Best of 2006 | SPIN

I wonder how many US magazines are going to have Cookie Mountain as their #1 album of the year? Will Pitchfork? (Joanna Newsom seems likely, though) Every time a song from it comes up on shuffle, I like it, but rarely find myself listening to the whole thing. Ponder these questions as you peruse SPIN‘s end-of-year lists. The singles seem to be chosen by Charles Aaron again (he’s been doing it there for eons) — I have really grown to appreciate his taste. "Crazy" may be obvious, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

SPIN’s Top 20 Albums of 2006

  1. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
  2. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
  3. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say That I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  4. Ghostface Killah – Fishscale
  5. My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
  6. Joanna Newsom – Ys
  7. Cat Power – The Greatest
  8. My Morning Jacket – Okonokos
  9. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury
  10. Beck – The Information
  11. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
  12. Hot Chip – The Warning
  13. Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat
  14. T.I. – King
  15. Lady Sovereign – Public Warning
  16. Editors – The Back Room
  17. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  18. The Streets – The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
  19. The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
  20. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Licquor

SPIN’s Top 20 Singles of 2006

  1. "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley
  2. "When You Were Young" – The Killers
  3. "Ain’t No Other Man" – Christina Aguilera
  4. "Welcome to the Black Parade" – My Chemical Romance
  5. "Wolf Like Me" – TV on the Radio
  6. "Hustlin’" – Rick Ross
  7. "Ridin’" – Chamillionaire feat. Krazie Bone
  8. "Steady as She Goes" – The Raconteurs
  9. "Smile" – Lily Allen
  10. "Rise Up with Fists!" – Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
  11. "Kick, Push" – Lupe Fiasco
  12. "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" – The Artic Monkeys
  13. "Cheated Hearts" – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  14. "Notorious" – Turbulence
  15. "I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’" – Scissor Sisters
  16. "Vans" – The Pack
  17. "The Funeral" – Band of Horses
  18. "Silent Shout" – The Knife
  19. "Trains to Brazil" – Guillemots
  20. "Be Gentle with Me" – The Boy Least Likely To

One Comment

  1. Return to Cookie Mountain shot to the top of my own list of albums-of-the-year-so-far within days of it being leaked in February, and stayed there throughout the year. It's also featuring heavily in plenty of UK album of the year lists.
    Thanks for the overview, btw!

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