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The 2006 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Bob Dylan: Modern Times (Columbia) 1123 (95)
2. TV on the Radio: Return To Cookie Mountain (4AD/Interscope) 1109 (99)
3. Ghostface Killah: Fishscale (Def Jam) 1031 (96)
4. The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant) 983 (81)
5. Gnarls Barkley: St Elsewhere (Downtown/Atlantic) 791 (71)
6. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Domino) 718 (63)
7. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up Gang/Jive/Zomba) 673 (63)
8. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-) 645 (64)
9. Joanna Newsom: Ys (Drag City) 626 (59)
10. Tom Waits: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Anti-) 608 (51)
11. Cat Power: The Greatest (Matador) 566 (57)
12. Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped (Geffen) 500 (49)
13. The Decemberists: The Crane Wife (Capitol) 440 (42)
14. Belle and Sebastian: The Life Pursuit (Matador) 423 (38)
15. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love) 366 (37)
16. Knife: Silent Shout (Mute) 355 (31)
17. My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade (Reprise) 354 (33)
18. Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass (Matador) 342 (35)
19. Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (Columbia) 317 (31)
20. Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way (Sony) 314 (29)
21. Ornette Coleman: Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar) 314 (27)
22. Hot Chip: The Warning (DFA/Astralwerks) 307 (28)
23. Band of Horses: Everything All the Time (Sub Pop) 297 (29)
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones (Interscope) 296 (25)
25. The Roots: Game Theory (Def Jam) 283 (33)
26. The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers (V2) 281 (29)
27. Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac (Capitol) 277 (27)
28. Justin Timberlake: FutureSex / Lovesounds (Jive) 274 (28)
29. T.I.: King (Atlantic) 267 (24)
30. J Dilla: Donuts (Stones Throw) 249 (24)
31. Scott Walker: The Drift (4AD) 245 (18)
32. Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint: The River In Reverse (Verve Forecast) 240 (23)
33. Beck: The Information (Interscope) 235 (23)
34. Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor (Atlantic) 231 (26)
35. Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies (Merge) 231 (22)
36. Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope (Sire) 225 (24)
37. Lily Allen: Alright, Still (Parlophone/EMI) 225 (23)
38. The Coup: Pick A Bigger Weapon (Epitaph) 222 (24)
39. Girl Talk: Night Ripper (Illegal Art) 212 (22)
40. Thom Yorke: The Eraser (XL) 210 (24)

The albums poll combines ballots from 494 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 2006 titles. (Every individual ballot is available online.) Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (included in parentheses) used for tiebreaking.

Singles

1. Gnarls Barkley: "Crazy" (Downtown/Atlantic) 151
2. T.I.: "What You Know" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) 55
3. Christina Aguilera: "Ain't No Other Man" (RCA) 54
4. Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.: "My Love" (Jive) 53
5. The Raconteurs: "Steady, As She Goes" (V2) 43
6. Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland: "Promiscuous" (Geffen) 41
7. Justin Timberlake: "Sexyback" (Jive) 38
8. Dixie Chicks: "Not Ready To Make Nice" (Columbia) 34
9. Lupe Fiasco: "Kick, Push" (Atlantic) 32
Arctic Monkeys: "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" (Domino) 32
11. The Killers: "When You Were Young" (Island) 30
12. My Chemical Romance: "Welcome to the Black Parade" (Warner Bros.) 29
13. TV on the Radio: "Wolf Like Me" (4AD/Interscope) 27
14. Hot Chip: "Over and Over" (Astralwerks) 25
15. Lily Allen: "Smile" (Capitol) 21
16. Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie" (Sony) 20
Prince: "Black Sweat" (Universal) 20
18. Beyoncé: "Irreplaceable" (Sony Urban/Columbia) 19
19. Rihanna: "S.O.S" (Def Jam) 18
20. Nelly Furtado: "Maneater" (Geffen) 17
21. Lily Allen: "LDN" (Capitol) 16
22. Pipettes: "Pull Shapes" (Memphis Industries) 15
Cassie: "Me & U" (Bad Boy) 15
Band of Horses: "Funeral" (Sub Pop) 15
25. Peter Bjorn and John: "Young Folks" (Wichita/V2) 14
Kelis: "Bossy" (Jive) 14
27. Cat Power: "The Greatest" 13
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Cheated Hearts" (Interscope) 13
Scissor Sisters: "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" (Motown/Universal) 13
New York Dolls: "Dance Like a Monkey" (Roadrunner) 13
Fergie: "London Bridge" (A&M) 13
Clipse featuring Pharrell: "Mr. Me Too" (Re-Up/Zomba/Jive) 13
Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone: "Ridin'" (Universal) 13
34. Rick Ross: "Hustlin'" (Def Jam) 12
Lady Sovereign: "Love Me Or Hate Me" (Def Jam) 12
Corinne Bailey Rae: "Put Your Records On" (Capitol) 12
Mary J. Blige: "Be Without You" (Geffen) 12
38. Knife: "We Share Our Mother's Health" (Mute) 11
Camera Obscura: "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" (Merge) 11
Beyoncé: "Ring The Alarm" (Sony) 11

Village Voice, Feb. 6, 2007

Postscript Notes:

For complete results, essays, and comments, see the Village Voice website. Robert Christgau did not work on organizing this poll, although he did cast a ballot. Note that the number of critics in this poll dropped to 494 from 795 in the 2005 poll -- the last one Christgau was associated with.


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