I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.
— Dolly Parton
The Best of 2009

The Best of 2009

2009 was the year of the cover, encouraged by the Guilt By Association discs and my newfound love of Nouvelle Vague (the band; my love of the genre is longstanding). When I made my disks, I ordered the music by month; in this list, they’re just grouped by disc in whatever order the iTunes playlist export doled them out in, but you can pretty much follow when I would have heard them if you knew when the band was in Nashville, or what trip I was going on. And then Christmas. There was also one blank track in there, because, you know, pretension can be fun.

Note: The list usually isn’t this long. Apparently all I did in 2009 was listen to music; I recognize that it's a little out of control.

My favorites from 2009:

Disc One
The General Specific Band of Horses
Lost+ Coldplay ft Jay-Z
Come By Me Harry Connick, Jr.
Love Lockdown Kanye West
Paranoid Kanye West ft Mr. Hudson
Just Dance Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis
New In Town Little Boots
Time to Pretend MGMT
Love Hurts Over The Rhine
Kaleidoscope Regina Spektor
Stickshifts and Safetybelts Cake
Soul On Fire Spiritualized
Just Fine Mary J. Blige
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (Acoustic) John Mayer
Love That Girl Raphael Saadiq
People Got A Lotta Nerve Neko Case
That's How Strong My Love Is Otis Redding
Green Light John Legend ft Andre 3000
Click, Click, Click New Kids On The Block
Back To The Start Lily Allen
Walking On A Dream Empire Of The Sun

Disc Two

Effington Ben Folds
Glass of Water Coldplay
Life in Technicolor ii Coldplay
Crush David Archuleta
I Feel It All (Britt Daniel Remix) Feist
Make It Mine (From the Casa Nova Sessions) Jason Mraz
Sun Comes Up John Legend
Here I Am Lyle Lovett
Girlfriend Phoenix
Lisztomania Phoenix
Don't Forget Me Macy Gray
Africa Lowry
Talk You Down The Script
Man Who Can't Be Moved The Script
Tenuousness Andrew Bird
Another Universe Golden Silvers
Birds Fly Away Theresa Andersson
Fade To Black Golden Silvers
You've Really Got A Hold On Me Thao

Disc Three

Flying Over Bus Stops Athlete
Eid Ma Clack Shaw Bill Callahan
Blindsided Bon Iver
Every Day I Write the Book Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Beggin' Madcon
Liar (Radio Edit) Madcon
I Wonder Why Curtis Stigers
Days Go On (Demo) Greg Laswell
How Your Heart Is Wired Bell X1
I Want You Back Jackson 5
Make Her Say Kid Cudi ft. Common & Kanye West
Move You Anya Marina
Little Secrets Passion Pit
My Love The Bird And The Bee
The Great Defector Bell X1
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
Human Nature Michael Jackson
God Give Me Strength Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach

Disc Four

Theme 1 (Waltz) Andrew Bird
Rainy Day Coldplay
Fugitive David Gray
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Demo) Greg Laswell
Waking Up In Vegas Katy Perry
Diet of the Heart Phoenix
Consolation Prizes Phoenix
Bring It On Home to Me Sam Cooke
Brackett, WI Bon Iver
Train Song Ben Gibbard & Feist
Cello Song The Books ft Jose Gonzalez
It's a Beautiful Life Jukebox the Ghost
Sugar, We're Going Down Goat
I Kissed a Girl Max Vernon
Nothing Can Change This Love Sam Cooke
Start a War The National
London Halflife Metric
To a Bond Islands
Absolutely Still Better Than Ezra
Moth's Wings Passion Pit
Save Me From What I Want St. Vincent

Disc Five

Ruby Blue Roisin Murphy
What a Day (2008) Greg Laswell
Lightworks Busta Rhymes + J. Dilla ft. Q-Tip & Talib Kweli
Supermagic Mos Def
Life in Marvelous Times Mos Def
Ever Fallen In Love Nouvelle Vague
Technicolor Nurses
You Are the Blood Sufjan Stevens
Blood, Pt. 2 Buck 65 ft Sufjan Stevens & Serengeti
Quiet Dog Mos Def
I Cut Like a Buffalo The Dead Weather
Only Pieces Here We Go Magic
We've Been Had The Walkmen
Postcards from Tiny Islands The Walkmen
Frankie's Gun! The Felice Brothers
Private Eyes Hall & Oates
Boy With A Coin Iron & Wine
The Guns Of Brixton Nouvelle Vague
In a Manner of Speaking Nouvelle Vague
Bring It On Home To Me Britt Daniel

Disc Six

Promises Badly Drawn Boy
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? The Holmes Brothers
Not Now But Soon Imogen Heap
First Train Home Imogen Heap
Let's Dance M. Ward
Make You Mine Miami Horror
Party In the U.S.A. Miley Cyrus
Heartbreaker MSTRKRFT ft John Legend
Dancing With Myself Nouvelle Vague
I Put a Spell On You Alan Price Set
Poison & Wine The Civil Wars
The Times They Are A-Changin' Keb' Mo'
Jigsaw Falling Into Place Radiohead
Hallelujah, Goodnight! Richard Swift
Another Day Dragonette
Talkin' Van She
Ain't No Rest For The Wicked Cage The Elephant
I Heard It Through The Grapevine Gladys Knight & The Pips
100 Yard Dash Raphael Saadiq
(If You Are Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To Weezer
I Woke Up Today Port O'Brien

Disc Seven

Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise The Avett Brothers
Slight Figure of Speech The Avett Brothers
Thank You Boyz II Men
While You Wait for the Others Grizzly Bear
All This Heartless Bastards
Need You Now Lady Antebellum
1901 Phoenix
You and Whose Army? Radiohead
(I Feel Like) Busting Loose Rebirth Brass Band
The Apocalypse Song St. Vincent
Late for School Steve Martin
It's Only You Mikky Ekko
When My Time Comes Dawes
Anonanimal Andrew Bird
Slow Show The National
Apartment Story The National
Good Arms vs. Bad Arms Frightened Rabbit
Wake Up Arcade Fire
Replay IYAZ

Disc Eight

Empire State of Mind Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys
Be Somebody Kings of Leon
Whatever It Takes Michael Bublé with Ron Sexsmith
They Don't Care About Us Michael Jackson
Armistice MuteMath
Spotlight MuteMath
Electrify MuteMath
The Verb The Swell Season
I Have Loved You Wrong The Swell Season
Keleya Moussa Doumbia
Old Old Fashioned Frightened Rabbit
Dreams Brandi Carlile
Without It MuteMath
Assassin John Mayer
24-25 Kings Of Convenience
Life Of 1,000 Crimes Echo & The Bunnymen
Who Says John Mayer
This Is Not A Love Song Nouvelle Vague

Disc Nine

Cassanova Rebirth Brass Band
Let's Do It Again Rebirth Brass Band
Your Cheatin' Heart Beck
Swim Until You Can't See Land Frightened Rabbit
Fresh Feeling Eels
A Whole Lot Better Brendan Benson
Back Against The Wall Cage The Elephant
Sympathy For The Devil (Neptunes Remix) Rolling Stones
Ready Cat Stevens
Low Rising The Swell Season
Edge Of Desire John Mayer
City Trucks Paper Route
Christmas Time Andy Davis
Why Are Mom and Daddy Fighting On Christmas? K.S. Rhoads
Raise the Tree Trent Dabbs
Santa's Lost His Mojo Jeremy Lister
Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney

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