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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  • "The Strangers"
  • Album: 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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  • "You Are the Blood"
  • Album: Dark Was the Night [4AD]
  • Artist: Sufjan Stevens
  • Label: 4AD
  • Released: 2009
 
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19.

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

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  • "French Navy"
  • Album: My Maudlin Career
  • Artist: Camera Obscura
  • Label: 4AD
  • Released: 2009
 
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20.

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

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  • "Sick Muse"
  • Album: 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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  • "The Shrew"
  • Album: March of the Zapotec
  • Artist: Beirut
  • Label: Pompeii/Ba Da Bing!
  • Released: 2009
 
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22.

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

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  • "VCR"
  • Album: XX
  • Artist: The xx
  • Label: XL
  • Released: 2009
 
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23.

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

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  • "Daniel"
  • Album: Two Suns
  • Artist: Bat for Lashes
  • Label: Caroline
  • Released: 2009
 
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24.

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

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  • "Home"
  • Album: Up from Below
  • Artist: Edward Sharpe
  • Label: Vagrant
  • Released: 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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  • "Satellite Skin"
  • Album: No One's First and You're Next
  • Artist: Modest Mouse
  • Label: Epic
  • Released: 2009
 

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