2006 Modern Rock 500

WOXY

The most important songs in Modern Rock, as determined by WOXY staff in 2006.

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1 Smiths - How Soon is Now
2 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
3 Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
4 U2 - New Years Day
5 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
6 Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
7 Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
8 Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
9 Radiohead - Creep
10 Clash - London Calling
11 Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
12 Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
13 Stone Roses - I Wanna be Adored
14 Beck - Loser
15 Television - Marquee Moon
16 REM - Radio Free Europe
17 Pearl Jam - Jeremy
18 Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
19 Replacements - Alex Chilton
20 Breeders - Cannonball
21 New Order - Blue Monday
22 David Bowie - Space Oddity
23 Clash - Train in Vain
24 Radiohead - Paranoid Android
25 Cure - Boys Dont Cry
26 Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole
27 Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
28 Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
29 Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
30 Police - Roxanne
31 U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
32 Pixies - Where Is My Mind
33 Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
34 Fugazi - Waiting Room
35 Janes Addiction - Jane Says
36 B52s - Rock Lobster
37 Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right
38 Bauhaus - Bela Lugosis Dead
39 Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All
40 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
41 Nirvana - All Apologies
42 Blondie - Heart of Glass
43 REM - Its the End of the World
44 Weezer - Undone the Sweater Song
45 Pearl Jam - Alive
46 My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
47 Faith No More - Epic
48 XTC - Dear God
49 Bjork - Human Behaviour
50 U2 - Pride In the Name of Love
51 Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
52 Patti Smith - Gloria
53 Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
54 Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
55 Nirvana - Come As You Are
56 Blur - Song 2
57 New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
58 Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
59 Dead Milkmen - Bitchin Camaro
60 Beastie Boys - Sabotage
61 Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
62 Pavement - Cut Your Hair
63 Smashing Pumpkins - Today
64 Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes
65 Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
66 Elvis Costello - Whats So Funny Bout
67 REM - Losing My Religion
68 Clash - Rock the Casbah
69 Beck - Where Its At
70 Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
71 Cure - Just Like Heaven
72 Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
73 Oasis - Wonderwall
74 Boomtown Rats - I Dont Like Mondays
75 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give it Away
76 Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
77 Modern English - I Melt With You
78 David Bowie - Changes
79 Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink
80 Devo - Whip It
81 Blondie - Rapture
82 Nine Inch Nails - Closer
83 James - Laid
84 Talking Heads - Take Me to the River
85 Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
86 Afghan Whigs - Rebirth of the Cool
87 Elvis Costello - Alison
88 Folk Implosion - Natural One
89 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust
90 U2 - With or Without You
91 Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
92 Nirvana - In Bloom
93 Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
94 Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
95 Gary Numan - Cars
96 Patti Smith Group - Dancing Barefoot
97 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
98 White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
99 Cure - Love Song
100 David Bowie - Suffragette City
101 Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
102 Devo - I Cant Get No Satisfaction
103 Squeeze - Tempted
104 Pixies - Gigantic
105 Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
106 Depeche Mode - People are People
107 Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
108 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
109 Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll
110 Jam - Town Called Malice
111 Radiohead - Just
112 Modest Mouse - Float On
113 Cracker - Low
114 Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
115 U2 - One
116 Police - Message in a Bottle
117 Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On
118 Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
119 Violent Femmes - Kiss Off
120 Church - Under the Milky Way
121 Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
122 Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
