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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Best Song 01: My Girls

  • Artist: Animal Collective
  • Song: My Girls
  • From: Merriweather Post Pavillion
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My Girls
Album
Merriweather Post Pavillion
Artist
Animal Collective
Label
Domino
Released
2009

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Best Song 02: Two Weeks

Two Weeks

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  • Artist: Grizzly Bear
  • Song: Two Weeks
  • From: Veckatimest
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Album
Veckatimest
Artist
Grizzly Bear
Label
Warp
Released
2009

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Best Song 03: Blood Bank

Blood Bank

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  • Artist: Bon Iver
  • Song: Blood Bank
  • From: Blood Bank
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Blood Bank
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Bon Iver
Label
Jagjaguwar
Released
2009

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Best Song 04: Zero

Zero

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  • Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Song: Zero
  • From: It's Blitz [Deluxe Edition]
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It's Blitz [Deluxe Edition]
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Label
Interscope
Released
2009

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Best Song 05: Lisztomania

Lisztomania

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  • Artist: Phoenix
  • Song: Lisztomania
  • From: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
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Album
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Artist
Phoenix
Label
Glassnote
Released
2009

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Best Album 01: Merriweather Post Pavillion

Summertime Clothes

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  • Artist: Animal Collective
  • Song: Summertime Clothes
  • From: Merriweather Post Pavillion
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Summertime Clothes
Album
Merriweather Post Pavillion
Artist
Animal Collective
Label
Domino
Released
2009

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Best Album 02: Veckatimest

  • Artist: Grizzly Bear
  • Song: While You Wait for the Others
  • From: Veckatimest
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While You Wait for the Others
Album
Veckatimest
Artist
Grizzly Bear
Label
Warp
Released
2009

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Best Album 03: Hazards of Love

The Rake's Song

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  • Artist: The Decemberists
  • Song: The Rake's Song
  • From: Hazards of Love
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Album
Hazards of Love
Artist
The Decemberists
Label
Capitol
Released
2009

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