I should admit up front that I often have rather cheesy tastes when it comes to music. I also tend to like very mainstream music. I will forever believe, for example, that Tina Turner is a goddess. So, I’m a little hesitant to make public what songs I most liked in 2006. But I’ve started this little series, so I guess I might as well finish it!

The songs I most liked from 2006 are (in no particular order after the first one):

The River Is Wild” by The Killers (the “big sound,” for lack of a better phrase, of The Killers at their best)

Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley (I first heard this song when GB performed on the MTV Movie awards in Star Wars costumes — what more could you want in a group!? Plus, it’s got such a great, smooth base line)

Save Me from Myself” by Christina Aguilera (I like this track’s quite sincerity — not a lot of the vocal tricks CA can indulge in. And I like its sentiment. It sums up how I feel about PJ in some ways, though I understand that I’m not, in fact, a woman!)

On the Radio” by Regina Specktor (I have no idea what this song means, but it seems true and I love it anyway. This is how it works …)

Love You I Do” from the Dreamgirls soundtrack (A simple love song that’s catchy and has Jennifer Hudson — I love her, I do)

When You Were Young” by The Killers (I love the video for this song. The song is also really good, and the pounding guitars and strings near the ending crescendo is great)

Everybody Knows” by The Dixie Chicks (I think this song best sums up the DC’s experiences in the past few years while remaining universal, more or less, and, as I told PJ the other day, I’ve yet to hear a song entitled “Everybody Knows” that I didn’t like!)

When Doves Cry” by The Be Good Tanyas (great, great cover of Prince’s iconic song — they really “make it their own,” to quote from American Idol)

My favorite album from the year was The KillersSam’s Town. I like Brandon Flowers in his scruffy western wear. Plus he’s a talented singer/musician/writer. It’s a top notch pop album, in my opinion.

Just for the record: my favorite album of all time — indeed the only album that I think it completely, 100% perfect is Tracy Chapman‘s debut album, Tracy Chapman. I’ve been listening to it for almost 20 years now and I still think it’s perfect — great to hear, socially aware, and politically radical. I love it. I remember the day I bought it (on cassette tape, lol!). When I heard Sharon Olds read a couple of years ago, the first thing I thought was, “I didn’t know poetry could do that.” When I first listened to Tracy Chapman on my walkman while sitting on my parent’s front porch, I had much the same reaction: “I didn’t know music could do that.” It sums up — or maybe it shaped — my worldview. I just wish the world would have changed more in the past twenty years than it has.

I’ve just started listening to two new albums: Norah JonesNot Too Late and Lucinda WilliamsWest — maybe I’ll post about them when I get back from Chicago.