amazon’s 100 best albums of 2009

good grief. it’s already starting.

which means it’s time for me to think about my year-end list as well.

i’ve bolded the ones i’ve bought or listened to extensively enough to judge. tell me if you think i need to listen to any of the others. (except the first 2 because i dont wanna.)

  1. Middle Cyclone  by Neko Case
  2. It’s Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  3. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
  4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
  5. I And Love And You by The Avett Brothers
  6. Album by Girls
  7. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
  8. Troubadour by k’naan
  9. The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z
  10. My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura
  11. Fantasies by Metric
  12. Wilco [The Album] by Wilco
  13. Manners by Passion Pit
  14. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear
  15. Strict Joy by The Swell Season
  16. Townes by Steve Earle
  17. Song Up In Her Head by Sarah Jarosz
  18. Welcome to Mali by Amadou & Mariam
  19. Live In London by Leonard Cohen
  20. Primary Colours by The Horrors
  21. Crack The Skye by Mastodon
  22. Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) by Various Artists
  23. Around The Well by Iron & Wine
  24. Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future by The Bird And The Bee
  25. The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo by Steve Martin
  26. Get Lucky by Mark Knopfler
  27. Roadsinger by Yusuf/Cat Stevens
  28. La Roux  by La Roux
  29. Welcome Joy by The Cave Singers
  30. Ellipse by Imogen Heap
  31. No Line On The Horizon by U2
  32. Get Guilty by A.C. Newman
  33. Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper by Julian Plenti
  34. Preliminaires by Iggy Pop
  35. The Crying Light by Antony & The Johnsons
  36. Together Through Life by Bob Dylan
  37. Catacombs by Cass McCombs
  38. Swoon by Silversun Pickups
  39. Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors
  40. Actor by St. Vincent
  41. Fondo by Vieux Farka Touré
  42. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Lily Allen
  43. Creaturesque by Throw Me The Statue
  44. Beware by Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  45. Born Like This. by Doom
  46. Wild Young Hearts by Noisettes
  47. A Strange Arrangement by Mayer Hawthorne
  48. Know Better Learn Faster by Thao with The Get Down Stay Down
  49. 11:11 by Rodrigo Y Gabriela
  50. Incredibad by The Lonely Island
  51. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
  52. Time To Die by the dodos
  53. Hold Time by M. Ward
  54. Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do by Major Lazer
  55. Elvis Perkins In Dearland by Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  56. Over And Over by The Legends
  57. Popular Songs by Yo La Tengo
  58. Give Up The Ghost by Brandi Carlile
  59. Heartbeat Radio by Sondre Lerche
  60. Sainthood by Tegan And Sara
  61. A Brief History Of Love by The Big Pink
  62. Six by The Black Heart Procession
  63. …For The Whole World To See by Death
  64. LP by Discovery
  65. God Help The Girl by God Help The Girl
  66. The Ballad Of John Henry by Joe Bonamassa
  67. Where The Wild Things Are by Karen O And The Kids
  68. Closer To The Bone by Kris Kristofferson
  69. American Central Dust by Son Volt
  70. The Sun Came Out by 7 Worlds Collide
  71. A Pipe Dream And A Promise by Finale
  72. All I Ever Wanted by Kelly Clarkson
  73. Fork In The Road by Neil Young
  74. The First Days Of Spring by Noah and the Whale
  75. Songs In A&E by Spiritualized
  76. Kundalini Meditation Music by Various Artists
  77. Lost Highway by Willie Nelson
  78. xx by Xx
  79. Divided By Night by Crystal Method
  80. Grand by Matt & Kim
  81. Heart To Elk by Point Juncture Wa
  82. The Rose Hotel by Robert Earl Keen
  83. Double Booked by Robert Glasper
  84. White Water, White Bloom by Sea Wolf
  85. Crossing The Rubicon by The Sounds
  86. Curse Your Branches by David Bazan
  87. Lungs by Florence + The Machine
  88. Fortress ’round My Heart by Ida Maria
  89. The Resistance by Muse
  90. Reservoir by Fanfarlo
  91. No Nations by Jets Overhead
  92. Hello Hello by Midival Punditz
  93. WPA by Works Progress Administration
  94. Between My Head And The Sky by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
  95. Amesoeurs by Amesoeurs
  96. Still Night, Still Light by Au Revoir Simone
  97. Heartbreak On Vinyl by Blake Lewis
  98. Blood Bank by Bon Iver
  99. Scary Fragile by Butterfly Boucher
  100. Roadhouse Sun by Ryan Bingham

i’m not sure how they came up with this list. maybe sales or something?? i’m surprised #’s 17 and 24 made it into the top 25. also, #59? i kind of hated that album. and #72????? also looks like #’s 14 and 39 are slipping after being touted as for sure top 10’s by many, although #7 is still holding on. i’m a little surprised humbug didn’t make this list. or monsters of folk. not saying they deserved to, but im just surprised.

and man, i am SO GLAD that #90 is starting to get the attention it deserves.

(via amazon)


~ by CJL on November 5, 2009.

One Response to “amazon’s 100 best albums of 2009”

  1. I actually bought 3 of the top 12, surprisingly (#1, #3 and #12). #1 is a very complete album actually. There is not a weak song on the entire album except for maybe track 15, which is just a bunch of crickets…literally. I’m also surprised MOF didnt make it, but the album was released kinda late and I think KGSR talks it up way more than most other people do, which would influence us since we actually listen to KGSR. I heard “Murder In the City” today by the Avett Bros and thought it was really good.

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