The Best of 2006: Listener Poll Results

Your favorite albums and the top songs from the year 2006, from our annual end-of-the-year listener poll.

  1. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
  2. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
  3. Gomez, How We Operate
  4. Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, All The Road Running
  5. James Hunter, People Gonna Talk
  6. Rosanne Cash, Black Cadillac
  7. Josh Ritter, The Animal Years
  8. Ray LaMontagne, Till The Sun Turns Black
  9. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
  10. Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, The River in Reverse
  11. The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
  12. KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope
  13. The Beatles, Love
  14. Beck, The Information
  15. Citizen Cope, Every Waking Moment
  16. Tom Petty, Highway Companion
  17. Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
  18. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat
  19. Neil Young, Living With War
  20. Paul Simon, Surprise
  21. Tom Waits, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
  22. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yellfire!
  23. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
  24. Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit
  25. Beth Orton, Comfort of Strangers
  26. Yusuf, An Other Cup
  27. Cat Power, The Greatest
  28. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Nothing But Water
  29. Morrissey, Ringleader of the Tormentors
  30. Shawn Colvin, These Four Walls
  31. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America
  32. Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
  33. Alejandro Escovedo, The Boxing Mirror
  34. Chris Smither, Leave The Light On
  35. Amos Lee, Supply and Demand
  36. Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae
  37. Johnny Cash, American V: A Hundred Highways
  38. Dan Bern, Breathe
  39. J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton, The Road To Escondido
  40. Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
  41. John Mayer, Continuum
  42. Jerry Lee Lewis, Last Man Standing
  43. Los Lobos, The Town and The City
  44. Madeleine Peyroux, Half the Perfect World
  45. Ben Harper, Both Sides of The Gun
  46. Ray Davies, Other Peoples Lives
  47. Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope
  48. Joan Osborne, Pretty Little Stranger
  49. The Subdudes, Behind the Levee
  50. Dion, Bronx in Blue

Listener Results: Best 90 Songs of 2006

  1. Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy"
  2. Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, "This Is Us"
  3. Gomez, "See The World"
  4. James Hunter, "People Gonna Talk"
  5. Bob Dylan, "Thunder on the Mountain"
  6. KT Tunstall, "Black Horse and The Cherry Tree"
  7. Rosanne Cash, "Black Cadillac"
  8. Corrine Bailey Rae, "Put Your Records On"
  9. Ray LaMontagne, "Empty "
  10. The Raconteurs, "Steady As She Goes"
  11. Bruce Springsteen, "Mary, Don't You Weep No More"
  12. Ray LaMontagne, "Three More Days"
  13. The Subdudes, "Papa Dukie and the Mud People"
  14. Bob Dylan, "Someday Baby"
  15. Cat Power, "The Greatest"
  16. The Decemberists, "O Valencia!"
  17. Gomez, "How We Operate"
  18. Regina Spektor, "Fidelity"
  19. Alejandro Escovedo, "Arizona"
  20. Citizen Cope, "Brother Lee"
  21. Bob Dylan, "Nettie Moore"
  22. Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, "The River in Reverse"
  23. Los Lobos, "The Road To Gila Bend"
  24. The Decemberists, "The Crane Wife 3"
  25. Yusuf, "Heaven/Where True Love Goes"
  26. Amos Lee, "Shout Out Loud"
  27. Beck, "Think I'm In Love"
  28. Jack Johnson, "Upside Down"
  29. Bruce Springsteen, "We Shall Overcome"
  30. Joan Osborne, "Who Divided"
  31. Chris Smither, "Leave The Light On"
  32. Citizen Cope, "Back Together"
  33. John Mayer, "Waiting On The World To Change"
  34. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, "Toothbrush and My Table"
  35. KT Tunstall, "Suddenly I See"
  36. Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready to Make Nice"
  37. Paul Simon, "Outrageous"
  38. The Flaming Lips, "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"
  39. The Hold Steady, "Stuck Between Stations"
  40. Josh Ritter, "Wolves"
  41. Bob Dylan, "Ain't Talkin'"
  42. Michael Franti and Spearhead, "Time To Go Home"
  43. Josh Ritter, "Girl in the War"
  44. Neil Young, "Let's Impeach The President"
  45. Thom Yorke, "Black Swan"
  46. Ben Harper, "Better Way"
  47. Tom Petty, "Square One"
  48. Beck, "Nausea"
  49. Damien Rice, "9 Crimes"
  50. Ben Kweller, "Sundress"
  51. Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, "Tears, Tears, and More Tears"
  52. Built To Spill, "Going Against Your Mind"
  53. Dan Bern, "Breathe"
  54. Elton John, "I Must Have Lost It On The Wind"
  55. Gomez, "Girlshapelovedrug"
  56. Robert Randolph and the Family Band, "Thrill of It"
  57. James Hunter, "No Smoke Without Fire"
  58. Josh Ritter, "Thin Blue Flame"
  59. Bob Dylan, "Spirit on the Water"
  60. Paul Westerberg, "Love You In The Fall"
  61. Shawn Mullins, "Beautiful Wreck"
  62. Shawn Colvin, "Fill Me Up"
  63. Tom Petty, "Saving Grace"
  64. Beth Orton, "Conceived"
  65. Alexi Murdoch, "All of My Days"
  66. Badly Drawn Boy, "Journey From A to B"
  67. Bruce Springsteen, "Old Dan Tucker"
  68. Cat Power, "Living Proof"
  69. Johnny Cash, "God's Gonna Cut You Down"
  70. Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins, "Rise Up With the Fists!!"
  71. Jadmix, "Fly Me To The Krazy Moon"
  72. Michael Franti and Spearhead, "Yell Fire!"
  73. Chris Smither, "Origin of Species"
  74. Michael Franti and Spearhead, "I Know I'm Not Alone"
  75. Neko Case, "Hold On Hold On"
  76. The Killers, "When You Were Young"
  77. Tom Waits, "Long Way Home"
  78. Shawn Colvin, "These Four Walls"
  79. Willie Nile, "Cell Phones Ringing in The Pockets of the Dead"
  80. Golden Smog, "5/22/02"
  81. Amos Lee, "Supply and Demand"
  82. Belle and Sebastian, "The Blues Are Still Blue"
  83. The Damnwells, "I've Got You"
  84. Ben Harper, "Black Rain"
  85. Bob Dylan, "Beyond the Horizon"
  86. Calexico, "Cruel"
  87. Ray Davies, "Next Door Neighbor"
  88. Bob Dylan, "Rollin' and Tumblin"
  89. David Ford, "I Don't Care What You Call Me"
  90. Gecko Turner, "Limon En La Cabeza"

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