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  2006 saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to improve with age while young rockers the Arctic Monkeys burst onto the scene. We proudly present our Top 50 CDs of 2006, a list that is comprised of our favorite discs of the year. Once our list was complete, it was voted on by our users which helped determine the final order.

50. The Format - Dog Problems
"Time Bomb" is just a sample of the big melodies and choruses that are found throughout Dog Problems, the great second disc by The Format. With all kinds of instruments, Dog Problems harkens back to a Beach Boys-esque sound while still staying current and fresh.

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49. Boys Like Girls - Boys Like Girls
"The Great Escpae" opens the disc and is probably our favorite song on the disc, and the song that helped the disc make the list. Boys Like Girls have the gleaming guitars abd driving rhythms that propell their power-packed three-minute songs about their hearts, their girls, and those girls who just like to toy with their poor hearts.

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48. Nightmare of You - Nightmare of You
Nightmare of You is like the child that The Smiths & The Cure would have had together. Their fresh, audacious melodies and tongue-in-cheek lyrics are so infectious that you can't help to find yourself singing them. While some of their contemporaries may be more concerned with the look, Nightmare of You has the talent to actually stick around past that first 15 minutes.

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47. Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
Take one part of Dexy's Midnight Runners melodies, plus Franz Ferdinand hooks, and add that to a whole lot of attitude, and you get the latest British export. Hard-Fi's "Cash Machine" was all of the place with it's thrumming dub bass and the sad wheeze of a vibraphone. It is, however, the emotional struggle, the ups and downs of life, that keeps Stars Of CCTV engaging throughout.

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46. Kasabian - Empire
The band that Oasis can not praise enough after the two toured on and off the past two years came back in '06 with Empire without ruining the formula which brought them to our attention in the first place. They still have the Oasis classic rock bluster along with Chemical Brothers'-esque acid-soaked club beats; but, Empire sees the band take on a much bigger glam feel. The glam'ed guitars add much depth and textures to their already rich sounds. It is clear that Kasabian is still a band on the rise.

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45. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - So Divided
When ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead puts out a disc, we listen...it is one of the few bands that we look forward to every disc that they put out. The layered harmonies, blithe melodies, and textured hooks of songs just always work for us. This is one disc that had it been released earlier in the year would have been much higher on the list, as we are still digesting all the different parts of the disc.

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44. Saosin - Saosin
A late entry onto the list, coming courtesy of the best bartender at the Avalon. The thing that sticks out is just how big everything is on the disc...dueling guitars, huge bass and drum, big vocals. The songs were also a nice surprise as they take you right to the brink, right to the spot where the screaming happens and never reach it and take the songs a different way. Definitly a good way to stand out of the pack.

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43. Peter Walker - Young Gravity
Young Gravity was on the CDs that showed up on our doorsteps that we could not get enough of. Upon first listen, it immediatly jumped out along the lines of the Jayhawks, Son Volt, or Wilco. The songs are melodic but very morse, and its that contrast that jumps out. "39 Stars" had to be one of our favorite tracks of the year.

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42. The Who - Endless Wire
When it was first announced, everyone asked why The Who were recording again. Endless Wire is that answer and the best thing that can be said about it, is that it sounds like The Who. Townsend and Daltry got it right without tinkering with the formula that made them legends. Endless Wire sounds like classic Who without sounding dated...something many legends have trouble doing.

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41. Breaking Benjamin - Phobia
Wilkes-Barre, PA's hard rocking export returned with their third CD and continued to improve on the formula which brought them to light with "So Cold." Phobia shows the band writing better & bigger hooks, while singer Ben Burnley finds his true voice. "The Diary of Jane" ripped up rock radio and showed that Breaking Benjamin will be here for a while.

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