December 20th, 2007
Episode 139 of 745 episodes
Tens of thousands of listeners voted in the All Songs Considered poll for the year's best CDs. It was tight for much of the race. Radiohead and Arcade Fire ran neck-and-neck for first place. But in the end, Radiohead's In Rainbows pulled ahead as an overwhelming winner for the most popular album in 2007. There were also some surprises: some of the year's most anticipated CDs (like Rilo Kiley's Under the Blacklight), or most popular albums (like Lily Allen's Alright, Still) barely made the top 25. Meanwhile, smaller acts like Andrew Bird wound up in the top ten. The 25 CDs NPR listeners loved most this year are listed below. Thanks to all who voted and for helping make it a great year at All Songs Considered.