Saturday, December 30, 2006

100 Best Songs of 2006

Since 1996, long before I had a blog, I have made of my favorite songs from that year once it concluded. Sometimes songs near the top of those list haven’t stood the test of time while some songs near the bottom have over the years have become some of my favorites. This year I took a list of 162 songs that caught my ear the past twelve months and came back with my top 100 using a complex racking system that makes the BCS look like Middle School algebra. So here are the songs that you should have been listening to this past year:

1. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

2. God's Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash

3. Waiting On the World to Change - John Mayer

4. Boston - Augustana

5. How to Save a Life - The Fray

6. One - Mary J. Blige and U2

7. Leave the Pieces - The Wreckers

8. Hurt - Christina Aguilera

9. I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie

10. When You Were Young - The Killers

11. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

12. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield

13. Fidelity - Regina Spektor

14. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

15. Not Ready to Make Nice - Dixie Chicks

16. Smile - Lily Allen

17. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

18. Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney

19. The Saints Are Coming - Green Day and U2

20. Save Room - John Legend

21. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray

22. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) - Sandi Thom

23. Cab - Train

24. Gone - Pearl Jam

25. Dynomite (Going Postal) - Rhymefest

26. Hip Hop Is Dead - Nas featuring Will.I.Am

27. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood

28. White & Nerdy - “Weird Al” Yankovic

29. The Mixed Tape - Jack’s Mannequin

30. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado & Timbaland

31. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall

32. In the Rough - Anna Nalick

33. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice

34. I Gotcha - Lupe Fiasco

35. Wine Red - The Hush Sound

36. I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys

37. Hospital Food - David Gray

38. Here I Come - The Roots

39. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae

40. Steady As She Goes - The Racontuers

41. Ever the Same - Rob Thomas

42. Black Sweat - Prince

43. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence

44. Bad Day - Daniel Powter

45. Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie

46. Original Fire - Audioslave

47. SOS - Rihanna

48. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

49. Three More Days - Ray LaMontagne

50. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas

51. For Us - Pete Yorn

52. Help Me - Johnny Cash

53. Cry Now - Obie Trice

54. Irreplaceable - Beyoncé

55. Not About Love - Fiona Apple

56. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor featuring Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga

57. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane

58. Temperature - Sean Paul

59. Touch the Sky - Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco

60. Memories - Eisley

61. Hands Open - Snow Patrol

62. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado

63. Remember the Name - Fort Minor featuring Styles of Beyond

64. Heaven - John Legend

65. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Jet

66. Move Along - The All-American Rejects

67. Mama's Room - Under the Influence of Giants

68. Brand New - Rhymefest featuring Kanye West

69. Can't Let Go - Anthony Hamilton

70. Be Without You - Mary J. Blige

71. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie

72. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera

73. Ridin' - Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone

74. Rollin' W/ Saget - Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone

75. That's That (Explative Delteted) - Snoop Dogg featuring R. Kelly

76. Take It Back - Barenaked Ladies

77. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson

78. Curious - Holly Brook

79. Easy - Barenaked Ladies

80. Drive Slow - Kanye West featuring Paul Wall & GLC

81. It Ends Tonight - The All-American Rejects

82. Too Little, Too Late - JoJo

83. Upside Down - Jack Johnson

84. World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam

85. When Your Heart Stops Beating - (+44)

86. Gold Lion - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

87. Don't Download This Song - “Weird Al” Yankovic

88. Come Back to Me - Vanessa Hudgens

89. Get out of My Mind - Hootie and the Blowfish

90. Don't Forget to Remember Me - Carrie Underwood

91. No Hay Igual - Nelly Furtado

92. Snakes On a Plane (Bring It) - Cobra Starship

93. Vato - Snoop Dogg featuring B-Real

94. Bones - The Killers

95. Cash Machine - Hard-FI

96. Work It Out - Jurassic 5 and Dave Matthews Band

97. Under the Weather - KT Tunstall

98. Kick, Push - Lupe Fiasco

99. It's All Coming Back to Me Now - Meat Loaf featuring Marion Raven

100. Lithium - Evanescence


  1. Thanks for including Hootie and the Blowfish! They remain (IMO) underrated after their debut. :/

  2. Wow... this is... an interesting list to say the least.

    Some of your choices are dead on, and I would have expected to see them on this list, but some others? I don't really know how to say this nicely, but a couple of these songs are on my "worst of 2006" list.

    Also, for such an Idol-basher, you sure don't seem to mind that "Bad Day" song!

    Weird. But I say this all in fun.

  3. Tiggerprr - I've been a long time fan and even though their recent releases aren't as good as their ealier work but there are still pretty good.

    Erica - I'm not entirely sure why I wouldn't like the Bad Day song just because I don't enjoy kareoke shows (but let me point out three of the songs on this list are from kareoke winner).

  4. Happy New Year! Sorry I didn't get here earlier, though I'm glad I showed up for this post.:) It's funny you did this for 2006. I was thinking about doing something very similar for 2007 and kicking myself for not doing it earlier. It makes best of lists like these so much easier.

    As for your list, there are many good ones on there, and even a few I don't think I've heard before. Now I have something to check out, too!:)

  5. Such an ecelectic list! Thanks!!

  6. Quite an undertaking! I see your blog on about three places :)

    W.V. = bpyglac

  7. what a list...I see some of my favourites are on

    I found your through Skittles link up Tuesdays

  8. Surfed on from the BE message board thread challenge.

    I did not see this list previously and I was very amused that Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" was at #28 higher than the song he spoofed at #73. I love Weird Al's video of the spoof. Always great for a laugh.

  9. Happy New Year

  10. Thanks, same to you Mr(s) Anonymous.

  11. "1. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley"

    Thank you!

  12. "1. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley"

    Thank you!