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The Votes Are in: The Best Indie, Pop, and Hip-Hop Albums of 2007

Which of this year's top albums won a spot on your iPod? Here's what pop, indie, and hip-hop releases you told me were your best of 2007.

Best Pop Album of 2007:
Britney Spears, Blackout

Britney went two-for-two in Buzz's music polls, first winning comeback of the year and then getting the most votes in this poll, too. It wasn't even close — the real race was for second, with Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad just a handful of votes behind. Amy Winehouse's Back to Black.

I had to go with Winehouse — she may be a mess personally, but her music has had me dancing all year.

To see who got your votes for the best hip-hop and indie albums, just


Best Hip-Hop Album of 2007:
Kanye West, Graduation

Kanye's third album got your votes in this category, beating out second-place finisher Timbaland by a healthy margin. M.I.A.'s Kala was a distant third, with the rest of the votes split pretty evenly between the other contenders. Write-in mentions went to Talib Kweli's Eardrum and Lupe Fiasco's The Cool.

I had a tough time deciding between Kanye and Jay-Z's American Gangster, but while Kanye's album is undoubtedly fun, I ultimately voted for Jay-Z, whose high-concept album is at once complex, innovative, and insanely catchy.

Best Indie Rock Album of 2007:
Feist, The Reminder

It's been a huge year for Ms. Leslie Feist, and you recognized it by voting her album the best indie release of 2007. Second place was a four-way battle between The Shins' Wincing the Night Away, Rilo Kiley's Under the Blacklight, Radiohead's In Rainbows, and the Arcade Fire's Neon Bible. This category had a ton of write-in candidates, too, most notably Spoon's Ga Ga Ga.

This one was a tough choice for me between The Reminder and Neon Bible, but since I've basically (OK, actually) said I'd like to be Leslie Feist when I grow up, I had to give her my vote.


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