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Best Music of 2009 (So Far): Josh Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

June 23, 2009  |  1:20am
Best Music of 2009 (So Far): Josh Jackson, Editor-in-Chief
To celebrate the half-way point of 2009, this week Paste staffers are counting down their favorite albums and songs of the year (so far). Check out all of our lists here, and share your own favorites in the comments.

I've always been an album guy, but this is shaping up to be a singles year for me. I've already had quite a few songs on repeat—particularly a somewhat profane power-pop anthem from Wild Light. So my Top 10 Songs has become a Top 20, partly because of the brilliant charity compilation Dark Was the Night. Bon Iver, who didn't release a proper album this year still managed to get two songs on my list. And The Low Anthem, who technically released its gorgeous third album in 2008, sneaked its way thanks to a re-release from Nonesuch. Also, I couldn't resist a plug for The Decemberists' cover of Pink Floyd, which was given away to our Save Paste donors. When it comes to filling an entire LP with great songs, though, Passion Pit is off to an early best-album lead.

Best Albums of 2009 (so far)

  1. Passion Pit - Manners
  2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
  3. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
  4. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
  5. Wild Light - Adult Nights
  6. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
  7. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Elvis Perkins in Dearland
  8. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
  9. Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree In The Ear
  10. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Best Songs of 2009 (so far)
  1. "California On My Mind" - Wild Light
  2. "Little Secrets" - Passion Pit
  3. "My Girls" - Animal Collective
  4. "Lua" - Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch (from Dark Was the Night)
  5. "Charlie Darwin" - The Low Anthem
  6. "Field Report" - Loch Lomond
  7. "Bloodbank" - Bon Iver
  8. "Two Weeks" - Grizzly Bear
  9. "The Rake's Song" - The Decemberists
  10. "No Wedding Cake" - Fol Chen
  11. "Airstream Driver" - Gomez
  12. Roman Candle - "Why Modern Radio Is A-OK"
  13. "This Tornado Loves You" - Neko Case
  14. "Make Light" - Passion Pit
  15. "Brackett, WI" - Bon Iver (from Dark Was the Night)
  16. "Doomsday" - Elvis Perkins
  17. "So Far Around the Bend" - The National (from Dark Was the Night)
  18. "Come Saturday" - Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  19. "Belated Promise Ring" - Iron & Wine
  20. "Echoes" - The Decemberists (live Pink Floyd cover, part of the "Save Paste" download vault)

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