Top Albums of 2006





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
115
Amy Winehouse Back to Black Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Soul
2
139
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Indie Rock
3
276
The Knife Silent Shout Electropop, Synthpop
4
279
Joanna Newsom Ys Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
5
336
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain Art Rock, Indie Rock
6
606
J Dilla [Jay Dee] Donuts Instrumental Hip Hop
7
623
Bob Dylan Modern Times Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8
653
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds Dance-Pop
9
656
Cat Power The Greatest Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
10
715
Hot Chip The Warning Electropop, Indietronica
11
739
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere Experimental Hip Hop, Neo-Soul
12
861
Ghostface Killah Fishscale Hardcore Hip Hop
13
865
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America Heartland Rock, Indie Rock, Pub Rock
14
939
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury Gangsta Rap
15
1064
Liars Drum's Not Dead Art Rock, Experimental Rock
16
1114
Burial Burial Dubstep, Future Garage
17
1157
Scott Walker The Drift Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
18
1235
Lily Allen Alright, Still Pop
19
1270
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
20
1275
Grizzly Bear Yellow House Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk
21
1319
Junior Boys So This Is Goodbye Electropop, Synthpop
22
1352
The Decemberists The Crane Wife Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Indie Pop
23
1354
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther Americana, Folk Rock, Indie Folk
24
1394
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit Chamber Pop
25
1423
Beirut Gulag Orkestar Indie Folk
26
1680
Muse Black Holes & Revelations Alternative Rock
27
1816
Thom Yorke The Eraser Indietronica
28
1843
Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Letting Go Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
29
1853
Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
30
1875
Band of Horses Everything All the Time Indie Rock
31
1999
Ali Farka Touré Savane Blues, Mande Music, Songhai Music
32
2090
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers Alternative Rock, Garage Rock Revival
33
2118
Camera Obscura Let's Get Out Of This Country Twee Pop
34
2173
M. Ward Post-War Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
35
2319
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped Indie Rock
36
2344
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones Indie Rock
37
2501
Girl Talk Night Ripper Mashup
38
2514
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass Indie Rock
39
2589
The Thermals The Body, The Blood, The Machine Indie Rock, Pop Punk
40
2636
The Gossip Standing in the Way of Control Dance-Punk
41
2661
Mastodon Blood Mountain Progressive Metal, Sludge Metal
42
2711
Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions American Folk Music, Americana, Folk Rock
43
2935
The Roots Game Theory Hip Hop
44
3000
Destroyer Destroyer's Rubies Chamber Pop

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Guillemots Through the Windowpane Chamber Pop
Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Conscious Hip Hop
The Flaming Lips At War with the Mystics Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Progressive Pop
Regina Spektor Begin to Hope Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Phoenix It's Never Been Like That Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Trentemøller The Last Resort Minimal Techno
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways Americana
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat Alt-Country
Peter Bjorn and John Writer's Block Indie Pop
Studio West Coast/Yearbook 1 Balearic Beat
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade Pop Punk
Booka Shade Movements Tech House
Beyoncé B'Day Contemporary R&B, Pop
Bat for Lashes Fur and Gold Art Pop, Folktronica, Singer/Songwriter
Built to Spill You in Reverse Indie Rock
Ellen Allien & Apparat Orchestra of Bubbles Glitch Pop, IDM
Sr. Chinarro El mundo según Indie Pop, Pop Rock
T.I. King Dirty South, Gangsta Rap
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium Alternative Rock
The Killers Sam's Town Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Ballad of the Broken Seas Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
The Pipettes We Are The Pipettes Girl Group, Indie Pop
Tim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet Ambient
Califone Roots & Crowns Alt-Country, Psychedelic Folk
Love Is All Nine Times That Same Song Twee Pop
Cold War Kids Robbers & Cowards Indie Rock
The Streets The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living UK Hip Hop
Jarvis Cocker Jarvis Britpop, Indie Pop
Spank Rock YOYOYOYOYO Hip Hop
Scritti Politti White Bread Black Beer Sophisti-Pop
Mogwai Mr. Beast Post-Rock
Tool 10,000 Days Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock
Herbert Scale Art Pop, House
Espers Espers II Psychedelic Folk
Standstill Vivalaguerra Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar Free Jazz
Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint The River in Reverse Adult Contemporary, New Orleans R&B
The Long Blondes Someone to Drive You Home Indie Pop, Post-Punk Revival
Subtle For Hero: For Fool Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
