MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
79
329 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Folk (6), Indie Rock (5), Alternative Rock (4), World (4), Singer-Songwriter (3), Indie Pop (3), Soul (2), Experimental (2), Hip Hop (2), Rock (2), Indie Folk (2), Jazz (2), Alt-Country (1), Drone (1), Post-Punk (1), Ambient (1), Shoegaze (1), Garage Rock (1), Chamber Pop (1), Electropop (1), Electronic (1), Progressive Metal (1), Synthpop (1), Blues Rock (1), Art Pop (1), Experimental Rock (1)

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
93
19 reviews
USER SCORE
90
180 ratings

2. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
April 14, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83
8 ratings

3. Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter
September 22, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
75
8 reviews
USER SCORE
74
2 ratings

4. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
85
34 ratings

5. Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions

Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions
June 29, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
77
5 reviews
USER SCORE
73
1 rating

6. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
60
7 ratings

7. Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
78
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82
55 ratings

8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
85
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85
36 ratings

9. Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
September 29, 2009
CRITIC SCORE
81
5 reviews
USER SCORE
69
2 ratings

10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83
58 ratings

11. The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73
5 ratings

12. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
June 9, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84
3 ratings

13. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
88
17 reviews
USER SCORE
86
125 ratings

14. Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
September 8, 2009
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
73
4 reviews
USER SCORE
75
3 ratings

15. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
June 9, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
58
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
16 ratings

16. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
17 reviews
USER SCORE
86
92 ratings

17. The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage

The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage
January 26, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
5 reviews
USER SCORE
89
1 rating

18. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
86
57 ratings

19. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
May 26, 2009
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
85
8 reviews
USER SCORE
87
11 ratings

20. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
May 19, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82
7 ratings

21. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84
42 ratings

22. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
88
11 reviews
USER SCORE
85
173 ratings

23. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
69 ratings

24. Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo

Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo
May 26, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

25. Alasdair Roberts - Spoils

Alasdair Roberts - Spoils
May 5, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

26. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
81
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79
15 ratings

27. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - I Speak Fula

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - I Speak Fula
September 14, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
85
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

28. Vetiver - Tight Knit

Vetiver - Tight Knit
February 17, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
5 reviews
USER SCORE
80
2 ratings

29. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24, 2009
Progressive Metal
CRITIC SCORE
83
13 reviews
USER SCORE
83
19 ratings

30. Staff Benda Bilili - Tres Tres Fort

Staff Benda Bilili - Tres Tres Fort
March 24, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
85
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

31. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother?

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother?
May 26, 2009
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
80
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

32. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
85
33 ratings

34. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
13 reviews
USER SCORE
75
14 ratings

35. Portico Quartet - Isla

Portico Quartet - Isla
October 9, 2009
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
84
5 ratings

36. White Denim - Fits

White Denim - Fits
June 22, 2009
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
83
3 ratings

37. BLK JKS - After Robots

BLK JKS - After Robots
September 8, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

38. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
81
10 ratings

39. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head and the Sky

Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head and the Sky
September 21, 2009
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
75
1 rating

40. Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
January 20, 2009
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
84
14 reviews
USER SCORE
82
18 ratings

41. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
77
8 reviews
USER SCORE
84
12 ratings

42. Doug Paisley - Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley - Doug Paisley
January 27, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
55
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

43. Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones
October 6, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
71
4 reviews
USER SCORE
82
7 ratings

44. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information, Vol. 3

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information, Vol. 3
April 14, 2009
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
84
1 rating

45. Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My

Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My
October 27, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
68
6 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

46. The Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze

The Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze
September 1, 2009
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
4 reviews
USER SCORE
85
1 rating

47. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
65
11 reviews
USER SCORE
70
10 ratings

48. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid

Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
February 10, 2009
Blues Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
9 reviews
USER SCORE
78
4 ratings

49. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
88
13 reviews
USER SCORE
85
13 ratings

50. Max Richter - Waltz with Bashir

Max Richter - Waltz with Bashir
January 6, 2009
Ambient
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

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