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Best Records of 2006!

Yes, I know that "best of" lists are ubiquitous--yet ambiguous and ridiculous at best.

Who cares what records I wasted money buying or time downloading and actually loving this year?

But I read movie and music lists incessantly, so why not share my own? So, here are my faves from a calendar year when my collecting was particularly prolific.

  1. Tool—10,000 Days

  2. The Killers—Sam's Town

  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers—Stadium Arcadium

  4. Black Angels—Jerusalem

  5. My Morning Jacket—Okonokos

  6. The Flaming Lips—At War with the Mystics

  7. TV On the Radio—Return to Cookie Mountain

  8. Michael Franti & Spearhead—Yell Fire!

  9. Ben Harper—Both Sides of the Gun

  10. Gnarls Barkley—St. Elsewhere

  11. The Black Keys—Magic Potion

  12. Scissor Sisters—Ta Dah

  13. The Strokes—First Impressions of Earth

  14. Snow Patrol—Eyes Open

  15. Thom Yorke—The Eraser

  16. Espers—Espers II

  17. Damien Rice—9

  18. Sean Lennon—Friendly Fire

  19. Goldfrapp—Supernature

  20. Matisyahu—Youth

  21. Cold War Kids—Robbers & Cowards

  22. Bruce Springsteen—We Shall Overcome: the Seeger Sessions

  23. Keane—Under the Iron Sea

  24. Wolfmother—Wolfmother

  25. Pearl Jam—Pearl Jam

  26. Cat Power—The Greatest

  27. Dresden Dolls—Yes, Virginia

  28. Peaches—Impeach My Bush

  29. The Rapture—Pieces of the People We Love

  30. Raconteurs—Broken Boy Soldiers

  31. Sonic Youth—Rather Ripped

  32. Richard Ashcroft—Keys to the World

  33. Chumbawamba—A Singsong and a Scrap

  34. Belle and Sebastian—The Life Pursuit

  35. Silversun Pickups—Carnavas

  36. Muse—Black Holes & Revelations

  37. The Mars Volta—Amputechture

  38. Beck—Information

  39. Live—Songs from Black Mountain

  40. The Alarm—Under Attack

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