Thursday, December 21, 2006

Year in Retrospect: Best Singles of 2006.

I just felt like it. And I may have said a song’s a single when it wasn’t actually released as one, in which case I’m sorry. But you know.
01. The Heart of the Matter (India.Arie)
It was an extremely difficult choice for first place, but in the end, I went with Arie’s cover of Don Henley’s The Heart of the Matter. Adding layers of depth not even present in the first, this heartbreaking, beautiful song reflects wonderfully on the disintegration of a relationship. Arie’s soulful vocals suit the song beautifully, and the lyrics are some of the best ever written, “I think it’s about forgiveness, even if you don’t love me anymore.” Whether you listen to it in heartbreak or happiness, you’ll still fall in love with this, one of the few songs to reflect on the innermost emotions of humanity regarding love. The instruments are stunning too. A masterful song.

02. Fidelity (Regina Spektor)
03. Thunder on the Mountain (Bob Dylan)
04. Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke)
05. Chelsea Dagger (The Fratellis)
06. I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (Scissor Sisters)
07. Cosmia (Joanna Newsom)
08. Fill My Little World (The Feeling)
09. Postcards from Italy (Beirut)
10. The Funeral (Band of Horses)
11. Sexyback (Justin Timberlake)
12. 9 Crimes (Damien Rice)
13. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (Bruce Springsteen)
14. Tell Me (P. Diddy ft. Christina Aguilera)
15. I Am Not My Hair (India.Arie ft. Akon)
16. Wolf Like Me (TV on the Radio)
17. When We Were Young (The Killers)
18. Splintering (Arizona)
19. Number 1 - Superchumbo Remix (Goldfrapp)
20. Lolita (Prince)
21. The Long Way Round (The Dixie Chicks)
22. Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
23. Faster Kill Pussy Cat (Paul Oakenfold feat. Brittany Murphy)
24. Hurt (Christina Aguilera)
25. Pull Shapes (The Pipettes)
26. Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
27. Something Kinda Oooh (Girls Aloud)
28. You Have Killed Me (Morrisey)
29. Easier (Grizzly Bear)
30. Let Me Know (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
31. Wind it Up (Gwen Stefani)
32. Jump (Madonna)
33. Checkin’ it Out (Lil’ Chris)
34. Smiley Faces (Gnarls Barkley)
35. Take Control (Amerie)
36. I was a Lover (TV on the Radio)
37. The Eraser (Thom Yorke)
38. Dress Up In You (Belle & Sebastian)
39. Promiscuous (Nelly Furtado)
40. When The Sun Goes Down (Arctic Monkeys)
41. Strange (The Feeling)
42. Control Myself (LL Cool J ft. J-Lo)
43. Irreplaceable (Beyonce)
44. Empire (Kasabian)
45. Chillout Tent (The Hold Steady)
46. Steady As She Goes (The Raconteurs)
47. I Think I’m in Love (Beck)
48. What You Know (T.I.)
49. Pittsfield (Sufjan Stevens)
50. Suddenly I See (K.T. Tunstell)
51. Emily (Joanna Newsom)
52. My Love (Justin Timberlake)
53. Silent House (The Dixie Chicks)
54. Louisiana (The Walkmen)
55. Maneater (Nelly Furtado)
56. Tent in Your Pants (Peaches)
57. Beanbag Chair (Ya Lo Tengo)
58. Put your Record One (Corinne Bailey-Rae)
59. Paranoid Android (Sia)
60. Hang Me Up to Dry (Cold War Kids)
61. Idlewild Blues (OutKast)
62. Hips Don’t Lie (Shakira)
63. Rudebox (Robbie Williams)
64. Automatic Lover (Teddybears)
65. Is It Any Wonder? (Keane)
66. Over My Head (The Fray)
67. Dance, Dance (Fallout Boy)
68. You Know I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse)
69. Henrietta (The Fratellis)
70. Trouble (Jay-Z)
71. Tony the Beat (The Sounds)
72. Boston (Augustana)
73. Here It Goes Again (Ok Go)
74. Be Easy (Ghostface Killah & Trife Da God)
75. Sympathy (Billy Talent)

And the ones that aren’t as good:

01. Shake Your Money Maker (Ludacris ft. Pharrell)
With a video that shamelessly rips off that of Kanye West’s Goldigger, the only good thing about this “song” is… nope. Can’t think of a single redeeming quality about it. It pretty much says it all in that the man who sings this song is that one in Crash that had that (unintentionally) hilarious monologue of what it means to be a black man. This song is almost as bad as the Oscar-winning film he was in.

02. Love Me Or Hate Me (Lady Sovereign) I'll opt for the latter, luv.
03. Ring the Alarm (Beyonce)
04. London Bridge (Fergie)
05. Welcome To The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance)
06. Buttons (Pussycat Dolls)
07. Little Bit of Shh (Lady Sovereign)
08. The Saints are Coming (Green Day & U2)
09. Fergalicious (Fergie ft. Will. I. Am)
10. LDN (Lily Allen)
How about you?

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And to end, some good news: I started writing my first film script in a year today. It's a bit crap, actually. But, you know. At least I'm writing scripts again. Yay!


-Princess Shin- said...

I went and find the 1st song. Hmm.. seriously not bad!

Thanks for sharing! =)

Anonymous said...

Another gr8 list.

Jose said...

Ugh I TOTALLY agree with your worst of list.
Those strippers and Fergie should just take a permanent holiday, their music is AWFUL!

Emma said...

I know. F-cking hate those sort of "singers". they ought to be shot.

Horsey said...

What about DJ Smoke's "Ass and Titties". I think it was a sublime masterpiece that not only eloquently extolled the virtues of the female form, but also gave us deeper insight into the socio-economic landscape of the inner-city strip-joint/brothel.

Otter said...

Nice list yourself.

OKonheim said...

I regularly make a top 15 of the year list for singles (you could see my one for last year and 2002 on my blog), and i was having trouble this year. There were all the ones I remember liking this year:

Bad Day, Daniel Powter
Boston, Augustana
Call Me When You’re Sober, Evanescence
California, The Local
Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol
Dance Dance, Fall Out Boy
Eannie Meannie, Jim Noir
Ever the Same, Rob Thomas
Five Wishes, Danielle Steele
Geek in the Pink, Jason Mraz
Hips Don’t Lie, Shakira
How to Save a Life, The Fray
It Ends Tonight, All-American Rejects
Lips of an Angel, Hinder
The Only Difference…., Panic! at the Disco
Over my Head, The Fray
Put Your Records On, Corrine Bailey Rae
The Riddle, Five for Fighting
Route 66, John Mayer
Suddenly I See, K.T. Tunstall
SOS, Rhianna
Till The End of Time, Devotchka
Too Little Too Late, JoJo
Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield
Who Says You Can’t Go Home, Bon Jovi feat. Sugarland
You and Me, Lifehouse

Of those, I think Put Your Records On, S.O.S., How to Save a Life, Augustana, Call Me When You're Sober, The Riddle, and Dance, Dance stick out the most.

James Henry said...

Haha, 3 of the songs in your top 10 least favorite were in my Top 10 of the year (Ring the Alarm, London Bridge and Buttons). I love really trashy pop songs so those were right up my alley.

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