All Songs Considered Listeners Pick 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.

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All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2009

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  • Artist: Animal Collective
  • Song: My Girls
  • From: Merriweather Post Pavillion

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Merriweather Post Pavillion
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Animal Collective
Label
Domino
Released
2009

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  • Artist: The Decemberists
  • Song: The Rake's Song
  • From: Hazards of Love

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Hazards of Love
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The Decemberists
Label
Capitol
Released
2009

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  • Artist: Wilco
  • Song: Wilco (The Song)
  • From: Wilco (The Album)

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Wilco (The Album)
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Wilco
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2009

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09.

  • Artist: The Avett Brothers
  • Song: I And Love And You
  • From: I and Love and You

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I and Love and You
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Sony
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2009

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

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Interscope
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2009

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  • Artist: The Swell Season
  • Song: Feeling the Pull
  • From: Strict Joy [Deluxe Edition]

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The Swell Season
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Anti
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2009

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  • Artist: Monsters of Folk
  • Song: Say Please
  • From: Monsters of Folk

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Monsters of Folk
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Monsters of Folk
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Artist First/Shangri-La
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2009

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  • Artist: The Dirty Projectors
  • Song: Stillness Is The Move
  • From: Bitte Orca

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Domino
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2009

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

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2009

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  • Artist: Beirut
  • Song: The Shrew
  • From: March of the Zapotec

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2009

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

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2009

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