123 REM - Orange Crush
124 Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
125 Flaming Lips - Do You Realize
126 Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
127 Bob Marley - Jamming
128 Echo and The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar
129 Radiohead - Karma Police
130 Tori Amos - Silent All These Years
131 Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
132 Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
133 Las - There She Goes
134 Pulp - Common People
135 Screaming Trees - Nearly Lost You
136 Social Distortion - Ball and Chain
137 Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love
138 Public Image Limited - Rise
139 Gang of Four - I Love a Man in a Uniform
140 U2 - I Will Follow
141 XTC - Senses Working Overtime
142 Replacements - Ledge
143 Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With
144 Cure - In Between Days
145 Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
146 Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
147 White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl
148 Stone Roses - Fools Goldedit
149 Soul Coughing - Screenwriters Blues
150 Postal Service - Such Great Heights
151 Interpol - PDA
152 REM - Pretty Persuasion
153 Cracker - Teen Angst
154 Joy Division - Shes Lost Control
155 Police - Every Breath You Take
156 Living Colour - Cult of Personality
157 New Order - True Faith
158 Oasis - Supersonic
159 Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
160 Guided By Voices - Teenage FBI
161 Smiths - Panic
162 Ramones - Do You Remember Rock N Roll
163 Massive Attack - Safe from Harm
164 Sugarcubes - Birthday
165 Charlatans UK - Only One I Know
166 Shins - New Slang
167 Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
168 Bob Mould - Sunspots Wishing Well
169 Spoon - Everything Hits At Once
170 Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
171 Flaming Lips - She Dont Use Jelly
172 DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World
173 Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin Beats
174 Oasis - Live Forever
175 Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
176 XTC - Making Plans for Nigel
177 Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer
178 Blur - Girlsand Boys
179 Interpol - Obstacle 1
180 Veruca Salt - Seether
181 Beastie Boys - So Whatcha Want
182 Happy Mondays - Step On
183 Cure - Close to Me
184 Love and Rockets - So Alive
185 Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
186 English Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom
187 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
188 Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
189 Afghan Whigs - Debonair
190 David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
191 Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
192 PJ Harvey - Down By the Water
193 Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
194 Modest Mouse - Polar Opposites
195 Portishead - Sour Times
196 Replacements - I Will Dare
197 Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
198 Shins - So Says I
199 Dinosaur Jr - Feel the Pain
200 Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
201 MC900FT Jesus - City Sleeps
202 Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
203 Clash - Magnificent Seven
204 Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
205 Blondie - One Way or Another
206 Urge Overkill - Sister Havana
207 Smiths - There Is a Light That Never
208 Social Distortion - Bad Luck
209 Jam - Going Underground
210 Cure - Pictures of You
211 English Beat - Save it for Later
212 Ramones - Sheena is a Punk Rocker
213 Replacements - Bastards of Young
214 REM - Stand
215 Pixies - Debaser
216 Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
217 Jam - In the City
218 Nirvana - About a Girl
219 Elliott Smith - Miss Misery
220 Pearl Jam - Even Flow
221 B52s - Private Idaho
222 Primal Scream - Movin On Up
223 Oingo Boingo - Dead Mans Party
224 Concrete Blonde - God is a Bullet
225 Sonic Youth - 100
226 Morphine - Cure for Pain
227 Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma
228 Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
229 Clash - Lost in the Supermarket
230 Police - Cant Stand Losing You
231 U2 - Bad Live
232 Modest Mouse - Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
233 Juliana Hatfield - My Sister
234 Primus - Jerry was a Race Car Driver
235 Jeff Buckley - So Real
236 Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey
237 Sinead OConnor - Mandinka
238 Public Enemy - Bring the Noise
239 Pavement - Shady Lane
240 Belle and Sebastian - Your Covers Blown
241 Talking Heads - Crosseyed and Painless
242 Suede - Metal Mickey
243 Bettie Serveert - Tom Boy
244 Liz Phair - Supernova
245 Romeo Void - Never Say Never
246 Hives - Hate to Say I Told You So
247 G Love and Special Sauce - Cold Beverage
248 Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
249 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek a Boo
250 Muse - Time Is Running Out
