2009: 15 Favorite Albums

I had a tough time with the order of the top three.  At any given moment, any of them could be number one.  Again, I emphasize that these are in the order of my favorite albums of the year not the best.

15. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

14. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati

13. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

12. The Swell Season – Strict Joy

11. St. Vincent – Actor

10. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx PT II

9. The Gossip – Music for Men

8. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

7. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

6. The Temper Trap – Conditions

5. Me’Shell Ndegéocello – Devil’s Halo

4. Tegan and Sara – Sainthood

3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

1. Metric – Fantasies


My 50 Favorite Albums of the 00s

This was much harder than the “My 50 Favorite Television Shows of the 00s” list. When I started the television list, I singled out 70 shows or so and cut it down to 50. It took me three days to come up with a first draft of albums and I ended up with 185! I was going to just do a list of 100 but I like consistency so I whittled the list down to 50.  The closer I got to 50, the sadder I got as I had to delete albums I loved off the list. After how depressing it ended up being bringing this list down to 50, a) I won’t even try to single out a top 10 (although I think “Kid A” would be my favorite album) and b) sorry, Karen, I won’t even attempt a 50 Favorite Singles list.

A couple of notes:

  • Just a reminder, I am not saying these are the 50 BEST albums in the last decade, these are the ones I am most fond of
  • Apparently my best years for music was 2000 and 2002 as nine albums from each year made the list.
  • Nothing released this year made the list and only two albums from 2008
  • Only Jay-Z and Radiohead have more than one album on the list (unless you count Jenny Lewis twice for her solo and Rilo Kiley)

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