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67 Trace Adkins
58 Akon
66 The All-American Rejects
91 Amadou & Mariam
73 Anathallo
81 Angil & The Hidden Tracks
91 Animal Collective
80 Antony And The Johnsons
58 David Archuleta
70 The Bad Plus
81 Belle & Sebastian
63 Dierks Bentley
61 Beyonce
72 The Bird And The Bee
78 Andrew Bird
64 Blackout Beach
72 Bon Iver
56 The BPA (Brighton Port Authority)
67 Brandy
64 The Bronx
70 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
62 Cat Power
65 Tracy Chapman
65 Tony Christie
67 Coldplay
67 Keyshia Cole
53 Common
61 David Cook
71 Rivers Cuomo
62 Cut Off Your Hands
73 Dalek
77 Danielson
79 Derek Trucks Band
74 Dido
62 Diplo
68 Alesha Dixon
80 Melinda Doolittle
61 Dragonette
75 Brian Eno + David Byrne
74 Fall Out Boy
82 Fennesz
74 The Fireman
56 Jamie Foxx
70 Franz Ferdinand
50 The Fray
69 Free Blood
62 Ghostface Killah
63 Girls Aloud
74 Glasvegas
78 Glasvegas
78 The Gourds
70 Grampall Jookabox
64 Guns N' Roses
72 Anthony Hamilton
61 Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid
49 Hinder
81 Frida Hyvonen
63 The (International) Noise Conspiracy
81 Johann Johannsson
70 Grace Jones
62 Tom Jones
76 Justice
69 The Killers
71 Mark Kozelek
75 K-The-I???
73 Femi Kuti
80 Late Of The Pier
71 Little Joy
70 Loney, Dear
64 Longwave
48 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
82 Los Campesinos!
78 Love Is All
68 Ludacris
78 Luomo
66 Maroon 5
74 Matt & Kim
77 Max Tundra
64 Megapuss
74 Micah Blue Smaldone
50 Mudvayne
75 Musiq Soulchild
64 MV & EE With The Golden Road
73 A.C. Newman
49 Nickelback
70 Franz Nicolay
74 Notorious (Notorious B.I.G.)
74 Mark Olson & Gary Louris
60 The Paddingtons
70 Brad Paisley
93 Pavement
74 Phosphorescent
63 Plies
74 Robert Pollard
73 The Postmarks
82 Q-Tip
73 The Rapture
57 Razorlight
70 Lou Reed
69 Jonas Reinhardt
61 The Rifles
58 Kevin Rudolf
85 Scarface
59 Seal
74 Blake Shelton
78 The Sight Below
77 Slumdog Millionaire
88 The Smiths
40 Soulja Boy
64 Britney Spears
72 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
81 Taylor Swift
64 Take That
85 Thursday/Envy
71 J Tillman
70 T-Pain
66 Travis
55 The View
67 The Von Bondies
82 Butch Walker
59 Scott Weiland
74 Kanye West
55 White Lies
79 Wild Beasts
75 Wilderness
65 Wino
84 Neil Young

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Best Albums of 2006

The following table displays the highest-scoring albums for the year in Metacritic's database. Also listed at the bottom of the page are year-end critic top ten lists culled from various music publications, as well as year-end picks from Metacritic users.

Albums must have at least 7 reviews to qualify for high score lists. Reissues, "best-of" compilations and box sets are not eligible for inclusion. Year of release reflects U.S. release date unless title has not yet been released in the U.S.