Beck The Information Alternative Rock
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death Heavy Metal
John Mayer Continuum Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
My Morning Jacket Okonokos Indie Rock
Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Silversun Pickups Carnavas Indie Rock, Shoegaze
Donald Fagen Morph the Cat Jazz Pop, Soft Rock
Damien Rice 9 Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
John Legend Once Again Neo-Soul
Final Fantasy He Poos Clouds Chamber Pop
The Dears Gang of Losers Indie Rock
DJ Drama & Lil Wayne Dedication 2: Gangsta Grillz Gangsta Rap
Neil Young Living with War Rock
The Strokes First Impressions of Earth Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
Sparklehorse Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain Indie Pop, Lo-Fi Indie
Nelly Furtado Loose Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
Lindsey Buckingham Under the Skin Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Carla Bozulich Evangelista Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
The Kooks Inside In Inside Out Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Danielson Ships Indie Pop
Drive-By Truckers A Blessing and a Curse Southern Rock
Alejandro Escovedo The Boxing Mirror Alternative Rock
Sunset Rubdown Shut Up I Am Dreaming Indie Rock
Patrick Watson Close to Paradise Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah Dance-Pop
New York Dolls One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This Glam Rock
The Coup Pick a Bigger Weapon Conscious Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
Comets On Fire Avatar Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Los Lobos The Town and the City Heartland Rock, Latin Rock, Tex-Mex
Nathan Fake Drowning in a Sea of Love IDM
Brightblack Morning Light Brightblack Morning Light Neo-Psychedelia
Rosanne Cash Black Cadillac Alt-Country, Contemporary Country
Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way Country Pop, Pop Rock
Toumani Diabaté Boulevard de l'indépendence Mande Music
Matmos The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast Electronic, Experimental
J Dilla The Shining Hip Hop
Sunn O))) & Boris Altar Drone
PeterLicht Lieder vom Ende des Kapitalismus Electropop, Singer/Songwriter
Sparks Hello Young Lovers Art Pop, Chamber Pop
The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love Dance-Punk, Post-Punk Revival
Mission of Burma The Obliterati Post-Punk
The Sleepy Jackson Personality: One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird Baroque Pop, Dream Pop, Indie Pop
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead So Divided Art Rock, Indie Rock
Islands Return to the Sea Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Paul Simon Surprise Singer/Songwriter
12Twelve L'univers Free Jazz, Post-Rock
Kante Die Tiere sind unruhig Indie Rock
Converge No Heroes Mathcore
Howe Gelb Sno Angel Like You Alt-Country
Lambchop Damaged Chamber Pop
Razorlight Razorlight Indie Rock, Pop Rock
The Beatles Love Pop Rock
Man Man Six Demon Bag Experimental Rock
Kasabian Empire Alternative Dance, Indie Rock
Grandaddy Just Like the Fambly Cat Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Current 93 Black Ships Ate the Sky Neofolk
Fujiya & Miyagi Transparent Things Indietronica, Krautrock
Slayer Christ Illusion Thrash Metal
Pet Shop Boys Fundamental Synthpop
The DFA The DFA Remixes: Chapter One Dance-Punk, Electro-Disco
Isis In the Absence of Truth Atmospheric Sludge Metal
Archie Bronson Outfit Derdang Derdang Blues Rock, Indie Rock
Wolf Eyes Human Animal Noise
OOIOO Taiga Experimental Rock
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album Chamber Pop, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Juana Molina Son Folktronica, Singer/Songwriter
Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae Contemporary R&B, Pop Soul, Singer/Songwriter
Blumfeld Verbotene Früchte Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
AFX Chosen Lords Acid Techno
Cursive Happy Hollow Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
Beth Orton Comfort of Strangers Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Vetiver To Find Me Gone Folk Rock
Bert Jansch The Black Swan Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Die Goldenen Zitronen Lenin Art Rock, Post-Punk
Plan B Who Needs Actions When You Got Words UK Hip Hop
Secret Machines Ten Silver Drops Indie Rock
OutKast Idlewild Film Soundtrack, Hip Hop
Nellie McKay Pretty Little Head Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Kelley Stoltz Below the Branches Indie Pop, Piano Rock
Graham Coxon Love Travels at Illegal Speeds Britpop, Indie Rock
Bunbury & Vegas El tiempo de las cerezas Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
The Young Knives Voices of Animals & Men Indie Rock
Basement Jaxx Crazy Itch Radio Dance-Pop
The Blood Brothers Young Machetes Post-Hardcore
Sway This Is My Demo UK Hip Hop
Oneida Happy New Year Psychedelic Rock
Josh Rouse Subtítulo Folk Pop, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Calexico Garden Ruin Alt-Country, Americana, Folk Rock
The Rifles No Love Lost Indie Rock, Power Pop
Howling Bells Howling Bells Indie Rock
Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
The Handsome Family Last Days of Wonder Alt-Country
The Futureheads News and Tributes Post-Punk Revival
Candi Staton His Hands Soul
120 Days 120 Days Indietronica
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter