The albums poll combines ballots from 494 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 2006 titles. (Every individual ballot is available online.) Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (included in parentheses) used for tiebreaking.
In the singles poll, critics each voted for 10 singles, defined broadly as any freestanding song/track. No elaborate point system: one vote = one vote.
winners: albums / singles