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(short and sweet and to the point—culled from listening to 417 releases from 2009)

The TOP TEN of 2009:
1.) Florence and the Machine: Lungs
2.) Mando Diao: Give Me Fire
3.) The Decemberists: Hazards of Love
4.) Passion Pit: Manners
5.) The Sounds: Crossing the Rubicon
6.) Silversun Pickups: Swoon
7.) White Lies: To Lose My Life
8.) The Audition: Self-Titled Album
9.) La Roux: La Roux
10.) Paper Route: Absence

Honorable Mention (11-25):
11.) The Temper Trap: Conditions
12.) Gossip: Music for Men
13.) Doves: Kingdom of Rust
14.) Brendan Benson: My Old, Familiar Friend
15.) A Fine Frenzy: Bomb in a Birdcage
16.) The Bravery: Stir the Blood
17.) Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears: Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!
18.) Howling Bells: Radio Wars
19.) Blue October: Approaching Normal
20.) Noisettes: Wild Young Hearts
21.) Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
22.) Matthew Good: Vancouver
23.) Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz!
24.) Band of Skulls: Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
25.) Heartless Bastards: The Mountain

Rounding out the Top 50 (26-50):
26.) Moby: Wait For Me
27.) The Enemy: Music for the People
28.) Metric: Fantasies
29.) Athlete: Black Swan
30.) Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career
31.) Ben’s Brother: Battling Giants
32.) 30 Seconds to Mars: This is War
33.) Brand New: Daisy
34.) Wild Light: Adult Nights
35.) Editors: In This Light and On This Evening
36.) Bad Lieutenant: Never Cry Another Tear
37.) Maxïmo Park: Quicken the Heart
38.) The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
39.) Porcupine Tree: The Incident
40.) The Dear Hunter: Act III: Life and Death
41.) The Fray: The Fray
42.) Eskimo Joe: Inshalla
43.) Audrye Sessions: Audrye Sessions
44.) The Veils: Sun Gangs
45.) Cash Cash: Take It to the Floor
46.) Watchout! There’s Ghosts: Ghost Town
47.) Blakroc: Blakroc
48.) …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: The Century of Self
49.) Buckley Ward: Something in the Night
50.) Jack Peñate: Everything is New

The Rest (in alphabetical order) (51-75):
1990s: Kicks
AIR: Love 2
Alice in Chains: Black Gives Way to Blue
Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Balmorhea: All is Wild, All is Silent
Bat For Lashes: Two Suns
Bell XI: Blue Lights on the Runway
Better Than Ezra: Paper Empire
Biffy Clyro: Only Revolutions
The Big Pink: A Brief History of Love
Billy Talent: Billy Talent III
The Bird and the Bee: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
Breaking Benjamin: Dear Agony
Ian Brown: My Way
Julian Casablancas: Phrazes for the Young
Chevelle: Sci-Fi Crimes
Civil Twilight: Civil Twilight
Graham Coxon: The Spinning Top
Jamie Cullum: The Pursuit
Depeche Mode: Sounds of the Universe
Franz Ferdinand: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
John Frusciante: The Empyrean
David Guetta: One Love
Calvin Harris: Ready for the Weekend
Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3

The Rest (in alphabetical order) (76-100):
Jeniferever: Spring Tides
Norah Jones: The Fall
Alicia Keys: The Element of Freedom
Lady of the Sunshine: Smoking Gun
The Love Language: The Love Language
The Maccabees: Wall of Arms
Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing
The Mars Volta: Octahedron
Matt & Kim: Grand
Maybeshewill: Sing the World Hope in Four-Part Harmony
Mew: No More Stories Are Told Today, I’m Sorry, They Washed Away
Muse: The Resistance
Oceanship: Oceanship
Pelican: What We All Come to Need
Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: Lonely Road
Reverend and the Makers: A French Kiss in the Chaos
Simian Mobile Disco: Temporary Pleasure
Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream
Starsailor: All the Plans
Super Furry Animals: Dark Days/Light Years
Tokio Hotel: Humanoid
The Twang: Jewellery Quarter
We Were Promised Jetpacks: These Four Walls
White Rabbits: It’s Frightening

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