Here is a list of the year's best music as chosen by our contributors to New Times. The numbers in parentheses reflect the number of votes each album received.


Radiohead, Hail to the Thief (Capitol) (8)

White Stripes, Elephant (V2) (5)

Four Tet, Rounds (Domino) (4)

Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista) (4)

Café Tacuba, Cuatro Caminos (MCA) (3)

Manitoba, Up in Flames (Domino) (3)

Mars Volta, De-Loused In The Comatorium (Universal) (3)

Adult. , Anxiety Always (Ersatz Audio) (2)

David Bowie, Reality (Sony) (2)

Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It In People (Arts and Crafts) (2)

Cat Power, You Are Free (Matador) (2)

50 Cent, Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (Interscope) (2)

Kinky, Atlas (Nettwerk) (2)

Lyrics Born, Later That Day (Quannum) (2)

Massive Attack, 100th Window (Astralwerks) (2)

Mogwai, Happy Songs For Happy People (Matador) (2)

Molotov, Dance and Dense Denso (Surco/Universal) (2)

My Morning Jacket, It Still Moves (ATO) (2)

New Pornographers, Electric Version (Matador) (2)

Prefuse 73, One Word Extinguisher (Warp) (2)

Shins, Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop) (2)

Steadman, Revive (Elektra) (2)

Sun Kil Moon, Ghosts of the Great Highway (JetSet) (2)

Turin Brakes, Ether Song (Astralwerks) (2)

Chucho Valdes, New Conceptions (Blue Note) (2)

Van Morrison, What's Wrong With This Picture? (Blue Note) (2)

Wrens, The Meadowlands (Absolutely Kosher) (2)

Yerba Buena Orchestra, President Alien (Razor & Tie) (2)


Beyoncé, "Crazy in Love" (Sony) (4)

Justin Timberlake, "Rock Your Body" (Jive) (3)

!!!, "Me and Giuliani Down

by the Schoolyard (A True Story)" (Touch and Go) (2)

50 Cent, "In Da Club" (Interscope) (2)

Outkast, "Hey Ya!" (Arista) (2)

White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army" (V2) (2)

Postal Service, "Such Great Heights" (Sub Pop) (2)


Aphex Twin, 26 Mixes for Cash (Warp) (2)

Various Artists, DFA Compilation #1 (DFA) (2)

Various Artists, Lost In Translation soundtrack (Emperor Norton) (2)

Various Artists, Idol Tryouts (Ghostly International) (2)


Otto Von Schirach, Chopped Zombie Fungus (Schematic) (3)

Push Button Objects, Ghetto Blaster (Chocolate Industries) (2)

Iron and Wine, The Sea & the Rhythm EP (Sub Pop) (2)

The Brand, The Brand EP (self-released) (1)

Brimstone 127, Metamorphoses (Rooftop Creations) (1)

Cavity, Miscellaneous Recollections '92-'97 (Kapow!) (1)

Laura Diamante, Styles Upon Styles (promo only) (1)

Diamond Ice, Funk 4 Da Trunk (Metatronix) (1)

DJ EFN, Volume 28: Built for This (Crazy Hood Productions) (1)

Los Four Amigos, Miami Militia (promo only) (1)

The Gardis, Live (self-released) (1)

The Getback, Right About Now (self-released) (1)

Heatseekers, In Praise Of (Ohev) (1)

io, little haiti suite (Elegua) (1)

King Bee, Only On Good Days (self-released) (1)

Lee Boys, It Is No Secret (Lee Boys Entertainment) (1)

Manuvers and La Mano Fria, Afluenza (Botanica del Jibaro) (1)

Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Word of Mouth Revisited (Heads Up) (1)

Robbie Rivera, Wicked (SFP) (1)

Matthew Sabatella, Ballad of America (self-released) (1)

Arturo Sandoval, Trumpet Evolution (Crescent Moon) (1)

Soniko, Kombustion (Fabrika) (1)

Sunday Driver, A Letter to Bryson City (Doghouse) (1)

Tereso, Greatest Hits (self-released) (1)

Various Artists, Well Suited for General Purpose Audio Work (Schematic) (1)

Billy Paul Williams, Miles to Go (Pandisc) (1)

Betty Wright, Clean Up Woman and Other Hits (Rhino) (1)

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