I don’t really hate to admit it, but I feel like I should, but the day I’ve been waiting for all year has finally arrived: Pitchfork has posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2006. For the past two years I’ve followed this list and downloaded/found/purchased each and every track they recommended. The Top 50 Singles of 2005 and Top 50 Singles of 2004 introduced me to now-favorite artists such as M83, Annie, Superpitcher, Three 6 Mafia, LCD Soundsystem, Robyn, LindstrÃ¸m, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Franz Ferdinand, The Go! Team, Rachel Stevens, !!!, Feist, Rex the Dog, and songs such as “Crazy” (which only made #36 on last year’s lits and is undoubtedly making #1 this year everywhere else).
But what makes this year’s list more exciting (besides the fact it’s doubled in size and isn’t limited to singles) is the fact that I predicted the top two songs!!!
Yes, that’s right. I’ve been saying for the last month that I think Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” and The Knife’s “Silent Shout” are going to be the top two songs of the year, and I was correct. I don’t know whether this means that my taste in music has been so heavily influenced by Pitchfork that I think the same way they do, or whether these really are the top two songs (Stylus Magazine’s Top 50 Singles of 2005 places Gnarls Barkley at #1 and T.I.’s “What You Know” at the top). But either way, I’m damn impressed with myself for predicting these top two.
As I did last year (in parts one, two, and three), I totally intend to do my own version of “The Year 2006” in music. But as a sneak peak, I’ll admit that “My Love” and “Silent Shout” are my top two and that Hot Chip’s “Boy From School” will be number three (it got seventh place with Pitchfork). So stay tuned for that. I’m also going to post a Year 2006 DJ mix (that I’m in the final steps of tweaking right now).