The 100 Best Songs of the Year

Single of the Year: What else? Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse led the pack with "Crazy," and an army of rockers, rappers and poppers tried to follow

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91"Buttons" [Listen]
The Pussycat Dolls
Pretty much all you could ask for from a horny-girl-group hit: snaky synths, hot chorus, Snoop cameo. That, and girls begging you to help them undress.

92"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" [Listen]
Dropkick Murphys
Punk vets do for The Departed what the Ronettes did for Mean Streets, revving up a sea chantey and making it sound like a tavern full of scurvy pirates.

93"Saving Grace" [Listen]
Tom Petty
Petty roars on, getting his ZZ Top on with this roadhouse stomper. Welcome back, old friend.

94"Stuntin' Like My Daddy" [Listen]
Lil' Wayne and Birdman
One of the Country's best MCs (Wayne) and his patron Bridman keep New Orleans on the hip-hop map with a synth-bouncec track that puts extra grease in your grits. "Cash money still the company," says Birdman. "And, bitch, I'm the boss." Don?t argue.

95"Don't Feel Right"
The Roots
Black Thought sounds fierce on this banger about the world going to hell in a handbasket while riding a dark ?uestlove beat.

96"If I Was in El Dorado" [Listen]
Oakley Hall
Imagine the Band if they were twenty-first-century New York kids. A steady-rollin' rave-up that wanders off into the tall grass of a long, loose jam.

97"Automatic Lover" [Listen]
Scandinavian ex-punks drop a vocoder-driven electropop number. Think music for robots that's so sexy it'll make your laptop sigh.

98"Take Control" [Listen]
Ms. "1 Thing" shows she has something else in her pocket. Why didn't any rock bands have a guitar riff this cold in 2006?

99"Baby Let's Have a Baby Before Bush Do Somethin' Crazy" [Listen]
The Coup with Silk E
Introducing War on Terror sex: "Bombs going off everywhere. . . . But I still got some love to share." The sweet soul helps.

100"Skinny Boy" [Listen]
Amy Millan
Singer from Canadian indie-pop outfit Stars applies angel-voiced cynicism to delicious Mazzy Star-style tune. Best line: "You've got lips I could spend a day with."

Posted Dec 08, 2006 10:46 AM