Top 42 Songs of 2006

What follows are the songs that have lit up mp3hugger’s year. It was a good one for individual songs but despite a late surge there was a marked decline in quality albums after the highs of last year (here are the best).

The only guideline for compiling this list was that artists could only appear once. This meant that even though, say, Peter Bjorn & John’s ‘Young Folks’ and ‘Up Against The Wall’ both deserved to be listed only one was chosen. Thanks to all those who submitted their favourites; your choices have been integrated into the final listing.

42) Fields – Charming The Flames

Did about enough to keep us entertained until the new Arcade Fire album drops.

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41) Devics – Song For A Sleeping Girl

It’ll push your heart to breaking point.

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40) Plan B – Sick 2 Def

Eye opening sentiments from the black sheep in the Streets household.

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39) The Egg – Walking Away

One listen and you’ll believe cars can speed skate.

More Info: The Egg

38) Ampop ““ Distance

Icelandic collective reach for a chorus and take home the laurels.

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37) Sa Sevol – The Little Ones

Mysterious Michigan band who’ll keep us guessing until January 2007.

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36) Bobby Baby – Lucky Moments

Swedish acoustic wonderfulness.

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35) Annuals – Brother

Whipper snaps his finger and out comes a twisted classic.

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34) Good Shoes ““ Small Town Girl

David Gedge is reborn and he comes from Morden.

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33) Shiny Toy Guns – Don’t Cry Out

Ibiza tailored piece of ecstasy.

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32) The Klaxons – The Bouncer

Kicks like a mule.

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31) Schroedersound ““ Brailowsky

Electronic textures from deepest Dublin 8.

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30) Ral Partha Vogelbacher – Birthday In Beijing

Incomprehensible name produces fluid rush of ear candy.

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29) Mojave 3 – Breaking The Ice

High five from ex-Slowdive members.

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28) Islands – Tsuxiit

Soundings from the big forest in second life.

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27) The Immediate – A Ghost In The House

Nifty manoeuvres from instrument swapping Irish quartet.

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26) Band of Horses – The Great Salt Lake

Lively outing from My Morning Jacket doppelgangers.

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25) Oxford Collapse – He’ll Paint While We Play

Tender instrumentation has rarely sounded this good.

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24) Dirty On Purpose – Your Summer Dress

Leading lights from the burgeoning Brooklyn scene.

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23) 8 Ball – The Big Blue

Showing Sound Team how to keep the pitchforks at bay.

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22) The Little Ones – Lovers Who Uncover

Glorious songs spewed from this band in 2006 and this was the highlight.

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21) Ian Love – The Only Night

Rival schools, rehab and now redemption.

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20) Film School ““ Harmed

From an album stuffed with gems this has clocked up the most plays.

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19) Liars – The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack

Near impenetrable album creates confusion by turning sweetly melodic at the death.

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18) Director ““ Reconnect

As clinical as a team full of Kevin Doyle’s.

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17) The Field – Over The Ice

Swedish movers who prove that the Knife are facing some stiff competition.

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16) The Late Cord – Lila Blue

Texas basement produces one of the darker delights of the year.

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15) Charlemagne – Your Scars

Unashamed sing-along that should be played from the crèche to the old folks home.

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14) The Stone Roses V Lily Allen – Water Lilly (Sam Flanagan M

In the year of Lily Allen it took John Squire to uncover her inner majesty.

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13) Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!

Welsh students run riot with a garage full of jangling instruments.

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12) Tapes ‘n Tapes ““ Manitoba

Buzz band of the year tickle the fancy of all the right tastemakers.

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11) Venice Is Sinking – Pulaski Heights

Dramatic use of strings is only one of Pulaski Heights many attractions.

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10) Juana Molina – Hay Que Ver Si Voy

So what if Argentina threw away the world cup, their daughter won all our hearts with her epic ‘Son’.

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9) Au4 – Everything Always Moving

The Shoegaze revival starts to pick up pace with this heartbreaker.

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8) Grizzly Bear ““ Easier

Rolling melodies from an album full of surprises.

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7) Midlake ““ Branches

Melancholia has rarely sounded this affecting.

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6) Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken

Wherein the Glaswegians finally wrestle the initiative from their countrymen Belle & Sebastian.

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5) Moonbabies – War On Sound

A chorus to die for from the Malmo duo.

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4) Peter John & Bjorn – Up Against The Wall

7 minutes of bouncy thrills and that unforgettable chord sequence.

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3) My Latest Novel – Sister Sneaker Sister Soul

The album of the year arrived early in 2006 and remains undimmed many moons later.

My Latest Novel – Sister Sneaker Sister Soul

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2) I’m From Barcelona – We’re From Barcelona

Happy core wonder from the band with the population of a small village.

I’m From Barcelona

1) Sunny Day Sets Fire – Wilderness

Nothing could touch this remarkable record from the multinational pop monster that is Sunny Day Sets Fire. Unforgettable dynamics, parallel melodies competing for your attention and the sense that it could at anytime head off to search for an undiscovered planet of sound.

Sunny Day Sets Fire – Wilderness

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  1. December 20, 2006

    As clinical as a team full of Kevin Doyle’s.

    LO -Fucking- OL!

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