2009: Chock full of XPN favorites

Topping the list for 2009 are Wilco, Phoenix, The Avett Brothers and more.

One of the fun things about being an XPN listener is voting for your favorite songs at the end of the year. The Top 50 Albums list for 2009 was especially exciting, with its debuts from promising new artists (The xx, Edward Sharpe, Dawes, Mumford & Sons), new records from old favorites (Wilco, Neko Case), and breakthroughs from bands that were doing things differently (Animal Collective, Passion Pit).

Do you think 2009 was the Greatest Year in Music? Let us know in the comments below and across social media with #XPNGreatestYear.


xx – The xx
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix
Wilco the Album – Wilco
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
North Hills – Dawes
Veckatimest – Grizzly Bear
Merriweather Post Pavilion – Animal Collective
Up From Below – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Manners – Passion Pit
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King – Dave Matthews Band
Middle Cyclone – Neko Case
I And Love And You – The Avett Brothers
The List – Rosanne Cash
Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
Together Through Life – Bob Dylan
Backspacer – Pearl Jam
No Live on the Horizon – U2
Give Up the Ghost – Brandi Carlile
Joy – Phish
Working On a Dream – Bruce Springsteen
Wait for Me – Moby
11:11 – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Tell Em What Your Name Is – Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears
A Strange Arrangement – Mayer Hawthorne
Hazards of Love – The Decemberists
Never Going Back – Shemekia Copeland
Everybody – Ingrid Michaelson
It’s Blitz – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Swoon – Silversun Pickups
Strict Joy – The Swell Season
Draw the Line – David Gray
The Resistance – Muse
Bitte Orca – Dirty Projectors
Living Thing – Peter Bjorn & John
Fantasies – Metric
The Crying Light – Antony and the Johnsons
Noble Beast – Andrew Bird
Blood Bank EP – Bon Iver
Grand – Matt & Kim
The Fray – The Fray
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
It’s Not You It’s Me – Lily Allen
Troubadour – K’naan
Embryonic – The Flaming Lips
Jewellery – Micachu and the Shapes
Songs of Shame – Woods
Catacombs – Cat McCombs
Bromst – Dan Deacon
The Life of the World to Come – The Mountain Goats
Bird-BrAiNs – tUnE-yArDs
Ashes Grammar – A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Farm – Dinosaur Jr
Ambivalence Avenue – Bibio
Popular Songs – Yo La Tengo
Real Estate – Real Estate
Battle Studies – John Mayer
Logos – Atlas Sound
Post-Nothing – Japandroids
Psychic Chasms – Neon Indian
Actor – St. Vincent
Album – Girls
California Years – Jill Sobule
Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free – Akron/Family
Miike Snow – Miike Snow
Conditions – The Temper Trap
La Roux – La Roux
Lungs – Florence and the Machine
I’m Going Away – The Fiery Furnaces
The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
Vapours – Islands
Phrazes for the Young – Julian Casablancas

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Article by: Julie Miller