Best Albums of 2009

Best part of the year: list time! I’ve made a best-albums-of-the-year list every year since at least 1999, and there’s no end to that streak in sight.

Below is a list of my favorite albums of the year. That doesn’t mean most important. It doesn’t mean most influential. It means only that these are the ones I most enjoy. There very well could be some albums that would have made my list had a heard them, but one just can’t listen to everything … so make sure to send some suggestions my way if you think my list is lacking something.

Here goes …

The Best Albums of 2009, According to Me:

25. Various Artists – Dark Was the Night (16 February)
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24. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast (20 January)
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23. Lake – Let’s Build a Roof (6 October)
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22. Circulatory System – Signal Morning (29 September)
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21. Bowerbirds – Upper Air (30 June)
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20. Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs (8 September)
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19. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains (25 January)
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18. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (9 June)
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17. Woods – Songs of Shame (4 August)
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16. Real Estate – Real Estate (17 November)
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15. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone (3 March)
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14. The Dodos – Time to Die (4 August)
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13. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (3 February)
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12. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (20 January)
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11. Cass McCombs – Catacombs (7 July)
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10. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (24 May)
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9. Fever Ray – Fever Ray (13 January)
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8. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career (21 April)
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7. Girls – Album (22 September)
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6. The XX – XX (18 August)
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5. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic (13 October)
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4. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns (9 June)
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3. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (12 May)
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2. Brakes (Brakesbrakesbrakes) – Touchdown (21 April)
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1. The Antlers – Hospice (23 June)

Show me yours.

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