Saturday, December 30, 2006

100 Best Songs of 2006

Since 1996, long before I had a blog, I have made of my favorite songs from that year once it concluded. Sometimes songs near the top of those list haven’t stood the test of time while some songs near the bottom have over the years have become some of my favorites. This year I took a list of 162 songs that caught my ear the past twelve months and came back with my top 100 using a complex racking system that makes the BCS look like Middle School algebra. So here are the songs that you should have been listening to this past year:

1. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

2. God's Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash

3. Waiting On the World to Change - John Mayer

4. Boston - Augustana

5. How to Save a Life - The Fray

6. One - Mary J. Blige and U2

7. Leave the Pieces - The Wreckers

8. Hurt - Christina Aguilera

9. I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie

10. When You Were Young - The Killers

11. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

12. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield

13. Fidelity - Regina Spektor

14. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

15. Not Ready to Make Nice - Dixie Chicks

16. Smile - Lily Allen

17. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

18. Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney

19. The Saints Are Coming - Green Day and U2

20. Save Room - John Legend

21. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray

22. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) - Sandi Thom

23. Cab - Train

24. Gone - Pearl Jam

25. Dynomite (Going Postal) - Rhymefest

26. Hip Hop Is Dead - Nas featuring Will.I.Am

27. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood

28. White & Nerdy - “Weird Al” Yankovic

29. The Mixed Tape - Jack’s Mannequin

30. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado & Timbaland

31. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall

32. In the Rough - Anna Nalick

33. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice

34. I Gotcha - Lupe Fiasco

35. Wine Red - The Hush Sound

36. I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys

37. Hospital Food - David Gray

38. Here I Come - The Roots

39. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae

40. Steady As She Goes - The Racontuers

41. Ever the Same - Rob Thomas

42. Black Sweat - Prince

43. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence

44. Bad Day - Daniel Powter

45. Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie

46. Original Fire - Audioslave

47. SOS - Rihanna

48. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

49. Three More Days - Ray LaMontagne

50. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas

51. For Us - Pete Yorn

52. Help Me - Johnny Cash

53. Cry Now - Obie Trice

54. Irreplaceable - Beyoncé

55. Not About Love - Fiona Apple

56. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor featuring Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga

57. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane

58. Temperature - Sean Paul

59. Touch the Sky - Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco

60. Memories - Eisley

61. Hands Open - Snow Patrol

62. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado

63. Remember the Name - Fort Minor featuring Styles of Beyond

64. Heaven - John Legend

65. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Jet

66. Move Along - The All-American Rejects

67. Mama's Room - Under the Influence of Giants

68. Brand New - Rhymefest featuring Kanye West

69. Can't Let Go - Anthony Hamilton

70. Be Without You - Mary J. Blige

71. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie

72. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera

73. Ridin' - Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone

74. Rollin' W/ Saget - Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone

75. That's That (Explative Delteted) - Snoop Dogg featuring R. Kelly

76. Take It Back - Barenaked Ladies

77. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson

78. Curious - Holly Brook

79. Easy - Barenaked Ladies

80. Drive Slow - Kanye West featuring Paul Wall & GLC

81. It Ends Tonight - The All-American Rejects

82. Too Little, Too Late - JoJo

83. Upside Down - Jack Johnson

84. World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam

85. When Your Heart Stops Beating - (+44)

86. Gold Lion - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

87. Don't Download This Song - “Weird Al” Yankovic

88. Come Back to Me - Vanessa Hudgens

89. Get out of My Mind - Hootie and the Blowfish

90. Don't Forget to Remember Me - Carrie Underwood

91. No Hay Igual - Nelly Furtado

92. Snakes On a Plane (Bring It) - Cobra Starship

93. Vato - Snoop Dogg featuring B-Real

94. Bones - The Killers

95. Cash Machine - Hard-FI

96. Work It Out - Jurassic 5 and Dave Matthews Band

97. Under the Weather - KT Tunstall

98. Kick, Push - Lupe Fiasco

99. It's All Coming Back to Me Now - Meat Loaf featuring Marion Raven

100. Lithium - Evanescence

Friday, December 29, 2006

9th Green’s Readers Top 25 of 2006

Now it is time to unveil the 2006 9th Green’s Readers Top 25 and if you disagree with the list, you only have yourself to blame. For the most part I was pleased with this list because only one song from my Worst Songs of 2006 made the list and a few songs that I hyped here on the 9th Green but didn’t really catch on in the mainstream mad the list. Hopefully this means some of you have taken my advice thought the year. As for the list, Gnarls Barkley blew everyone away to take first out of the over sixty songs that were submitted. If I were to nit-pick I would say that Weird Al's parody out shined Chamillionaire's version and if I were to include a song by The Fray it would have been How to Save a Life. But anyways. Now unto the list, thanks to everyone who participated and be sure to check back out tomorrow to see where, or if, any of these songs show up on my Top 100 of the year.

1. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

2. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

3. Bad Day - Daniel Powder

4. When You Were Young - The Killers

5. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado and Timbaland

6. Steady, As She Goes - The Raconteurs

7. Smile - Lily Allen

8. Ridin - Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone

9. Temperature - Sean Paul

10. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake

11. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

12. Hips Don't Lie - Skakira & Wyclef Jean

13. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray

14. Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae

15. God's Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash

16. Three More Days - Ray LaMontagne

17. Here it Goes Again - Ok Go

18. Be Without You - Mary J Blige

19. When the Sun Goes Down - Artic Monkeys

20. Ain’t No Other Man - Christina Aguilera

21. White and Nerdy - “Weird Al” Yankovic

22. Not Ready to Make Nice - Dixie Chicks

23. Save Room - John Legend

24. In the Rough - Anna Nalick

25. Fidelity - Regina Specktor

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Best Mash-Ups of 2006

One of the coolest musical innovations in recent memory is the mash-up. For those that may not be familiar with the term, it can best be described when you take the vocals from one song and place them over the instrumental from a different song. The artform didn’t get as much press this year as it has in past years but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great new mash-ups floating around the internet. And since last year’s list (see Best Mash-Ups of 2005) still brings in decent traffic here naturally I would do another list this year. I tried to give credit to the creator of the mash-up, but due to some poor labeling, some have gotten lost and I even had to create a name for a few mash-ups that I discovered nameless. Also some of these songs may have been created ealier than 2006 but this is a list of songs I’ve found this year. Please do not ask for me to send you any of these songs because for legal reasons I cannot confirm or deny that any of these songs actually exist not that I would illegally download copyrighted material even though that material has been altered from any version that could be bought anywhere. If you want the unaltered album version of the songs, on the second line I will list the main songs that make up the mash-up:

1. Johnny Cash's Allstar Band's Gonna Cut You Down - DJ Schmolli
Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down (vocals), Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks (drums), Beastie Boys - Sabotage (bass), Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever (guitar), The Beatles - Come Together (lead guitar)

2. Regulate Dust in the Wind - DJ Erb
Kansas (Dust in the Wind) vs. Warren G (Regulate)

3. Light Your Fat Bottom on Fire - Aggro1
Busta Rhymes (Light Your Ass On Fire (Radio Mix) - Light Your (Explative Deleted) On Fire) vs. Queen (Fat Bottom Girls)

4. Crazy Times - Team9
Gnarls Barkley (Crazy) vs. Prince (Sign O' the Times)

5. All of My Sublime Life - Aggro1
Foo Fighters (All My Life) vs. Sublime (Doin' Time)

6. Papa Was a Clock - Go Home Productions
The Temptations (Papa Was a Rollin' Stone) vs. Coldplay (Clocks)

7. Always With You - Divide & Kreate
Willie Nelson (Always on My Mind) vs. U2 (With or Without You)

8. Hurts Like Teen Spirit - Dangerous Orange
Johnny Cash (Hurt) vs. Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit) vs. Blue Oyster Cult (Don't Fear the Reaper)

9. The Money Song - team9
Hard-Fi (Cash Machine) vs. Jay-Z (Money, Cash, Hoes)

10. Walk Away and I'll Wait - Aggro1
Kelly Clarkson (Walk Away) vs. Van Halen (I'll Wait)

11. For the Love of C.R.E.A.M. - DJ BC
Wu-Tang Clan (C.R.E.A.M.) vs. The O'Jays (For the Love of Money)

12. Kelly's Smelly Behind - Divide & Kreate
Kelly Clarkson (Behind These Hazel Eyes) vs. Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit)

13. Casbah Wonder - Dunproofin'
Stevie Wonder (Uptight (Everything's Alright)) vs. The Clash (Rock the Casbah)

14. Crazy Wish - DJ Nicky T
Skee-Lo (I Wish) vs. Gnarls Barkley (Crazy)

15. Smokey and the Yeah! - Pheugoo
Usher (Yeah!) vs. Jerry Reed (Smokey and the Bandit Theme)

16. Relm and Josie with Attitude - Relm
N.W.A. (Something 2 Dance 2) vs. the Outfield (Your Love)

17. Summer Digger - (Artist Unknown)
Mungo Jerry (In the Summertime) vs. Kanye West (Gold Digger)

18. The Next Fool's Gold - Hi-Fi
The Stone Roses (Fool's Gold) vs. Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg (The Next Episode)

