Top 5 albums of 2009


macrumors 68020
Original poster
Oct 15, 2008
Im curious to see what you favourite albums of the year are :)

I'll kick off with mine:

1) Brand New - Daisy
2) Architects - Hollow Crown
3) Rise Against - Appeal to Reason
4) Manchester Orchestra - mean everything to nothing
5) Steel Panther - Feel the steel



macrumors newbie
Dec 7, 2009
I'm not sure... but my number this year so far is major lazer's "guns don't kill people... lazers do"... love party music!


Aug 23, 2005
In no particular order really. Based on most played/listened to albums.

David Gray : Draw The Line
Whitney Houston : I Look To You
Mr. Hudson : Straight No Chaser
Mumford & Sons : Sigh No More
The Temper Trap : Conditions


Moderator emeritus
Dec 10, 2008
Nile - Those Whom the Gods Detest
Arch Enemy - The Root of All Evil
Immortal - All Shall Fall
Ensiferum - From Afar
Lamb of God - Wrath


macrumors regular
Oct 8, 2009
1.Animal Collective-Merryweather Post Pavilion (why hasn't anyone said this yet? :eek:)
2. Far-Regina Spektor
3. Asa-Asa
4. Tori Amos-Abnormally Attracted To Sin
5. The White Rabbits-It's Frightening


macrumors 604
Dec 29, 2006
dallas, texas
Here's my Top 24 of 2009 and some random stats about them.
  1. The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z (Roc Nation, Atlantic; September 8th)
  2. No Line On The Horizon - U2 (Interscope, March 3)
  3. Sun Gangs - The Veils (Rough Trade, April 6th)
  4. Let It Beat - Shwayze (Suretone Geffen, November 3)
  5. The Fray - The Fray (Epic, July 28)
  6. Straight No Chaser - Mr Hudson (GOOD Music, October 19)
  7. Man on the Moon: The End of Day - KiD CuDi(Dream On, GOOD Music, Universal Motown; September 15)
  8. So Far Gone (Mixtape) - Drake (October's Very Own, Young Money Entertainment; February 13)
  9. Relapse - Eminem (Shady, Aftermath, Interscope; May 19)
  10. Waking Up - OneRepublic (Interscope, November 17)
  11. No Ceilings (Mixtape) - Lil Wayne (Cash Money Records, Young Money Entertainment; October 31)
  12. City of Black & White - Mat Kearney (Sony, May 19)
  13. Back & Forth - Pete Yorn (Sony, June 23)
  14. The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas (Interscope, June 9)
  15. Stems And Seeds - Ben Folds (Sony, February 10)
  16. Towards The Sun EP - Alexi Murdoch (Indie, November)
  17. A Matter of Time (Mixtape) - Mike Posner & The Brain Trust (J Records, February 28)
  18. Union - The Boxer Rebellion (Unsigned, January 11)
  19. When The Devil's Loose - A.A. Bondy (Fat Possum, September 1)
  20. Slaughterhouse - Slaughterhouse (E1 Music; August 11th)
  21. One Love - David Guetta (Astralwerks, August 25)
  22. Asleep In The Bread Aisle – Asher Roth (SRC, Universal Motown; April 21)
  23. En Concert - Jack Johnson (Brushfire, Universal; October 27)
  24. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk (Shangri-La Music, Rough Trade; September 22)

The Interesting stats game. Interscope Records has the most albums on the list (four) and Rough Trade, a label you likely haven't heard of, features two albums. There were four albums from the month of September and two albums came out on the same day, May 19th. French DJ, David Guetta and his album "One Love", in Special Edition form has the most songs, thirty-one in total. Alexi Murdoch's limited edition EP, Towards the Sun EP, features only seven. In total there are 370 songs... or so I think? Lil Wayne's voice can be heard on four different albums and The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" can be found on three separate albums. Eminem's "Paul (Skit)" was the shortest tract at nineteen seconds (Eminem actually had three skits that were the shortest amongst all tracks) and Alexi Murdoch's "Crinan Wood" is the longest track at eight minutes and forty-three seconds.

Edit, Some More Info: There are two "indie" artist on the lists (Union & Alexi Murdoch). I would imagine that when everything is worked out number one or two will likely sell the most copies on the list, number nine and fourteen might also have something to say about it as well, but we shall see. Alexi Murdoch will get the low by default as his EP is hand-numbered and limited to 5,000 copies. There are two mixtapes on the list and one live album. Four albums feature mostly remixes. The Fray, Let It Beat, Straight No Chaser, City of Black & White, Back & Forth, Stems and Seeds and Asleep In The Bread Aisle previously had not mentioned in the random facts game and Alexi Murdoch's Towards The Sun EP, the album you are least likely to own by default, is tied for being discussed the most with Eminem's Relapse, both were mentioned four times prior to this last sentence.


macrumors 68000
Jun 7, 2002
1.Animal Collective-Merryweather Post Pavilion (why hasn't anyone said this yet? :eek:)
Here you go...