You may also view an index of all albums in our database alphabetically by artist.
In addition, you may view the top-rated albums by year: All | 2007 | '06 | '05 | '04 | '03 | '02 | '01 | '00

The 30 Best-Reviewed Albums of the Year

1 Savane by Ali Farka Toure 2006 94
2 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits 2006 92
3 Modern Times by Bob Dylan 2006 89
4 Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse 2006 89
5 Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio 2006 88
6 Destroyer's Rubies by Destroyer 2006 88
7 Fishscale by Ghostface Killah 2006 88
8 The Town And The City by Los Lobos 2006 87
9 Estudando o Pagode by Tom Zé 2006 86
10 'Sno Angel Like You by Howe Gelb 2006 86
11 For Hero: For Fool by Subtle 2006 85
12 The Drift by Scott Walker 2006 85
13 I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo 2006 85
14 Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady 2006 85
15 Ys by Joanna Newsom 2006 85
16 Serena-Maneesh by Serena-Maneesh 2006 84
17 Donuts by J Dilla aka Jay Dee 2006 84
18 Black Cadillac by Rosanne Cash 2006 84
19 The Crane Wife by The Decemberists 2006 84
20 Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case 2006 84
21 The Body, The Blood, The Machine by The Thermals 2006 84
22 The Letting Go by Bonnie "Prince" Billy 2006 84
23 Food & Liquor by Lupe Fiasco 2006 83
24 Game Theory by The Roots 2006 83
25 Love by The Beatles 2006 83
26 Like Red On A Rose by Alan Jackson 2006 83
27 Bang Bang Rock & Roll by Art Brut 2006 83
28 Nashville by Solomon Burke 2006 83
29 Morph The Cat by Donald Fagen 2006 83
30 Blood Mountain by Mastodon 2006 82

 

Music Critics' Year-End Top Ten Lists

Village Voice's 2006 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll (a survey of 494 critics)
1. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
4. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
5. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
6. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
7. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
8. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
9. Ys by Joanna Newsom
10. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
Read The Full Results
Idolator's 2006 Jackin' Pop Critics Poll (a survey of 497 critics)
1. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
2. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
3. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
4. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
5. Ys by Joanna Newsom
6. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
7. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
8. Silent Shout by The Knife
9. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
10. The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
Read The Full Results
Austin Chronicle
[Raoul Hernandez]
1. The Last Romance by Arab Strap
2. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
3. His Hands by Candi Staton
4. La Cantina by Lila Downs
5. Be Your Own Pet by Be Your Own Pet
6. Pink by Boris
7. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
8. All This Time by Heartless Bastards
9. Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses
10. One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This by New York Dolls
Austin Chronicle
[Audra Schroeder]
1. Avatar by Comets On Fire
2. The Drift by Scott Walker
3. Beach House by Beach House
4. Conference Of The Birds by Om
5. What's For Dinner? by The King Khan & BBQ Show
6. Destroyer's Rubies by Destroyer
7. Early Violence by Psychic Ills
8. Ys by Joanna Newsom
9. House Arrest by Ariel Pink
10. Rather Ripped by Sonic Youth
Almost Cool
1. Ys by Joanna Newsom
2. Gulag Orkestar by Beirut
3. Come Up For Air by The White Birch
4. The Lost Take by Dosh
5. Writer's Block by Peter Bjorn & John
6. IBM 1401 - A User's Manual by Johann Johannsson
7. Burial by Burial
8. So This Is Goodbye by Junior Boys
9. The Avalanche by Sufjan Stevens
10. Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 1, 2, & 3 by Grails
Amazon.com
[Editors' Picks]
1. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
2. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
3. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
4. Eye To The Telescope by KT Tunstall
5. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
6. Continuum by John Mayer
7. Carnavas by Silversun Pickups
8. Superpop Venezuela by Los Amigos Invisibles
9. Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain by Sparklehorse
10. The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
Billboard
[Staff Consensus]
1. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
2. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions by Bruce Springsteen
3. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
4. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
5. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
6. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
7. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
8. (tie) Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
(tie) Taking The Long Way by The Dixie Chicks
9. (tie) 10,000 Days by Tool
(tie) Love by The Beatles
10. Corinne Bailey Rae by Corinne Bailey Rae
Blender
1. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
2. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
3. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
4. FutureSex / LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake
5. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
6. Love by The Beatles
7. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
8. The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
9. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
10. Bang Bang Rock & Roll by Art Brut
Cokemachineglow
1. For Hero: For Fool by Subtle
2. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
3. Roots & Crowns by Califone
4. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
5. Shut Up I Am Dreaming by Sunset Rubdown
6. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
7. Pink by Boris
8. Destroyer's Rubies by Destroyer
9. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
10. Lisbon by Keith Fullerton Whitman
Delusions of Adequacy
[Staff Consensus]
1. Starless & Bible Black Sabbath by Acid Mothers Temple
2. Rather Ripped by Sonic Youth
3. Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue by Kayo Dot
4. Putting The Days To Bed by The Long Winters
5. Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses
6. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
7. Drum's Not Dead by Liars
8. At Home With Owen by Owen
9. Ys by Joanna Newsom
10. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
Drowned In Sound
[Picks of founder Sean Adams]
1. Black Holes & Revelations by Muse
2. The Greatest by Cat Power
3. Howling Bells by Howling Bells
4. I Write Sins Not Tradegies by Panic! At The Disco
5. Gulag Orkestar by Beirut
6. Broken Social Scene by Broken Social Scene
7. Someone To Drive You Home by The Long Blondes
8. Show Your Bones by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. Ys by Joanna Newsom
10. Young Machetes by Blood Brothers
Dusted
[Picks of co-editor Otis Hart]
1. The Drift by Scott Walker
2. In Colour by The Concretes
3. Donuts by J Dilla
4. Ys by Joanna Newsom
5. Burial by Burial
6. Acapulco Roughs by Colossal Yes
7. Leaves From Off The Tree by Sharron Kraus, Meg Baird & Helena Espvall
8. Dialogue by Hisato Higuchi
9. Melody Mountain by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
10. Harmony In Ultraviolet by Tim Hecker
Dusted
[Picks of co-editor Sam Hunt]
Listed alphabetically
  Derdang Derdang by Archie Bronson Outfit
  The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
  In Colour by The Concretes
  Ships by Danielson
  'Sno Angel Like You by Howe Gelb
  Ys by Joanna Newsom
  Jack Rose by Jack Rose
  Melody Mountain by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
  To Find Me Gone by Vetiver
   
