Best Songs of 2009

Almost the end of quite a list-busy period of the year. Here are the 200 best songs of 2009. No big surprises, or…? At the end, there are some interesting breakdowns of different genres, if you prefer your lists to be more homogeneous.

1 Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind
2 Der Dritte Raum – Swing Bop
3 Grizzly Beat – Two Weeks
4 White Lies – Death
5 Mumford & Sons – The Cave
6 The Big Pink – Velvet
7 Swanton Bombs – Shock
8 The Broken Family Band – Cinema Vs. House
9 The Lovely Eggs – Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordian
10 Metric – Satellite Mind
11 La Roux – In For The Kill
12 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – This Love Is Fucking Right
13 Phantogram – Mouthful Of Diamonds
14 The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
15 The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
16 Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul
17 Jamie T – Sticks’N’Stones
18 Kasabian – Where Did All The Love Go?
19 Editors – Papillon
20 Super Furry Animals – Inconvenience
21 The Gay Blades – O Shot
22 Emmy The Great – First Love
23 The Gossip – Heavy Cross
24 Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Gettin’ High for Jesus
25 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
26 Coldplay – Life In Technicolor II
27 Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy
28 Bleech – Is It True That Boys Dont Cry
29 Brakes – Ancient Mysteries
30 Birdy Nam Nam – Trans Boulogne Express
30 We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices
32 The Rural Alberta Advantage – Frank AB
33 White Lies – To Lose My Life
34 Wavves – So Bored
35 The Answering Machine – Obviously Cold
36 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Come Saturday
37 Jay Reatard – It Ain’t Gonna Save Me
38 FrYars – The Ides
39 The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir – I Pretend She’s You
40 Passion Pit – The Reeling
41 Joker’s Daughter – Lucid
42 Camera Obscura – Swans
43 Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Relator
44 Future Of The Left – Lapsed Catholics
45 Wilco – Wilco The Song
46 Lord Cut-Glass – Holy Fuck!
47 Biffy Clyro – That Golden Rule
48 M. Ward – To Save Me
49 The Rakes – The Light From Your Mac
50 Love Is All – Last Choice
51 Metric – Sick Muse
52 Jonathan Johansson – En Hand I Himlen
53 Art Brut – The Replacements
54 Miike Snow – Animal
55 Brakes – Why Tell The Truth (When It’s Easier To Lie)
56 The Golden Filter – Solid Gold
57 Phoenix – Lisztomania
58 Röyksopp – Happy Up Here
59 …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Isis Unveiled
60 Regina Spektor – Laughing With
61 Cicada – Falling Rockets
62 The Bravery – Song For Jacob
63 The Rural Alberta Advantage – The Dethbridge In Lethbridge
64 The Oohlas – Lemmings Anthem
65 Grand Duchy – Come On Over To My House
66 Faithless Ftg. Cass Fox – Music Matters (Mark Knight Remix)
67 Royal Treatment Plant – Undercurrent
68 Ash – Return Of White Rabbit
69 God Help the Girl – God Help the Girl
70 Doves – Push Me On (Playgroup Megamix)
71 Kasabian – Fire
72 Threatmantics – Little Bird
73 Hatcham Social – Murder In The Dark
74 Guildean Gang – Dennis Bergkamp
75 Cass McCombs – Dreams Come True Girl
76 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Where Was My Brain
77 The Foxes – Bill Hicks
78 A Place To Bury Strangers – Keep Slipping Away (South Central Remix)
79 The Ghost Of A Thousand – Moved As Mountains Dreamt Of By The Sea
80 Future Of The Left – Arming Eritrea
81 Sea Wolf – Wicked Blood
82 UUVVWWZ – Jap Dad
83 The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin
84 Dougal And Gammer – When I Close My Eyes (Darren Styles Remix)
85 Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds
86 Lady Sovereign – So Human (Sinden Remix)
87 Placebo – For What It’s Worth
88 Yo La Tengo – Periodically Double Or Triple
89 Magic Wands – Black Magic
90 Coconut Records – Any Fun
91 The Happy Hollows – Faces
92 Chew Fu & Steve Clisby – Purple Rain
93 The Joy Formidable – Whirring
94 The Futureheads – Struck Dumb
95 Pintandwefall – Jail
96 The Sounds – No One Sleeps When I’m Awake
97 Digitalism – Taken Away (Justice Remix)
98 Kasabian – Vlad The Impaler (Zane Lowe Remix)
99 The Brownies – It Kills
100 Adiam Dymott – Pizza
101 Metric – Gold Guns Girls
102 Let’s Wrestle – We Are The Men You’ll Grow To Love Soon
103 Enter Shikari – The Jester
104 Madness – Clerkenwell Polka
105 The Wolfmen – Cecilie
106 Spinnerette – All Babes Are Wolves
107 We Are Wolves – Holding Hands
108 Brendan Benson – Feel Like Taking You Home
109 The Broken Family Band – Salivating
110 The Little Hands Of Asphalt – Oslo
111 DJ Marc Smith And Gammer – Building Shaker
112 BOAT – Lately
113 The Duckworth Lewis Method – Jiggery Pokery
114 Sad Day For Puppets – Marble Gods
115 The Lovely Eggs – I Collect Snails
116 St. Vincent – Actor Out Of Work
117 Weezer – (If You Are Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
118 Mascot Fight – That’s A Photocopier (Not a Chair)
119 MSTRKRFT – 1000 Cigarettes
120 The Raveonettes – Bang!
121 That Fucking Tank – Awesome Magnet
122 Duchess Says – Ccut Up
123 Nosaj Thing – Light#2
124 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Take Me With U
125 Johnny Foreigner – Wow, Just Wow
126 Atlas Sound – Walkabout
127 Malcolm Middleton – Red Travellin’ Socks
128 Burning Hearts – I Lost My Colour Vision
129 T.H. White – Fantasy Pictures
130 Art Brut – Catch
131 Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For The Others
132 BlakRoc ft NOE – Done Did It
133 Popup – Dreams Like These
134 The Baboon Show – (Good At) Language
135 Deadmau5 – Clockwork (Helvetic Nerds Remix)
136 The National – So Far Around The Bend
137 …And So I Watch You From Afar – Set Guitars To Kill
138 Iron & Wine – Belated Promise Ring
139 Pocketbooks – Fleeting Moments
140 Voxtrot – Trepanation Party
141 Camera Obscura – Honey In The Sun
142 HEALTH – Die Slow
143 Come On Like Gangbusters – Gravy Train
144 Memory Tapes – Bicycle
145 Tegan & Sara – Hell
146 Slow Club – Giving Up On Love
147 Metric – Help I’m Alive
148 Birdy Nam Nam – Worried
149 Anya Marina – Satellite Heart
150 Lord Cut-Glass – Be Careful What You Wish For
151 Tiny Masters Of Today – Pop Chart
152 Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
153 The Low Anthem – Bless Your Tombstone Heart
154 Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls
155 Gliss – 29 Acts Of Love
156 The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt This Place
157 Doll And The Kicks – Roll Up The Red Carpet
158 Muse – Uprising
159 Slagsmålsklubben – Brutal Weapons
160 Dananananaykroyd – The Greater Than Symbol & The Hash
161 Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric remix)
162 You! – Jenny Go
163 The Dead Weather – I Cut Like A Buffalo
164 Pretty & Nice – Tora Tora Tora
165 Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes (Thin White Duke Remix)
166 Biffy Clyro – The Captain
167 Lord Cut-Glass – Even Jesus Couldn’t Love You
168 Meaghan Smith – Here Comes Your Man
169 The Federals – Take It From Me
170 Pomegranates – This Land Used To Be My Land But Now I Hate This Land
171 Tiga – Shoes (Mr Oizo Remix)
172 Navigator – Work is Done
173 Sunset Rubdown – Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!
174 Wolfgang Gartner – Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony (Original Mix)
175 Town Bike – It’s My Mic
176 Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair
177 Crystal Stilts – Love Is A Wave
178 Girls – Big Bad Mean Mother Fucker
179 Live Element – Something About You (DJ Dlg Remix)
180 The Antlers – Bear
181 Spoon – Got Nuffin
182 Scissor Sisters – Do The Strand
183 Bonobo – Light Pattern
184 Filly – Instantly Out Of Control (Burns Remix)
185 The Flaming Lips – Watching The Planets
186 The Lovely Feathers – Lowiza
187 Animal Collective – My Girls (Dave Wrangler Remix)
188 Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart
189 The Von Bondies – Shut Your Mouth
190 Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death Of Autotune)
191 LR Rockets – Cameron Is Conected
192 The Brownies – Fight Night
193 Pet Shop Boys – All Over The World
194 Superchunk – Learned To Surf
195 Lucky Soul – Whoa Billy
196 Rose Elinor Dougall – Fallen Over
197 Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Slow Doomsday
198 Drumattic Twins – Don’t Be So Drumattic (Original Mix)
199 We Have Band – Time After Time
200 Fight Like Apes – I’m Beginning To Think You Prefer Beverly Hills 90210 To Me

