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Best of the Best Lists: Albums of the Year

Starting Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, I'll be posting my picks for BuzzSugar's Top Albums of 2006. But until then, there are plenty of other best of lists to keep you occupied, so I'm posting a few of my favorites for your reading/arguing enjoyment. It has been a rather strange year for music, and the diversity of these lists reflects that.

Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2006

Top 5:

  1. The Knife, Silent Shout
  2. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
  3. Joanna Newsom, Ys (Read my review.)
  4. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale
  5. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America (Read my review.)

Most puzzling selection:
Band of Horses Everything All the Time at No. 12. I like that album too, but only because it reminds me of about 10 other indie-rock bands.

Two more, so

Rolling Stone Top 50 Albums of 2006

Top 5:

  1. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium
  3. Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped
  4. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
  5. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale

Most puzzling selection: I understand wanting to give a nod to the Chili Peppers, but No. 2? No way.

NPR Listeners Best of 2006

Top 5:

  1. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
  2. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  3. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
  4. M. Ward, Post War
  5. TV On the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain

Most puzzling selection:
Regina Spektor's Begin to Hope at No. 10. I like a little Regina too, but just a little.

Join The Conversation
Kjell Kjell 10 years
i agree with most of what you're saying except about the Band of Horses album which is awesome. true it sounds like other bands but it is so much better than the rest.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Regina Spektor is fine, Joanna Newsom, not so much. If I want beautiful melodies, I'll listen to Neko Case and Rosie Thomas. If I want to hear cats mate, I'll listen to Joanna Newsom.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
I like Calexico's "Garden Ruin" and really thought that Sufjan Stevens did good with "The Avalanche", even though it was outtakes from "Illinois". And Rosie Thomas' "These Friends of Mine" was amazing, but only available online at this time and came out in December.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
I give props to the lists containing Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor. They are godesses of music, I adore listening to their beautiful melodies.
MissRobinson MissRobinson 10 years
John Mayer's "Continuum" is my fav of the year. Oh how I heart John Mayer !!!!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
My top five of 2006, in no particular order are: Cat Power, "The Greatest" Voxtrot, "Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Wives" Sunset Rubdown, "Shut Up I Am Dreaming" Belle & Sebastian, "The Life Pursuit" M. Ward, "Post War" I'll probably re-read this and change it in five minutes.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Ya beat me to it, Buzz!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
"X&Y" was released in 2005. I personally don't really care for any Coldplay albums except for the first one, "Parachutes."
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I liked X&Y too but that actually came out in 2005.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Where is Cold Play's X & Y? That is my fav. I'm all in.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I don't know how she's become such a critical darling. Almost every review I've read of hers raves about her, but hardly anyone I know can stand her.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Except Joanna Newsome. Cannot handle the caterwaling.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
NPR list is closest my own list.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
Red Hot Chilli Pepers rock, and so does Alexis Strum, Sugababes, Chantal Kreviazuk and of course my girl Nelly Furtado, they all had good music this year.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I've got most of these albums, with the exception of Ghostface Killah and the Chili Peppers (who I've never been able to stand). Most of them are really good. I'm actually listening to The Knife right now. Good for TV On The Radio making all three of these top 5 lists!
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