Hosting this blog is as much a way of discovering music as it is for the readers. Here’s my list of my favorite songs that I first heard in 2006 (and no, sound files are not available on most of these. Real fans already have ’em):

1. Ghostface Killah: The Champ
2. Smith: Baby, It’s You
3. Practically everything off of Soul Boulders
4. Etta James: Sunday Kind of Love
5. Dells: I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love Is Blue
6. The Reflections: My Summer Breeze
7. The Kinks: Waterloo Sunset
8. Lupe Fiasco: I Gotcha
9. Donny Hathaway: What a Woman Really Means
10. Sam Taylor: Heaven On Our Minds
11. Don Gardner: My Baby Likes To Boogaloo
12. Fela Kuti: Water No Get Enemy
13. El Michels Affair: Ocho Rios
14. James Brown: Your Cheatin’ Heart
15. Lee Fields: Honey Dove
16. Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: No One’s Gonna Love You More
17. Clipse: Ride Around Shining
18. Three Degrees: Collage
19. Promise: I’m Not Ready For Love
20. Jennifer Hudson: And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going Away

And here are a few songs I loved that I didn’t post:

1. J-Dilla: Signs
2. Cat Power: The Greatest
3. Nas: Can’t Forget About You
4. Too Short, Snoop Dogg, Will.I.Am: Keep Bouncin’
5. Snoop Dogg: Think About It
6. The Whatnauts: I’ll Erase Your Pain
7. Billy Preston: The Same Thing Again
8. Richard Hawley: The Ocean
9. Sweet and Innocent: Cry Love
10. The Shins: Sleeping Lessons