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
  • Album: Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • Song: My Girls

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Song
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
  • Album: Veckatimest
  • Song: Two Weeks

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Song
Two Weeks
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
  • Album: Blood Bank
  • Song: Blood Bank

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

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Best Song 04: Zero

Zero

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

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

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Best Song 05: Lisztomania

Lisztomania

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  • Artist: Phoenix
  • Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Song: Lisztomania

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Song
Lisztomania
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
  • Album: Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • Song: Summertime Clothes

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

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Best Album 02: Veckatimest

  • Artist: Grizzly Bear
  • Album: Veckatimest
  • Song: While You Wait for the Others

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Song
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
  • Album: Hazards of Love
  • Song: The Rake's Song

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

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Best Album 04: Middle Cyclone

  • Artist: Neko Case
  • Album: Middle Cyclone
  • Song: The Pharaohs

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

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Best Album 05: Wilco (The Album)

  • Artist: Wilco
  • Album: Wilco (The Album)
  • Song: Everlasting Everything

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

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