2006. The year I relinquished the “teen” part of my age. Begrudgingly of course. I’ve always hated getting older.
To be fair, I still acted like a teenager well into my 20’s. Maturity isn’t something that comes easy to me.
However, aged 20, I was tee total. I did not touch a drop of alcohol. Ever.
And, despite the debt I’d gotten myself into at 18 (I worked in the Financial services industry, they handed out credit cards like sweets), I was relatively sensible.
I’ve always had the propensity to be a bit impulsive, do silly things and worry (a lot) about them later. But in my late teens and the first year of my 20’s, I was pretty level headed. If you want nightmare behaviour, me going seriously off the rails, then you’ll want 2008, 2009 and 2010. The stories I could tell.
Perhaps I’ll leave those tales for my memoirs. Although, I’ll have to wait until I’ve either moved countries, or I’m on my death bed. I don’t really fancy a lawsuit, you see.
Anyway, enough of me banging on about how boring I was aged 20. Allow me to take you through the tracks of that year. The best tracks of that year. Subjectively of course.
10.Mary J Blige & U2 – One
Better than the original.
9. Notorious B.I.G. feat Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery – Nasty Girl
Naomi Campbell’s in the video. How’s that for an endorsement?
8. The Pussycat Dolls – Buttons
I was never the biggest PCD fan. I love Nicole Scherzinger. I think she’s batshit crazy but in a brilliant way. However, in terms of PCD’s music, I always found it a bit ‘been there, done that’.
However, and this is a big HOWEVER, Buttons is an absolute banger of a tune.
It reminds me of the video for Britney Spears; Stronger. With the chairs and all that jazz. I’d love to tell you I haven’t attempted a lap dance to this track before now. But unfortunately that would be a lie.
Yep, I am that embarrassing.
7. Justin Timberlake feat Timbaland – SexyBack
Personally, I think JT’s music got better from 2006 onwards. Yeah he had some pretty decent tracks in 2003 and so on. However, SexyBack is one of his best. After all, he’s going to let you whip him if he misbehaves.
Oh Brit my love, how could you dump him?
6. James Morrison – You Give Me Something
This man’s voice is like chocolate. Smooth, luxurious and always leaves me wanting more. I could listen to his debut album on repeat. And to be fair I did. Throughout 2007. This is my favourite from the ‘Undiscovered’ album. Just beautiful.
5. Orson – No Tomorrow
There’s a point in this song which gives me serious Goosebumps. Even now, 11 years on.
It’s from about 2:11 onwards. Apologies for the lack of “official” video. No idea why there isn’t one, so this is the best that was on offer from a very bad bunch.
4. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
Much like JT, I think Nelly Furtado’s music got better from this point in her music career, onwards. I knew I wanted to include a Nelly song in my 2006 post, but really deliberated over which one to choose. It was a toss up between Maneater and All Good Things.
The latter reminds me of being in Devon during the winter, thinking back over the year and losing the friend I wrote about in the 2005 post. I was looking out over the most beautiful setting and the song came on. It all felt a bit fitting. Like in a film.
Anyway, I didn’t choose that song in the end. No idea why I told you all about a song I didn’t choose but here’s Maneater. It’s a belter.
3. Kelly Clarkson – Because of You
It’s just a really well written, relatable track. And you can’t deny, she’s got a set of lungs on her.
2. Snow Patrol – You Could Be Happy
This song actually didn’t appear on my radar until 2009. I was hungover to fuck watching Gavin & Stacey in bed one Sunday afternoon. There’s a scene where Gavin & Stacey had separated, Stacey was at the bingo (God I love a bit of bingo mind) and Gavin was in a nightclub back in Essex. They each had this urge to phone the other and in the background this was playing.
Cut to me absolutely breaking down because I could handle it. In my hungover state.
In all seriousness, the lyrics in this song will mean something to anyone who has gone through a break up.
1. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
She’s a Queen. An icon.
The Back to Back album is one of the best ever made.
And funnily enough, this track is my favourite from that album. Closely followed by Tears Dry On Their Own.
Again, if you’ve been through a break up, Amy will speak to you with Back to Black. Especially if you’ve been pied for someone else.
Time now to hand it over to someone else who’d like to showcase their favourite songs 0f 2006.
10. My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade
9. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
8. Arctic Monkeys – When The Sun Goes Down
7. Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
6. The Fray (How To Save A Life)
5. Daniel Powter (Bad Day)
4. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
3. Justin Timberlake – SexyBack
2. Nickelback – Far Away
1. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
Unfortunately, Tom; creator of this playlist doesn’t have a photo of himself from 2006.
BUT I DO!
As superimposed you may think I am, standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, I promise this photo is real.
As is that Lonsdale top.
I know, I know. But it was 2006.