My Top of the Pops -- 2009

Here we are at the dawn of another year and that can only mean one thing -- it's time for the drew's annual "Top of the Pops" list, my top ten albums of the year.

Thankfully, 2009 was exponentially better than 2008 -- possibly one of the best years for music in this decade. Last year, several bands brought the party -- this year, it seemed as though artists were tired from all the partying and decided they needed to provide some mellow tunes to give their listeners a chance to chill. This is one listener who was very pleased with their decision. For those of you who don't remember, here is last year's list:

10) Narrow Stairs, Death Cab for Cutie
9) Everything that Happens Will Happen Today, David Byrne & Brian Eno
8) Skeletal Lamping, Of Montreal)
7) Volume 1, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward)
6) The Stand Ins, Okkervil River
5) Modern Guilt, Beck
4) Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
3) Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
2) For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver
1) með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, Sigur Ros

And now, without any further ado, the 2009 countdown...

Top Five Honorable Mentions:

5) Mo Beauty - Alec Ounsworth
4) I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers
3) Together Through Life - Bob Dylan
2) Working On a Dream - Bruce Springsteen
1) Taller Children - Elizabeth and the Catapult

10) Stockholm Syndrome - Derek Webb

9) Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective

8) Artificial Fire - Eleni Mandell

7) The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists

6) Noble Beast - Andrew Bird

5a) No Line On the Horizon - U2

5b) Strict Joy - The Swell Season

4) The Crying Light - Antony and the Johnsons

3) Wait for Me - Moby

2) The Life of the World to Come - The Mountain Goats

1) Dark Was the Night - Various Artists

Be sure to stay tuned for my ultimate countdown list, Top of the Pops -- the 2000's: the Best Albums of the Decade.

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