2009: A Year in Review
Put aside that Star Trek Blu-ray, it's time to reflect on the great music that was released in 2009. I think my list of top albums this year is pretty varied, so maybe it'll help you discover some new music that tickles your fancy. Next year I hope to listen to more hip-hop (new and old) and tons of Beatles songs (want!). If you think of an album from 2009 that is sorely missing from my list, let me know.
30. Alex Day - Parrot Stories
29. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
28. Weezer - Raditude
27. Fake Problems - It's Great to Be Alive
26. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
25. Clipse - Til the Casket Drops
24. John Nolan - Height
23. We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
22. Mansions - New Best Friends
21. The Swellers - Ups and Downsizing
20. As Tall As Lions - You Can't Take It with You
19. Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
18. Little Boots - Hands
17. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
16. Ace Enders and a Million Different People - When I Hit the Ground
15. Wale - Attention Deficit
14. Heartsounds - Until We Surrender
13. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
12. Paramore - brand new eyes
11. All the Day Holiday - The Things We've Grown to Love
10. Brand New - Daisy
09. Portugal. The Man - The Satanic Satanist
08. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
07. mewithoutYou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright
06. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
05. Audrye Sessions - Audrye Sessions
04. Nightmare of You - Infomaniac
03. P.O.S. - Never Better
02. fun. - Aim and Ignite
01. Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
15. As Tall As Lions - "Is This Tomorrow?"
14. The Swellers - "Do You Feel Better Yet"
13. Paramore - "Where the Lines Overlap"
12. Portugal. The Man - "Do You"
11. Nightmare of You - "Hey Sweetheart"
10. Jay-Z - "Run This Town"
09. fun. - "Be Calm"
08. Brand New - "Bought a Bride"
07. Audrye Sessions - "Dust and Bones"
06. Manchester Orchestra - "Pride"
05. Third Eye Blind - "About to Break"
04. Wale - "Shades"
03. Kevin Devine - "All of Everything, Erased" (this spot could be taken by any of the first five tracks off Brother's Blood)
02. P.O.S. - "Low Light Low Life"
01. mewithoutYou - "A Stick, a Carrot & String"
Artist of the Year
Best New Band
Most Disappointing Album
Say Anything - Say Anything
I Don't Get It
The Dangerous Summer - Reach For the Sun
Releases I Rocked in 2009 That Weren't Released in 2009
AFI - Sing the Sorrow
Alkaline Trio - Crimson
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beautiful Mistake - This Is Who You Are
The Benjamins - The Art of Disappointment
Bush - The Science of Things
Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows
Cartel - Chroma
Cary Brothers - Who You Are
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Early November - The Acoustic EP
Eve 6 - Eve 6
Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swingin' Lovers!
The Format - Dog Problems
The Format - Snails
Green Day - Nimrod
Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel As School Children
Incubus - Make Yourself
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Jimmy Eat World - Static Prevails
John Anderson - Seminole Wind
Jonathan Vassar - The Hours and the Days
Lifetime - Jersey's Best Dancers
Midtown - Save the World, Lose the Girl
Muse - Absolution
MxPx - Teenage Politics
The Narrative - Just Say Yes
Ramones - Greatest Hits
Ramones - Ramones
Saves the Day - Can't Slow Down
Various Artists - La Bamba Original Soundtrack
Weezer - The Lion and the Witch
Crazy F@&%ing Song/Video I Couldn't Help But Love
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"
(500) Days of Summer
Best New TV Show
Historic TV Moment
The Seinfeld Reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Smiley That Should Be Renamed :adrian: in the Future
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Audrye Sessions made a good impression real quick.
Really glad to see fun and mwY so high.. bit surprised at NoY being so high. I wish I could like that album :-(
i really like this list. happy 2009, adrian.
totally agree with KevDev at the top. Great list man!
I thought the same thing about Audrye Sessions, including the muse/radiohead bit! :) Glad someone agrees! And love seeing Kevdev as #1
yeah. that was 1337....
Audyre Sessions! :thumbup:
Great list, possibly one of the only ones to mention Mansions.
I looove Audrye Sessions!! Yeah, the vocal stylings sound so similar to Muse/Radiohead, I'm surprised they haven't caught on yet. One of my favs of the year, too. Glad to see that it made it on your list.
I'm all for Kevin Devine love. Not sure if I'd call it my favourite release of the year, but seeing as I never really was a fan of his until this album, I was blown away by it.
I really really need to pick up the Audrye Sessions debut. And it seems you liked NOY's latest. I never did give it one listen. I'll do that sometime soon.
Really glad to see Audrye on here. I loved that record towards the beginning of the year, then didn't listen to it much over the last few months. But their live show is superb; saw them with Paper Route in July, great band and super nice guys/gal. "Relentless" was on a commercial for one of those VH1 Celebrity Rehab shows. I laughed so hard.
Can't believe you liked the Ace Enders disc that much. It would make my 25ish area... but I was expecting it to be great (like top 10). Just a handful of good songs I thought.
i thought raditude was terrible :-|