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Posted by: Dave on February 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

MarsVoltaOctahedron.jpgExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best aggressive rock tracks of 2009. To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. The Mars Volta “Teflon” Octahedron (Warner Brothers)

2. The Mars Volta “Cotopaxi” Octahedron (Warner Brothers)

3. Them Crooked Vultures “Scumbag Blues” Them Crooked Vultures (Interscope)

4. Them Crooked Vultures “New Fang” Them Crooked Vultures (Interscope)

5. Future of the Left “The Hope That House Built” Travels with Myself and Another (4AD)

6. The Rural Alberta Advantage “The Dethbridge in Lethbridge” Hometowns (Saddle Creek)

7. Obits “Two-Headed Coin” I Blame You (Sub Pop)

8. Obits “Widow of My Dreams” I Blame You (Sub Pop)

9. Ladyfinger (ne) “Over and Over” Dusk (Saddle Creek)

10. Thrice “Doublespeak” Beggars (Vagrant)

11. AFI “Torch Song” Crash Love (Interscope)

12. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead “Fields of Coal” The Century of Self (Justice)

13. The Veils “Killed by the Boom” Sun Gangs (Rough Trade)

14. Cursive “In the Now” Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek)

15. Cursive “Mama, I’m Satan” Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek)

16. Future of the Left “Arming Eritrea” Travels With Myself and Another (4AD)

17. Future of the Left “Throwing Bricks at Trains” Travels With Myself and Another (4AD)

18. Thrice “All the World Is Mad” Beggars (Vagrant)

19. Thrice “Beggars” Beggars (Vagrant)

20. The Mars Volta “Desperate Graves” Octahedron (Warner Brothers)

21. Them Crooked Vultures “Bandoliers” Them Crooked Vultures (Interscope)

22. The Dead Weather “Treat Me Like Your Mother” Horehound (Third Man/Warner Brothers)

23. Thursday featuring Tim McIlrath “Resuscitation of a Dead Man” Common Existence (Epitaph)

24. Cursive “From the Hips” Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek)

25. Cursive “Mama, I’m Swollen” Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek)


Posted by: Dave on at 1:02 pm

White Lies.jpgExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best mainstream rock tracks of 2009. To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. White Lies “E.S.T.” To Lose My Life (Geffen)

2. Muse “I Belong To You (New Moon Remix)” New Moon Soundtrack (Chop Shop/Atlantic)

3. Fall Out Boy “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes” Folie à Deux (Island)

4. Green Day “East Jesus Nowhere” 21st Century Breakdown (Reprise)

5. AFI “Darling I Want to Destroy You” Crash Love (Interscope)

6. Kelly Clarkson “Whyyawannabringmedown” All I Ever Wanted (RCA)

7. Florence + The Machine “Kiss With A Fist” Lungs (Island)

8. Beast “Mr. Hurricane” Beast (Verve Forecast)

9. Dave Matthews Band “Shake Me Like A Monkey” Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King (RCA)

10. Matisyahu “On Nature” Light (Epic)

11. Street Sweeper Social Club “Promenade” Street Sweeper Social Club (Street Sweeper Social Club)

12. Fall Out Boy “I Don’t Care” Folie à Deux (Island)

13. Pearl Jam “Supersonic” Backspacer (Monkeywrench)

14. The Thermals “We Were Sick” Now We Can See (Kill Rock Stars)

15. The Cribs “We Were Aborted” Ignore the Ignorant (Warner Brothers)

16. Manchester Orchestra “My Friend Marcus” Mean Everything to Nothing (Favorite Gentleman/Canvasback)

17. Taking Back Sunday “Cut Me Up Jenny” New Again (Warner Brothers)

18. U2 “Breathe” No Line On the Horizon (Interscope)

19. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Dull Life” It’s Blitz! (Interscope)

20. Nico Vega “Burn Burn” Nico Vega (MySpace)

21. Ida Maria “Oh My God” Fortress ‘round My Heart (Mercury)

22. Spinnerette “Ghetto Love” Spinnerette (Anthem)

23. Beast “Devil” Beast (Verve Forecast)


Posted by: Dave on at 1:00 pm

3 Inches of Blood Here Waits.jpgExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best metal tracks of 2009. To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. 3 Inches of Blood “Battles and Brotherhood” Here Waits Thy Doom (Century Media)

2. Heaven & Hell “Double the Pain” The Devil You Know (Rhino)

3. The Decemberists “The Queen’s Rebuke/The Crossing” The Hazards of Love (Capitol)

4. Wolfmother “10,000 Feet” Cosmic Egg (Interscope)

5. Mastodon “The Czar” Crack the Skye (Reprise)

6. CKY “Imaginary Threats” Carver City (Roadrunner)

7. Wolfmother “California Queen” Cosmic Egg (Interscope)

8. Wolfmother “New Moon Rising” Cosmic Egg (Interscope)

9. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “You Better Pray” Lonely Road (Virgin)

