NPR Listeners Pick The Best Music of 2009

50. Fanfarlo - Reservoir

Fanfarlo - Reservoir
October 13, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
80
9 reviews

49. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid

Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
February 10, 2009
Blues Rock
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
78
16 reviews

48. Noah and The Whale - The First Days Of Spring

Noah and The Whale - The First Days Of Spring
October 6, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
64
14 reviews
User Score
80
17 reviews

47. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
January 27, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
27 reviews
User Score
74
77 reviews

46. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
81
35 reviews

45. Moby - Wait For Me

Moby - Wait For Me
June 30, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
64
22 reviews
User Score
68
15 reviews

44. Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
January 20, 2009
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
81
24 reviews
User Score
81
50 reviews

43. Silversun Pickups - Swoon

Silversun Pickups - Swoon
April 14, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
66
18 reviews
User Score
75
16 reviews

42. K'Naan - Troubadour

K'Naan - Troubadour
February 24, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
User Score
73
5 reviews

41. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
65
24 reviews
User Score
66
69 reviews

40. Girls - Album

Girls - Album
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
User Score
83
156 reviews

39. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
June 2, 2009
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
78
12 reviews

38. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
User Score
77
38 reviews

37. Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms

Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms
May 5, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
66
5 reviews
User Score
82
5 reviews

36. Heartless Bastards - The Mountain

Heartless Bastards - The Mountain
February 3, 2009
Garage Rock
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
NR

35. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
71
20 reviews
User Score
70
31 reviews

34. The Antlers - Hospice

The Antlers - Hospice
March 3, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
85
256 reviews

33. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
85
157 reviews

32. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South
May 5, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
64
19 reviews
User Score
62
5 reviews

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

The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
June 9, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
85
6 reviews

30. Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You

Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
February 10, 2009
Pop
Critic Score
67
25 reviews
User Score
76
81 reviews

29. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Pearl Jam - Backspacer
September 22, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
18 reviews
User Score
66
53 reviews

28. Norah Jones - The Fall

Norah Jones - The Fall
November 17, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
User Score
77
13 reviews

27. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

U2 - No Line on the Horizon
March 3, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
64
23 reviews
User Score
64
56 reviews

26. The Dead Weather - Horehound

The Dead Weather - Horehound
July 14, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
72
21 reviews
User Score
75
43 reviews

25. Modest Mouse - No One's First and You're Next

Modest Mouse - No One's First and You're Next
August 4, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
63
8 reviews
User Score
75
17 reviews

24. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below
July 14, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
60
7 reviews
User Score
73
14 reviews

23. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
81
99 reviews

22. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
User Score
83
534 reviews

21. Beirut - March of the Zapotec/Holland EP

Beirut - March of the Zapotec/Holland EP
February 17, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
71
16 reviews
User Score
79
12 reviews

20. Metric - Fantasies

Metric - Fantasies
April 7, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
User Score
78
43 reviews

19. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
April 21, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
82
30 reviews

18. Various Artists - Dark Was The Night

Various Artists - Dark Was The Night
February 17, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
User Score
84
11 reviews

17. Passion Pit - Manners

Passion Pit - Manners
May 19, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
79
92 reviews

16. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
29 reviews
User Score
84
226 reviews

15. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
September 22, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
72
19 reviews
User Score
76
15 reviews

14. The Swell Season - Strict Joy

The Swell Season - Strict Joy
October 27, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
74
8 reviews
User Score
76
4 reviews

13. M. Ward - Hold Time

M. Ward - Hold Time
February 17, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
79
14 reviews

12. Regina Spektor - Far

Regina Spektor - Far
June 23, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
22 reviews
User Score
76
29 reviews

11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
81
136 reviews

10. St. Vincent - Actor

St. Vincent - Actor
May 5, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
83
202 reviews

9. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
September 29, 2009
Americana
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
84
21 reviews

8. Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP

Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP
January 20, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
82
98 reviews

7. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
74
60 reviews

6. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
March 24, 2009
Folk Rock
Critic Score
70
26 reviews
User Score
76
37 reviews

5. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
January 20, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
79
22 reviews

4. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
79
27 reviews

3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
21 reviews
User Score
83
287 reviews

2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
92
28 reviews
User Score
89
588 reviews

1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Psychedelic Folk
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
85
339 reviews

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