September 4th, 2012 1:00am


The 10th anniversary celebration of this site comes to a close with this collection of 2009’s best and most notable music. This is, of course, the very recent past, and I can understand if you’re feeling kinda “uh, who cares?” about this one. But! 2009 is a pretty incredible year, one of the best of the past decade, and with this set, I have anthologized a full decade of music. All of previous surveys are still up – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 – and in December, I will put up a survey of this year’s music. In the meantime, I may get around to putting together a mix of great songs that fell through the cracks in putting this project together, but no promises!


Phoenix “Lisztomania” / Neko Case “This Tornado Loves You” / St. Vincent “Marrow” / Bat for Lashes “Siren Song” / Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah and Method Man “House of Flying Daggers” / Lil Wayne and Pharrell “Yes” / Big Boi and Gucci Mane “Shine Blockas” / Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West, Common and Lady Gaga “Make Her Say” / Discovery featuring Angel Deradoorian “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” / Evil Cowards “Soldiers of Satan” / Charlotte Hatherley “White” / Florence and the Machine “Dog Days Are Over” / Shakira “She-Wolf” / Rick Ross featuring The-Dream “All I Really Want” / Beyoncé featuring Kanye West “Ego (Remix)” / Little Dragon “Feather” / Basement Jaxx “My Turn” / Animal Collective “Brother Sport”


Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” / Fever Ray “Seven” / Washed Out “Feel It All Around” / The xx “Basic Space” / Maxwell “Pretty Wings” / HEALTH “Die Slow” / DOOM “Gazzilion Ear” / J Dilla featuring Raekwon and Havoc “24K Rap” / Shabazz Palaces “1055 32 leaves dipped in blackness making clouds forming altered carbon” / Joy Orbison “Hyph Mngo” / Royksopp featuring Robyn “The Girl and the Robot” / Bear In Heaven “Lovesick Teenagers” / Wild Beasts “Hooting and Howling” / Wilco “Bull Black Nova” / Junior Boys “Parallel Lines” / The Big Pink “Dominos” / R. Kelly “Echo”


Dirty Projectors “Cannibal Resource” / Grizzly Bear “Cheerleader” / Tune-Yards “Hatari” / The Breeders “Fate to Fatal” / Micachu and the Shapes “Calculator” / Jay-Z “On to the Next One” / Ke$ha “Tik Tok” / La Roux “Bulletproof” / Metric “Help I’m Alive” / Handsome Furs “I’m Confused” / Thunderheist “Jerk It” / Rihanna “Rude Boy” / Sleigh Bells “Crown on the Ground” / Frankmuzik “3 Little Words” / Amerie “Tell Me You Love Me” / The Very Best featuring Ezra Koenig “Warm Heart of Africa” / El Parro Del Mar “Change of Heart” / Felix “You Are the One I Pick” / Kings of Convenience “Mrs. Cold” / Antony and the Johnsons “Kiss My Name” / Frida Hyvönen “Jesus Was A Cross Maker”


Das Racist “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper RMX)” / Ciara featuring Missy Elliott “Work” / Lily Allen “The Fear” / Atlas Sound featuring Panda Bear “Walkabout” / jj “Ecstasy” / Young Money “BedRock” / Passion Pit “Sleepyhead” / Matias Aguayo “Rollerskate” / AC Newman “Submarines of Stockholm” / Rose Elinor Dougall “Fallen Over” / The-Dream “Mr. Yeah” / Annie “Anthonio” / Dominique Leone “I’m the Police” / Slow Club “Trophy Room” / Taken By Trees “Greyest Love Of All” / Girls “Lust for Life” / Jay Reatard “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” / Telekinesis “Tokyo” / Pissed Jeans “R-Rated Movie” / Julian Casablancas “4 Chords of the Apocalypse”


The Flaming Lips “Convinced of the Hex” / Spoon “Got Nuffin” / Au Revoir Simone “Shadows” / Drake “Best I Ever Had” / Mos Def “Supermagic” / Zomby “B With Me” / U2 “No Line on the Horizon” / Morrissey “Something Is Squeezing My Skull” / PJ Harvey “Black Hearted Love” / Jarvis Cocker “I Never Said I Was Deep” / Future of the Left “Arming Eritrea” / The Pains of Being Pure at Heart “A Teenager In Love” / God Help the Girl “Act of the Apostle” / Music Go Music “Light of Love” / Golden Silvers “True No. 9 Blues (True Romance)” / Thao “When We Swam” / Pearl Jam “The Fixer” / Electric Six “Egyptian Cowboy” / UUVVWWZ “Castle”


Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Zero” / Kelly Clarkson “My Life Would Suck Without You” / Miles Fisher “This Must Be the Place” / Anni Rossi “Ecology” / Solange “Stillness Is the Move” / A Sunny Day in Glasgow “Close Chorus” / Gigi “I’m Not Coming Out Tonight” / Real Estate “Beach Comber” / Jeffrey Lewis “If Life Exists (?)” / James Rabbit “In Love with the Idea” / Chain and the Gang “Unpronounceable Name” / Weezer “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” / The Decemberists “The Rake’s Song” / Sonic Youth “Sacred Trickster” / YACHT “The Afterlife” / Clipse featuring Kanye West “Kinda Like A Big Deal” / Cooly G “Love Dub (Refix)” / Beak “Backwell” / Avett Brothers “I and Love and You”


Major Lazer featuring Vybz Kartel “Pon De Floor” / Swedish House Mafia “Leave the World Behind” / The Lonely Island featuring T-Pain “I’m On A Boat” / Silkie “Purple Love” / Joker and Ginz “Purple City” / Adam Lambert “Music Again” / Nine Inch Nails “Non-Entity” / Peaches “Talk to Me” / Think About Life “Havin’ My Baby” / Japandroids “Young Hearts Spark Fire” / The New Pornographers “Hey Snow White” / Green Day “21 Guns” / Fight Like Apes “Tie Me Up With Jackets” / Cornershop “Who Fingered Rock & Roll” / Cam’ron “My Job” / Ghostface Killah featuring Fabolous “Guest House” / Alchemist featuring Three 6 Mafia and Juvenile “That’ll Work” / Oh No Ono “Internet Warrior”


The Dead Weather “I Cut Like A Buffalo” / The Fiery Furnaces “Lost At Sea” / Cymbals Eat Guitars “And the Hazy Sea” / The Joy Formidable “Cradle” / Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA” / Lacrosse “It’s Always Sunday Around Here” / Super Furry Animals “Inaugural Trams” / Neon Indian “Deadbeat Summer” / Tegan and Sara “Arrow” / MEN “Off Our Backs” / Dizzee Rascal “Bonkers” / DJ Quik and Kurupt “Hey Playa!” / Yo La Tengo “Here to Fall” / Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” / Cotton Jones “Gotta Cheer Up” / Julianna Barwick “Choose” / Fuck Buttons “The Lisbon Maru” / Franz Ferdinand “Ulysses” / Portishead “Chase the Tear”

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