The Best Music of 2006

The Best Music of 2006

For those who enjoyed it last time (and for those who didn't), I've again compiled my favourite songs of 2006 and made the top 35 available for download at Said the Gramophone, replete with typically Seanian prose. Like a breathless punch in the chest, etc etc.

Posted by Sean on December 12, 2006 with category tags of

Postcards is also my favourite this year! I must be doing something right as I've probably exposed myself to about 1% of what Sean has this year (mostly school children in Sean's case). Case in point, I've not heard songs 2-35 and only one of the songs that Dan & Jordan posted. It's like hitting a home run on your first at bat, people--might as well retire now. Time to go bone up on what I've been missing.

This is another one of my favs this year: "Montreal" by Ariane Moffat. (Released as a single in 2006, but album is from Nov. 2005)
   comment by Bryan (#22) on December 12, 2006

OK.. I looked more carefully. I do know a few of those songs.
   comment by Bryan (#22) on December 12, 2006

cheers, bryan!

i've now added 2 big .zip files (to save clicking) at the bottom of the post, but of course it'd be rad if people read what i wrote about the songs they like.
   comment by sean on December 12, 2006

I can't believe Final Fantasy didn't make it into your top 55 singles! Almost every song on his album continues to astound me after 6 months of continuous (and I mean continuous) listening. It's also definitely my #1 album of the year. I love Owen Pallett, I want to kiss him all over.

That being said, I've never really listened to Beirut and that first song swept me off my feet.

Kudos to StG. I'm on song 3 out of 35.
   comment by Gbrowdy (#55) on December 12, 2006

thanks gil.

The FF album is great, and several songs were in my (very long) longlist, but for me there's often something very different between that makes individual songs great, on their own, instead of on an album. Tracks like "Song Song Song", "Arctic Circle" and "If I Were a Carp" mean a lot to me, but couldn't crack the (extreeeeemely competitive) top 50 when I listened to them honestly, independently. But that's just me.
   comment by Sean (#34) on December 13, 2006

Dern right it's just you.

The title track off that album still gives me goosebumps. The sounds, the lyrics, the expert layering, the theme of abandonment and alienation wrapped in a DnD package...oy, its amost too much to bear.

Anyway, I guess that's why you are the super famous music critic/blogger extraordinaire and me a lowly executive director of an international youth movement...
   comment by Gbrowdy (#55) on December 13, 2006

I've been meaning to extol the virtues of FF on my blog but I've been deluged by homework. I cannot get his "Peach, Plum, Pear" cover out of my head. Song of the year for me. I haven't even heard "Cloud Pooper +2" yet.
   comment by vinny9 (#33) on December 13, 2006

Nice. I think there might be couple of songs missing from the zip files, or else I can't count to 35 properly (most likely scenario). Do copyright holders ever give you the smackdown for posting all these songs, or can you fly under the radar? It seems like posting 35 mp3s to your site in one day is like waving a big red flag. Keep punching chests!
   comment by Alex (#118) on December 13, 2006

I believe the Beirut and Cat Power songs are missing from the zips.
   comment by Bryan (#22) on December 13, 2006

yikes. will fix the zip issue tonight.

"Peach Plum Pear" came out last year, but is indeed awesome. (But then so is the original.)

Alex, we've only had issues a few times, and always with advance-leaked material. Most labels are now servicing blogs with promos, trying to woo them to give coverage. In fact, many are paying for advertising on the legions of blogs-that-take-ads. That includes the majors. Your concern is justified, though, esp with regard to artists like Gnarls Barkley and Ghostface. I'll be fine most likely but earlier this week I did get the post removed from the index of Hype Machine (the big mp3blog aggregator) as that seemed the easiest route to being caught.
   comment by Sean (#34) on December 14, 2006

Bizarrely, "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)" by Cobra Starship has been left off all of the "Best of 2006" song lists. I'm sure it didn't come out last year, so there's no explanation whatsoever.
   comment by chrisdye (#15) on December 14, 2006


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