Top 10 Albums of 2006
Now that 2006 has come and gone, Kidzworld takes a look back at the hottest album releases of the year. Get the goods on our top picks!
#10. Nelly Furtado - Loose
With Loose, Nelly Furtado found her first hit since I'm Like a Bird flew up the charts back in 2000. Nelly strayed from her bubblegum-pop roots to explore her funkier, R&B self with the help of famed producer Timbaland.
#9. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
The Black Parade manages to be the most fun album about death in a long time. The glam rock tunes manage to be grim without ever being depressing and will keep you grooving with its brand of over-the-top rock anthems.
#8. Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics
#7. High School Musical Soundtrack
The success of this made-for-TV hit's soundtrack was no surprise. Songs from the family friendly Disney musical were a hit with all age groups and the success of the album spawned record deals for many of the movie's cast members.
#6. Pharrell - In My Mind
Famed music producer Pharrell Williams made a splash of his own with his solo debut, In My Mind. The album showed off Pharrell's well-honed musical prowess and guest appearances from Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West took In My Mind to the next level.
#5. Hannah Montana Soundtrack
The Hannah Montana Soundtrack was the surprise hit of the year, taking out strong competition from My Chemical Romance. The album's pop-country mix offers a little something for everyone, including tracks from Jesse McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Everlife and achey-breaky Billy Ray Cyrus.
#4. The Killers - Sam's Town
The Killers sophomore album, Sam's Town, took a new take on the old-school Americana sound. Catchy tune follows catchy tune on this irresistibility slick pop-rock album.
#3. Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape
Gwen Stefani has reinvented herself once-again in this dance-worthy album of fresh beats and unique hooks (yodeling anyone?). This is a must-have album for fans of this yummy mommy.
#2. Beyonce - B'Day
Beyonce shows that she's all grown up in this fiercely rocking new album. From retro throw-backs to hot club tracks to soulful ballads, this album is jam-packed with irresistible tunes.
#1. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Gnarls Barkley swept the UK - and then the world - this year with their break-out single Crazy. But Gnarls Barkley is no one-hit-wonder. See if you can resist shaking you bootie to tunes like Go-Go Gadget Gospel and The Last Time. St. Elsewhere has "instant-classic" written all over it.