The final day of 2006 begs for a discussion of the year's best music: there wasn't any.
That's right, everything released in 2006 turned out to be crap. If you don't believe me, consider this:
Music website www.rockintown.com asked readers about the best albums of 2006.
Pearl Jam came out on top with their album of the same name. Rounding out the top five are My Chemical Romance (The Black Parade), Evanescence (The Open Door), AFI (Decemberunderground), and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Show Your Bones).
The site also asks readers to cast ballots for the rock n' roll hall of fame. Right now, Pearl Jam is leading the pack AHEAD OF LED ZEPPELIN! Don't worry: Green Day, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters are way ahead of AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. At the very bottom of the list is Black Sabbath, with zero percent of the votes! I can only assume the people who frequent (and write) this website are too young to realize that without Black Sabbath there would be no Nirvana or, dare I say, Panic! At the Disco.
According to the luminaries at Rolling Stone, 2006 spewed forth some of the best music ever to grace our ears. What did the world's most respected music magazine pick as the number one single of the year? "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. The rest of the top ten is a hodge podge of crap that I won't even spend my time writing about. It's the same pseudo pop dribble, mass produced for young audiences and shoved down the throat of every American consumer.
The editors at Rolling Stone picked Bob Dylan's Modern Times as the best album of the year, followed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium and Rather Ripped by Sonic Youth. At least the magazine founded on rock returned to the fold on this one!
I can only hope 2007 brings better music than 2006. Rock is skipping a generation.