By Jack Sharkey, March 17, 2017

Every Friday during 2017 we’re going to offer up five songs from each of the last fifty years that tell the story of music as it existed during that year, and how that music ultimately played a role in getting us to where we are today. We're taking the journey backwards for a different persepctive on how music has evolved over the past half century. Week 11 is all about 2006.


Like every subjective list of art, we hope this will at times make sense and at others spark debate (and maybe even a little criticism). Take the trip with us in 2017 as we look back on the music that got us to where we are today.



The charts show an interesting shift from the old guard of the 80s and 90s to the music of the new millenium, with a couple of classic rock staples having their final day in the pop chart sun, while some new acts begin to make some waves.


You're Beautiful - James Blunt  A love-sick James Blunt introduces himself to the pop world and tells the rest of the world that love-sick singers of tender ballads of longing will never go out of style.



Hips Don't Lie - Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean On the other hand, Shakira introduces an entire world of love-sick music fans to, well, herself. Interesting to note the heavy Spanish rhythms in the first two hits we're featuring for 2006. Styles and musical movements always seem to happen at the same time but independent of each other. 



Crazy - Gnarls Barkley  A record that could not have been made in any decade prior to the Aughts because of the technology but that sounds as timeless as any hit from any other era. The true mark of a great combination of song and production.



Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers From their ninth studio album, Dani California is pure RHCP and arguably their most accessible, radio-friendly single. Long-time fans of the band were satisfied while a whole new legion of fans who were still listening to Disney soundtracks when RHCP first came on the scene were drawn in.



Who Says You Can't Go Home Again - Bon Jovi Twenty-three years after first arriving on the charts, Bon Jovi's last foray into the pop charts was about as straight-forward a pop rock song as you could ever write. Jangly guitars, simple melody and a hook that ear-worms itself into your head, they don't make 'em like this anymore (and that's okay). 

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