Entertainment Weekly
[Staff]
1. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
4. FutureSex / LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake
5. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
6. Taking The Long Way by The Dixie Chicks
7. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
8. Alright, Still by Lily Allen
9. The Greatest by Cat Power
10. Post-War by M. Ward
Entertainment Weekly
[Chris Willman]
1. Taking The Long Way by The Dixie Chicks
2. Alright, Still by Lily Allen
3. Love by The Beatles
4. A Blessing And A Curse by Drive-By Truckers
5. These Days by Vince Gill
6. Other People's Lives by Ray Davies
7. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
8. Food & Liquor by Lupe Fiasco
9. Like Red On A Rose by Alan Jackson
10. Last Man Standing by Jerry Lee Lewis
Filter
1. Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. You In Reverse by Built To Spill
4. Carnavas by Silversun Pickups
5. Robbers & Cowards by Cold War Kids
6. The Greatest by Cat Power
7. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
8. The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
9. World Waits by Jeremy Enigk
10. Brightblack Morning Light by Brightblack Morning Light
Lost At Sea
1. Ys by Joanna Newsom
2. Drum's Not Dead by Liars
3. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
4. Gulag Orkestar by Beirut
5. Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses
6. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
7. The Body, The Blood, The Machine by The Thermals
8. The Eraser by Thom Yorke
9. Return To The Sea by Islands
10. Show Your Bones by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Magnet
1. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
2. The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
3. Live A Little by Pernice Brothers
4. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
5. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
6. I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo
7. Gulag Orkestar by Beirut
8. So Divided by ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
9. Bang Bang Rock & Roll by Art Brut
10. Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses
Mojo
1. Broken Boy Soldiers by The Raconteurs
2. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
3. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
4. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions by Bruce Springsteen
5. Derdang Derdang by Archie Bronson Outfit
6. To Find Me Gone by Vetiver
7. Back To Black by Amy Winehouse
8. People Gonna Talk by James Hunter
9. The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
10. The Greatest by Cat Power
MusicOMH
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
2. Howling Bells by Howling Bells
3. Black Holes & Revelations by Muse
4. Ballad Of The Broken Seas by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
5. The Warning by Hot Chip
6. Silent Shout by The Knife
7. Through The Windowpane by Guillemots
8. Ys by Joanna Newsom
9. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
10. The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
The New York Times
[Nate Chinen]
1. Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman
2. Time Lines by Andrew Hill
3. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
4. Melao by Francisco Mela
5. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
6. New Monastery by Nels Cline
7. The Eraser by Thom Yorke
8. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
9. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
10. Quartet by Billy Hart
The New York Times
[Sia Michel]
1. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
4. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
5. The Greatest by Cat Power
6. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
7. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
8. The Warning by Hot Chip
9. King by T.I.
10. Alright, Still by Lily Allen
The New York Times
[Jon Pareles]
1. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
2. Infinito Particular by Marisa Monte
3. The Eraser by Thom Yorke
4. Black Cadillac by Rosanne Cash
5. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
6. Alright, Still by Lily Allen
7. Once Again by John Legend
8. Ys by Joanna Newsom
9. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
10. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
The New York Times
[Ben Ratliff]
1. Time Lines by Andrew Hill
2. Blood Mountain by Mastodon
3. Bebo by Bebo Valdes
4. Like Red On A Rose by Alan Jackson
5. B'Day by Beyonce
6. The Letting Go by Bonnie "Prince" Billy
7. Spirit Music by Bob Brookmeyer
8. On Broadway, Vol. 4 by Paul Motian Trio 2000 + One
9. Mountain Music Of Kyrgyzstan by Tengir-Too
10. Solo by Gonzalo Rubalcaba
The New York Times
[Kelefa Sanneh]
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
2. King by T.I.
