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Queen Norah reigns, Josh Groban pains, and lots of Natalie Maines

Texas A&M (sales):1. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2. Chicago soundtrack 3. Home Dixie Chicks 4. Forty Licks Rolling Stones5. Elvis 30 No. 1 Hits 6. Failer Kathleen Edwards 7. Brushfire Fairytales Jack Johnson 8. Queen - The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III 9. Busted Stuff Dave Matthews Band 10. A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay 11. Cry Faith Hill 12. Room for Squares John Mayer 13. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles 14. U2 - The Best of 1990-2000 15. A Wonderful World Tony Bennett, k.d. lang16. The Beatles ("The White Album") 17. Josh Groban

University of Texas (unique):1. Flying Saucer Tour Vo1. 1 Bill Hicks2. Today Raul Malo 3. Smile Lyle Lovett 4. Parachutes Coldplay 5. 1000 Kisses Patty Griffin 6. The Visit Loreena McKennitt 7. Oh, Inverted World Shins 8. Shut Up You Fucking Baby! David Cross9. Home Dixie Chicks 10. A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay 11. World Without Tears Lucinda Williams 12. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 13. Nickel Creek 14. Failer Kathleen Edwards 15. Chicago soundtrack 16. The Hours(score) Philip Glass 17. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco 18. Buena Vista Social Club 19. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20. Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks

The skinny:The Aggies are übertraditional (Stones, Beatles, Elvis, U2, Queen); the Owls are geeky eggheads (Beck, Orchestra Baobab, Lord of the Rings soundtrack, Thievery Corporation); and the Horns are snobby and uncouth (the Shins and Glass in the former, Hicks and Cross in the latter). Tell us something we don't know. Okay, here goes. Coldplay didn't make the cut at Rice. Only the Dixie Chicks, Norah Jones and the Chicago soundtrack are best-sellers at all three schools. That Lovett made the list at UT and not his alma mater A&M should be cause for alarm among the Aggie faithful, as should the inclusion on their list of two of the Beatles' trippiest albums -- 36 years after the Summer of Love, has LSD finally reached College Station? And what about that Queen boxed set? Surely the Corps of Cadets hasn't taken to prancing around to "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Most puzzling is the Baylor College of Medicine chart. Would you want a Tim McGraw or Avril Lavigne fan operating on your brain?

Far Burbs and North Side

Humble (unique):1. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 3. Smile Lyle Lovett 4. Any Given Thursday John Mayer 5. Josh Groban in Concert 6. Chicago soundtrack 7. Josh Groban8. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 9. Let Go Avril Lavigne 10. Room for Squares John Mayer 11. Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002 12. Home Dixie Chicks 13. Forty Licks Rolling Stones 14. Songbird Eva Cassidy 15. Cry Faith Hill

Spring (unique):1. This Time of Year Steve Tyrell 2. Songs You Know by Heart Jimmy Buffett3. Duets Barbra Streisand4. Josh Groban in Concert 5. Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash Various artists6. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Bryan Adams, Hans Zimmer7. The Look of Love Diana Krall 8. Boogie Woogie Christmas Brian Setzer Orchestra 9. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors 10. Josh Groban11. A Christmas Gift of Love Barry Manilow 12. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 13. Forty Licks Rolling Stones 14. Room to Breathe Delbert McClinton 15. Sentimento: Andrea Bocelli16. Home Dixie Chicks 17. Smile Lyle Lovett 18. Chicago soundtrack 19. Room for Squares John Mayer 20. Elvis 30 No. 1 Hits

Cypress (unique): 1. Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002 2. Elvis 30 No. 1 Hits 3. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 4. Let Go Avril Lavigne 5. Chicago soundtrack

The skinny:It's always Christmas in Old Town Spring, so perhaps that's why there are three holiday discs on Spring's list. The north side's a little more country than the south side and a lot more so than the southwest side -- Tim McGraw rules Humble and also made the list in Spring, but almost nowhere south of Bush Intercontinental.

Telling choice:The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Humble). Three mainstream country albums aren't surprising, but who knew Humble was so full of closet Dungeon Masters?

South Side

Pearland (sales):1. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2. Home Dixie Chicks 3. Chicago soundtrack 4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 5. Bob Dylan Live 1975 Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue 6. Live in Paris Diana Krall 7. More Than You Think You Are Matchbox Twenty 8. The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac 9. Justified Justin Timberlake 10. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors 11. Elvis 30 No. 1 Hits 12. Josh Groban in Concert13. Shaman Santana

Friendswood (sales):1. Josh Groban 2. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 3. Fallen Evanescence 4. Unleashed Toby Keith 5. Chicago soundtrack 6. It Had to Be You… The Great American Songbook Rod Stewart 7. Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002 8. Home Dixie Chicks 9. Josh Groban in Concert

League City (sales):1. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2. Home Dixie Chicks 3. The Better Life 3 Doors Down4. Cry Faith Hill5. Chicago soundtrack 6. The Spirit Room Michelle Branch 7. Failer Kathleen Edwards 8. Romantic Melodies Mannheim Steamroller 9. Gods & Generals soundtrack 10. Room for Squares John Mayer 11. Live in Paris Diana Krall 12. Brainwashed George Harrison 13. Back in the U.S. Live 2002 Paul McCartney

Seabrook (sales):1. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2. Home Dixie Chicks 3. Room for Squares John Mayer 4. Let Go Avril Lavigne 5. Josh Groban in Concert 6. Josh Groban

Galveston (sales):1. Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2. Home Dixie Chicks 3. Josh Groban 4. Chicago soundtrack 5. Josh Groban in Concert 6. Elvis 30 No. 1 Hits 7. Bering Strait Bering Strait 8. The Very Best of Cher9. Failer Kathleen Edwards 10. Room for Squares John Mayer 11. Forty Licks Rolling Stones 12. Imagine Eva Cassidy

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