25 Best Songs From 2006

“Fidelity” by Regina Spektor

Song Year: 2006

Regina Spektor is an unlikely famous artist since she primarily makes folk music.

However, her song “Fidelity” enjoyed impressive popularity after its release in 2006, and Spektor has enjoyed considerable success since.

The song is about a young woman who struggles to trust her partner and listens to her mental chatter instead. Her mistrust causes her to sabotage relationships, breaking her own heart.

“Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige

Song Year: 2006

“Be Without You” was the first single of Mary J Blige’s seventh album, The Breakthrough. The song discusses a relationship in which both parties are so in love as to dread a life apart.

Blige resolves to remain loyal to her partner no matter what, and she prides herself on the strength of their bond despite frequent arguments.

The song is widely considered a Gulf War anthem since it was released around the time the United States reckoned with casualties in the Middle East.

“Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson

Song Year: 2006

“Because of You” was Kelly Clarkson’s third single from her second studio album, Breakaway, produced and released in 2005.

The lyrics are about Clarkson’s parents’ divorce and centers on her desire to avoid repeating the same mistakes in her relationships.

The song hit number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 2 million digital downloads.

“Wolf Like Me” by TV on the Radio

Song Year: 2006

TV on the Radio was a legendary Brooklyn band from the early 2000s.

Their song “Wolf Life Me” gained tremendous popularity upon its release in 2006. The song appears to be about a werewolf, as there are several mentions of a curse throughout. The singer’s mention of turning into a werewolf is akin to losing control of oneself in a relationship.

“Every Time We Touch” by Cascada

Song Year: 2006

Although it was released in 2005, this song only reached the United States airwaves in 2006.

The song was written and produced by German techno and Eurodance trio Cascada. Nearly five months after its release, it hit the Billboard Top 100.

The song is a bubbly pop anthem about the intoxicating feeling of being in love. It was certified gold in mid-2006, and has sold over 2.5 million downloads since then, making it one of the most popular foreign songs in American music history.

“Too Little Too Late” by Jojo

Song Year: 2006

Jojo was one of the top pop artists of the early 2000s, and she released her hit single, “Too Little Too Late,” in 2006.

The song was written by Billy Steinberg, who has had five hit singles on the US charts. The lyrics are about a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. Her partner has not been good to her, so when he asks her to take him back, she says no.

“Waiting on the World To Change” by John Mayer

Song Year: 2006

John Mayer wrote this legendary song to address the general sense of hopelessness among the youth of his generation.

At the time, wars were going on worldwide, and a global recession was in the works.

John Mayer wrote the song to voice this sense of fear and apathy. The narrator is reluctant to protest or advocate change since it won’t make a difference.

“SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake (Feat. Timbaland)

Song Year: 2006

Justin Timberlake, the former member of NSync, released “SexyBack”  with top producer Timbaland in 2006.

Although the song appears to be about a sexy dance at a club, Timberlake claims it is actually about his neighbor’s pet rabbit, Sexy.

The neighbor traveled to Nebraska and asked Timberlake to look after his rabbit. Timberlake wrote the song about bringing the rabbit back to its rightful owner.

“Call Me When You’re Sober” by Evanescence

Song Year: 2006

This alternative, symphonic rock ballad touches on dealing with a partner with alcohol addiction.

Amy Lee, the lead singer, wrote the song for the lead singer of Seether, Shaun Morgan.

Coincidentally, Morgan entered rehab the day the song was released, but he was allegedly furious that Lee aired his business.

“How To Save a Life” by The Fray

Song Year: 2006

Although this song was initially released in 2005, it did not achieve broad popularity until 2006, after it was feated on the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy.

“How To Save a Life” is the fourth best-selling rock song in digital history, and it has granted the band a permanent spot in the annals of history.

The song is about the many people trying to intervene in a young man’s addiction and self-harm behaviors. They try to tell him what to do when he needs support since he cannot save his best friend’s life.

“When You Were Young” by The Killers

Song Year: 2006

“When You Were Young” is one of the only songs written by all four members of the famous alt-rock band, The Killers.

The song is about growing up and finding one’s place in the world. In leaving the past behind, our perceptions change, and we must surrender our social ties.

The song’s protagonist is a young woman whose life has taken a downturn since she married a man who is unfaithful to her. She reminisces about the days when love was more accessible and relationships were superficial.

“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John

Song Year: 2006

This song appeared on the hit TV show Gossip Girl in 2006 and experienced immediate success.

The song, written from the perspective of a man who has made significant mistakes in the past, discusses the themes of redemption and finding love despite one’s shortcomings.

It talks about two people who have been through significant challenges in finding and accepting one another despite their flaws.

Top Songs From 2006, Final Thoughts

2006 was an incredible year for music with a wide range of interesting topics explored through songs. From instant classics like Crazy to gems like Steady as She goes, there’s bound to be a song on this list fitting for anyone’s playlist regardless of the preferred music genre.

What were your best songs from 2006? Let us know in the comments.

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