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Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Year So Far...

It's hard to believe that 2006 is pretty much halfway over, and that summer has officially begun. Not sure about where you are, but here it's a beautiful sunny day, if not a tad overly-hot. Thanks, global warming! Anyway, seeing as 2006 has given us one of the most rapid-fire successions of #1 singles here in the U.S., this seems like a good time to recap the top tunes so far on both sides of the pond.

It's interesting to note that thus far, the U.S. and the UK have only shared one #1 this year: Ne-Yo's "So Sick." And who knows if the biggest UK single of the year -- "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley -- will reach the same heights over here. It's only just this week entered the U.S. Top 10. Meanwhile, UK sensations Arctic Monkeys failed to thaw American listeners. But, one thing's almost certain... Old Blighty will most likely be spared Taylor Hicks.

2006 U.S. #1 Singles

1. "Don't Forget About Us" - Mariah Carey (2 weeks*)
2. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L (1 week)
3. "Grillz" - Nelly feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gripp (2 weeks)
4. "Check On It" - Beyonce feat. Slim Thug (5 weeks)
5. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt (1 week)
6. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo (2 weeks)
7. "Temperature" - Sean Paul (1 week)
8. "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter (5 weeks)
9. "S.O.S." - Rihanna (3 weeks)
10. "Ridin'" - Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone (2 weeks)
11. "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean (2 weeks)
12. "Do I Make You Proud?" - Taylor Hicks (1 week)

2006 UK #1 Singles

1. "That's My Goal" - Shayne Ward (4 weeks*)
2. "When The Sun Goes Down" - Arctic Monkeys (1 week)
3. "Nasty Girl" - Notorious B.I.G. (2 weeks)
4. "Thunder In My Heart Again" - Meck feat. Leo Sayer (2 weeks)
5. "Sorry" - Madonna (1 week)
6. "It's Chico Time" - Chico (2 weeks)
7. "No Tomorrow" - Orson (1 week)
8. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo (1 week)
9. "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley (9 weeks)
10. "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker" - Sandi Thom (1 week)
11. "Maneater" - Nelly Furtado (2 weeks)

* originally hit #1 in December 2005 and carried into January

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  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    god britain is almost as bad as le states with chico, orson and ne-yo. i'm not admitting to which 5 songs featured heavily on my play list this year but the latest two have and i'm not ashamed to admit those two. Although just reading nme interview by pete popjustice robinson and lily allen hates her! my whole world is now akimber!

  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    I've purchased a total of 4 off iTunes from the U.S. list...only one of which ("S.O.S.") can I ever listen to again without cringing.

    Sometimes you just get caught up in the, "It's #1!" moment.

  • At 5:40 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    i often get caught up in those moments and regret them a month later... what the fuss was the fuss with the arctic monkeys???

  • At 7:35 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    I will admit that I attempted to 'be down with' the Arctic Monkeys. Sigh. To quote The Smiths: I can smile about it now, but at the time it was terrible.

    The album got a total of a half listen before it was sent off to the used CD store and traded in for something else. I even deleted the tracks off my iPod .

  • At 10:59 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    who does Lily Allen hate?

  • At 11:54 PM, Blogger cookie wonton said…

    The arctic monkeys was the best thing on either list. Grillz is perhaps one of the most annoying things I've ever heard in my life, S.O.S. means "save our ship" not "someone help me" and compleatly murders a perfectly good tainted love, and hips don't lie is just fucking stupid. But what do you expect from someone who appeared covered in motor oil last summer looking like a zombie?

  • At 1:55 AM, Anonymous S.O.S. said…

    S.O.S. doesn't mean "save our ship". In fact, it doesn't stand for anything. It's simply more code, that represents: three dots (S), three dashes (O) and three dots (S).

  • At 3:11 AM, Blogger mobius said…

    OK, OK I admit it. I've bought Chico...

    The only release I've purchased out of the US releases was Mimi's "We Belong Together", and only for the Rauhofer mixes, which unfortunately were "a bissl fad" (Vienna slang for "a bit boring" - Rauhofer is a fellow Austrian).

    I also got Meck and Madonna, which featured rather heavily in my playlists.

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    oops i got carried away with the excitement of writing and forgot that you wouldn't know that i meant lily allen hates sandi thom as revealed in nme interview! lumme!

  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Cookie Wonton, you're one feisty broad. Mobius, I know you bought Chico. It's okay, we still like you. Actually, though, "We Belong Together" was a 2005 #1. The one on this list is "Don't Forget About Us." Tell me you didn't buy that one, please!

  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger mobius said…

    Oh, really?! Ooops. I always get confused when it comes to Mariah singles. It's one long single to me that gets released over and over again.

    I'd never buy her albums 'cause I can't stand R&B and rap, but I like some of her videos and remixes.


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