10 / Paolo Nutini / Sunny Side Up
09 / jj / jj n° 2
08 / Fink / Sort Of Revolution
07 / Bat For Lashes / Two Suns
06 / F*ck Buttons / Tarot Sport

05 / Junior Boys / Begone Dull Care
04 / Bibio / Ambivalence Avenue
03 / Fever Ray / Fever Ray
02 / The Heliocentrics & Mulatu Astatke / Inspiration Information
01 / Animal Collective / Merriweather Post Pavillion

For me, my number one is so far ahead of everything else that came out this year, it isn't even funny. That's not to say my other four aren't good, as they certainly are. It's just that Animal Collective have hit a homerun this year.


macrumors 68040
Feb 24, 2006
Two Suns - Bat For Lashes
Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear
Two Dancers - Wild Beasts
Bitte Orca - Dirty Projectors
Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Honourable mentions to Animal Collective (Merriweather Post Pavilion), Friendly Fires (Friendly Fires), La Roux (La Roux), The Mummers (Tales To Tell), Doves (Kingdom Of Rust) and Florence & The Machine (Lungs).

Doctor Doom

macrumors member
Jul 31, 2008
Castle Doom, Latveria
In no particular order:

The Ecstatic - Mos Def
Battle Studies - John Mayer
Slaughterhouse - Slaughterhouse
Born Like This - MF DOOM (all caps)
Helpless Romantic - Jon B

Honorable mention:

BLACKsummers'night - Maxwell


macrumors newbie
Sep 25, 2009
Provo, UT
5. Jay-Z- Blueprint 3
4. Mason Jennings- Blood of Man
3. Dave Matthews Band- Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King
2. Muse- The Resistance
1. Biffy Clyro- Only Revolutions


macrumors 68030
Jun 24, 2004
Can only come up with 4 -

The Mars Volta : Octahedron
Paramore : Brand New Eyes
Muse : The Resistance
The Academy Is : Lost In Pacific Time (an EP)

Lloyd Christmas

macrumors regular
May 12, 2009
1.Backspacer- Pearl Jam
2.Blueprint 3- Jay-z
3.Man On the Moon: End of the Day- Kid Cudi
4.Only by the Night- Kings of Leon
5.Before I Self Destruct- 50 Cent
Nothing in any particular order but I will say Pearl Jam really stepped it up with the new album this year. Lloyd


macrumors regular
Aug 15, 2006
More than five but I can't help it. There in no particular order.

Red - Innocence & Instinct
Breaking Benjamin - Dear Agony
Passion Pit - Manners
P.O.S. - Never Better
N.A.S.A. - The Spirit Of Apollo
K'naan - Troubador
K-Os - Yes
Joe Budden - Escape Route
Joe Budden - Padded Room
Inverse - So True EP
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight


macrumors G3
Apr 6, 2007
Portland, OR
More than five but I can't help it. There in no particular order.

Red - Innocence & Instinct
Breaking Benjamin - Dear Agony
Passion Pit - Manners
P.O.S. - Never Better
N.A.S.A. - The Spirit Of Apollo
K'naan - Troubador
K-Os - Yes
Joe Budden - Escape Route
Joe Budden - Padded Room
Inverse - So True EP
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
I forgot about K'naan! I did not expect to like that album, but it's really good. I'd say that deserves honorable mention if not a spot on the top five of the year.


macrumors 68020
Oct 14, 2008
Here are some of my favs this year..
Eminem : Relapse
Timbaland: Shock Value II
U2 - No Line on the Horizon
DMB - Big Wiskey
Pet Shop Boys - Yes (good album!)
Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe (awesome)
Chris Cornell - Scream

and finally

The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
I really enjoy this album. If you haven't gotten it yet, you really need to check it out.

Eminems' new 7 song album "Relapse: Refill" is out in a few weeks. It is old school Eminem! A cross between Encore and The Eminem Show. Totally contrasty to Relapse. Can't wait for it to come out!


macrumors 68000
Jun 7, 2002
I was really excited about the latest U2 album when it first came out, but now I don't really care for it anymore. My opinion that U2 hasn't put out a truly good album since Achtung Baby hasn't changed.


macrumors newbie
Dec 9, 2009
Mine are
Passion Pit - Manners
N.A.S.A. - The Spirit Of Apollo
K-Os - Yes
Joe Budden - Padded Room
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight


macrumors 65816
Jan 10, 2006
Joker's Daughter - The Last Laugh
The Qemists - Join The Q
Clint Mansell - Moon (Original Score)
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Yagya - Rigning