I'm happy that Sonic Youth made the the list for "Rather Ripped," and "Return to Cookie Mountain" by TV On The Radio was also an excellent choice. Frankly, however, I'm puzzled by some of the choices....Lindsey Buckingham?
Of course, there is also the Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2006. It's interesting to note the few similarities between the two (Sonic Youth and TV on the Radio are on both, for instance.) The biggest difference, of course, is the lack of mainstream releases on the Pitchfork list. There are a couple of puzzlers (Justin Timberlake) and a number of albums you've probably never heard, but that's what sites like Pitchfork are for!
So, go ahead and do the obligatory read-through of the RS top 50 list, then go to Pitchfork, read the reviews, and buy some indie music with your holiday gift certificates! Happy Holidays!