To wrap up our year-end review of music, below are the Top 30 singles of 2006.
1. Crazy- Gnarls Barkley
A perfect single.
2. Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol
This just might be the best John Hughes movie song since the Furs "Love My Way". I can just imagine Molly Ringwald's 38 year-old heart breaking, while listening to this song.
3. When We Were Young- Killers
Never bought into the Killers hype, but when I first heard this song, I was ready to jump on board. Best Springsteen/U2 blend ever recorded. Unfortunately, the rest of Sam's Town is a big cut below.
4. Ain't No Other Man- Christina Aguilera
This song being number 4 just demonstrates how good the year was for singles. 5 years ago there was Britney, Mandy, Wila, Jessica, etc. The question was who would evolve past being just a teeny bop sensation? Well, there is no question anymore.
5. Steady as She Goes- Raconteurs
The best single of Jack White's career.
6. Stop, I'm Already Dead- Deadboy and Elephantmen
It's sad there is no place on radio for this hypnotic indie rock tune.
7. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree- K.T. Tungstall
Profile of this song was raised by American Idol's Katherine McPhee. Just proved how good a song it was, as the McRack is a pretty average singer. Tungstall's original reminds one of how good Melissa Etheridge debut release was.
8. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor- Artic Monkeys
Following in the British hipster tradition of the Bloc Party, the Futureheads, etc ..Dancefloor demonstrates why there is so much hype for this band.
9. I'm Not Ready to Make Nice- Dixie Chicks
With their big chance to have a rebirth in the country radio industry by giving their mea culpas, Natalie Maines gives the haters a big Johnny Cash finger.
10. Rise Up With Fists!!- Jenny Lewis
Another artist with country leanings that doesn't get a sniff on commercial radio, Jenny Lewis steps away from Rilo Kiley and croons like K.D. Lang with a chip on her shoulder.
11. Ready to Fall- Rise Against
Do you miss Bad Religion at their peak. Look no farther.
12. Mama's Room- Under the Influence of Giants***(see comments)
Funkiest song of the year just happened to be produced by some white boys from SoCal.
13. Save Room- John Legend
No sophomore jinx by Kanye West's greatest discovery.
14. Sexy Back- Justin Timberlake
While the album is overrated, this single was the best Prince-single of 2006.
15. Black Sweat- Prince
The second best Prince single of 2006.
16. Little Razorblade- Pink Spiders
Cars meet Redd Kross. Pure power pop candy.
17. Hot Girls in Good Moods- Butch Walker
While best known for his production work, Walker has put out some good Marc Bolan-influenced power pop. This one is his best since he was with Marvelous 3 (Sugar Buzz and Freak of the Week).
18. Tonight- The Fags
Hmm, wonder why this band has a hard time getting played on the radio. If you like early Cheap Trick...
19. Throw It Away- Juke Kartel
Rockstar Supernova contestant Toby Rand's band shows their Aussie roots. If you like early Hoodoo Gurus...
20. Crazy Bitch- Buckcherry
If Axl Rose would write a song half as good as this, Chinese Democracy would be hailed as an amazing comeback.
21. Assassin- Muse
Hard to pick just one song off of the best album of 2006, but this rocks harder than anything you will hear this year, melding synth grooves, stinging guitar licks, with Motley Crue drum fills.
22. Woman- Wolfmother* (Check comments for correction)
See Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Zeppelin. Put on your strobe light, grab the bong and put on your headphones.
23. Get Myself Into It- Rapture
Best alternative dance club download of 2006.
24. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is- Jet
While the overall album was a step down from their derivative, but excellent debut effort, this single has a great falsetto vocal and tasty chorus.
25. You Only Live Once- The Strokes
Just might be the best song of The Strokes career. The flipside of this single is a cover of Mercy Mercy Me, which is also well worth checking out.
26. Dani California- Red Hot Chili Peppers
While I was not as big of fan of Stadium Arcadium as most, this was the Peppers best single since Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
27. Call Me When You're Sober- Evanescence
Another group which didn't match their debut album, but the single was the best thing played on commercial alternative radio in 2006.
28. Leave the Pieces- The Wreckers
Michelle Branch leaves the pop world and puts out a quality commercial country album.
29. Boondocks- Little Big Town
The lyrics are a bit hokey, but the music and harmonies are really fun. Reminds me of a bluegrass, co-ed version of Firefall.
30. Girl in the War- Josh Ritter
Yes, alt. country still lives. The song Ryan Adams or Jeff Tweedy wishes they would have written in 2006.