Once again I've rounded up my 40 favorite songs of the year. This time I ranked them because let's face it, that's more fun.

Let's go over some ground rules: These are not necessarily the "best" songs of the year, just the ones that I liked the best. They didn't have to be released as singles, although many of them were. I limited myself to one song per artist, or else several of these acts would have made multiple appearances; you can probably figure out which ones by perusing my albums list coming at the end of the week.

In the meantime, I'll be posting 10 songs a day until revealing the top 10 on Thursday. Then I'll unveil my favorite albums list on Friday. Regular content-Lunch Break Links and What To Do Tonight-will resume in January.

The list's fourth and final installment and some comments are after the jump. I included as many videos or MP3s as I could find, so listen up! And enjoy.

Once again I've rounded up my 40 favorite songs of the year. This time I ranked them because let's face it, that's more fun.

Let's go over some ground rules: These are not necessarily the "best" songs of the year, just the ones that I liked the best. They didn't have to be released as singles, although many of them were. I limited myself to one song per artist, or else several of these acts would have made multiple appearances; you can probably figure out which ones by perusing my albums list coming at the end of the week.

In the meantime, I'll be posting 10 songs a day until revealing the top 10 on Thursday. Then I'll unveil my favorite albums list on Friday. Regular contentóLunch Break Links and What To Do Tonightówill resume in January.

The list's fourth and final installment and some comments are after the jump. I included as many videos or MP3s as I could find, so listen up! And enjoy.

10 Menomena - "Wet and Rusting" Menomena's best traitsóinstruments falling in and out of the mix, dueling vocal melodies, countless ideas tamed and steered toward a central focusóare captured in "Wet and Rusting," a 2007 mixtape staple.

09 Animal Collective - "Peacebone" If only the rest of Strawberry Jam sounded this lively and unforced.

08 Pharoahe Monch - "Desire" Like all the best rap songs, it's imminently quotable, irrestibly bangin' and powered by an unquenchable fire.

07 R. Kelly f. T.I. & T-Pain - "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" I've written that to fully appreciate Kanye West requires intense consciousness of his personality. Conversely, fully appreciating R. requires ignoring his personal life completely. Instead, focus on his innate ability to craft these addictive mid-tempo party jams. Or, in this case, hone in on the hilarious lyric in which T-Pain rhymes "All the shorties be like, 'Damn, 28s!'" with "You know who I am, don't hate."

06 Necropolis - "Song for the Workingman" This was the only song I couldn't find online, and to be honest, the recording can't match the full-bodied insanity of Necropolis' live version. But don't let me sell the record short; you'd be wise to pick up the 7-inch and hear this beast for yourself. Even at home it causes me to convulse. (It is No. 6 on my top singles list, after all.)

05 Hugs & Kisses - "The Casualties of Happiness" After I wrote off this local trio as strictly a performance art in-joke, this song knocked me on my ass. Have you ever heard anything quite like it? Just listen.

04 The Whiles - "Songs We Used to Know" "Songs We Used to Know" starts out as a standard folk-pop tune, rolling along delicately and pleasantly. By its finish, Joe Peppercorn is still dispensing poetic insights, but he's screaming them at the top of his lungs. If only Zach Braff had gotten a hold of these guys instead of the Murderball people, they might have gotten the recognition they deserve. (Listen at MySpace.)

03 Les Savy Fav - "The Equestrian" "The Equestrian" was already an astonishing rock song before the emotionally charged finale rocketed it to the upper echelons of this list. Before this year, I wouldn't have believed Les Savy Fav had yet to produce their best work, but in this song, that's just what they've done.

02 T-Pain - "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" Totally ridiculous, totally artificial and totally awesome. No better group singalong was released in 2007.

01 LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends" I've expended enough words on LCD Soundsystem already, and so has everybody else for that matter. (I can't remember such a consensus about a song's greatness.) I'll just leave it at this: This is the best song I heard all year, the original is better than any of the (many) cover versions, and the seven-minute album cut is the only way to listen.

That said, here's the radio edit and its marvelous video:

See you tomorrow for the my top albums list.