There's something particularly glamorous about examining the pop music made in 2006. Justin Timberlake was bringing sexy back. My Chemical Romance were challenging our notions of concept albums and high art, bringing Broadway to Hot Topic with The Black Parade. Paris Hilton became a musician. Rihanna navigated sadness, femininity and identity with A Girl Like Me, her second album after becoming an overnight success with "Pon De Replay." It was also a glory moment for emo and pop-punk as a whole: Blink-182 and Good Charlotte laid the ground work, setting up a generation of outcasts to be embraced by the mainstream.
All of those acts share a certain foundational accessibility that allowed them to succeed, perhaps thwarting them from getting weird in a cerebral way (everyone eventually experimented musically, on record.) Taking Back Sunday broke the mold in a new, lyrical fashion, perhaps never fully realizing the resonance intelligent song writing would have on future music makers. But it exists.