2006). The song was written by Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel, S. Eriksen, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Beyoncé and produced by Stargate and Beyoncé. “Irreplaceable” was originally a country record; it was re-arranged as a mid-tempo ballad with pop and R&B influences by modifying the vocal arrangements and instrumentation. During the production and recording sessions, Beyoncé and Ne-Yo wanted to create a record which people of either gender could relate to. The song’s lyrics are about the breakdown of a relationship with an unfaithful man and the song contains a message about female empowerment.

Following the moderate chart performances of “Déjà Vu” and “Ring the Alarm”, “Irreplaceable” was released internationally on October 23, 2006 as the album’s second single, and the third in the United States on December 5, 2006. The single was released through Columbia Records. Pitchfork Media and Rolling Stone placed it on their lists of Best Songs of the 2000s. “Irreplaceable” won several awards, including Best R&B/Soul Single at the 2007 Soul Train Music Awards. It was nominated for the Record of the Year award at the 50th Grammy Awards.

The single became Beyoncé’s fourth number-one in the U.S., was B’Day’s most successful release, and remained at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for ten consecutive weeks. “Irreplaceable” was the best-selling U.S. single of 2007, the twenty-fifth most successful song of the 2000s (decade) in the U.S., and was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It became Beyoncé’s second single to achieve 200 million audience impressions in 2006. She is the second singer to achieve this feat in the U.S., the first having been Mariah Carey in 2005. “Irreplaceable” peaked at number one in Australia, at number four in the United Kingdom, and reached the top twenty in several European countries. “Irreplaceable” was 2007’s tenth best-selling digital single with over 4.6 million copies sold worldwide.[1]

The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and served as the debut performance of Beyoncé’s all-female band, Suga Mama. The video was included on the 2007 B’Day Anthology Video Album, and a video edit was produced for “Irreemplazable”, the Spanish version of the song. It won the Video of the Year award at the 2007 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, and was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year at the 2007 Awards. “Irreplaceable” has regularly featured in Beyoncé’s tours and live performances since 2006. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized the song as one of the most performed of 2007 at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards.

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