Poll Results: The Best Music Of 2009 (So Far)

NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music (so far) and kept the race tight. In the end, Animal Collective edged out every other artist for both Best Album and Best Song. Artists like Grizzly Bear, The Decemberists and Neko Case weren't far behind. One thing was clear: that 2009 has been one of the strongest years for new music in recent memory.

First, the Best Songs of 2009 (so far)

1. "My Girls" Animal Collective

Two Weeks

2. "Two Weeks" Grizzly Bear


3. "Blood Bank" Bon Iver


4. "The Rake's Song" The Decemberists

Blood Bank

5. "Lisztomania" Phoenix

One Wing

6. "Zero" Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Wilco (The Song)

7. "This Tornado Loves You" Neko Case

Laughing With

8. "Sleepyhead" Passion Pit

Stillness Is The Move

9. "Laughing With" Regina Spektor

French Navy

10. "The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid" The Decemberists

11. "Train Song" Feist and Ben Gibbard

Train Song

12. "Knotty Pine" David Byrne & Dirty Projectors

Black Hearted Love

13. "Daniel" Bat For Lashes

14. "Summertime Clothes" Animal Collective


15. "One Wing" Wilco

Magpie to the Morning

16. "The Fear" Lily Allen

17. "Heads Will Roll" Yeah Yeah Yeahs

18. "Wilco (The Song)" Wilco

This Tornado Loves You

19. "Stillness Is The Move" Dirty Projectors

The Rake's Song

20. "Help, I'm Alive" Metric

21. "Anonanimal" Andrew Bird

Knotty Pine

22. "On No" Andrew Bird

Summertime Clothes

23. "No You Girls" Franz Ferdinand

24. "I And Love And You" The Avett Brothers

25. "French Navy" Camera Obscura

'My Girls' by Animal Collective

26. "Magpie To The Morning" Neko Case


27. "Woods" Bon Iver

28. "Black Hearted Love" PJ Harvey and John Parish

Oh No

29. "While You Wait For The Others" Grizzly Bear

30. "Panic Switch" Silversun Pickups

Best Albums of 2009 (so far)

1. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
2. The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
3. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear
4. Middle Cyclone by Neko Case
5. Wilco (The Album) by Wilco
6. Noble Beast by Andrew Bird
7. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
8. It's Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. Dark Was The Night by Various Artists
10. Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors
11. Far by Regina Spektor
12. Actor by St. Vincent
13. Manners by Passion Pit
14. Hold Time by M. Ward
15. Reservoir by Fanfarlo
16. Fever Ray by Fever Ray
17. Fantasies by Metric
18. Two Suns by Bat for Lashes
19. My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura
20. Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse
21. The Crying Light by Antony & The Johnsons
22. The Eternal by Sonic Youth
23. The Ecstatic by Mos Def
24. Outer South by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
25. Swoon by Silversun Pickups
26. Together Through Life by Bob Dylan
27. No Line on the Horizon by U2
28. March of the Zapotec by Beirut
29. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
30. The Mountain by Heartless Bastards



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