NME's 50 Best Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
77
404 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Rock (10), Indie Pop (7), Alternative Rock (5), Experimental Rock (3), Experimental (3), Electronic (3), Noise Rock (3), Indie Folk (2), Singer-Songwriter (2), Electropop (2), Synthpop (2), Noise Pop (1), Alt-Country (1), Garage Rock (1), Hardcore Punk (1), Pop (1), Folk (1), Art Pop (1), New Wave (1), Post-Punk (1), Hip Hop (1), Shoegaze (1)

1. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
85
34 ratings

2. The xx - xx

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

3. 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
58 ratings

4. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
85
33 ratings

5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
93
19 reviews
USER SCORE
90
180 ratings

6. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
88
17 reviews
USER SCORE
86
125 ratings

7. The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love

The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love
September 22, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
76
7 ratings

8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
85
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85
36 ratings

9. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
86
57 ratings

10. Jamie T - Kings & Queens

Jamie T - Kings & Queens
October 6, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
71
5 reviews
USER SCORE
67
7 ratings

11. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
June 9, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
58
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
16 ratings

12. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
69 ratings

13. La Roux - La Roux

La Roux - La Roux
September 29, 2009
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
77
7 reviews
USER SCORE
78
20 ratings

14. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
May 19, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82
7 ratings

15. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than The Stars EP

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than The Stars EP
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
71
5 reviews
USER SCORE
70
3 ratings

16. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
February 16, 2010
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
63
12 reviews
USER SCORE
68
39 ratings

17. Girls - Album

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

18. Future of the Left - Travels with Myself and Another

Future of the Left - Travels with Myself and Another
June 23, 2009
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
11 reviews
USER SCORE
83
5 ratings

19. The Maccabees - Wall of Arms

The Maccabees - Wall of Arms
May 4, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
79
5 ratings

20. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

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

21. HEALTH - Get Color

HEALTH - Get Color
September 8, 2009
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
83
7 ratings

22. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84
42 ratings

23. Doves - Kingdom of Rust

Doves - Kingdom of Rust
April 7, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
9 reviews
USER SCORE
79
7 ratings

24. Cold Cave - Love Comes Close

Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
November 3, 2009
New Wave
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
77
4 ratings

25. 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
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77
24 ratings

26. Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
78
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82
55 ratings

27. PJ Harvey and John Parish - A Woman A Man Walked By

PJ Harvey and John Parish - A Woman A Man Walked By
March 31, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80
3 ratings

28. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
April 21, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79
13 ratings

29. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
November 3, 2009
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
69
8 reviews
USER SCORE
69
12 ratings

30. The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73
5 ratings

31. Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery

Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery
March 9, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
7 reviews
USER SCORE
82
4 ratings

32. 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
63
11 reviews
USER SCORE
77
10 ratings

33. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

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

34. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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

35. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

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

36. The Drums - Summertime!

The Drums - Summertime!
September 11, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
4 reviews
USER SCORE
75
3 ratings

37. Passion Pit - Manners

Passion Pit - Manners
May 19, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
75
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
39 ratings

38. Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans

Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans
August 18, 2009
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
77
3 ratings

39. Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Japandroids - Post-Nothing
April 28, 2009
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84
46 ratings

40. Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night

Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
October 28, 2008
Noise Pop
CRITIC SCORE
71
8 reviews
USER SCORE
76
6 ratings

41. Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions

Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
November 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
6 reviews
USER SCORE
83
8 ratings

42. Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream

Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
April 21, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
62
9 reviews
USER SCORE
66
11 ratings

43. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

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

44. Oneida - Rated O

Oneida - Rated O
July 7, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
10 reviews
USER SCORE
83
1 rating

45. Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter
September 22, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
75
8 reviews
USER SCORE
74
2 ratings

46. Gallows - Grey Britain

Gallows - Grey Britain
May 5, 2009
Hardcore Punk
CRITIC SCORE
59
5 reviews
USER SCORE
76
2 ratings

47. Telepathe - Dance Mother

Telepathe - Dance Mother
April 14, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
10 reviews
USER SCORE
70
3 ratings

48. Atlas Sound - Logos

Atlas Sound - Logos
October 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
81
13 reviews
USER SCORE
83
36 ratings

49. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

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

50. Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose

Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose
July 6, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
6 reviews
USER SCORE
81
9 ratings

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