3. Like Red On A Rose by Alan Jackson
4. B'Day by Beyonce
5. Destroyer's Rubies by Destroyer
6. Doctor's Advocate by The Game
7. Palo Santo by Shearwater
8. FutureSex / LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake
9. Loose by Nelly Furtado
10. Dedication 2 by Lil' Wayne & DJ Drama
NME
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
2. Show Your Bones by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3. Black Holes & Revelations by Muse
4. The Warning by Hot Chip
5. Cansei De Ser Sexy by CSS
6. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
7. Someone To Drive You Home by The Long Blondes
8. First Impressions Of Earth by The Strokes
9. Empire by Kasabian
10. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
Observer Music Monthly
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
2. Savane by Ali Farka Toure
3. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
4. Damaged by Lambchop
5. Back To Black by Amy Winehouse
6. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
7. Ys by Joanna Newsom
8. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
9. Jarvis by Jarvis Cocker
10. Alright, Still by Lily Allen
The Onion AV Club
[Staff Consensus]
1. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
4. Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins
5. The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
6. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
7. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
8. Pick A Bigger Weapon by The Coup
9. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
10. Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses
The Phoenix
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
2. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
3. At War With The Mystics by The Flaming Lips
4. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
5. Public Warning by Lady Sovereign
6. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
7. Ta-Dah by Scissor Sisters
8. You In Reverse by Built To Spill
9. Amputechture by The Mars Volta
10. Stars Of CCTV by Hard-Fi
Pitchfork
1. Silent Shout by The Knife
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. Ys by Joanna Newsom
4. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
5. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
6. Drum's Not Dead by Liars
7. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
8. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
9. Pink by Boris
10. The Drift by Scott Walker
Playlouder
1. Jarvis by Jarvis Cocker
2. The Greatest by Cat Power
3. Cansei De Ser Sexy by CSS
4. At War With The Mystics by The Flaming Lips
5. Alright, Still by Lily Allen
6. The Warning by Hot Chip
7. Derdang Derdang by Archie Bronson Outfit
8. Standing In The Way Of Control by The Gossip
9. When We Were Young by Akira The Don
10. Someone To Drive You Home by The Long Blondes
PopMatters
1. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
2. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
3. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
4. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
5. State Of The Ark by The Ark
6. Blood Mountain by Mastodon
7. Savane by Ali Farka Toure
8. Ys by Joanna Newsom
9. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
10. What's Going On by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Prefix
1. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. Scale by Matthew Herbert
4. Drum's Not Dead by Liars
5. Ys by Joanna Newsom
6. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
7. Donuts by J Dilla
8. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
9. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
10. Doctor's Advocate by The Game
Q
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
2. Black Holes & Revelations by Muse
3. Razorlight by Razorlight
4. Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Sam's Town by The Killers
6. Under The Iron Sea by Keane
7. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
8. Empire by Kasabian
9. Ta-Dah by Scissor Sisters
10. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
Rolling Stone
1. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
2. Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Rather Ripped by Sonic Youth
4. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
5. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
6. The Greatest by Cat Power
7. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
8. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
9. Blood Mountain by Mastodon
10. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
Shaking Through
[Kevin Forest Moreau]
1. Black Holes & Revelations by Muse
2. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
3. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
4. A Blessing And A Curse by Drive-By Truckers
5. Ole! Tarantula by Robyn Hitchcock