19. I Wish My Doorbell Rang - Sam Flanagan Mix
Skee-Lo (I Wish) vs. The White Stripes (My Doorebell)

20. Water Lilly (Extended V3) - Sam Flanagan Mix
Lily Allen (LDN) vs. The Stone Roses (Waterfall)

21. Michael Feels Like Green Onions - corporation
Michael Jackson (The Way You Make Me Feel) vs. Booker T & the MG's (Green Onions)

22. U Been Throwing It Away - StvD
Kelly Clarkson (Since U Been Gone) vs. Genesis (Throwing it All Away)

23. Crazy, as She Goes - The Legion of Doom
Gnarls Barkley (Crazy) vs. The Raconteurs (Steady, As She Goes)

24. Dirty Deeds Will Rock You - Aggro1
ACDC (Dirty Deeds) vs. Queen (We Will Rock You)

25. In My Hazel Eyes (Kelly's Playing in the Cold) - Bobby Martini
Kelly Clarkson (Behind These Hazel Eyes) vs. Coldplay (In My Place)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

50 Best Albums of 2006

This year I was able to give a listen and review almost all the albums thanks to the record companies doing something right for the first time in years by letting fans listen to albums even before they are released. So here are the best albums I heard this year. And where most other music blogs unroll their best albums of the list full with artist you have never heard of, here is my list of pretentious free albums (okay the list is actually only 82% pretentious free, just had to put the Artic Monkeys on my list). Click on the album to buy the album in iTunes. If you like feeling the CD in your hands check out this list at My Amazon Store (including last year's list). Also if you want to read my orginal review, click the link below the album's name. Agree with my list? Disagree? Feel free to list your favorite albums of the in the comment section:

1. Continuum - John Mayer
It's Not a Silly Little Moment, it's Not the Storm Before the Calm

2. Eye to the Telescope - KT Tunstall
Her Face Is the Map of the World

3. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - Bruce Springsteen
Oh Mary Don't You Weep

4. Eyes Open - Snow Patrol
The Final Word in the Final Sentence

5. Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks
It's Been Two Long Years Now Since the Top of the World Came Crashing Down

6. Stand Still, Look Pretty - The Wreckers
The Radio's Playing Old Country Songs

7. American V: The Hundred Highways - Johnny Cash
He Said "John Go Do My Will"

8. The Believer - Rhett Miller
Sex in Wartime Is Sweeter Than Peace

9. Modern Times - Bob Dylan
Sing a Little Bit of These Workingman Blues

10. Blue Collar - Rhymefest
Who Rapper You Know Before His Album Drop Is a Grammy Winner

11. 9 - Damien Rice
She May Rise if I Lay You Down

12. Once Again - John Legend
Tonight I Wanna Groove and Let the Music Make You Move

13. Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney
All I Had Was Just a Vision, All I Had Was My Ambition

8. Whatever They Say I Am I'm Not - Artic Monkeys
(Never Goot Around to Reviewing, Sorry)

15. Hip Hop Is Dead - Nas
If You Asking Why IS Hip Hop Dead There's a Pretty Good Chance You're the Reason it Died

16. Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae
Girl Go Ahead Let Your Hair Down

17. Broken Boy Soldier - The Raconteurs
You've Found a Friend That Knows You Well

18. The Road to Escondido - J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
If You Can't Hear the Music, Turn it up Loud

19. Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers
California Show Your Teeth

20. Game Theory - The Roots
I'll Make it Hotter Than Shaft in Africa

21. Bleeding Heart Graffiti - Nina Gordon
I Will Sing This Song and All My Friends Will Sing Along

22. The Greatest - Cat Power
No Wind or Waterfall Could Stop Me

23. Ten - Brian McKnight
When Was the Last Time You Were Truely Satisfied

24. Living with War - Neil Young
Let's Impeach the President for Lying

25. Like Blood for Honey - Holly Brook
Though I'm Young and Cynical it's Not My Only Crime

26. Love Their Country - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Yippee-I-Yay Yippee-I-Yo

27. Who I Am - Alice Peacock
Trust the Power in My Voice

28. Acoustic Extravaganza - KT Tunstall
I Don't Have to Raise My Voice

29. High & Mighty - Gov't Mule
Musings From the Back 9: Music Edition II

30. Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam
If I Keep Holding Out Will the Light Shine Through

