The year 2006 featured several acts issuing their "big" albums, while other acts used the year to lay the groundwork for success in the decade to follow. There was even a rock album in contention for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, which is somewhat of a rarity these days.

To say the least, rock was alive and well in 2006, as seen not only at radio but in record sales with a number of acts on this list either debuting at No. 1 or within the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

So without further adieu, scroll through the gallery at the top of this page to reflect on the 10 Best Rock Albums of 2006.

After Checking Out Our 2006 Rock List, See Our Top 10 Metal Albums of 2006:

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