My Favorite Songs from 2006

It wasn’t a good year for rock music. Even listening to these songs over and over again, trying to find some kind of connection with them – I came up empty. For the first time since 1963, I didn’t find a single song I would classify as “awesome”.

While My Chemical Romance is starting to grow on me, they will never have the impact of 2005’s Hinder or White Stripes. The Chilis also had a couple of nice songs, but to me there was nothing that put them over the top. I do appreciate Amy Winehouse and I’m including a lot of her stuff in my regular playlists. Ditto for Jack Johnson. But again – no song that ‘wowed’ me.

Personally, I was in my first full year as a married man and my first full year as owner of the domain and website ‘’. I was busy working as an inventory planner, but at this point I was starting to burn out. Doing both the day job and the passion job was killing me. Back then I was writing all the Ramblings on DH – and I tried to put something up every single day, to capitalize on the growing popularity. But it was hard.

As for music in 2006 – the one billionth song was downloaded on iTunes. It was ‘Speed of Sound‘ by Coldplay. Also that year Taylor Swift, at 16, released her first album, Keane puts out the first single ever to be released on a USB memory stick (!), and Destiny’s Child and System of a Down disbanded.

Geez, even the ‘2006 in music’ news is boring.

Okay, moving on! Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been tossing these up in a numerical order. We can agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It depends on mood and situation. A song ranked 14th today could rank 1st tomorrow if it comes on the radio at the right moment. Instead, I group them rather than present a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome (of which there are none for this year)
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

First, videos of the best from that year…

23 Solid Songs from 2006

You Know I’m No Good  – Amy Winehouse

Crazy  – Gnarls Barkley

Yer Not the Ocean – The Tragically Hip

As the Hip entered the 00’s, the band veered from the crisp rock sound that was band oriented and seemed to focus more on Gord Downie and his voice. And that’s not a good thing. But this song brings back a little of that rock and is better for it. It’s probably the last time they ever do it, in terms of new songs.

Angel  – Yonder Mountain String Band

My appreciation for bluegrass comes through a little here, and I like how this has a southern-rock feel to it as well. I had never heard this song prior to reviewing 2006 here, but have since added this one to my playlist.

Try Honesty  – Billy Talent

Billy Talent is a great band with a terrible lead singer. Makes me wonder how big they would be had they gone another way with their vocalist. Ben Kowalewicz’s voice makes me cringe – it’s a joking voice I use when I make fun of a punk band…but that’s his actual voice!

Baby Hold On  – The Chicks

I don’t think the Dixie Chicks released this song, but man – I really loved this one right from first play. It’s another one I hadn’t heard prior to this 2006 review.

Smack That  – Akon (ft. Eminem)

Tears Dry on Their Own  – Amy Winehouse

Just Like Me  – DMC (ft. Sarah McLachlan)

Possibly the worst rap I have ever heard. Extremely disappointed in Darryl McDaniels here. Either rappers lose their edge with age, or he’s showing us that the rappers from the 80s have half the talent of the rappers that came after. But pulling this song from the garbage heap is a great a beat, a nice rock/rap mix of the music from the classic Cats in the Cradle – and of course Sarah McLachlan’s amazing voice.

Save Room  – John Legend

Life Wasted  – Pearl Jam

Who Knew  – Pink

Vato  – Snoop Dogg

Check On It – Beyoncé

Upside Down  – Jack Johnson

The Last Night  – Skillet

In View – The Tragically Hip

Yes, this one is outside of the Hip’s throwback rock style (as most of their songs were by this point in their career), but it still kinda grows on you.

Littlest Things  – Lily Allen

The Older I Get  – Skillet

Steady, As She Goes  – The Raconteurs

Pain  – Three Days Grace

Rehab  – Amy Winehouse

Gone Forever  – Three Days Grace

11 Great Songs from 2006

God’s Gonna Cut You Down  – Johnny Cash

Maneater  – Nelly Furtado

Chelsea Dagger  – The Fratellis

Back to Black  – Amy Winehouse

Teenagers  – My Chemical Romance

Land of Confusion – Disturbed

Hips Don’t Lie  – Shakira

Welcome To The Black Parade  – My Chemical Romance

Dani California  – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Snow (Hey Oh)  – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Never Too Late  – Three Days Grace

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The above songs are put together on a YouTube playlist for your listening enjoyment, here.