31. Food & Liqour - Lupe Fiasco
Come in Hip-Hop We've Come to Resurrect You

32. Both Sides of the Gun - Ben Harper
The Only Songs to Sing Are Those Sung Again

33. Highway Companion - Tom Petty
If You Don't Run You Rust

34. Nightcrawler - Pete Yorn
Walk Me Out in the Morning Sun

35. Revelations - Audioslave
The Orginal Fire Has Died and Gone but the Riot Inside Moves On

36. Bird on a Wire - Toby Lightman
You're a Flower Blooming in the Desert Sunshine

37. Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George - Jack Johnson and Friends
There's No Stopping Curiosity

38. Year of the Dog… Again - DMX
We Gon' Get it, Get it Started Again

39. Move by Yourself - Donavon Frankenreiter
Don't Stop Doing What You Believe In

40. Coming Home - Lionel Richie
You Feel it, I Feel it, Let's Not Pretend

41. On the Outside - Starsailor
I Hear Them Screaming on the Radio

42. Feedback - Jurassic 5
We Would Say Our Rhymes to the Beat Right

43. Till the Sun Turns Black - Ray LaMontagne
Musings From the Back 9: Music Edition II

44. When Your Heart Stops Beating - (+44)
The Past Is Only the Past with the Lights On

45. Kingdom Come - Jay-Z
When I Come Back Like Jordon Wearing the 4-5

46. Show Your Bones - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Sometimes I Think I'm Bigger Than the Sound

47. The Evolution of… - Robin Thicke
Don't See the World Through Someone Else's Eyes

48. Sam's Town - The Killers
Nobody Ever Had a Dream Round Here

49. Under the Iron Sea - Keane
Love Is Just a Lyric in a Children's Rhyme

50. Loose - Nelly Furtado
I've Been Hurt by My Past but I Feel the Future

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Best Videos of 2006

For today’s end of the year spectacular I will be counting down the best music videos of the year. And thanks to YouTube we saw a return to the art form and more videos may be getting viewed that the heyday of MTV when they actually showed them. Unfortynately some record labels are not fond of the idea of free advertisement so some videos have been take off the site yet they always seem to find their way back on the site. I have embedded the top five videos, after that you can click on the title to go to YouTube and view it if available. Also if you are interested in buying the video (or the song) click the iTunes tag, again if available.

1. God’s Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash Johnny Cash - American V - A Hundred Highways - God's Gonna Cut You Down

2. White & Nerdy - “Weird Al” Yankovic '

3. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley Gnarls Barkley - Crazy - Single - Crazy

4. Boston - Augustana Augustana - Boston (Plus Single) - Boston

5. Not About Love - Fiona Apple Not About Love

6. Bones - The Killers The Killers - Video Triple Play - Bones

7. Rollin’ with Saget - Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone Jamie Kennedy & Stu Stone - Blowin' Up, Season 1 - Rollin' With Bob Saget (Music Video)

8. Wind it Up - Barenaked Ladies Wind It Up

9. When the Deal Goes Down - Bob Dylan

10. Work it Out - Jurassic 5 & Dave Mathews Band

11. Here it Goes Again - OK Go O.K. Go - Video Triple Play - Here It Goes Again

12. When You Were Young - The Killers The Killers - Video Triple Play - When You Were Young

13. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in my Hair) - Sandi Thom Sandi Thom - Smile... It Confuses People - I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)

14. Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie Death Cab for Cutie - Directions - Crooked Teeth

15. Fidelity - Regina Spector

16. Smile - Lily Allen

17. Touch the Sky - Kanye West Touch the Sky (Edited Version)

18. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Videos - Dani California

19. Gone Daddy Gone - Gnarls Barkley

20. Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer John Mayer - Video Triple Play - Waiting On the World to Change

21. Where’d You Go - Fort Minor Fort Minor - Where'd You Go - Single - Where'd You Go (Amended Version)

22. Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira & Wyclef Jean Shakira - Video Triple Play - Hips Don't Lie (Featuring Wyclef Jean)

23. Learn to Live with What You Are - Ben Folds

24. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats

25. How to Save a Life (Mark Pellington Version) - The Fray

Monday, December 25, 2006

R.I.P. James Brown

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and received everything you wanted and more so everything you needed. My festivities were damped a little at hearing the news that we lost one of the greats earlier today, James Brown. He was a little before my time but he left his stamp on the music during my formative years as he was a staple among rap sample in the early years. I was supposed to see him live back in college but unfortunately the concert got canceled as he was arrested a couple days before for beating his wife. But for all his pitfalls he will always be remembered as the Godfather of Soul leaving us with some great music, my personal favorite being Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.

Foe more on the life of James Brown check out: "Godfather of Soul" James Brown Dead at 73