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
70
34 reviews

2. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
67
17 reviews
User Score
67
15 reviews

3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
20 reviews
User Score
83
167 reviews

4. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

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

5. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
May 15, 2009
Punk Rock
Critic Score
69
15 reviews
User Score
62
42 reviews

6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
User Score
85
130 reviews

7. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

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

8. The-Dream - Love vs Money

The-Dream - Love vs Money
March 10, 2009
R&B
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
74
8 reviews

9. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
User Score
84
274 reviews

10. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
79
19 reviews

11. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Pearl Jam - Backspacer
September 22, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
16 reviews
User Score
64
31 reviews

12. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24, 2009
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
User Score
83
30 reviews

13. Drake - So Far Gone

Drake - So Far Gone
September 15, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
75
28 reviews

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
92
23 reviews
User Score
90
291 reviews

15. Girls - Album

Girls - Album
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
84
82 reviews

16. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
75
36 reviews

17. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
User Score
83
20 reviews

18. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
72
18 reviews
User Score
66
16 reviews

19. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
83
60 reviews

20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

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

21. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

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

22. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

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

23. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
June 30, 2009
Americana
Critic Score
77
5 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
72
18 reviews
User Score
72
9 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
16 reviews
User Score
86
20 reviews

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