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Listeners Pick The Year's Best Music (So Far)

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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 in both the Best Album category, and for Best Song. Artists like Grizzly Bear, The Decemberists and Neko Case weren't far behind. One thing was clear: 2009 has been one of the strongest years for new music in recent memory.

Below are the top five songs and the top five albums, picked by NPR listeners in our online poll. We've got a more complete listing of the poll results on our blog.

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Listeners Pick The Year's Best Music (So Far)

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My Girls

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Best Song 01: My Girls

  • Song: My Girls
  • from Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • by Animal Collective

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Song
Merriweather Post Pavillion
Album
Merriweather Post Pavillion
Artist
Animal Collective
Label
Domino
Released
2009

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Two Weeks

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Best Song 02: Two Weeks

  • Song: Two Weeks
  • from Veckatimest
  • by Grizzly Bear

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Song
Veckatimest
Album
Veckatimest
Artist
Grizzly Bear
Label
Warp
Released
2009

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Blood Bank

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Best Song 03: Blood Bank

  • Song: Blood Bank
  • from Blood Bank
  • by Bon Iver

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Song
Blood Bank
Album
Blood Bank
Artist
Bon Iver
Label
Jagjaguwar
Released
2009

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Zero

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Best Song 04: Zero

  • Song: Zero
  • from It's Blitz [Deluxe Edition]
  • by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Song
It's Blitz [Deluxe Edition]
Album
It's Blitz [Deluxe Edition]
Artist
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Label
Interscope
Released
2009

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Lisztomania

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Best Song 05: Lisztomania

  • Song: Lisztomania
  • from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • by Phoenix

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Song
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Album
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Artist
Phoenix
Label
Glassnote
Released
2009

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Summertime Clothes

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Best Album 01: Merriweather Post Pavillion

  • Song: Summertime Clothes
  • from Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • by Animal Collective

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Song
Merriweather Post Pavillion
Album
Merriweather Post Pavillion
Artist
Animal Collective
Label
Domino
Released
2009

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While You Wait for the Others

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Best Album 02: Veckatimest

  • Song: While You Wait for the Others
  • from Veckatimest
  • by Grizzly Bear

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Song
Veckatimest
Album
Veckatimest
Artist
Grizzly Bear
Label
Warp
Released
2009

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The Rake's Song

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Best Album 03: Hazards of Love

  • Song: The Rake's Song
  • from Hazards of Love
  • by The Decemberists

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Song
Hazards of Love
Album
Hazards of Love
Artist
The Decemberists
Label
Capitol
Released
2009

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The Pharaohs

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Best Album 04: Middle Cyclone

  • Song: The Pharaohs
  • from Middle Cyclone
  • by Neko Case

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Song
Middle Cyclone
Album
Middle Cyclone
Artist
Neko Case
Label
Anti
Released
2009

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Everlasting Everything

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Best Album 05: Wilco (The Album)

  • Song: Everlasting Everything
  • from Wilco (The Album)
  • by Wilco

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Song
Wilco (The Album)
Album
Wilco (The Album)
Artist
Wilco
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2009

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