I don't really like ranking music that much because i think that an album could mean alot more to one person than another for different reasons so instead of making a "list" of rankings i figured id just tell you about some of my favorite records that were released in 2009 in no particular order.
Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion/Fall Be Kind
Definitely the album (and ep) i listened to most this year. it really seemed like it was AC's year with all the great live shows and these two gems.
Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
All year everyone heard about AC vs GB but once you get past all the hype and arguing it's really just a beautifully crafted record with some really great songs.
Andrew Bird- Noble Beast
I was surprised at how few year end lists this was on. Probably my second favorite Andrew Bird album yet.
Sunset Rubdown- Dragonslayer
Another great album from Spencer Krug, it seems whatever he touches turns to gold.
Flaming Lips- Embryonic
It would have been so easy for the Lips just to turn out another record like the ones they've been making but they decided to take a huge risk and release this super dark double LP, and the results are magical.
Atlas Sound- Logos
Bradford Cox is becoming one of the most reliable figures in indie music. "Walkabout" was my summer jam.
Girls made by far my favorite debut LP of they year. The songs on it just make me happy and sad at the same time.
Dirty Projectors- Bitte Orca
What a monster of an album. Bitte Orca really comes at you from all angles at it succeeds on every level. i love this album
All in all it was a really great year for music. Hopefully 2010 is just as good.