MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
79
329 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Folk (6), Indie Rock (5), World (4), Alternative Rock (4), Singer-Songwriter (3), Indie Pop (3), Soul (2), Experimental (2), Hip Hop (2), Rock (2), Indie Folk (2), Jazz (2), Experimental Rock (1), 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)

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
92
20 reviews
USER SCORE
90
193 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
9 reviews
USER SCORE
74
2 ratings

4. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
85
36 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
72
12 reviews
USER SCORE
60
7 ratings

7. Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82
59 ratings

8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
84
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85
40 ratings

9. Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
September 29, 2009
CRITIC SCORE
80
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
80
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
62 ratings

11. The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
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
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84
3 ratings

13. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
87
17 reviews
USER SCORE
86
129 ratings

14. Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
September 8, 2009
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
73
4 reviews
USER SCORE
74
4 ratings

15. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
June 9, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
57
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
19 ratings

16. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
17 reviews
USER SCORE
85
99 ratings

17. The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage

The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage
January 26, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
6 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
65 ratings

19. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

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

20. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
May 19, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79
9 ratings

21. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83
47 ratings

22. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
87
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85
190 ratings

23. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
74 ratings

24. Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo

Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo
May 26, 2009
World
CRITIC SCORE
83
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
80
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
68
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
21 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
83
11 reviews
USER SCORE
85
36 ratings

34. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
14 reviews
USER SCORE
74
15 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
73
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
12 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
78
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
83
15 reviews
USER SCORE
82
20 ratings

41. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83
13 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
78
5 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
68
14 reviews
USER SCORE
70
11 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
14 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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