251 Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds
252 Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This
253 Simple Minds - Dont You Forget About Me
254 Blind Melon - No Rain
255 Neds Atomic Dustbin - Grey Cell Green
256 Pretenders - My City Was Gone
257 Bjork - Big Time Sensuality
258 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
259 Bears - Fear is Never Boring
260 Roxy Music - Love is the Drug
261 Cardigans - My Favourite Game
262 Meat Puppets - Backwater
263 Shins - Caring Is Creepy
264 Wire - Strange
265 Tricky - Black Steel
266 Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
267 Nine Inch Nails - Down in It
268 Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
269 Mission of Burma - Thats When I Reach For My Revolver
270 Clash - This is Radio Clash
271 Pavement - Stereo
272 Janes Addiction - No Ones Leaving
273 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Talk About the Blues
274 Velvet Underground - White Light White Heat
275 Belly - Feed the Tree
276 Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
277 Primus - Tommy the Cat
278 Dinosaur Jr - Start Choppin
279 Faith No More - We Care a Lot
280 Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved
281 Dramarama - Anything Anything
282 Waterboys - Whole of the Moon
283 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
284 Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart
285 Lemonheads - Into Your Arms
286 New Order - Love Vigilantes
287 Stone Roses - Waterfall
288 Vapors - Turning Japanese
289 Bob Marley and The Wailers - I Shot the Sheriff
290 Supergrass - Caught By the Fuzz
291 Disposable Heroes Hiphoprisy - Television Drug of a Nation
292 Specials - A Message to You Rudy
293 White Stripes - Hardest Button to Button
294 They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
295 XTC - Mayor of Simpleton
296 Arcade Fire - Neighborhood 3 Power Out
297 Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
298 Elastica - Connection
299 Eels - Mr Es Beautiful Blues
300 Sundays - Heres Where the Story Ends
301 Tori Amos - God
302 Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
303 Fishbone - Party at Ground Zero
304 Alarm - Strength
305 Cake - Distance
306 U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
307 Social Distortion - Ring of Fire
308 Royal Crescent Mob - Get on the Bus
309 Nirvana - Lithium
310 Radiohead - Optimistic
311 Shriekback - Nemesis
312 The - Uncertain Smile
313 Frank Black - Headache
314 Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon
315 L7 - Pretend Were Dead
316 Sebadoh - Skull
317 Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
318 Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
319 Public Enemy - 911Is a Joke
320 Strokes - Last Nite
321 !!! - Me and Giuliani Down By The
322 Weezer - Buddy Holly
323 Coldplay - Yellow
324 Smiths - Stop Me If You Think Youve
325 Killing Joke - Eighties
326 Depeche Mode - Route 66
327 Breeders - Divine Hammer
328 Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
329 Smoking Popes - Need You Around
330 Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
331 Tones on Tail - Go Club Mix
332 Ministry - Stigmata
333 Fatboy Slim - Rockafeller Skank
334 Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
335 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
336 Cake - Never There
337 Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
338 Smithereens - Blood and Roses
339 REM - So Central Rain
340 Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
341 Elliott Smith - Waltz 2
342 Velvet Underground - What Goes On in the Heart
343 They Might Be Giants - Dont Lets Start
344 Tegan and Sara - Walking With a Ghost
345 Guided By Voices - Glad Girls
346 New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
347 White Stripes - My Doorbell
348 New Pornographers - Laws Have Changed
349 Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were the Last
350 Air - Sexy Boy
351 Call - Walls Came Down
352 Bob Marley - Redemption Song
353 Pretenders - Middle of the Road
354 Jam - Start
355 Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule The
356 Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
357 Dada - Dizz Knee Land
358 The - Infected
359 Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
360 Yaz - Situation
361 Public Image Limited - Public Image
362 Talk Talk - Its My Life
363 Lou Reed - Dirty Blvd
364 Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic
365 David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
366 Beck - New Pollution
367 Prodigy - Fire Starter
368 Muse - New Born
369 Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty
370 Weezer - Say it Aint So
371 Lo Fidelity Allstars - Battle Flag
372 Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child Wild One
373 REM - Whats the Frequency Kenneth
374 Front 242 - Welcome to Paradise
375 B52s - Love Shack
376 Porno For Pyros - Pets
377 They Might Be Giants - Istanbul Not Constantinople
378 Black Flag - TV Party
