Rolling Stone's 25 Best Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
78
241 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
64
16 reviews
USER SCORE
67
23 ratings

2. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
13 reviews
USER SCORE
70
10 ratings

3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
85
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84
115 ratings

4. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
62
16 reviews
USER SCORE
68
21 ratings

5. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
May 15, 2009
Punk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
11 reviews
USER SCORE
63
24 ratings

6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

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

7. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79
15 ratings

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 ratings

9. The xx - xx

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

10. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

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

11. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Pearl Jam - Backspacer
September 22, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
13 reviews
USER SCORE
66
21 ratings

12. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

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

13. Drake - So Far Gone

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

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
92
20 reviews
USER SCORE
90
189 ratings

15. Girls - Album

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

16. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
13 reviews
USER SCORE
75
14 ratings

17. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83
13 ratings

18. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
72
12 reviews
USER SCORE
60
7 ratings

19. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84
44 ratings

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
59 ratings

21. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

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

22. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
January 27, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
22 reviews
USER SCORE
78
30 ratings

23. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

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

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
6 ratings

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
13 reviews
USER SCORE
85
13 ratings

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