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Monday, December 18, 2006

Top 20 songs of 2006

After counting off the 10 best albums of the year, it was only fitting for me to put up my favorite 20 songs of the year. Please download these songs and appericate the great music given to us by these artists. I speant a long time uploading thses tracks and I would hate my efforts to be done in vain, so download and enjoy.



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20) How Could You Live in the Northeast- Paul Simon

-Paul Simon proves he still has it with this opener from "Surprise." Humanity will prevail over any local setting, a message that works especially well when Brian Eno is producing.

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19) Some Kind of Chill- Arizona

-Wheter it is the amazing guitar solo, or the brilliant folk lyrics that gets you, this song is one of the most pleasent pieces of music released all year.

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18) Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken- Camera Obscura

-This song is just delightful indie-pop at its finest.

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17)
Minute by Minute- Girl Talk

-Before this year, if you were to tell me that there would ever be a song featuring Jefferson Airplane, Missy Elliott, Steely Dan, 50 Cent, The Game, Ying Yang Twins and Neutral Milk Hotel I would have said you were crazy. This song manages to mix all of these elements and more to make one of the best songs of the year.

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16) The Great Salt Lake- Band of Horses

- Like any Band of Horses's song, this one is all about the build up.

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15)
Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby- Islands

- Another indie-pop gem. Just an explosion of delightful music. The lyrics are more or less nonsense, but the song is not about great lyrics.


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14)
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song- The Flaming Lips

- Typical Lips lyrics and a rocking backing make this AWWTM's finest track. It is overproduced, but that is not a bad thing. If the Lips were to make a song that wasn't overproducted, then I would be disappointed.

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13)
Monkey & Bear- Joanna Newsom

-The classic story of the deception of friends is played out through the eyes of Joanna Newsom...including the niave Bear and the bastard monkey. Newsom's voice is just perfect for this amazing track.

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12)
Girl in the War- Josh Ritter

- Being in a field of music which does nt require too much innovation, Josh Ritter must rely on his lyrics to get his message across. This so is one of the many examples of why Ritter is one of the finer songwriters out there.

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11)
We Used to Vacation- Cold War Kids

-For having just started releasing material this year, the Cold War Kids have already released three solid EP's and an above average LP. They have matured a lot in the past year and this track from the Up in Rags EP is an example of Nathan Willett's songwriting ability.

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10)
Stuck Between Stations- The Hold Steady

-The perfect opener of one of the year's best albums. Craig Finn, although many years past his glory days, can write about teenagers better than any Emo musician out there.

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9)
Chariot- Page France

-Another example of great indie-pop. Never has the apoclypse seemed so happy.
The build up which finally explodes into a medely of instruments is one of the most satisfying moments in music this year.

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8)
Over and Over- Hot Chip

-Hot Chip's album is so infectious that in order to pick the best track from it, I played the whole album and chose which one was best by the one which made me dance the most. I dare you not to dance to this song.

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7)
The Crane Wife 1 & 2- The Decemberists

-Another amazing story by the Decemberists. The entire Crane Wife album is a masterpiece and this song is not exception...definatly the finest track on the album.

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6)
Shakey Dog- Ghostface

-Ghostface is one of the best storytellers in the business today. When a Ghost track is playing, the best doesn't matter, the cameos don't matter, all that matters is the "crafty darts" which come from his mouth.

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5)
Hotel Song- Regina Spektor

- Playing a prostitute who regrets a life of never getting close to anyone emotionally, Spektor protrays a part of all of us that we will never share with another person, regardless of how close we get.

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4)
Steal the Blueprints- +/-

-A very Postal Service esque track including funky keyboard loops and static guitar tones to complete this electro-pop masterpiece.

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3)
First Night- The Hold Steady

-Aside from writing songs of wild parties, Craig Finn can also write about the effects of wild parties. This slow song is a good change of pace from a band that does so much rocking.

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2)
The Funeral - Band of Horses

-I cannot get enough of this song. Ever since it came out, even during stretchs where I would hate basically anything, this song was always on a playlist of mine. The impact is apparent upon first listen.

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1) Chinese Translation- M. Ward

-This is the second #1 spot for Ward on this site. While gazing at the other lists (including Pitchfork's), I've noticed that "Chinese Translation" has been very overlooked. "What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?" asks a love-sick Ward. I'm not sure there will ever be an answer to such a question.




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Sure...sounds good

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