Here are my picks for the best music of the year! Enjoy, and tell me your favorite albums or songs of 2009 in the comments or what you liked on my list!
Favorite Album of the Year
BoA - "BoA (Deluxe Version)" (cover above)
Released September 22 (original album released March 17)
Hands down the most well-crafted, danceable, and addictive musical experience of the year. So good, it's actually surprising. Listen often, and listen loudly.
Shakira - "She Wolf" (Released November 23)
Excellent set of songs that should be more popular than they are.
The Temper Trap - "Conditions" (Released October 13)
One of the best debut albums I've ever heard, from the Australian rockers.
Phoenix - "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" (Released May 26)
I became less impressed as the year went on, but still a strong effort.
Maxwell - "BLACKsummers'night" (Released July 7)
Simple, beautiful music.
Passion Pit - "Manners" ... Office - "Mecca" ... Gossip - "Music for Men" ... Lily Allen - "It's Not Me, It's You" ... Robin Thicke - "Sex Therapy: The Session" ... Muse - "The Resistance" ... Pete Yorn - "Back & Fourth" ... Jay-Z - "The Blueprint 3"
Favorite Single of the Year
The Temper Trap - "Fader" from "Conditions" (video above)
An amazing track, not a single instrument, note, sound is out of place.
Muse - "Undisclosed Desires" from "The Resistance" (listen via YouTube)
Sexiest song of the year.
BoA - "I Did It for Love" from "BoA (Deluxe Version)" (listen via YouTube)
Pure relatively mindless fun.
Janet Jackson - "Make Me" from "Number Ones" (listen via YouTube)
Her best song in years, which is really saying something.
Britney Spears - "3" from "Britney Spears: The Singles Collection" (listen via YouTube)
Pop princess making perfect pop.
Phoenix - "1901" from "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" (listen via YouTube)
The way electrorock should be done. Also, this sounds great live.
Shakira - "She Wolf" from "She Wolf" (listen via YouTube) ... Office - "Sticky Dew" from "Mecca" (listen to a sample at Amie Street) ... Amerie - "Why R U" from "In Love & War" (listen via YouTube) ... David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland - "When Love Takes Over" from "One Love" (listen via YouTube) ... Ke$ha - "Tik Tok" (listen via YouTube)
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
I think I've talked the Korean pop star up enough so I'll simply say that I hope she keeps making English language work because I simply love her.
The Temper Trap (above)
Passion Pit (above)
Adam Lambert (above)
Favorite Music Video of the Year
Janet Jackson - "Make Me" (video above)
Take a great song, add some skilled dancing, then top it off with some stunning visual effects and you get a video that will become a classic one day.
Passion Pit - "The Reeling" (video above)
Phoenix - "1901" (video above)
Shakira - "She Wolf" (video above)
Kanye West - "Paranoid" from "808s & Heartbreak" (video above)
That's all I got! See you in 2010 with more new music! Now you tell me, what did you like in 2009 now that you look back on the whole shedooby? Do let us know!