Paraphrasing The Chairman of the Board himself is always a great way to start a post, no? Disagree? Oh well. Go get your own blog then.
Listening to my iPod today while diligently achievement hoarding on Xbox Live, I realized that the few songs that played in succession were all from 2006. I began to muse at that coincidence since my iPod was set to shuffle and then it occurred to me: 2006 was a really wonderful year for music. Here are some of my favorites and some of my non-favorites that are ones that nonetheless stick out in my mind.
Bad Day-Daniel Powter
This may have faded into obscurity had it not been for the NFL Fantasy Football League ads.
You’re Beautiful-James Blunt
I hated this song when I first heard it. James Blunt just sounded like a creepy pervert that I could just picture singing that song whilst staring at a woman duct taped to a chair in a dungeon not unlike what would appear in one of the “Saw” movies. The song grew on me after a while then I forgot about it by 2007. Given James Blunt’s (lack of) activity, I see I wasn’t alone.
Hips Don’t Lie-Never liked this song but I mentioned it because Shakira can ask me to do her dishes or pick up her dry cleaning any day. I used to love her until I discovered Sofia Vergara. Still, her unique voice allows her to enjoy a special place in my heart.
What happened to Gnarls Barkley? Nevermind. I don’t care. Neither does the record industry evidently.
Great song. Another one hit wonder.
Sexy Back-Justin Timberlake
This is the song that really helped him break out as a solo artist if you ask me.
Be Without You-Mary J. Blige
The first time I heard this song, I was drinking a Cinnamon Dolce Latte for the first time and also looking at my then girlfriend (now wife) deciding I was going to propose to her. Yeah. This song is pretty important to me.
Remember when Rihanna was good? Listen to this song and it will refresh your memory
I’m N Luv (wit a stripper)
MIKE JOOOOOOONES! What happened to that guy? This is a great song with a great beat. I guess that’s par for the course with T-Pain, though.
Probably one of the most creative songs with the most intelligent use of metaphor that I have heard. I would love to hear more from D4L. They’re part of G-Unit Records now so hopefully I’ll get my wish.
Bossy-Kelis f. Too $hort
I should hate Kelis for what she did to Nas but, whatever. Interesting (and sad) that this song actually did better than the album Too $hort released this same year.
Life is a Highway-Rascal Flatts
I hate covers. I hate Tom Petty. I hate country. That’s why it is so astonishing that I like this song. Then again, Rascal Flatts has a great sound and I like most of their stuff oddly enough.
Soul Survivor-Young Jeezy f. Akon
This is the song that sparked a great run for Akon for about the next two years. I still wish I could find the explicit version of this though!
I wish Sean Paul and Fergie had STAYED in 2006 too.