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Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Albums, Songs Of 2009

This morning we looked at an albums list from one of today’s most influential sites, so it’s fitting to take a pass through yesteryear’s authority after the sun has set completely. Rolling Stone’s decade-appraising lists were superficially comprehensive or schizophrenically scattered, depending on your angle. So how about their take on this year’s music? Well the Wenner group would like you to know that the trinity of holy Bs had a fantastic year: Bob’s Together Through Life clocks in at #18 on the albums list, leaving Bruce and Bono no choice but to fight it out for the top two slots; as for songs, Dylan gets shut out! But U2 and Springsteen most certainly did not. A more fitting teaser: Animal Collective is to Pitchfork as U2 is to Rolling Stone. And by that analogy, Joy Orbison is to P4K what Black Eyed Peas is to RS. You get the idea. As we’ve come to see, there’s a sizable amount of overlap on most outlets’ lists, so really it’s the outliers that define them. And there are outliers. So again, the question: something for everyone, or nothing to anyone? I know how Miley Cyrus fans would answer.

SONGS
25 La Roux – “Bulletproof”
24 Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”
23 Dawes – “That Western Skyline”
22 Peter Bjorn & John – “Nothing To Worry About”
21 Bat For Lashes – “Daniel”
20 Miike Snow – “Animal”
19 Miranda Lambert – “White Liar”
18 Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band – “Slowly (Oh So Slowly)”
17 Drake – “Successful”
16 Franz Ferdinand – “Ulysses”
15 Kid Cudi – “Day And Night (Crookers Remix)”
14 Black Eyed Peas – “Boom Boom Pow”
13 Animal Collective – “My Girls”
12 Wilco – “Wilco (The Song)”
11 Avett Brothers – “I And Love And You”
10 Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
09 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero”
08 The Big Pink – “Dominoes”
07 Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is The Move”
06 Pearl Jam – “Fixer”
05 Phoenix – “1901”
04 Miley Cyrus – “Party In The USA”
03 Bruce Springsteen – “Outlaw Pete”
02 Jay-Z (Feat. Alicia Keys – “Empire State Of Mind”
01 U2 – “Moment Of Surrender”

ALBUMS
25 Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II
24 Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk
23 Levon Helm – Electric Dirt
22 Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
21 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
20 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
19 Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
18 Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
17 Mos Def – The Ecstatic
16 Wilco – Wilco (The Album
15 Girls – Album
14 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
13 Drake – So Far Gone Mixtape
12 Mastodon – Crack The Skye
11 Pearl Jam – Backspacer
10 Sonic Youth – The Eternal
09 The xx – xx
08 The-Dream – Love Vs. Money
07 Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
06 Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
05 Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
04 Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
03 Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
02 Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream
01 U2 – No Line ON The Horizon