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Best Albums of 2009 - Prefix Readers

We started the Decade No One Can Sufficiently Name (aughts, noughties, whatever -- all of them suck unequivocally) with a hotly disputed election whose winner wasn't announced until later than made sense. So, we at Prefix decided to end the decade in kind. But unlike Bush vs. Gore, the Prefix election to determine who put out the best album of 2009 didn't involve ballot stuffing and sketchy recount practices. Well, maybe it did. Either way, we can positively, absolutely verfiy that no one named Jeb was involved in any way.

 

At any rate, below you'll find our list of the Top 50 albums of 2009, as picked by us, the Prefix staff, and you, the Prefix reader. After much shuffling and a back and forth that has gone on long enough, our collective pick for album of the year is the xx's self-titled debut, an album of majestic simplicity, palpable sexual tension and the kind of masterwork you'd never expect from the xx, a group of London-based 20-year-olds. The xx are followed by a list of bands and rappers that will probably be familiar to you. The results will surely be debated. Expect a Michael Moore documentary in three years.

 

 


1.
 
The xx
 
XX
Young Turks/ XL Recordings
August 17, 2009
2.
 
Animal Collective
 
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Domino
January 27, 2009
3.
 
Grizzly Bear
 
Veckatimest
Warp
May 26, 2009
4.
 
Phoenix
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Glassnote
May 26, 2009
5.
 
Raekwon
 
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2
Aftermath
August 11, 2009
6.
 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
 
It's Blitz
Interscope
March 10, 2009
7.
 
Dirty Projectors
 
Bitte Orca
Domino
June 9, 2009
8.
 
Fever Ray
 
Fever Ray
Mute
March 24, 2009
9.
 
St. Vincent
 
Actor
4AD
May 5, 2009
10.
 
Mos Def
 
The Ecstatic
Downtown
June 9, 2009
11.
 
The Flaming Lips
 
Embryonic
Warner Bros.
October 13, 2009
12.
 
The Dream
 
Love vs. Money
Radio Killa/Def Jam
March 3, 2009
13.
 
Fuck Buttons
 
Tarot Sport
ATP
October 20, 2009
14.
 
The Horrors
 
Primary Colours
Beggars Xl Recording
May 5, 2009
15.
 
Japandroids
 
Post-Nothing
Unfamiliar
April 28, 2009
16.
 
Jay-Z
 
The Blueprint 3
Roc Nation
September 11, 2009
17.
 
Various Artists
 
Dark Was the Night
4ad Records
February 17, 2009
18.
 
Girls
 
Album
True Panther Sounds/Matador
September 22, 2009
19.
 
jj
 
JJ N° 2
Sincerely Yours
July 1, 2009
20.
 
Wild Beasts
 
Two Dancers
Domino
September 8, 2009
21.
 
Bill Callahan
 
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Drag City
April 14, 2009
22.
 
Brother Ali
 
Us
Rhymesayers
September 22, 2009
23.
 
Bat for Lashes
 
Two Suns
Astralwerks
April 6, 2009
24.
 
Sonic Youth
 
The Eternal
Matador
June 9, 2009
25.
 
Passion Pit
 
Manners
Frenchkiss
May 19, 2009
26.
 
Miike Snow
 
Miike Snow
Downtown
June 9, 2009
27.
 
Wilco
 
(The Album)
Nonesuch
June 30, 2009
28.
 
Felix da Housecat
 
He Was King
Nettwerk Records
August 25, 2009
29.
 
Dan Deacon
 
Bromst
Carpark
March 24, 2009
30.
 
The Clientele
 
Bonfires on the Heath
Merge
October 6, 2009
31.
 
Bibio
 
Ambivalence Avenue
Warp
June 23, 2009
32.
 
Mew
 
No More Stories...
Columbia
August 25, 2009
33.
 
Atlas Sound
 
Logos
Kranky
October 20, 2009
34.
 
Neon Indian
 
Psychic Chasms
Lefse Records
October 13, 2009
35.
 
The Noisettes
 
Wild Young Hearts
Mercury
September 22, 2009
36.
 
Bonnie "Prince" Billy
 
Beware
Drag City
March 17, 2009
37.
 
M. Ward
 
Hold Time
Merge Records
February 17, 2009
38.
 
The Antlers
 
Hospice
Self-released
March 3, 2009
39.
 
Patrick Wolf
 
The Bachelor
Bloody Chamber Music
June 2, 2009
40.
 
Polvo
 
In Prism
Merge
September 8, 2009
41.
 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Slumberland Records
February 3, 2009
42.
 
Lightning Bolt
 
Earthly Delights
Load
October 13, 2009
43.
 
Handsome Furs
 
Face Control
Sub Pop
March 10, 2009
44.
 
Camera Obscura
 
My Maudlin Career
4AD
April 21, 2009
45.
 
The Dead Weather
 
Horehound
Third Man Records (Warner Bros.)
July 14, 2009
46.
 
Kid Cudi
 
Man on the Moon: The End of the Day
G.O.O.D/Universal Motown
September 15, 2009
47.
 
Micachu & The Shapes
 
Jewellery
Rough Trade
April 7, 2009
48.
 
Converge
 
Axe To Fall
Epitaph
October 20, 2009
49.
 
Neko Case
 
Middle Cyclone
Anti
March 3, 2009
50.
 
Eminem
 
Relapse
Shady/Aftermath
May 19, 2009

 

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Best Albums of 2009

It's a shame you forgot to add the #1 album of the year! What were you thinking, Prefix? Was this a typo?

#1 Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon: The End of Day

Everyone reading this article just add 1 to the albums listed above in the article.

Nicky Nickles

just slightly disgusted with the readers that atlas sound and the antlers are so low

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This was the list as selected by our readers.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

I think it's a pretty solid list, overall. Thank you to everyone who built a best-of list and took part in the voting!

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The only glaring omission for me is the Very Best. That was a massively underrated disc.

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Mos Def is in the top 10. I'm happy.

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Agreed. I just started listening to Ecstatic on the regular again, and it keeps getting better! Mos's best solo album, I think.

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Kid Cudi IS infact on this list... at #46 where he belongs, and he should be happy with that. Even coming from a guy who was crazy about the mixtapes issued prior to man on the moon. The album was a let down.

dirty

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are too high and Atlas Sound is too low, other than that this list is pretty solid...

h0gy

About what I'd expect, for better or for worse. I'm glad the XX won; probably the perfect pick for this site.

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i would have put kid cudi in the top 10, too. also f*ck buttons. surprised mos made it up there, though i think slick rick's lines would take Verse of the Year, so i guess it works.

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I should finally get around to that Japandroids album, huh?

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matt & kim "grand" is the only missing one is notice... passion pit should be higher up

sean

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