Top Albums of 2006

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 130 Amy Winehouse Back to Black Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Soul
2 156 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Indie Rock
3 251 The Knife Silent Shout Electropop, Synthpop
4 269 Joanna Newsom Ys Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
5 308 TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain Art Rock, Indie Rock
6 539 J Dilla [Jay Dee] Donuts Instrumental Hip Hop
7 543 Bob Dylan Modern Times Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8 596 Cat Power The Greatest Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
9 621 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds Dance-Pop
10 690 Hot Chip The Warning Electropop, Indietronica
11 706 Ghostface Killah Fishscale Hardcore Hip Hop
12 713 Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere Experimental Hip Hop, Neo-Soul
13 730 The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America Heartland Rock, Indie Rock, Pub Rock
14 832 Clipse Hell Hath No Fury Gangsta Rap
15 936 Liars Drum's Not Dead Art Rock, Experimental Rock
16 1006 Scott Walker The Drift Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
17 1086 Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
18 1095 Burial Burial Dubstep, Future Garage
19 1126 Grizzly Bear Yellow House Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk
20 1133 Junior Boys So This Is Goodbye Electropop, Synthpop
21 1179 The Decemberists The Crane Wife Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Indie Pop
22 1210 Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit Chamber Pop
23 1226 Lily Allen Alright, Still Pop
24 1294 Beirut Gulag Orkestar Indie Folk
25 1303 Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther Americana, Folk Rock, Indie Folk
26 1542 Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
27 1570 Thom Yorke The Eraser Indietronica
28 1630 Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Letting Go Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
29 1652 Band of Horses Everything All the Time Indie Rock
30 1678 Ali Farka Touré Savane Blues, Mande Music, Songhai Music
31 1693 Muse Black Holes & Revelations Alternative Rock
32 1840 M. Ward Post-War Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
33 1883 Sonic Youth Rather Ripped Indie Rock
34 1907 Camera Obscura Let's Get Out Of This Country Twee Pop
35 1976 The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers Alternative Rock, Garage Rock Revival
36 2092 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones Indie Rock
37 2107 Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass Indie Rock
38 2246 Mastodon Blood Mountain Progressive Metal, Sludge Metal
39 2265 Girl Talk Night Ripper Mashup
40 2292 Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions American Folk Music, Americana, Folk Rock
41 2335 Destroyer Destroyer's Rubies Chamber Pop
42 2381 The Roots Game Theory Hip Hop
43 2493 The Thermals The Body, The Blood, The Machine Indie Rock, Pop Punk
44 2496 The Gossip Standing in the Way of Control Dance-Punk
45 2639 Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Conscious Hip Hop
46 2713 Phoenix It's Never Been Like That Indie Pop, Indie Rock
47 2758 The Flaming Lips At War with the Mystics Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Progressive Pop
48 2796 Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways Americana
49 2818 Guillemots Through the Windowpane Chamber Pop
50 2849 Studio West Coast/Yearbook 1 Balearic Beat
51 2869 Regina Spektor Begin to Hope Pop, Singer/Songwriter
52 2906 Peter Bjorn and John Writer's Block Indie Pop
53 2931 Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat Alt-Country

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Trentemøller The Last Resort Minimal Techno
Built to Spill You in Reverse Indie Rock
Bat for Lashes Fur and Gold Art Pop, Folktronica, Singer/Songwriter
Sr. Chinarro El mundo según Indie Pop, Pop Rock          
Booka Shade Movements Tech House
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade Pop Punk
T.I. King Dirty South, Gangsta Rap
Ellen Allien & Apparat Orchestra of Bubbles Glitch Pop, IDM
Beyoncé B'Day Contemporary R&B, Pop
Jarvis Cocker Jarvis Britpop, Indie Pop
Califone Roots & Crowns Alt-Country, Psychedelic Folk
Herbert Scale Art Pop, House
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium Alternative Rock
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Ballad of the Broken Seas Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
Tim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet Ambient
The Pipettes We Are The Pipettes Girl Group, Indie Pop
Love Is All Nine Times That Same Song Twee Pop
The Killers Sam's Town Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Scritti Politti White Bread Black Beer Sophisti-Pop
Spank Rock YOYOYOYOYO Hip Hop
Tool 10,000 Days Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock
Cold War Kids Robbers & Cowards Indie Rock
Subtle For Hero: For Fool Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
The Streets The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living UK Hip Hop
Mogwai Mr. Beast Post-Rock
Espers Espers II Psychedelic Folk
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
Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar Free Jazz
Donald Fagen Morph the Cat Jazz Pop, Soft Rock
Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Beck The Information Alternative Rock
Silversun Pickups Carnavas Indie Rock, Shoegaze
Standstill Vivalaguerra Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore          
Neil Young Living with War Rock
My Morning Jacket Okonokos Indie Rock
The Dears Gang of Losers Indie Rock
Sparklehorse Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain Indie Pop, Lo-Fi Indie
DJ Drama & Lil Wayne Dedication 2: Gangsta Grillz Gangsta Rap     
John Legend Once Again Neo-Soul
Alejandro Escovedo The Boxing Mirror Alternative Rock
Lindsey Buckingham Under the Skin Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Los Lobos The Town and the City Heartland Rock, Latin Rock, Tex-Mex
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death Heavy Metal
Comets On Fire Avatar Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Nelly Furtado Loose Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
Final Fantasy He Poos Clouds Chamber Pop
Rosanne Cash Black Cadillac Alt-Country, Contemporary Country
Drive-By Truckers A Blessing and a Curse Southern Rock
Danielson Ships Indie Pop
Sunset Rubdown Shut Up I Am Dreaming Indie Rock
The Coup Pick a Bigger Weapon Conscious Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
The Kooks Inside In Inside Out Indie Pop, Indie Rock
The Strokes First Impressions of Earth Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
Damien Rice 9 Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Matmos The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast Electronic, Experimental
John Mayer Continuum Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
PeterLicht Lieder vom Ende des Kapitalismus Electropop, Singer/Songwriter          
Carla Bozulich Evangelista Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
Brightblack Morning Light Brightblack Morning Light Neo-Psychedelia
Patrick Watson Close to Paradise Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way Country Pop, Pop Rock
Mission of Burma The Obliterati Post-Punk
New York Dolls One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This Glam Rock
Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah Dance-Pop
J Dilla The Shining Hip Hop
Howe Gelb Sno Angel Like You Alt-Country
The DFA The DFA Remixes: Chapter One Dance-Punk, Electro-Disco
Nathan Fake Drowning in a Sea of Love IDM
12Twelve L'univers Free Jazz, Post-Rock
The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love Dance-Punk, Post-Punk Revival
Kante Die Tiere sind unruhig Indie Rock     
The Beatles Love Pop Rock
Islands Return to the Sea Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Toumani Diabaté Boulevard de l'indépendence Mande Music
Sunn O))) & Boris Altar Drone
Slayer Christ Illusion Thrash Metal
Lambchop Damaged Chamber Pop
Sparks Hello Young Lovers Art Pop, Chamber Pop
Fujiya & Miyagi Transparent Things Indietronica, Krautrock
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead So Divided Art Rock, Indie Rock
Paul Simon Surprise Singer/Songwriter
Converge No Heroes Mathcore
Man Man Six Demon Bag Experimental Rock
Current 93 Black Ships Ate the Sky Neofolk
Kasabian Empire Alternative Dance, Indie Rock
Blumfeld Verbotene Früchte Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter     
Juana Molina Son Folktronica, Singer/Songwriter
Archie Bronson Outfit Derdang Derdang Blues Rock, Indie Rock
Pet Shop Boys Fundamental Synthpop
Die Goldenen Zitronen Lenin Art Rock, Post-Punk          
Isis In the Absence of Truth Atmospheric Sludge Metal
Razorlight Razorlight Indie Rock, Pop Rock
Wolf Eyes Human Animal Noise
AFX Chosen Lords Acid Techno
OOIOO Taiga Experimental Rock
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album Chamber Pop, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Cursive Happy Hollow Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae Contemporary R&B, Pop Soul, Singer/Songwriter
Beth Orton Comfort of Strangers Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Bert Jansch The Black Swan Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Kelley Stoltz Below the Branches Indie Pop, Piano Rock
Vetiver To Find Me Gone Folk Rock
Bunbury & Vegas El tiempo de las cerezas Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Secret Machines Ten Silver Drops Indie Rock
Sway This Is My Demo UK Hip Hop
Nellie McKay Pretty Little Head Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Graham Coxon Love Travels at Illegal Speeds Britpop, Indie Rock
OutKast Idlewild Film Soundtrack, Hip Hop
Oneida Happy New Year Psychedelic Rock
The Sleepy Jackson Personality: One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird Baroque Pop, Dream Pop, Indie Pop
Basement Jaxx Crazy Itch Radio Dance-Pop
The Blood Brothers Young Machetes Post-Hardcore
Plan B Who Needs Actions When You Got Words UK Hip Hop
Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Calexico Garden Ruin Alt-Country, Americana, Folk Rock
The Handsome Family Last Days of Wonder Alt-Country
Josh Rouse Subtítulo Folk Pop, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
The Rifles No Love Lost Indie Rock, Power Pop
The Young Knives Voices of Animals & Men Indie Rock
120 Days 120 Days Indietronica
Howling Bells Howling Bells Indie Rock
Candi Staton His Hands Soul
Grandaddy Just Like the Fambly Cat Indie Pop, Indie Rock
The Futureheads News and Tributes Post-Punk Revival
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter