Remember how I made a few comments about the relative Britishness of NME’s 50 Greatest Albums Of The ’00s? Well, Q’s 50 Best Albums Of 2009 takes that Britishness and raises NME a pound of bangers and mash. (Thanks for the tip, Gray and SORRY FOR THE DELAY.) The year that was… Folks have been so focused on the decade that the only ’09 lists of note we’ve posted up so far come from fairly divergent sources, Amazon Editors (aka Amazon’s salespeople) and Decibel (aka the list without Animal Collective), so there’s still no clear champion of ’09. That said, this number one may make surprise you. Then again, maybe not, especially if you take all my British ribbing as a clue.

50 Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications
49 Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
48 Ian Brown – My Way
47 Madness – The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
46 Golden Silvers – True Romance
45 Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band – Outer South
44 The View – Which Bitch?
43 Tinariwen – Imidiwen Companions
42 Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx
41 Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
40 Cheryl Cole – 3 Words
39 The Horrors – Primary Colours
38. Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter
37 Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
36 Sonic Youth – The Eternal
35 Pearl Jam – Backspacer
34 White Lies – To Lose My Life
33 Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
32 Paolo Nutini – Sunny Side Up
31 Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
30 La Roux – La Roux
29 Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
28 Bruce Springsteen – Walking On A Dream
27 The Dead Weather – Horehound
26 Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
25 Noah And The Whale – The First Days Of Spring
24 Mos Def – The Ecstatic
23 The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die
22 The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
21 Jamie T – Kings & Queens
20 Fever Ray – Fever Ray
19 Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk
18 Mika – The Boy Who Knew Too Much
17 Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
16 Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
15 Dizzee Rascal – Tongue N’ Cheek
14 Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be
13 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
12 Jack Penate – Everything Is New
11 Doves – Kingdom Of Rust
10 Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
09 U2 – No Line On The Horizon
08 Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You
07 Muse – The Resistance
06 Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
05 Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers
04 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
03 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
02 Florence And The Machine – Lungs
01 Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

If you recall, last year the top spot went to Kings Of Leon.

Comments (95)
  1. Oh dear  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 +1

    What a shit list, and I’m British. How anyone rates Mika, or should I say Bonnie Langford, is beyond me.

  2. kc  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    stop posting these

  3. This is the worst list I’ve seen. I like Arctic Monkeys and Muse, but those new albums suck…especially Arctic Monkeys. Can’t speak for Kasabian since I didn’t even know they had a new album out (nor do I care). And seriously, Green Day? U2? I didn’t think anyone liked the new U2 outside of Rolling Stone magazine.

  4. I couldn’t agree more, this list is embarrassing. Kasabian at number one? I mean, really? Come on.

  5. jc  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    chuffed to see the Manics make the top 5, other than that… pfft.

  6. Lou3000  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    No XX, and from a British magazine. Epic Fail

  7. Marko  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Kasabian released an album this year?

  8. Blube  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    what’s a Kasabian? where’s DeLeon? this list is anti-semitic.

  9. John  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    U2?? U2?? That was most likely their worst album ever.

  10. It’s good to see that STEREOGUM moderators read comments – somebody already have advised them to lay out Q50 list – after the most ridiculous list this site have put ever – DECIBEL’s best albums of 2009.

    Stereogum finally has rehabilitated !!!

    • I read every comment!
      Also, c’mon … arguing about these lists is fun. ADMIT IT! :)
      HAVING SAID THAT we won’t just post any list, it has to come from a reputable source with a significant audience to be meaningful.

  11. Shouldn’t this have been awarded the ‘shit list’? OK, some albums in there are good but I literally lold at Muse being so high. Then there’s White Lies, U2, Green Day, Mika, The Prodigy…

  12. way too frontloaded with bullshit like u2 and muse to be taken seriously

    don’t despair – the rolling stone list will be way more ridiculous than this

  13. The most obvious omissions in this list : The XX, Wild Beasts, Girls and The Flaming Lips !

    Good to see that YYY last album got such a high recognition among almost ALL panels of critics !

  14. 09 U2 – No Line On The Horizon
    07 Muse – The Resistance
    06 Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
    Very high places for the worst albums in the carreer of these bands ! They often appear on the cover of the Q though, so it’s quite predictable.

  15. are you sure this isn’t their “most bland” albums of the year list?
    some of these albums are good, but most are shite

  16. fail  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    When did Walking on a Dream come out?

    • Sam  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

      No idea- but it certainly wasn’t by Bruce Springsteen. If they mean “Working on a Dream,” then the date was 1/27/09

  17. Kasabian made their best effort yet buty still it’s not album of the year.
    In this year brits were obsessed with Kasabian the same way they did with Kings Of Leon and Coldplay before.

  18. This list is awful. This site is awful. The death of CD’s really did kill music.

  19. powx  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Q is the worst.

  20. Anonymous  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I like “indie” music, but it doesn’t have to get every award from everybody. “Mainstream” music like Kasabian can be good too. Just because a band is “critically acclaimed” doesn’t mean every person or every critic has to like it. Does everybody have to be in love with The xx? I’m not.

  21. Simon  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Q, it should be noted, gave Silent Shout one star.

    Happy to see YYYs, Florence, the Monkeys and the Phoenix at top ten!

    Primary Colors should be number 1!!!!

  23. K Accident  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Who gives a shit about Q anyway. Those guys have musical taste of 50 year old guys in a mid-life crisis trying to be cool by listening to newer music, they fail


  24. Jennifer  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    LOL. At this rate, I’m surprised Dylan’s christmas album didn’t make the cut.

  25. Here in Britain we don’t have any credible musical publications and these lists are a painful reminder of that. You stop reading NME and Q at 16 and then start again at 45.
    They’ve given a token mention to some of the great albums of the year and then inexplicably piled in a load of landfill indie.

    Bands like Kasabian exploit this phenomenon that exists here by pumping out worse and worse cock-rock every year developing an ever-expanding mass of wankers throwing piss around at festivals.

    • K Accident  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

      i can’t give you a 1 on your score so this me saying your cool in my books man, words of wisdom friend, well put.

      This list is cock rock meets indie.


    • I think your final paragraph is spot on. However, there are a few online British publications that are worthwhile. The Quietus and Drowned In Sound are both excellent.

      • Q Office 1994: “bloody ell lads, ‘av you ‘erd this Definitely Maybe? nah one’s eva ganna do betta than this stlye a’music in the ‘ole world for at least 15 YEARS so dan’t botha writin abaat it! Stick a coupla yanks in the top 10 if ya must gary”

        You’re right Coj and I think blogs like 20jfg and No Pain In Pop are trailblazers in their field. They’re so marginalised though.

        I mean, Kasabian AT NO. 1?, It’s more ridiculous every time you look at it.

  26. Melissa  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0


  27. HI! We’re Q Magazine. Remember that Brit-rock movement that was ‘taking over’ a few years back? Well it’s not over! We’ll show you indie-hipster brats! This year shaggy haired, drugged up, garage rock bands are still in and you’re gonna like it. You like Kasabian? No? Yes you do, they sang that one song from the Coast Guard movie, The Security Guard or something like that. Remember when we said The Beatles suck and Arctic Monkeys were going to poop on their grave? Yeah well they still got it (whatever the fuck that is). Did you know Lily Allen made a better record than Grizzly Bear? Fuck you. U2 is up on our list because we still would like press passes to their 360 tours, thank you very much. The Prodigy….well yeah they suck but we still put them up there just to piss you indie fags off.
    So there you have it. We win. Go cry and listen to Volcano Choir like a pussy.

  28. John  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Where is the 50 Worst of 2009? (from any pub.) That will be way more interesting.

