Song of the year

2006-12-27 11:21
Alaska's "Fokol"
Album: Fokol
This song has gotten even the prudest of party-goers to get up and hit the dance floor. From Maseru to Mmabatho to Magaliesberg, radio stations all over Southern Africa are getting requests for this song, even 11 months after its release. This kwaito group have been nominated for Channel O’s and Metro fm’s awards, thanks to one of the best party songs of 2006. "Fokol" will continue to be the party anthem for the festive season with it’s catchy sound and catchy lyrics: “uJaiva ngathi umenyiwe” (You are dancing like you are invited)

"Why" by Sandy Dillon with Robert Love
Album: Pull the Strings
Sandy Dillon’s album, “Pull the Strings” takes a musical cross-country route that passes by the old gospel blues barn, snakes through the dark woods of post punk melancholy, and opens out into the field of new avant-garde instrumentation. It is no easy listen for the unadventurous. This is "further listening" for fans of Tom Waits, and at a stretch Henry Rollins; for Patti Smith and dark Bad Seeds followers. Hell, even a Diamanda Galas fetishist with a hankering for some country might buy into it. Read the review

"Put your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae
Album: Corinne Bailey Rae
Interestingly, Rae doesn't flaunt any supposed musical virtuosity either. Unlike, say, Norah, or Alicia, or James, she's neither a jazz, classical or war-embattled piano player... just a singer-songwriter. And probably a better one than any of those other moaners. Read the review

"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley
Album: St. Elsewhere
"Crazy" is the big hit, it sets the tone with these words: "I remember when, I remember / When I lost my mind / There was something so pleasant / About that place". Cee-Lo has got the vocal style of Isaac Hayes, and the dark psychotic humour of early Tom Waits. Read the review

"Brand Suid-Afrika" by Fokofpolisiekar
Album: Swanesang
Frantic, angry, patriotic - Fokofpolisiekar may be SA's most credible commercial rock act. Brand Suid-Afrika is an outstanding track and is one of the most popular songs downloaded in 2006 on’s MP3 downloads. Listen or Download
Read the review

"Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Album: Stadium Arcadium
RHCP rock! From their album Stadium Arcadium, "Dani California" will jump out at you and stick in your head. It’s no wonder it’s one of the top sounds of the year. Read the review

"Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz
Album: Slowboat to Hades DVD
It may be from a 2005 album, but got more play in 2006 and is featured in their 2006 release Slowboat to Hades DVD. You just have to love the song. After all, band members Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel claim to be the world’s biggest band. Read the review
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"Smile" by Lily Allen
Album: Alright, Still
This big hit "Smile" is all about the enjoyment of the pain of another and the joys of bittersweet revenge "At first, when I see you cry / yeah it makes me smile, yeah it makes me smile" and even the clean version on KFM with the reference to "fucking that girl next door" removed doesn't lose the grime that gives it just enough heat to rise above the chilly heap of sanitised crap that dominates the charts.
Read the review
More on Lily "Lekker Zef" by Valiant Swart
Album: Horisontaal
One of the top downloads of 2006 on, we couldn’t leave this one out. Valiant has a knack for reminding us South Africans how South African we really are. The experience of life between the road and the longed for home may be universal in the music business, but the roots of the arrangements and some of Valiants lyrics couldn't be easily translated. Read the review
Listen to or Download Lekker Zef
Get to know Mr Swart in this interview

"SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake
Album: FutureSex/LoveSounds
It’s one of the longest running number one singles of 2006 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it was produced by super producer Timbaland. Timbaland is known for experimental and original hits. He is known for redefining a music genre using a distinct sound or beat, while avoiding monotony. Timbaland is good, very good. In “SexyBack” you’ll be faced with a mixture of urban and dance. It’s a heavy electronic track with Timberlake’s voice distorted to produce thick, yet unique vocals. And there are naughty lyrics to match: “Dirty Babe/You see these shackles baby I'm your slave/I'll let you whip me if I misbehave.” Read the review

"Fokkol" by Koos Kombuis
Special recording
Most of you loved and couldn’t stop downloading the track from out MP3 download. Whatever your taste, this song certainly defined our year. It was an original song recorded specially for Can you say Unplugged? Listen or Download Fokkol
The interview with Koos Kombuis

"Kicks" by Love Jones
Album: Love Jones
Love Jones enlist local rock guru Dave Birch to produce one of the best pop-rock albums of the SA year. From this album Kicks truly stands out as one of the best song of the year. Read the review
Listen to Kicks

Maybe you agree with us (great!) and maybe you don’t, but these songs did move most listeners. But if they didn’t move you, you can have you say. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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