I’ve opted to do the essentially mandated list of the best albums of 2009. Because who doesn’t love a polarized audience? I left compilations and re-releases off the list, but that doesn’t make “Dark Was the Night” and less ownable. Remember we’re all winners here. Tune in next week for the just as obligated best of the decade list.

10. The Antlers – Hospice

9. Dirty Projector – Bitte Orca

8. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You

7. Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall

6. Major Lazer – Major Lazer

5. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx … Pt. II

4. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

3. Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk

2. The Almighty Defenders – The Almighty Defenders

1. M. Ward – Hold Time