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All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2009

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All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2009

The Best Music Of 2009

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Regina Spektor (left), Grizzly Bear (top middle), Dirty Projectors (bottom middle), M. Ward (top right), Andrew Bird (bottom right)

We could tell early on that 2009 was going to be an outstanding year for music. Bands such as Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Antony and the Johnsons all released new music, and that was just in January. By the time we posted our online ballot to vote for the year's best music, we had a dizzying array of albums and artists from which to choose.

Thousands of votes poured in and, just as it is every year, the race was very close. In our mid-year ballot, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion was the most popular album. But by the end of this year, Grizzly Bear had edged its way to the top, with Animal Collective, Phoenix, Neko Case and Andrew Bird rounding out the top five.

As always, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Two Weeks

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01.

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

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My Girls

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02.

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

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03.

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

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This Tornado Loves You

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04.

  • Song: This Tornado Loves You
  • from Middle Cyclone
  • by Neko Case

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Oh No

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05.

  • Song: Oh No
  • from Noble Beast
  • by Andrew Bird

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The Rake's Song

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06.

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

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Wilco (The Song)

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07.

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

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Blood Bank

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08.

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

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I And Love And You

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09.

  • Song: I And Love And You
  • from I and Love and You
  • by The Avett Brothers

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The Strangers

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10.

  • Song: The Strangers
  • from Actor
  • by St. Vincent

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Zero

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11.

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

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Eet

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12.

  • Song: Eet
  • from Far
  • by Regina Spektor

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Stars of Leo

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13.

  • Song: Stars of Leo
  • from Hold Time
  • by M. Ward

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Feeling the Pull

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14.

  • Song: Feeling the Pull
  • from Strict Joy [Deluxe Edition]
  • by The Swell Season

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Say Please

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15.

  • Song: Say Please
  • from Monsters of Folk
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Stillness Is The Move

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16.

  • Song: Stillness Is The Move
  • from Bitte Orca
  • by The Dirty Projectors

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Sleepyhead

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17.

  • Song: Sleepyhead
  • from Manners
  • by Passion Pit

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You Are the Blood

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18.

  • Song: You Are the Blood
  • from Dark Was the Night [4AD]
  • by Sufjan Stevens

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French Navy

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19.

  • Song: French Navy
  • from My Maudlin Career
  • by Camera Obscura

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Sick Muse

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20.

  • Song: Sick Muse
  • from Fantasies
  • by Metric

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The Shrew

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21.

  • Song: The Shrew
  • from March of the Zapotec
  • by Beirut

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VCR

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22.

  • Song: VCR
  • from XX
  • by The xx

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Daniel

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23.

  • Song: Daniel
  • from Two Suns
  • by Bat for Lashes

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Home

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24.

  • Song: Home
  • from Up from Below
  • by Edward Sharpe

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Satellite Skin

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  • Song: Satellite Skin
  • from No One's First and You're Next
  • by Modest Mouse

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