6. Powder Burns by The Twilight Singers
7. Taking The Long Way by The Dixie Chicks
8. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
9. Sinners Like Me by Eric Church
10. From A Late Night High Rise by Matthew Ryan
Shaking Through
[ Laurence Station]
1. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
2. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
3. The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
4. The Boxing Mirror by Alejandro Escovedo
5. I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo
6. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
7. Ys by Joanna Newsom
8. The Greatest by Cat Power
9. And Now That I'm In Your Shadow by Damien Jurado
10. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
Spin
1. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
2. St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
3. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
4. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
5. Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
6. Ys by Joanna Newsom
7. The Greatest by Cat Power
8. Okonokos by My Morning Jacket
9. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
10. The Information by Beck
Stylus
1. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
2. The Warning by Hot Chip
3. Silent Shout by The Knife
4. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
5. Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse
6. Orchestra Of Bubbles by Ellen Allien & Apparat
7. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
8. Dedication 2 by Lil' Wayne & DJ Drama
9. So This Is Goodbye by Junior Boys
10. Ys by Joanna Newsom
Tiny Mix Tapes
1. Ys by Joanna Newsom
2. Drum's Not Dead by Liars
3. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
4. Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
5. Son by Juana Molina
6. I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo
7. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
8. The Drift by Scott Walker
9. Roots & Crowns by Califone
10. A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing by Josephine Foster
Uncut
1. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
2. White Bread Black Beer by Scritti Politti
3. Avatar by Comets On Fire
4. Ys by Joanna Newsom
5. Living With War by Neil Young
6. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
7. The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
8. The Warning by Hot Chip
9. The Avalanche by Sufjan Stevens
10. The Eraser by Thom Yorke
Under The Radar
1. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
2. Let's Get Out Of This Country by Camera Obscura
3. The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
4. I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo
5. Nine Times That Same Song by Love Is All
6. The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
7. Broken Boy Soldiers by The Raconteurs
8. Gang Of Losers by The Dears
9. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
10. Writer's Block by Peter Bjorn & John
Urb
Listed alphabetically
  Donuts by J Dilla
  Food & Liquor by Lupe Fiasco
  Fishscale by Ghostface Killah
  St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
  The Warning by Hot Chip
  Silent Shout by The Knife
  Pieces Of The People We Love by The Rapture
  Game Theory by The Roots
  YoYoYoYoYo by Spank Rock
  Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
Wire
1. Burial by Burial
2. The Drift by Scott Walker
3. Ys by Joanna Newsom
4. Evangelista by Carla Bozulich
5. Human Animal by Wolf Eyes
6. Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman
7. A Life Without Fear by Ekkehard Ehlers
8. The Letting Go by Bonnie "Prince" Billy
9. Conference Of The Birds by Om
10. Touch Three by Phill Niblock
Artists Appearing on Multiple Top Ten Lists Above (with rankings)
Lily Allen
Archie Bronson Outfit
Arctic Monkeys
Art Brut
Band Of Horses
The Beatles
Beirut
Belle & Sebastian
Beyonce
Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Boris
Built To Spill
Burial
Califone
Cat Power
Neko Case
Clipse
Jarvis Cocker
Ornette Coleman
Comets On Fire
The Concretes
CSS
The Decemberists
Destroyer
J Dilla
Dixie Chicks
Drive-By Truckers
Bob Dylan
Lupe Fiasco
Flaming Lips
The Game
Ghostface Killah [Fischscale]
Gnarls Barkley
Grizzly Bear
Andrew Hill
The Hold Steady
Hot Chip
Howling Bells
Alan Jackson
Junior Boys
Kasabian
The Knife
Liars
Lil' Wayne & DJ Drama
The Long Blondes
Mastodon
Midlake
Muse
My Chemical Romance
Joanna Newsom
Peter Bjorn & John
The Raconteurs
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Scissor Sisters
Silversun Pickups
Sonic Youth
Bruce Springsteen
Sufjan Stevens [Avalanche]
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
T.I.
Justin Timberlake
Ali Farka Toure
TV On The Radio
Vetiver
Tom Waits
Scott Walker
Amy Winehouse
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yo La Tengo
Thom Yorke