379 Butthole Surfers - Pepper
380 Robyn Hitchcock - My Wife and My Dead Wife
381 INXS - One Thing
382 Pixies - Alec Eiffel
383 Charlatans UK - Weirdo
384 Interpol - Slow Hands
385 Mclusky - To Hell With Good Intentions
386 Undertones - Teenage Kicks
387 Superdrag - Sucked Out
388 Guided By Voices - I Am a Scientistsinglemix
389 Material Issue - Valerie Loves Me
390 Blur - Theres No Other Way
391 Stereo MCs - Connected
392 Pixies - Velouria
393 PJ Harvey - Good Fortune
394 Massive Attack - Angel
395 Papas Fritas - Way You Walk
396 Doves - Catch the Sun
397 Firehose - Flyin the Flannel
398 Squeeze - Pulling Mussels from the Shell
399 Pogues - Fairytale of New York
400 Rancid - Ruby Soho
401 Wilco - Im the Man Who Loves You
402 Cake - Rock N Roll Lifestyle
403 Soul Asylum - Somebody to Shove
404 Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
405 Jonathan Richman Modern Lovers - Dodge Veg O Matic
406 Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
407 Fatboy Slim - Praise You
408 Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink
409 Split Enz - I Got You
410 Verve - Lucky Man
411 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Skin of My Yellow Country
412 Belle and Sebastian - Boy With the Arab Strap
413 Jam - Thats Entertainment
414 Low - Dinosaur Act
415 Lush - Ladykillers
416 Sunny Day Real Estate - Pillars
417 Decemberists - Bachelor and the Bride
418 Postal Service - District Sleeps Alone Toni
419 Urban Dance Squad - Deeper Shade of Soul
420 Grandmaster Flash - Message
421 Suzanne Vega - Luka
422 REM - Driver 8
423 TV On The Radio - Staring At the Sun
424 Ted Leo Pharmacists - Where Have Rude Boys Gone
425 Radiohead - Street Spirit Fade Out
426 World Party - Ship of Fools
427 Liz Phair - Never Said
428 Gomez - Get Myself Arrested
429 Massive Attack - Protection
430 Echo and The Bunnymen - Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
431 Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers
432 Sugarcubes - Hit
433 Jesus Jones - Right Here Right Now
434 INXS - Dont Change
435 Arrested Development - Tennessee
436 Streets - Lets Push Things Forward
437 Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours
438 Sugar - Helpless
439 Sinead OConnor - I Want Your Hands on Me
440 Eels - Novocaine For the Soul
441 Rilo Kiley - Portions For Foxes
442 Talking Heads - Stay Up Late
443 Doves - There Goes the Fear
444 Arcade Fire - Wake Up
445 Walkmen - Rat
446 Enigma - Sadeness
447 DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega - Toms Diner
448 Tears For Fears - Shout
449 Bjork - Joga
450 Forget Cassettes - Instruments of Action
451 Concrete Blonde - Joey
452 Ride - Vapour Trail
453 Afrika Bambaataa - Dont StopPlanet Rock
454 Cornershop - Brimful of Asha
455 REM - Superman
456 Bob Mould - See a Little Light
457 National - Secret Meeting
458 They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng
459 Pulp - Disco 2000
460 White Stripes - Dead Leaves and the Dirty
461 Grandaddy - Crystal Lake
462 Echo and The Bunnymen - Bring on the Dancing Horses
463 Ultravox - Vienna
464 Art of Noise - Close to the Edit
465 X - 4th of July
466 Bloc Party - Banquet
467 Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere
468 A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran
469 Berlin - Sex Im a
470 LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing
471 Broken Social Scene - 74 Shoreline
472 XRay Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours
473 Sleater Kinney - Youre No Rock N Roll Fun
474 Blur - Coffeeand TV
475 Ted Leo Pharmacists - Me and Mia
476 Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
477 Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
478 Housemartins - Happy Hour
479 Big Country - In a Big Country
480 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
481 Joe Jackson - Im the Man
482 Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
483 Love and Rockets - No New Tale to Tell
484 Twilight Singers - Teenage Wristband
485 Guided By Voices - My Valuable Hunting Knife
486 Mercury Rev - Goddess on a Hiway
487 The - This is the Day
488 Hoodoo Gurus - I Want You Back
489 Matthew Sweet - Sick of Myself
490 Meryn Cadell - Sweater
491 Garbage - Only Happy When it Rains
492 GoGos - Our Lips are Sealed
493 Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - Elvis is Everywhere
494 Spiritualized - Come Together
495 U2 - Mysterious Ways
496 Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
497 Placebo - Pure Morning
498 Doves - Black and White Town
499 XTC - Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
500 Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
Other Modern Rock 500 countdowns by year

Note the station did not broadcast a Modern Rock 500 in 2004.

Credit to WOXY listener Craig Froehle for providing the underlying source materials for these yearly lists.

Combinations

Here is one massive combined countdown with all songs from every year of the countdown, ranked by average position (1394 songs in all).