The Best Albums of 2009

The Best Albums of 2009: Jim and Greg have made their lists...checked them twice...and are ready to proclaim the top albums of the year.

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Best Albums of 2009

Jim DeRogatis’ Top Ten

  1. Ida Maria, Fortress ‘Round My Heart
  2. Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
  3. Kid Sister, Ultraviolet
  4. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  5. Lily Allen, It’s Not Me, It’s You
  6. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  7. The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love
  8. Screaming Females, Power Move
  9. Japandroids, Post-Nothing
  10. U2, No Line on the Horizon

Check out Jim’s complete list.

Greg Kot’s Top Ten

  1. St. Vincent, Actor
  2. BLK JKS, After Robots
  3. Cymbals Eat Guitars, Why There Are Mountains
  4. The xx, The xx
  5. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  6. Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
  7. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon: The End of Day
  8. Rihanna, Rated R
  9. Japandroids, Post-Nothing
  10. Kid Sister, Ultraviolet


Jim and Greg welcome some guest listener critics to share their #1 albums of the year.

  • Tina from Chicago: Passion Pit, Manners
  • Réna from St. Paul: The Flaming Lips, Embryonic
  • Andrew from Fort Wayne, IN: The Dead Weather, Horehound

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