Rolling Stone's 25 Best Albums of 2009

1. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

U2 - No Line on the Horizon
March 3, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
65
18 reviews
User Score
69
25 reviews

2. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
66
15 reviews
User Score
70
11 reviews

3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
User Score
83
128 reviews

4. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
63
18 reviews
User Score
68
24 reviews

5. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
May 15, 2009
Punk Rock
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
User Score
62
33 reviews

6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
87
18 reviews
User Score
85
103 reviews

7. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

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

8. The-Dream - Love vs Money

The-Dream - Love vs Money
March 10, 2009
R&B
Critic Score
71
6 reviews
User Score
72
7 reviews

9. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
87
15 reviews
User Score
85
202 reviews

10. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
80
15 reviews

11. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Pearl Jam - Backspacer
September 22, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
69
13 reviews
User Score
65
25 reviews

12. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24, 2009
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
82
25 reviews

13. Drake - So Far Gone

Drake - So Far Gone
September 15, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
74
18 reviews

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
91
21 reviews
User Score
90
209 reviews

15. Girls - Album

Girls - Album
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
13 reviews
User Score
84
60 reviews

16. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

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

17. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
User Score
83
14 reviews

18. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
63
10 reviews

19. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
83
52 reviews

20. 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
63 reviews

21. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
87
17 reviews
User Score
86
136 reviews

22. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
January 27, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
23 reviews
User Score
76
37 reviews

23. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
June 30, 2009
Americana
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
71
1 review

24. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
September 22, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
User Score
70
6 reviews

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

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
14 reviews
User Score
85
15 reviews

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