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Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs Of 2009

Each year when Pitchfork posts their annual Top 100 Songs Of XXXX you can be sure to find a number of hip-hop and popular radio tracks filtered into the electronic and indie stuff. Makes sense: Those genres and/or sensibilities can result in great singles. You generally see less harsh noise or heavy metal or whatever… This year you see no metal. Not even the more popular stuff. Which is strange when you consider how good certain individual tracks are on Blue Record (or how much some folks love Crack The Skye), but not surprising. What’s also not surprising is which song landed at No. 1. We like to joke about the Animal Collective > Grizzly Bear thing, but it comes into play heavily when you hit the Top 25. As do Phoenix. Personally, I’m glad a darker (and at times gothier) vibe reared its head again in ’09 via popular artists like Fever Ray, Bat For Lashes, HEALTH, Pictureplane, etc. I’m also happy to see Destroyer’s “Bay Of Pigs” because that song’s incredible. Girls make a deservedly strong showing. tUnE-yArDs pops up on the heels of her ecstatic Dirty Projectors opening sets. (Of course, DP are in there, too.) If you find yourself stressing the results, no worries: You’ll get plenty of “chillwave” to calm you down.

100 Darkstar – “Aidy’s Girl’s a Computer”
99 Julianna Barwick – “Bode”
98 Future of the Left – “Arming Eritrea”
97 The Smith Westerns – “Be My Girl”
96 Gucci Mane [Feat. Plies] – “Wasted”
95 The Thermals – “Now We Can See”
94 Best Coast – “Sun Was High (So Was I)”
93 Morrissey – “Something is Squeezing My Skull”
92 Cam’ron – “I Hate My Job”
91 HEALTH – “Die Slow”
90 The-Dream – “Rockin’ That Shit”
89 No Age – “You’re a Target”
88 Passion Pit – “Moth’s Wings”
87 Here We Go Magic – “Fangela”
86 Drake – “Best I Ever Had”
85 Wavves – “No Hope Kids”
84 Junior Boys – “Parallel Lines”
83 Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi”
82 DJ Kaos – “Love the Nite Away (Tiedye remix)”
81 Bowerbirds – “Northern Lights”
80 YACHT – “Psychic City (Voodoo City)”
79 Pictureplane – “Goth Star”
78 Charlotte Gainsbourg – “IRM”
77 Frida Hyvönen – “Jesus Was a Cross Maker”
76 The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Don’t Haunt This Place”
75 Gold Panda – “Quitter’s Raga”
74 Neon Indian – “Should Have Taken Acid With You”
73 Woods – “Rain On”
72 Matt & Kim – “Daylight”
71 A Sunny Day in Glasgow – “Close Chorus”
70 Discovery – “Orange Shirt”
69 Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”
68 Röyksopp [Feat. Robyn] – “The Girl and the Robot”
67 Arctic Monkeys – “Cornerstone”
66 Julian Casablancas – “11th Dimension”
65 The Tough Alliance – “A New Chance (The Juan MacLean Remix)”
64 Annie – “Songs Remind Me of You”
63 Real Estate – “Fake Blues”
62 Volcano Choir – “Island, IS”
61 Atlas Sound [Feat. Lætitia Sadier] – “Quick Canal”
60 Kurt Vile – “Freeway”
59 tUnE-yArDs – “Sunlight”
58 Fever Ray – “If I Had a Heart”
57 Sleigh Bells – “Crown on the Ground”
56 John Talabot – “Sunshine”
55 Bat For Lashes – “Glass”
54 Joker & Ginz – “Purple City”
53 The xx – “Islands”
52 St. Vincent – “Actor Out of Work”
51 Antony and the Johnsons – “Aeon”
50 Matias Aguayo – “Rollerskate”
49 Yo La Tengo – “Here to Fall”
48 Destroyer – “Bay of Pigs”
47 Yeah Yeah Yeahs -“Heads Will Roll”
46 Memory Tapes – “Bicycle”
45 The Flaming Lips [Feat. Karen O] – “Watching the Planets”
44 Jay-Z [Feat. Alicia Keys] – “Empire State of Mind”
43 Camera Obscura – “French Navy”
42 The Big Pink – “Velvet”
41 Major Lazer [Feat. Nina Sky and Ricky Blaze] – “Keep It Goin’ Louder”
40 Bear in Heaven – “Lovesick Teenagers”
39 Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
38 Dirty Projectors and David Byrne -“Knotty Pine”
37 Surfer Blood – “Swim”
36 Fever Ray – “When I Grow Up”
35 Micachu and the Shapes – “Golden Phone”
34 Atlas Sound [Feat. Noah Lennox] – “Walkabout”
33 DJ Quik and Kurupt – “9x’s Outta 10″
32 The Very Best [Feat. Ezra Koenig] – “Warm Heart of Africa”
31 Lily Allen – “The Fear”
30 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Young Adult Friction”
29 jj – “Ecstasy”
28 Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You”
27 Four Tet – “Love Cry”
26 Bon Iver – “Blood Bank”
25 Cass McCombs – “You Saved My Life”
24 Basement Jaxx – “Raindrops”
23 Animal Collective – “Brother Sport”
22 Delorean – “Seasun”
21 Raekwon [Feat. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, & Method Man] – “House of Flying Daggers”
20 Japandroids – “Young Hearts Spark Fire”
19 Joker – “Digidesgin”
18 The Big Pink – “Dominos”
17 Fuck Buttons – “Surf Solar”
16 The xx – “Crystalised”
15 Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”
14 Joy Orbison – “Hyph Mngo”
13 Neon Indian – “Deadbeat Summer”
12 Grizzly Bear – “While You Wait for the Others”
11 Animal Collective – “What Would I Want? Sky”
10 Washed Out – “Feel It All Around”
09 Girls – “Lust for Life”
08 Phoenix – “Lisztomania”
07 Big Boi [Feat. Gucci Mane] – “Shine Blockas”
06 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero”
05 Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks”
04 Bat For Lashes – “Daniel”
03 Phoenix – “1901”
02 Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is the Move”
01 Animal Collective – “My Girls”

You can dig into the accompanying blurbs at P4K.

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