Best Music of 2006

I collected approximately 10 lists of “Best CDs of 2006” and combined them into one meta-list.  Here are the results.  The numbers in bold indicate the number of original list that the recording is on.  An asterisk means I own it.


Cat PowerThe Greatest*

Bob DylanModern Times*
Joanna NewsomYs*

Arctic MonkeysWhatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not*
Neko CaseFox Confessor Brings the Flood*
Gnarls BarkleySt. Elsewhere*

The DecemberistsThe Crane Wife*
Jenny Lewis & the Watson TwinsRabbit Fur Coat*
TV on the RadioReturn to Cookie Mountain*

Band of HorsesEverything All the Time*
Ghostface KillahFishScale

BeckThe Information*
BeirutGulag Orkestar
Belle & SebastianThe Life Pursuit
The CoupPick a Bigger Weapon
Lupe FiascoLupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor
The Hold SteadyBoys and Girls in America*
Hot ChipThe Warning 
MuseBlack Holes and Revelations
The RootsGame Theory
Silversun PickupsCarnavas
Ali Farka Touré – Savane*

John Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur (BBC Symphony Orchestra; Adams)*
Lily AllenAlright, Still
Louis Andriessen: Writing to Vermeer (Asko Ensemble; Schönberg Ensemble; de Leeuw)*
Art BrutBang Bang Rock & Roll
The Black AngelsPassover
Solomon BurkeNashville*
Ornette ColemanSound Grammar*
Comets on FireAvatar
J. DillaDonuts
DionBronx in Blue
Vince GillThese Days*
Ray Wylie Hubbard  Snake Farm
Keith JarrettThe Carnegie Hall Concert
The Long BlondesSomeone to Drive You Home
MidlakeThe Trials of Van Occupanther
Juana MolinaSon
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLa Clemenza di Tito (Freiburger Barockorchester; Jacobs)
The RaconteursBroken Boy Soldiers*
Scritti PolittiWhite Bread, Black Beer 
Bruce SpringsteenWe Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
VetiverTo Find Me Gone
Tom WaitsOrphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards*
M. WardPost-War
Amy WinehouseBack to Black
Yeah Yeah YeahsShow Your Bones*
Thom Yorke The Eraser
Neil YoungLiving with War*

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