Here is the complete list of the best songs from 2005…

Great – 1Hips Don’t Lie Shakira
Great – 1Welcome To The Black Parade My Chemical Romance
Great – 1Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 1Snow (Hey Oh) Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 1Never Too Late Three Days Grace
Great – 6God’s Gonna Cut You Down Johnny Cash
Great – 6Maneater Nelly Furtado
Great – 6Chelsea Dagger The Fratellis
Great – 6Back to Black Amy Winehouse
Great – 6Teenagers My Chemical Romance
Great – 6Land of ConfusionDisturbed
Solid – 12Upside Down Jack Johnson
Solid – 12The Last Night Skillet
Solid – 12In ViewThe Tragically Hip
Solid – 12Littlest Things Lily Allen
Solid – 12The Older I Get Skillet
Solid – 12Steady, As She Goes The Raconteurs
Solid – 12Pain Three Days Grace
Solid – 12Rehab Amy Winehouse
Solid – 12Gone Forever Three Days Grace
Solid – 21You Know I’m No Good Amy Winehouse
Solid – 21Crazy Gnarls Barkley
Solid – 21Yer Not the OceanThe Tragically Hip
Solid – 21Angel Yonder Mountain String Band
Solid – 21Try Honesty Billy Talent
Solid – 21Baby Hold On The Chicks
Solid – 21Smack That Akon (ft. Eminem)
Solid – 21Tears Dry on Their Own Amy Winehouse
Solid – 21Just Like Me DMC (ft. Sarah McLachlan)
Solid – 21Save Room John Legend
Solid – 21Life Wasted Pearl Jam
Solid – 21Who Knew Pink
Solid – 21Vato Snoop Dogg
Solid – 21Check On ItBeyoncé
Not Bad – 35Move AlongAll-American Rejects
Not Bad – 35Call Me When You’re Sober Evanescence
Not Bad – 35You Are The One Shiny Toy Guns
Not Bad – 35Not Ready To Make Nice The Chicks
Not Bad – 35All Around Me Flyleaf
Not Bad – 35What You Know T.I.
Not Bad – 35SexyBack Justin Timberlake
Not Bad – 35Love And Memories O.A.R.
Not Bad – 35Love Hurts Incubus
Not Bad – 35Is It Any Wonder? Keane
Not Bad – 35Just Mark Ronson
Not Bad – 35S.O.S. (Rescue Me) Rihanna
Not Bad – 35Prayer Of The Refugee Rise Against
Not Bad – 35Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
Not Bad – 35Awakening Switchfoot
Not Bad – 35Stay With You The Goo Goo Dolls
Not Bad – 35Read My Mind The Killers
Not Bad – 35Broken Boy Soldier The Raconteurs
Not Bad – 35Animal I Have Become Three Days Grace
Not Bad – 35Get Out Alive Three Days Grace
Not Bad – 35Invincible Muse
Not Bad – 35Jenny Don’t Be Hasty Paolo Nutini
Not Bad – 35Original FireAudioslave
Not Bad – 58Irreplaceable Beyoncé
Not Bad – 58Fallen Leaves Billy Talent
Not Bad – 58Surrender Billy Talent
Not Bad – 58The Diary Of Jane Breaking Benjamin
Not Bad – 58Good Enough Evanescence
Not Bad – 58Wind It Up Gwen Stefani
Not Bad – 58Rapture Hurt
Not Bad – 58Shine On Jet
Not Bad – 58Good Day Jewel
Not Bad – 58Waiting On The World To Change John Mayer
Not Bad – 58Our Country John Mellencamp
Not Bad – 58What Goes Around… Comes Around Justin Timberlake
Not Bad – 58Touch The Sky Kanye West
Not Bad – 58Black Horse and The Cherry Tree KT Tunstall
Not Bad – 58Monster Meg & Dia
Not Bad – 58I Don’t Love You My Chemical Romance
Not Bad – 58Promiscuous Nelly Furtado
Not Bad – 58Say It Right Nelly Furtado
Not Bad – 58World Wide Suicide Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 58Stupid Girls Pink
Not Bad – 58Fidelity Regina Spektor
Not Bad – 58The Good Left Undone Rise Against
Not Bad – 58(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me Sean Paul
Not Bad – 58Looking For Angels Skillet
Not Bad – 58Whispers In The Dark Skillet
Not Bad – 58Yours To Hold Skillet
Not Bad – 58I Hope The Chicks
Not Bad – 58Silent House The Chicks
Not Bad – 58For The Girl The Fratellis
Not Bad – 58The Lonely End of the RinkThe Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 58Over And Over Three Days Grace
Not Bad – 58Canadian Idiot Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 58White And Nerdy Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 58The Saints Are ComingU2 ft. Green Day
Not Bad – 58Through GlassStone Sour
Not Bad – 58Every Day Is Exactly The SameNine Inch Nails

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