Was 2006 one of the greatest years in music?

In 2006, Pitchfork voted The Knife’s Silent Shout as the best album of the year.

For Spin magazine, it was TV On The Radio’s Return To Cookie Mountain, and Rolling Stone crowned Modern Times by Bob Dylan their number one album of the year. On the other side of the pond, Mojo Magazine selected Broken Boy Soldiers by The Raconteurs as its best album of the year, According to Billboard Magazine, the best selling album of the year was the soundtrack to High School Musical. There were some excellent debuts in 2006 including the Arctic Monkey’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not , Thom Yorke’s The Eraser, and Gnarls Barkley released the single of the year – and one for the ages – the undeniable “Crazy.” In October of 2006 Amy Winehouse released Back To Black, Bruce released The Seeger Sessions, J Dilla released the now classic Donuts, and Philly’s The Roots dropped Game Theory.

Below is a list of highlights of some of the best albums released in 2006. What did we miss? Looking at this list, can you make a case for 2006 being one of the greatest years in music?


The Greatest – Cat Power
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys
Rabbit Fur Coat – Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Comfort of Strangers – Beth Orton
Donuts – J Dilla
Modern Times – Bob Dylan
Eye to the Telescope – KT Tunstall
The Life Pursuit – Belle & Sebastian
Continuum – John Mayer
Silent Shout – The Knife
Six Demon Bag – Man Man
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood – Neko Case
Bring it Back – Mates of State
Ringleader of the Tormentors – Morrissey
St. Elsewhere – Gnarls Barkley
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions – Bruce Springsteen
Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
10,000 Days – Tool
Night Ripper – Girl Talk
Living With War – Neil Young
The Warning – Hot Chip
Let’s Get Out of this Country – Camera Obscura
Time Without Consequence – Alexi Murdoch
Begin to Hope – Regina Spektor
Rather Ripped – Sonic Youth
Bande a Part – Nouvelle Vague
Return to Cookie Mountain – TV On the Radio
The Trials of Van Occupanther – Midlake
Writers Block – Peter Bjorn and John
Game Theory – The Roots
Yellow House – Grizzly Bear
Blood Mountain – Mastodon
Future Sex / Love Sounds – Justin Timberlake
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass – Yo La Tengo
Magic Potion – The Black Keys
Brother, Sister – mewithoutYou
Boys and Girls in America – The Hold Steady
The Crane Wife – The Decemberists
The Information – Beck
Sam’s Town – The Killers
Supply and Demand – Amos Lee
Robbers and Cowards – Cold War Kids
– Damien Rice
Someone to Drive You – The Long Blondes
Ys – Joanna Newsom

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Article by: Julie Miller