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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01.

  • 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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02.

  • 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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03.

  • 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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04.

  • Artist: Neko Case
  • Album: Middle Cyclone
  • Song: This Tornado Loves You

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This Tornado Loves You
Album
Middle Cyclone
Artist
Neko Case
Label
Anti
Released
2009

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05.

  • Artist: Andrew Bird
  • Album: Noble Beast
  • Song: Oh No

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Oh No
Album
Noble Beast
Artist
Andrew Bird
Label
Megaforce
Released
2009

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06.

  • 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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07.

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

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

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08.

  • 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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09.

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

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I And Love And You
Album
I and Love and You
Artist
The Avett Brothers
Label
Sony
Released
2009

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10.

  • Artist: St. Vincent
  • Album: Actor
  • Song: The Strangers

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Actor
Artist
St. Vincent
Label
4AD
Released
2009

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11.

  • 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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12.

  • Artist: Regina Spektor
  • Album: Far
  • Song: Eet

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Eet
Album
Far
Artist
Regina Spektor
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2009

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13.

  • Artist: M. Ward
  • Album: Hold Time
  • Song: Stars of Leo

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Stars of Leo
Album
Hold Time
Artist
M. Ward
Label
Merge
Released
2009

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14.

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

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Feeling the Pull
Album
Strict Joy [Deluxe Edition]
Artist
The Swell Season
Label
Anti
Released
2009

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15.

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

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Say Please
Album
Monsters of Folk
Artist
Monsters of Folk
Label
Artist First/Shangri-La
Released
2009

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16.

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

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Stillness Is The Move
Album
Bitte Orca
Artist
The Dirty Projectors
Label
Domino
Released
2009

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17.

  • Artist: Passion Pit
  • Album: Manners
  • Song: Sleepyhead

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Sleepyhead
Album
Manners
Artist
Passion Pit
Label
French Kiss
Released
2009

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18.

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

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Dark Was the Night [4AD]
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4AD
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2009

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19.

  • Artist: Camera Obscura
  • Album: My Maudlin Career
  • Song: French Navy

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French Navy
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My Maudlin Career
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Camera Obscura
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4AD
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2009

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20.

  • Artist: Metric
  • Album: Fantasies
  • Song: Sick Muse

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Fantasies
Artist
Metric
Label
Metric/Last Gang
Released
2009

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21.

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

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March of the Zapotec
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Beirut
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Pompeii/Ba Da Bing!
Released
2009

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22.

  • Artist: The xx
  • Album: XX
  • Song: VCR

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XL
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2009

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23.

  • Artist: Bat for Lashes
  • Album: Two Suns
  • Song: Daniel

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Bat for Lashes
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Caroline
Released
2009

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24.

  • Artist: Edward Sharpe
  • Album: Up from Below
  • Song: Home

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Vagrant
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2009

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25.

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

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Modest Mouse
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Epic
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2009

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