The 25 best albums of 2006

6 November 2023, 15:00

Just some of the great albums issued in 2006:  The Fratellis, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Muse and The Killers
Just some of the great albums issued in 2006: The Fratellis, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Muse and The Killers. Picture: Press

Let's head back to the year of Arctic Monkeys, Empire, Sam's Town, Back In Black and Black Holes and Revelations.

  1. The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth: released 9th January 2006

    The third album by the New Yorkers featured the tracks You Only Live Once and Juicebox.

    The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth
    The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth. Picture: Press
  2. The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out: released 23rd January 2006

    The debut album from the Brighton band featured the classics Naïve, She Moves In Her Own Way and Ooh La.

    The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out
    The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out. Picture: Press
  3. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not: released 23rd January 2006

    One of the greatest debut albums of recent times made its appearance - it boasted the singles I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor, The View From The Afternoon, Fake Tales Of San Francisco and When The Sun Goes Down.

    Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
    Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Picture: Press
  4. The Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control: released 24th January 2006

    Beth Ditto and co released their debut album, featuring the all-time classic title track.

    The Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control
    The Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control. Picture: Press
  5. Placebo - Meds: released 13th March 2006

    The fifth studio album from Brian Molko and co included the hits Because I Want You, Song To Say Goodbye, Infra-Red and Meds.

    Placebo - Meds
    Placebo - Meds. Picture: Press
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones: released 22nd March 2006

    The NYC trio's second album featured the fantastic hit Gold Lion.

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones. Picture: Press
  7. The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living: released 10th April 2006

    Mike Skinner's third album included Prangin' Out and When You Wasn't Famous.

    The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
    The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living. Picture: Press
  8. Gnarls Barkley - St Elsewhere: released 24th April 2006

    The debut album from CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse featured the huge hit Crazy.

    Gnarls Barkley - St Elsewhere
    Gnarls Barkley - St Elsewhere. Picture: Press
  9. Snow Patrol - Eyes Open: released 1st May 2006

    The band's fourth album included the classic Chasing Cars, Hands Open and the collaboration with Martha Wainwright, Set The Fire To The Third Bar.

    Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
    Snow Patrol - Eyes Open. Picture: Press
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium: released 5th May 2006

    The LA rockers' ninth studio album was a double that included Dani California, Tell Me Baby, Snow (Hey Oh), Desecration Smile and Hump de Bump.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium. Picture: Press
  11. Dirty Pretty Things - Waterloo To Anywhere: released 8th May 2006

    Carl Barât's post Libertines project issued their debut album, which included the hit Bang Bang You're Dead.

    Dirty Pretty Things - Waterloo To Anywhere
    Dirty Pretty Things - Waterloo To Anywhere. Picture: Press
  12. Hot Chip - The Warning: released 22nd May 2006

    Putney's finest released their second album, which included the classic Over And Over, plus And I Was A Boy From School and Colours.

    Hot Chip - The Warning
    Hot Chip - The Warning. Picture: Press
  13. Primal Scream - Riot City Blues: released 5th June 2006

    Bobby Gillespie's crew issued their eighth studio album, which included the all-time classic Country Girl.

    Primal Scream - Riot City Blues
    Primal Scream - Riot City Blues. Picture: Press
  14. Keane - Under The Iron Sea: released 12th June 2006

    The band's second album included Is It Any Wonder and Crystal Ball.

    Keane - Under The Iron Sea
    Keane - Under The Iron Sea. Picture: Press
  15. The Automatic - Not Accepted Anywhere: released 19th June 2006

    The debut album from the Welsh band included the tracks Monster, Raoul and Recover.

    The Automatic - Not Accepted Anywhere
    The Automatic - Not Accepted Anywhere. Picture: Press
  16. Muse - Black Holes And Revelations: released 3rd July 2006

    The trio's fourth album featured the classic's Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, Knights Of Cydonia and Invincible.

    Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
    Muse - Black Holes And Revelations. Picture: Press
  17. Lily Allen - Alright, Still: released 13th July 2006

    Lily Rose's acclaimed debut included the hits Smile, LDN and Alfie.

    Lily Allen - Alright, Still
    Lily Allen - Alright, Still. Picture: Press
  18. Thom Yorke - The Eraser: released 10th July 2006

    The debut solo album from the Radiohead man featured the compelling track Harrowdown Hill.

    Thom Yorke - The Eraser
    Thom Yorke - The Eraser. Picture: Press
  19. Paolo Nutini - These Streets: released 17th July 2006

    The debut album from the Scottish singer-songwriter included the hit single Last Request, plus the favourite Jenny Don't Be Hasty.

    Paolo Nutini - These Streets
    Paolo Nutini - These Streets. Picture: Press
  20. Razorlight - Razorlight: released 17th July 2006

    The second album from Johnny Borrell, Andy Burrows and co included their biggest hit America, In The Morning, Before I Fall To Pieces and Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got.

    Razorlight - Razorlight
    Razorlight - Razorlight. Picture: Press
  21. Kasabian - Empire: released 28th August 2006

    The second album by the Leicester lads featured the BIG tunes Shoot The Runner and the title track.

    Kasabian - Empire
    Kasabian - Empire. Picture: Press
  22. The Fratellis - Costello Music: released 11th September 2006

    The debut album from the Scottish indie rockers included the favourites Whistle For The Choir and Chelsea Dagger.

    The Fratellis - Costello Music
    The Fratellis - Costello Music. Picture: Press
  23. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black: released 27th October 2006

    Lady Winehouse's second album tragically turned out to be her last. The LP included the title track, Rehab and Love Is A Losing Game.

    Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
    Amy Winehouse - Back To Black. Picture: Press
  24. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade: released 23rd October 2006

    Gerard Way's dark lords released their biggest album, which included Welcome To The Black Parade, I Don't Love You and Famous Last Words.

    My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
    My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade. Picture: Press
  25. The Killers - Sam's Town: released 2nd October 2006

    The second album from Brandon Flowers and co featured When You Were Young, Read My Mind and For Reasons Unknown.

    The Killers - Sam's Town
    The Killers - Sam's Town. Picture: Press

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