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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  • "My Girls"
  • Album: Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • Artist: Animal Collective
  • Label: Domino
  • Released: 2009
 
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Best Song 02: Two Weeks

  • Artist: Grizzly Bear
  • Album: Veckatimest
  • Song: Two Weeks
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  • "Two Weeks"
  • Album: Veckatimest
  • Artist: Grizzly Bear
  • Label: Warp
  • Released: 2009
 
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Best Song 03: Blood Bank

  • Artist: Bon Iver
  • Album: Blood Bank
  • Song: Blood Bank
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  • "Blood Bank"
  • Album: Blood Bank
  • Artist: Bon Iver
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Released: 2009
 
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Best Song 04: Zero

  • Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Album: It's Blitz [Deluxe Edition]
  • Song: Zero
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  • "Zero"
  • Album: It's Blitz [Deluxe Edition]
  • Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Label: Interscope
  • Released: 2009
 
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Best Song 05: Lisztomania

  • Artist: Phoenix
  • Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Song: Lisztomania
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  • "Lisztomania"
  • Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Artist: Phoenix
  • Label: Glassnote
  • Released: 2009
 
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Best Album 01: Merriweather Post Pavillion

  • Artist: Animal Collective
  • Album: Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • Song: Summertime Clothes
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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
  • Album: Veckatimest
  • Song: While You Wait for the Others
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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

  • Artist: The Decemberists
  • Album: Hazards of Love
  • Song: The Rake's Song
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  • "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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  • "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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  • "Everlasting Everything"
  • Album: Wilco (The Album)
  • Artist: Wilco
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Released: 2009
 

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