Rolling Stone’s Best Songs and Albums of 2009

Rolling Stone has always seemed conflicted on their year end lists.  You can tell that they want to be hip while playing to their older audience.  That is why it is no suprise that U2’s terribly average new album landed the top spot this year in both song and album categories.  I do appreciate their recognition of Dirty Projectors at 6 and My Girls at 13.  Also Girls at 15!  They clearly want to appeal to the hipster audience that is growing in size.  The list is pretty terrible with Green Day, Miley Cyrus and U2 getting top spots.  Read full lists below.

SONGS
25 La Roux – “Bulletproof”
24 Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”
23 Dawes – “That Western Skyline”
22 Peter Bjorn & John – “Nothing To Worry About”
21 Bat For Lashes – “Daniel”
20 Miike Snow – “Animal”
19 Miranda Lambert – “White Liar”
18 Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band – “Slowly (Oh So Slowly)”
17 Drake – “Successful”
16 Franz Ferdinand – “Ulysses”
15 Kid Cudi – “Day And Night (Crookers Remix)”
14 Black Eyed Peas – “Boom Boom Pow”
13 Animal Collective – “My Girls”
12 Wilco – “Wilco (The Song)”
11 Avett Brothers – “I And Love And You”
10 Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
09 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero”
08 The Big Pink – “Dominoes”
07 Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is The Move”
06 Pearl Jam – “Fixer”
05 Phoenix – “1901”
04 Miley Cyrus – “Party In The USA”
03 Bruce Springsteen – “Outlaw Pete”
02 Jay-Z (Feat. Alicia Keys – “Empire State Of Mind”
01 U2 – “Moment Of Surrender”

ALBUMS
25 Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II
24 Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk
23 Levon Helm – Electric Dirt
22 Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
21 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
20 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
19 Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
18 Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
17 Mos Def – The Ecstatic
16 Wilco – Wilco (The Album
15 Girls – Album
14 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
13 Drake – So Far Gone Mixtape
12 Mastodon – Crack The Skye
11 Pearl Jam – Backspacer
10 Sonic Youth – The Eternal
09 The xx – xx
08 The-Dream – Love Vs. Money
07 Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
06 Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
05 Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
04 Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
03 Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
02 Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream
01 U2 – No Line ON The Horizon

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