Best Albums of 2006: Top 100

As promised, here’s the top 100 albums of 2006. I must make amends because I left Mates of State out of the monthly lists simply by accident. Bring it Back is definitely one of the best albums of the year. While it’s too time consuming to put 100 links to sample or purchase these albums, you can get them on Amazon or iTunes by using the links in the sidebar.

1. Damien Rice, 9
2. Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam
3. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
4. Strays Don’t Sleep, Strays Don’t Sleep
5. Cat Power, The Greatest
6. Josh Ritter, The Animal Years
7. Pete Yorn, Nightcrawler
8. Johnny Cash, Personal File/American V: A Hundred Highways
9. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
10. KT Tunstall, Eye of the Telescope
11. Mates of State, Bring it Back
12. Tom Waits, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
13. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
14. Band of Horses, Everything All The Time
15. Keane, Under the Iron Sea
16. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium
17. M. Ward, Post-War
18. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America
19. Matthew Ryan, From a Late Night High Rise
20. Golden Smog, Another Fine Day
21. Ray Lamontagne, Till The Sun Turns Black
22. Joseph Arthur, Nuclear Daydream
23. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
24. Shawn Mullins, 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor
25. Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae
26. The Killers, Sam’s Town
27. Amos Lee, Supply and Demand
28. Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat
29. Kate York, Sadlylove
30. Beth Orton, Comfort of Strangers
31. Gomez, How We Operate
32. Tom Petty, Highway Companion
33. Ben Kweller, Ben Kweller
34. Willie Nelson, Songbird
35. Drive-By Truckers, Blessing and a Curse
36. Centro-Matic, Fort Recovery
37. Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope
38. Willie Nile, Streets of New York
39. Silversun Pickups, Carnavas
40. The Stills, Without Feathers
41. Joanna Newsom, Ys
42. Ben Harper, Both Sides of the Gun
43. Richard Ashcroft, Keys to the World
44. Duncan Sheik, White Limousine
45. Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, The River in Reverse
46. Snow Patrol, Eyes Open
47. Guster, Ganging Up On The Sun
48. Glen Hansard, The Swell Season
49. The Black Keys, Magic Potion
50. Thom Yorke, The Eraser
51. The Long Winters, Putting the Days to Bed
52. Jay-Z, Kingdom Come
53. Paul Simon, Surprise
54. Glen Phillips, Mr. Lemons
55. Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, Under the Covers, Vol. 1
56. Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World
57. Calexico, Garden Ruin
58. Loose Fur, Born Again in the USA
59. Dashboard Confessional, Dusk and Summer
60. The Elected, Sun, Sun, Sun
61. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
62. Cold War Kids, Robbers and Cowards
63. John Mayer, Continuum
64. Sonya Kitchell, Words Came Back to Me
65. The Strokes, First Impressions of Earth
66. Soul Asylum, The Silver Lining
67. Neil Young, Living With War
68. The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
69. Smoosh, free to stay
70. Grant Lee Phillips, nineteeneighties
71. Wolfmother, Wolfmother
72. Twilight Singers, Powder Burns
73. The Alarm, Under Attack
74. Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
75. Alexi Murdoch, Time Without Consequence
76. Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped
77. Gin Blossoms, Major Lodge Victory
78. Tapes n Tapes, The Loon
79. James Figurine, Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake
80. Elton John, The Captain & The Kid
81. Leigh Nash, Blue on Blue
82. Catie Curtis, Long Night Moon
83. Donvan Frankenreiter, Move By Yourself
84. Kasabian, Empire
85. Carrie Rodriguez, Seven Angels on a Bicycle
86. David Gilmour, On An Island
87. Nina Gordon, Bleeding Heart Graffiti
88. Mat Kearney, Nothing Left To Lose
89. Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
90. Rhett Miller, The Believer
91. Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther
92. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
93. Madeline Peyroux, Half the Perfect World
94. Matt Costa, Songs We Sing
95. Beirut, Gulag Orkestar
96. Rock Kills Kid, Are You Nervous?
97. Morningwood, Morningwood
98. Phoenix, It’s Never Been Like That
99. Jackie Greene, American Myth
100. Jeremy Enigk, World Waits

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  1. as is my witness, I guarantee that I listened to as much if not more music than any professional critic. Lots of iPod time and lots of time without a day job.

  2. You’d be surprised at how much music is available from musicians to sample for free. The industry has changed and will continue to change. Just the other day, Matthew Ryan wrote on his blog that he encourages fans to burn copies of his songs and give them to friends.

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