Ok, as promised… Best of <insert genre here>. I’ve been lazy and included all the indie rock, alternative rock, punk etc etc into “Rock” and the indie pop, electronic pop etc etc into “Pop”. “Folk” got it’s own this year, as did “Electronic”.

Last year in… Rock!
1 White Lies – Death
2 The Big Pink – Velvet
3 Swanton Bombs – Shock
4 The Broken Family Band – Cinema Vs. House
5 Metric – Satellite Mind
6 The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
7 Kasabian – Where Did All The Love Go?
8 Editors – Papillon
9 Super Furry Animals – Inconvenience
10 The Gay Blades – O Shot

Last year in… Pop!
1 Grizzly Beat – Two Weeks
2 The Lovely Eggs – Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordian
3 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – This Love Is Fucking Right
4 Phantogram – Mouthful Of Diamonds
5 The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
6 Jamie T – Sticks’N’Stones
7 Coldplay – Life In Technicolor II
8 Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy
9 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Come Saturday
10 FrYars – The Ides

Last year in… Folk!
1 Mumford & Sons – The Cave
2 Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul
3 Emmy The Great – First Love
4 Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Gettin’ High for Jesus
5 Lord Cut-Glass – Holy Fuck!
6 The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin
7 Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds
8 The Little Hands Of Asphalt – Oslo
9 Iron & Wine – Belated Promise Ring
10 Anya Marina – Satellite Heart

Last year in… Electronic!
1 Der Dritte Raum – Swing Bop
2 La Roux – In For The Kill
3 Birdy Nam Nam – Trans Boulogne Express
4 The Golden Filter – Solid Gold
5 Röyksopp – Happy Up Here
6 Cicada – Falling Rockets
7 Faithless Ftg. Cass Fox – Music Matters (Mark Knight Remix)
8 Doves – Push Me On (Playgroup Megamix)
9 Dougal And Gammer – When I Close My Eyes (Darren Styles Remix)
10 Lady Sovereign – So Human (Sinden Remix)

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