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Best of the top 10s 2009

The Poll Of Polls 2009


The final votes are in, from Pitchfork, Drowned in Sound and The Guardian, and AnyDecentMusic can at last give the final word on the definitive Albums of 2009, in the Best Of The Best Ofs conclusive listing.

We've rounded up the ratings from a series of Best Ofs. The end result, we reckon, provides a comprehensive reflection of what's been providing the maximum musical pleasure in the widest number of reviewers' headphones for the past 12 months.

For anyone who's been paying attention, it's no surprise to see Animal Collective a million miles ahead of the competition. If you were a bookmaker, you'd have stopped taking bets on that sometime around late spring.

And the odds on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wild Beasts and Grizzly Bear being up there would have been pretty short.

But there have been surprises. The XX came out of nowhere with their debut album, as lauded in America as on home soil in the UK.

And who could have foreseen electronic noise manipulators the Fuck Buttons conquering all and sundry - even after they'd teamed up with super-producer Andy Weatherall.

Eclectic pop of a variety of shades is well represented in the upper reaches of the list, and it's probably fair to say that on this evidence, indie pop has been the most fertile ground during the past 12 months.

British rock also retains a healthy presence, with The Horrors, the Manics and Kasabian flying the flag.

It's not been a vintage year for hip hop, however, with the most respectable showings coming from a couple of veterans, Raekwon and Mos Def, and similarly, fans of extreme guitar noise will have to scour the list to find material to their liking.

Who knows, it could all change next year. That's why we love it.

 

Top 10: Uncut, Mojo, Q, Music OMH, Clash, NME, The Quietus, Spin, Sunday Times, Pop Matters, Pitchfork, Drowned in Sound, The Guardian, Line Of Best Fit, Rolling Stone

(10 for 1st place, 9 for 2nd etc)

  1. 112 Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. 57 The XX XX
  3. 52 Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
  4. 51 Wild Beasts Two Dancers
  5. 49 Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz
  6. 44 The Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
  7. 42 Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix
  8. 36 Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport
  9. 33 The Horrors Primary Colours
  10. 26 Manic Street Preachers Journal For..
  11. 25 Fever Ray Fever Ray
  12. 23 Florence & The Machine Lungs
  13. 17 St Vincent Actor
  14. 12 Bob Dylan Together Through Life
  15. 12 U2 No Line On The Horizon
  16. 10 Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  17. 10 Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
  18. 10 Sunn O))) Monoliths And Dimensions
  19. 09 Bat For Lashes Two Suns
  20. 09 Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were...
  21. 09 Neko Case Middle Cyclone
  22. 09 Noah And The Whale The First Days Of Spring
  23. 09 Nneka No Longer At Ease
  24. 09 Bruce Springsteen Working On A?Dream
  25. 09 Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years
  26. 08 The Avett Brothers I And Love And You
  27. 08 Richard Hawley Truelove's Gutter
  28. 07 The Flaming Lips Embryonic
  29. 07 Girls Album
  30. 07 Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
  31. 07 Madness The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
  32. 06 Green Day 21st Cebtury Breakdown
  33. 06 HEALTH Get Colour
  34. 06 Tinariwen Imidiwn: Companions
  35. 05 Arctic Monkeys Humbug
  36. 05 Jamie T Kings And Queens
  37. 05 Oneida Rated O
  38. 04 Gyratory System The Sound Board Breathes
  39. 04 Mos Def The Ecstatic
  40. 04 The Big Pink A Brief History Of Love
  41. 04 The Hidden Cameras Origin: Orphan
  42. 04 Muse The Resistance
  43. 04 The Twilight Sad Forget The Night Ahead
  44. 04 Wilco Wilco (The Album)
  45. 03 The-Dream Love Vs Money
  46. 03 Gnaw Their Tongues All The Dread...
  47. 03 Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
  48. 03 Mastodon Crack The Sky
  49. 03 Micachu And The Shapes Jewelry
  50. 03 Monsters Of Folk Mosnters Of Folk
  51. 03 Sonic Youth The Eternal
  52. 02 Andrew Weatherall A Pox On The Pioneers
  53. 02 Drake So Far Gone
  54. 02 Japandroids Post-nothing
  55. 02 La Roux La Roux
  56. 01 Cold Cave Love Comes Close
  57. 01 Dave Rawlings Machine A Friend Of A Friend
  58. 01 The Dead Weather Horehound
  59. 01 Miranda Lambert Revolution
  60. 01 Paramore Brand New Eyes

 

And the ADM top 20

  1. 8.4 Animal Collective
  2. 8.4 Sun O)))
  3. 8.3 Grizzly Bear
  4. 8.3 Fuck Buttons
  5. 8.2 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  6. 8.1 The XX
  7. 8.1 Tinariwen
  8. 8.1 Raekwon
  9. 8.0 Dave Rawlings Machine
  10. 8.0 The Dirty Projectors
  11. 8.0 Fever Ray
  12. 7.9 Manic Street Preachers
  13. 7.8 HEALTH
  14. 7.8 Micachu And The Shapes
  15. 7.8 Sonic Youth
  16. 7.7 Girls
  17. 7.7 Madness
  18. 7.7 Mos Def
  19. 7.7 Wilco
  20. 7.7 Wild Beasts
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