50 Great Singles of 2006 Part 1 of 5

December 4, 2006 by
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Well it’s that time of year again, make a list, check it twice, find out who… oh you know the rest. While I continue pondering over my choices for the best albums of 2006 I’d thought I’d give you some of my picks for the best singles, or should’ve been singles of the year.
To avoid the typical ranked from worst to first I’ve sorted them by length from shortest to longest, because isn’t a single really about the making the biggest impact in the least amount of time.
So without further ado here’s the first 10 songs for your listening enjoyment.

50: Nellie McKay – Pounce :59
Sure it’s simple and it’s short, but it’s catchy as hell. 59 seconds of pure bouncy pop.

49: The Blow – Pile of Gold 2:12
Like a new wave version of Hey Ya, this one really sticks with you, try not to sing along “all the girls are sitting on a pile of gold and the boys they want it, want it”

48: Jerry Lee Lewis with Jimmy Page – Rock And Roll 2:14
Rock and Roll kind of says it all. Everything you’d imagine this pairing can deliver.

47: Chelsea Taube – Save My Soul From The Devil 2:15
A gem from a star in the making.

46: Nada Surf – I Like What You Say 2:33
The only thing new from Nada Surf this year is brilliant, but you could only hear it on myspace

45: The Shrinking Islands – Swallowed In Grace 2:38
A great song from a great record that needs to be heard. The latest release from Sort Of Records out of Pittsburgh, a new label with good things happening.

44: Lloyd Cole – Antidepressant 2:39
Lloyd Cole pours the experience of his years into song and makes a fine new disc, this is the title track.

43: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs – The Kids Are Alright 2:48
A Sweet and a sweetheart making sweet harmonies on this, one of the best tracks from their covers disc.

42: Pete Yorn – The Good Advice 2:50
This is from the Westerns EP which was only available at Pete’s shows. Better than just about anything on the full length Nightcrawlers disc.

41: KT Tunstall – Black Horse & The Cherry Tree 2:52
Potentially a one hit wonder in the making, nothing else on her record is near this good. Time will tell.


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