There had been way too many remarkable songs to fit into a top 10, heck, even a top 25 list for me. So here, I'm giving you a peek into the colossal (to exaggerate it a bit) number of songs that shook, ripped and sewn together my year. 2009 bore witness to the influx of exquisitely created music from an expansive and diverse pool of genres. Indie, rap/ hiphop power reigned supreme in the charts and year-end lists. These songs may not be what you'll rank as your best 100, but I guarantee you, these are DEFINITELY worth having in your player. I'm not sure if I'll be able to post something new til next year, so to be sure... SEE YOU THIS 2010! Thanks for a great 2009 folks!

*.ZIP file downloadable tomorrow.

OH NOES - The .ZIP file I prepared was unfortunately delted, so I have to make-do with this Mediafire folder. The folder is public and all the tracks from the list is downloadable there. My apologies for the inconvenience. Happy holidays!
TBT Best Tracks of 2009 Mediafire Folder

Au Revoir Simone

:: Akron/Family - River
:: Akron/ Family - Sun Will Shine (Warmth Of The Sunship Version)
:: Andrew Bird - Anonanimal
:: Animal Collective - My Girls
:: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
:: Annie - Songs Remind Me Of You
:: Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning
:: Au Revior Simone - Take Me As I Am
:: Au Revoir Simone - Knight of Wands
:: Baroness - Swollen and Halo

Grizzly Bear

:: Basement Jaxx - Raindrops
:: Bat For Lashes - Daniel
:: Bat for Lashes - What’s a Girl to Do  -disqualified since this track is more than a year old.
:: Beach House - Lover Of Mine
:: Bear in Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers
:: Bon Iver feat St. Vincent - Roslyn
:: Camera Obscura - Forest And Sands
:: Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
:: Cloud Cult - Fairy Tale

80 More tracks inside-->

Marina and The Diamonds

:: Death Cab for Cutie - Little Bribes
:: Dirty Projectors - Stillness is The Move
:: Dirty Projectors - Temecula Sunrise
:: Dirty Projectors and David Byrne - Knotty Pine
:: Drake - Best I Ever Had (Matamatics remix)
:: Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets
:: Ellie Goulding – The Wolves (Act I and II) (Bon Iver Cover)
:: Feist ft. Grizzly Bear - Service Bell
:: Fever Ray - Seven

Kid Cudi

:: Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
:: Fleet Foxes - Your Protector
:: Floating Vibes - Surfer Blood
:: Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy
:: Gang Gang Dance - First Communion
:: Girls - Lust For Life
:: Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
:: Gucci Mane – Dangers Not A Stranger (Diplo Remix)
:: Miike Snow - Silvia
:: Hot Chip - Take It In

Sufjan Stevens

:: Iron and Wine - The Trapeze Singer
:: John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
:: Jonsi – Boy Lilikoi
:: Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness (feat. MGMT and Ratatat)
:: Kite in the Air - Magic Marker
:: La Roux - Im Not Your Toy (Data Remix)
:: Lil Wayne ft. Young Jeezy and Santogold - You'll Go Crazy
:: Little Boots - Remedy (Buffetlibre VS Sidechains remix)
:: Madonna - Celebration (feat. Akon)
:: Marina and The Diamonds - Mowgli's Road

Passion Pit

:: Matt And Kim - Daylight
:: Metric - Help I'm Alive (The Twelves Remix)
:: Micachu and the Shapes - Golden Phone
:: Miike Snow - Animal
:: Shugo Tokumaru - Rum Hee
:: Modest Mouse vs Kanye West - Floating Paranoia
:: Mos Def - Quiet Dog
:: Mumm Ra - She's Got You High
:: Music Go Music - Warm In The Shadows
:: Neko Case - I'm An Animal


:: Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer
:: N.A.S.A - Whachadoin (Feat. Spank Rock M.I.A. Santogold)
:: Ok Ikumi- Shining Path Pt. 2
:: Passion Pit - Little Secrets
:: Phoenix - 1901
:: Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You (PPRR Dance Remix)
:: Priscilla Ahn - In a Tree (Written)
:: Priscilla Ahn - Lullaby
:: Rachel Yamagata - Duet
:: Robyn ft. Snoop Dogg - Bum Like You
:: Royksopp - Miss It So Much (Featuring Lykke Li)

The Big Pink

:: Rye Rye ft. MIA - Bang
:: Shakira - She Wolf
:: St. Vincent - Marrow
:: Sufjan Stevens - You Are the Blood
:: Sunset Rubdown - Idiot Heart
:: Taylor Swift - You're Not Sorry (CSI Remix)
:: Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
:: The Antlers- Two (Daytrotter Session)
:: The Avett Brothers - Laundry Room
:: The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

The xx

:: The Big Pink - Crystal Visions
:: The Big Pink - Velvet
:: The Boy Least Likely To - Every Goliath Has Its David
:: The Decemberists - Shiny
:: The Flaming Lips - Silver Trembling Hands
:: The Gossip - Heavy Cross
:: The Golden Filter - Thunderbird
:: The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea
:: The Mary Onettes - Dare
:: The National - So Far Around the Bend

Vampire Weekend

:: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - The Tenure Itch
:: The Twelves - Nightvision (Daft Punk Cover)
:: The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (ft. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend)
:: The xx - Islands
:: Vampire Weekend - Horchata
:: VV Brown feat. Little Boots - Leave
:: William Fitzsimmons – I Dont Feel It Anymore (Song of the Sparrow)
:: YACHT - Psychic City (Voodoo City)
:: Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
:: Yo La Tengo - Periodically Double or Triple


fantastic list
but wasnt bat for lashes "whats a girl to do" about 2 years old? last album..not this one

That is one amazing list. Thanks for the effort.

Amazing compilation. It's always good to see Gucci Mane and the Avett Brothers on a list together.

Spectacular post. I'm thoroughly enjoying the twelves remix of help I'm alive right now. Especially stoked to hear the miike snow song you posted (I only knew about animal before now), the big pink, and the la roux (data remix) songs, all of which I had never heard before tonight. good stuff.

ps thanks for the single colossal list instead of the ranking douchebaggery so widespread today. much appreciated.


Where can I find the zip file ?
btw your list sounds awesome ;)

you should post a .zip file!!! i'm excited about the songs :)

wheres the zip!

Wow, amazing post. That's a lot of goodness in one place. I'm glad Camera Obscura made it in there...absolutely one of my favorite albums of the year!

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like the mixture, but got a zip up for this?

A very impressive list. We share a lot of tastes. We had a best tracks of 2009 list on our blog too.

@ Mike of The Recommender blog:
Thanks Mike. I've been following your blog just recently and it lives up to it's title!

@ Everyone else:
Thank you. The .zip file size was 850MB or more - a file too large to download once. I'm really busy so I hope I can make amends with the file links alone. :D

"Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream" is from 2008

This is a monster year-end playlist. Way to go. I'd put most of these into my best of '09 list as well. Good choices.

FYI, The Cursive song "The Recluse" is from The Ugly Organ album which came out in 2003. It is a great song and the whole album is really good, just not 2009 track.

@ Anonymous. Thanks for informing me on that HUGE mistake. My apologies.

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