These 12 Rock and Alternative Songs Turn 10 in 2016: Want to Feel (Sort of) Old?
Do you remember where you were the first time you heard Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”? Maybe it was on a MySpace page, or maybe it was on an alternative radio station that has since changed its format over to classic rock. Either way, it’s been a long time -- ten years, in fact. You’re getting old.
Okay, not so much. Many of the artists in this list are still quite popular, and could definitely drop a great album in 2016. Others were just too tied to a passing trend to keep the momentum going. Others simply broke up.
Below, catch up with a dozen tracks that were very important to rock and alternative music in 2006.
Take a look and try to stay young:
“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
This was one of those rare hit songs that didn’t quite fit any genre and had no obvious precedent on the charts. Yet "Crazy" went all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It helped make CeeLo Green a celebrity and Danger Mouse a superstar producer, not just the cult hero who did The Grey Album. Gnarls Barkley hasn’t released anything since 2008, but CeeLo appears ready to pick it up again.
“Here It Goes Again” by OK Go
YouTube launched in Feb. 2005 and the “treadmill video” was one of its first smashes. Almost a decade later, OK Go led off a new album cycle with... a quirky viral video.
“Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2006 album Stadium Arcadium contained upwards of 120 minutes of music over 2 discs, but it only took them the first track to write a hit about having sex in California.
“When the Sun Goes Down” by the Arctic Monkeys
Around the same time Panic! at the Disco was America's teenaged rock sensation, the United Kingdom had the Arctic Monkeys. These guys were British rock music in early 2006. As trendy as their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was, it holds up extremely well, and the Monkeys’ most recent effort, AM, was arguably their most successful yet. But that was back in 2013, so it’ll be interesting to see if they hit us with any new music in the coming year.
“Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance
After breaking big with Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge in 2004, My Chemical Romance wrote Welcome to the Black Parade as its first album in the public eye. They took a big risk by going full-on Queen, and it worked.
“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John
No, it wasn’t called “That Whistling Song.”
"Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)" by Cobra Starship
After Fall Out Boy and Panic! broke big, this track was awfully telling of where a certain kind of rock music stood within pop culture. Snakes on a Plane was a highly-hyped, major motion picture starring Samuel L. Jackson, and it featured a song from a brand new Fueled By Ramen band as its theme. Tracks from The Academy Is… and Coheed and Cambria also appeared on the soundtrack. Bring it.
“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
If you lay here… if you just lay here… you’d never be able to forget this song.
"Starlight” by Muse
Muse has mostly stayed the course over the past decade, releasing a new album ever couple years, usually along with a couple radio hits. Off of 2006's Black Holes and Revelations, could have gone with “Supermassive Black Hole” or “Knights of Cydonia,” but we think “Starlight” has aged the best.
“When You Were Young” by the Killers
After getting big via new wave revival, the Killers reinvented themselves via Springsteen worship for their sophomore effort, Sam’s Town. Their albums have been progressively less successful since, so when the Killers do return (it could be in 2016) another about-face could do them well. Given the current music climate, another dance-friendly album (along the lines of Brandon Flowers' collaboration with Avicii) may be the ticket.
“Steady as She Goes” by the Raconteurs
Sad Jack White memes aside, White’s personal brand has endured as well as anyone’s on this list. Third Man Records has become a bona fide big deal and given the sound (and success) of his most recent solo and Dead Weather work, we feel like this Raconteurs hit could hang in 2016.
“Alice Practice” by Crystal Castles
In 2006, hipster culture was becoming more and more acceptable to the masses. Following on trends like dance punk and electroclash, the L.A. duo Crystal Castles helped get a big digital punk craze going. This was their first single, and even though it was just distorted demo vocals (hence the title) over a glitchy beat, an awful lot of #influencers liked it. If you’ve stepped inside an Urban Outfitters over the past decade, you’ve felt this song’s impact.