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The 40 Best Albums of 2006

In the far-off future, when pop-music archaeologists sift through the rubble that was 2006, they won’t just find a cache of extraordinary art created by wild-haired eccentrics; they’ll also encounter a pair of Internet upstarts that forever altered the way the music industry does business — and creates stars. To borrow the year’s best (and most ubiquitous) adjective: Crazy. [This list was originally published in the January 2007 issue of SPIN.]