Harpist Joanna Newsom's Enchanting TalesJoanna Newsom plays the concert harp, an unusual instrument for a singer-songwriter. Her debut album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, was widely praised in 2004. Newsom has a long-awaited new record, Ys.
NPR Music's online show All Songs Considered holds its annual countdown of the year's best CDs, as selected by NPR listeners. Host Bob Boilen chats with reviewers and listeners about their picks and plays highlights from each album.
Below are the results of an online poll with the top ten CDs of 2006, chosen by listeners, with select comments from some of the fans who love them. You can also read the top ten lists for critics Will Hermes, Meredith Ochs and John Richards.