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IMP'sTop 20 Albums of 2009

Best-of-the-year lists were once the guiding light for occasional music fans to figure out what to listen to (and buy—go figure). Nowadays, not only can everyone have a list, but everyone should have a list. The internet relies on proliferation and thoroughness to be relevant, since some information isn’t good enough—we need all the information all the time. That’s also where IMP comes in, since the better the internet gets with lists and whatnot, the less trustworthy it is. IMP’s membership is populated strictly by discriminating music lovers with impeccable taste, and the crowd source eliminates anomalies, making IMP among the internet’s most reliable sources. So, here is IMP’s final top 20 albums list of the decade. Thanks to all who participated!

IMP's Top 20 Albums of 2009

 1. Animal Collective
 Merriweather Post Pavilion

 2. Phoenix
 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
 (Glass Note)

 3. Grizzly Bear

 4. Dirty Projectors
 Bitte Orca

 5. Fuck Buttons
 Tarot Sport

 6. Fever Ray
 Fever Ray

 7. Flaming Lips
 (Warner Bros.)

 8. Passion Pit

 9. Yo La Tengo
 Popular Songs

 10. Bat for Lashes
 Two Suns

 11. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

 12. Them Crooked Vultures
 Them Crooked Vultures

 13. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
 It’s Blitz!

 14. Clark
 Totems Flare

 15. The xx
 (Young Turks)

 16. Dan Deacon

 17. Various Artists
 Dark Was the Night

 18. Arctic Monkeys

 19. Maccabbees
 Wall of Arms

 20. Mumford and Sons
 Sigh No More

-- Ryan Mixtape, 01/31/2010