Rolling Stone's 25 Best Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY

List Rating: 78
Based on 241 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Hip Hop (4), Indie Pop (4), Alternative Rock (3), Folk (2), Rock (2), Indie Rock (2), Alt-Country (1), Experimental (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), R&B (1), Americana (1), Progressive Metal (1), Experimental Rock (1), Indie Folk (1), Punk Rock (1)

1. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

U2 - No Line on the Horizon
March 3, 2009
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
65
16 reviews
USER SCORE
68

2. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
65
11 reviews
USER SCORE
67

3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
86
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84

4. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
63
15 reviews
USER SCORE
68

5. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
May 15, 2009
Punk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
10 reviews
USER SCORE
63

6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

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

7. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

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

8. The-Dream - Love vs Money

The-Dream - Love vs Money
March 10, 2009
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
71
6 reviews
USER SCORE
76

9. The xx - xx

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

10. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82

11. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Pearl Jam - Backspacer
September 22, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
12 reviews
USER SCORE
67

12. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

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

13. Drake - So Far Gone

Drake - So Far Gone
September 15, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
74
4 reviews
USER SCORE
73

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
94
16 reviews
USER SCORE
90

15. Girls - Album

Girls - Album
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
11 reviews
USER SCORE
84

16. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

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

17. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

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

18. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

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

19. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83

20. 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

21. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
89
16 reviews
USER SCORE
87

22. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
January 27, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
21 reviews
USER SCORE
78

23. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
June 30, 2009
Americana
CRITIC SCORE
76
4 reviews
USER SCORE
71

24. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
September 22, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
70

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

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
88
11 reviews
USER SCORE
86


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