NOTES: Asterisks above indicate that the album appeared in an alphabetical, unranked top ten list.


Metacritic Users' Year-End Lists

Metacritic.com Users Consensus: Top Albums of 2006 [Corrected 1/26]
1. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
2. Ys by Joanna Newsom
3. Boys And Girls In America by The Hold Steady
4. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
5. Destroyer's Rubies by Destroyer
6. Silent Shout by The Knife
7. Drum's Not Dead by Liars
8. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood by Neko Case
9. Gulag Orkestar by Beirut
10. Everything All The Time by Band Of Horses
11. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
12. The Body, The Blood, The Machine by The Thermals
13. I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo
14. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards by Tom Waits
15. Modern Times by Bob Dylan
16. The Eraser by Thom Yorke
17. Return To The Sea by Islands
18. Roots & Crowns by Califone
19. The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake
20. The Life Pursuit by Belle & Sebastian
Metacritic.com Users Consensus: Top Songs of 2006
1. Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy"
2. TV On The Radio, "Wolf Like Me"
3. Band Of Horses, "The Funeral"
4. Midlake, "Roscoe"
5. The Hold Steady, "Stuck Between Stations"
6. Hot Chip, "Boy From School"
7. Peter Bjorn and John, "Young Folks"
8. Islands, "Rough Gem"
9. Junior Boys, "In The Morning"
10. Tapes 'n' Tapes, "Insistor"
11. Beirut, "Postcards From Italy"
12. Destroyer, "Rubies"
13. Joanna Newsom, "Emily"
14. Camera Obscura, "Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken"
15. Cat Power, "The Greatest"
16. The Knife, "Silent Shout"
17. Joanna Newsom, "Cosmia"
18. Liars, "The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack"
19. T.I., "What You Know"
20. The Strokes, "You Only Live Once"

Rankings above reflect the combined Top-20 lists of Metacritic.com users submitted in Metacritic's Discussion Forums. View users' individual album lists... View users' individual song lists...

 

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