  29. jjazznola  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Same losers that made that awful band Kings Of Leon #1 last year. What’d you expect? Overall pop-rock-hip hop at an alltime low. Very few even very good cd’s this past year and I have yet to hear one single great one.(great meaning I will listen to years down the road)

  30. These lists are the death of journalism. They just make it too easy and allow magazines to put out an issue every year (or often a few times a year) that is just a big arbitrary list. Best of the current year, best of the decade, best of 1967, blah blah blah. What is with our society’s fixation on ‘Best’ anyways? It’s not just music journalism either. All kinds of magazines/blogs do it: Best Chicken Recipes, Best Brands of Lipbalm… -Can we please just leave that shit to Consumer Reports and get back to actually writing stories? Please?
    Even though Stereogum does its share of this bad habit, I appreciate that the general trend is still introducing readers to new bands we may not have heard of yet. Please keep that up. It’s nice to get suggestions of music to check out; I don’t need some fanboy telling me that this or that album is the greatest ever. Taste is obviously subjective. Can we just accept that and move on?

  31. This is wrong on so many levels. Very ‘top 40′, ignores almost all the interesting releases over the last 12 months. Now I remember why I haven’t bought Q for so long.

  32. alex  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    how come there is no love for Franz Ferdinand on any of these lists???

    • Its because Franz Ferdinand released the worst album of their career. That is one case where the brit critics are actually making some sense. This list is complete bollocks though.

  33. This list is Queer.
    (No pun intended to any gay individuals or people from Britain.)

  34. Jeny  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Cheryl Cole? awesome. :)

  35. This is weird, Q is normally ‘on it’ …U2, horrible, and really, Madness?! And it’s better than the Jarvis album?? Shite shite shite, bad Q.

  36. I was happy to see the YYY’s get some pub… I thought the album was very good, but No. 3? Give me a Break… I’m a big Doves fan, but that Kingdom of Rust album belongs no where near a top 50 album of 2009. Dirty Projectors, Bat for Lashes, Grizzly Bear, and Phoenix should be higher, and in this case…Way higher for Dirty Projectors.

    I agree this list is embarrassing… I think Pitchfork does the best out of the websites (along with Noripcord) I do have my disagreements with Pitchfork and hate how they rate some artist’s albums high because they are performing at the Pitchfork festival. Still they do get a pretty good mix.

  37. Rob S.  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Does no really care at all about The Horrors? They did a complete 180 and created one of the best albums of not only this year, but also this decade.

    • The Horrors album was a near masterpiece. I’m pretty sure the album is going to make my top 10… I think noripcord gave that album a 10.

    • Hey Rob, I hadn’t heard of the Horrors album only their last one. Thanks for the reccomendation. I went to their MySpace, and I really like what I hear.

  38. madonna  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Fever Ray at 20?? this list is VOID!

  39. rf  |   Posted on Nov 26th, 2009 0

    xx, temper trap, gomez???????

  40. Everybody knows Q mag is a joke!

  41. Pete  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    Any “Best of 2009″ list that doesn’t include Baroness’ Blue Record is not a best of 2009 list….

  42. stq  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    British personal time allotment:
    - listening to bad music 85.3444%
    - feigning intellectuality 14.000%
    - brushing teeth 0.6556%

  43. Pierre Pierre   |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    Because these lists are fact, right? Different publications can’t have different opinions. How dare they? They must fall in line with exactly what you yourself deem cool because they’re psychic and can read your mind. Yes you pasty white New Yorker with your scruffy beard and your make out parties, you are the taste maker.

  44. Dan  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    worst “Best Of” list i think I’ve ever seen. Ever.

  45. jeff  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    No ‘Here We Go Magic’? Who came up with this list?

  46. American Music  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    This list is shit, but at least they have Monsters of Folk on there. That album is so freakin good and barely got any love at all.

    There are a lot of good British bands, but so many of them try so hard to be cool that its a huge turn off. (see Kasabian, Muse, etc.)

  47. Eric J  |   Posted on Nov 28th, 2009 0

    Britain is really hurting if Alex Turner is their face of cool. There is nothing cool about that dude at all.

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