Arctic Monkeys named best album of 2006

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NME’s Albums Of 2006 poll has been topped by Arctic Monkeys.

The Sheffield group claimed the top spot in the list voted for by NME staff with their album ’Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’.

Speaking to NME.COM frontman Alex Turner admitted he was surprised by the albums success despite been heavily tipped in the run up to its release at the beginning of the year.


“We’d been up and down playing those songs and everyone had gone pretty barmy, but I didn’t think that they were going to buy a CD,” he explained. “I just thought they were out and having a laugh, and I didn’t think it meant we were ultimately going to make this big album. When we finished we were so proud that we’d made a record, it seemed secondary that it were a good one.”

NME’s top 50 albums of 2006 are:

1. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Show Your Bones’

3. Muse – ‘Black Holes And Revelations’

4. Hot Chip – ‘The Warning’


5. CSS – ‘Cansei De Ser Sexi’

6. Gnarls Barkley – ‘St Elsewhere’

7. Long Blondes – ‘Someone To Drive You Home’

8. The Strokes – ‘First Impressions Of Earth’

9. Kasabian – ‘Empire’

10. My Chemical Romance – ‘The Black Parade’

11. Howling Bells – ‘Howling Bells’

12. The Killers – ‘Sam’s Town’

13. Panic! At The Disco – ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’

14. TV On The Radio – ‘Return To Cookie Moutain’

15. Thom Yorke – ‘The Eraser’

16. Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’

17. The Futureheads – ‘News And Tributes’

18. The Rapture – ‘Pieces Of The People We Love’

19. The Longcut – ‘A Call And Response’

20. The Streets – ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’

21. The Raconteurs – ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’

22. The Flaming Lips – ‘At War With The Mystics’

23. The Knife – ‘Silent Shout’

24. The Secret Machines – ‘Ten Silver Drops’

25. Mogwai – ‘Mr Beast’

26. Jarvis – ‘Jarvis’

27. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – ‘Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’

28. Morrissey – ‘Ringleader Of The Tormentors’

29. The Spinto Band – ‘Nice And Nicely Done’

30. Cat Power – ‘The Greatest’

31. The Sunshine Underground – ‘Raise The Alarm’

32. Lily Allen – ‘Alright, Still’

33. The Bronx – ‘The Bronx’

34. Albert Hammond Jr – ‘Yours To Keep’

35. Forward Russia – ‘Give Me A Wall’

36. Datarock – ‘Datarock’

37. Be Your Own Pet – ‘Be Your Own Pet’

38. Metric – ‘Live It Out’

39. The Young Knives – ‘Voices Of Animals And Men’

40. Midlake – ‘The Trials Of Van Occupanther’

41. The Gossip – ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’

42. The Automatic – ‘Not Accepted Anywhere’

43. Beck – ‘The Information’

44. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – ‘Ballad Of The Broken Seas’

45. Bob Dylan – ‘Modern Times’

46. Semi Finalists – ‘Semi Finalists’

47. Wolfmother – ‘Wolfmother’

48. Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager’

49. Absentee – ‘Schmotime’

50. The Kooks – ‘Inside In/Inside Out’

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