The Americana/roots/indie/alt/whatever music world has had a pretty great year full of new releases. With a saturated music market delivering innumerable new releases all the time, it's no picnic trying to decide what stands out as the finest recording(s) of the year. But, as you've shown all year on this site, the No Depression community has remarkable taste. A few weeks ago, we asked for your lists. You voted, we tallied. Below you'll find your Top 50 Americana/roots/indie/alt/whatever albums of 2009. Click on the link next to each to purchase/download from Amazon. Those which have been reviewed on this site will also have a link to the review(s). Enjoy!
1. Buddy & Julie Miller - Written in Chalk 2. Avett Brothers - I and Love and You 3. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone 4. Tom Russell - Blood and Candle Smoke 5. Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women 6. Wilco - Wilco (the Album) 7. Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies 8. Chuck Prophet - Let Freedom Ring 9. Steve Earle - Townes 10. Guy Clark - Somedays the Song Writes You 11. Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away 12. Sam Baker - Cotton 13. Son Volt - American Central Dust 14. Eilen Jewell - Sea of Tears 15. Rosanne Cash - The List 16. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Self-titled 17. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt 18. Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of a Friend 19. John Doe & the Sadies - Country Club 20. Drive-By Truckers - The Fine Print 21. Joe Henry - Blood From Stars 22. Gurf Morlix - Last Exit to Happyland 23. Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine 24. Kris Kristofferson - Closer to the Bone 25. Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers - Self-titled 26. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast 27. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel - Willie & the Wheel 28. Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day 29. Drivin' and Cryin' - Great American Bubble Factory 30. Gary Louris and Mark Olson - Ready for the Flood 31. Booker T. & the Drive-By Truckers - Potato Hole 32. Lyle Lovett - Natural Forces 33. Richmond Fontaine - We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River 34. Alela Diane - To Be Still 35. Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle - Let's Just Stay Here 36. Israel Nash Gripka - New York Town 37. Loudon Wainwright III - High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project 38. Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan 39. Wayne Hancock - Viper of Melody 40. Cracker - Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey 41. Lucero - 1372 Overton Park 42. Monsters of Folk - Self-titled 43. Caroline Herring - Golden Apples of the Sun 44. John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again 45. Radney Foster & the Confessions - Revival 46. Handome Family - Honey Moon 47. Amanda Shires - West Cross Timbers 48. Built to Spill - There Is No Enemy 49. The Gourds - Haymaker 50. A.A. Bondy - When the Devil's Loose
Thanks to everyone who voted! We'll be posting the Best of the Decade list next week. Stay tuned for that.
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