10. Megadeth “Bodies” Endgame (Roadrunner)

11. Slayer “Unit 731” World Painted Blood (American)

12. Slayer “World Painted Blood” World Painted Blood (American)

13. Heaven & Hell “Eating the Cannibals” The Devil You Know (Rhino)

14. CKY “Plagued By Images” Carver City (Roadrunner)


Posted by: Dave on February 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Anti-PopFluBlack.jpgExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best indie and indie-minded hip hop tracks of 2009 (Volume 1 of 2). To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. Anti-Pop Consortium “SuperUnfrontable” Flourescent Black (Big Dada)

2. Common “Gladiator” Universal Mind Control (Geffen)

3. P.O.S. “Low Light Low Life” Never Better (Rhymesayers)

4. Dead Prez and the Evil Genius Green Lantern “Afrika Hot!” Pulse of the People (Invasion)

5. Dead Prez and the Evil Genius Green Lantern “$timulus Plan” Pulse of the People (Invasion)

6. Toki Wright “State of Emergency” A Different Mirror (Rhymesayers)

7. Toki Wright featuring Brother Ali “The Feeling” A Different Mirror (Rhymesayers)

8. Brother Ali “The Preacher” Us (Rhymesayers)

9. C-Rayz Walz featuring Roman E. Gripp “Whiskey Mechanics” Who the Fuck Are You?! (Kings Link)

10. Rakim “How to Emcee” The Seventh Seal (SMC)

11. Rakim “Put It All To Music” The Seventh Seal (SMC)

12. Chali 2na “Comin’ Thru” Fish Outta Water (Decon)

13. Toki Wright “Next Best Thing” A Different Mirror (Rhymesayers)

14. Toki Wright “More Fiya” A Different Mirror (Rhymesayers)

15. Brother Ali “House Keys” Us (Rhymesayers)

16. Brother Ali “Babygirl” Us (Rhymesayers)

17. Anti-Pop Consortium “SHINE” Flourescent Black (Big Dada)

18. DOOM “Gazzillion Ear” Born Like This (Lex)

19. DOOM “Microwave Mayo” Born Like This (Lex)

20. P.O.S. “Out of Category” Never Better (Rhymesayers)

21. Kid Cudi “Solo Dolo (Nightmare)” Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.)

22. Chali 2na “4 Be Be” Fish Outta Water (Decon)

23. Chali 2na “Controlled Coincidence” Fish Outta Water (Decon)


Posted by: Dave on at 11:12 pm

Mr. Lif I Heard It TodayExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best indie and indie-minded hip hop tracks of 2009 (Volume 2 of 2). To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. Mr. Lif featuring Bahamadia “Breathe” I Heard It Today (Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises)

2. Q-Tip “Make It Work” Kamaal the Abstract (Jive)

3. P.O.S. “Savion Glavor” Never Better (Rhymesayers)

4. Brother Ali “Fresh Air” Us (Rhymesayers)

5. Chali 2na “Love’s Gonna Getcha” Fish Outta Water (Decon)

6. Wale featuring Bun B “Mirrors” Attention Deficit (Interscope)

7. N.A.S.A. featuring Method Man, E-40, DJ Swamp “N.A.S.A. Music” The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)

8. Wu-Tang “NYC Crack” Chamber Music (Koch)

9. Raekwon “Surgical Gloves” Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (Ice H20/EMI)

10. Raekwon featuring Cappadonna and Ghostface Killah “10 Bricks” Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (Ice H20/EMI)

11. Mos Def “Revelations” The Ecstatic (Downtown)

12. DOOM “That’s That” Born Like This (Lex)

13. Mr. Lif “I Heard It Today” I Heard It Today (Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises)

14. Mr. Lif “Obama (Main)” Obama EP (Thought Wizard)

15. Brother Ali “Tight Rope” Us (Rhymesayers)

16. Brother Ali “Bad Mufucker Pt. II” Us (Rhymesayers)

17. Chali 2na “Graff Time” Fish Outta Water (Decon)

18. N.A.S.A. featuring Tom Waits & Kool Keith “Spacious Thoughts” The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)

19. DOOM “Cellz” Born Like This (Lex)

20. DOOM “Batty Boys” Born Like This (Lex)

21. Mos Def featuring Slick Rick “Auditorium” The Ecstatic (Downtown)

22. Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck “Black Mozart” Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (Ice H20/EMI)

23. U-God “Hips” Dopium (Babygrande)


Posted by: Dave on at 11:10 pm

Jay-Z Blueprint 3.jpgExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best mainstream hip hop tracks of 2009 (Volume 1 of 2). To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. Jay-Z “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)

2. Jay-Z “Reminder” The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)

3. Rakim “Working For You” The Seventh Seal (SMC)

4. Rakim “Still In Love” The Seventh Seal (SMC)

5. Scarface featuring Wacko “We Need You” (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

6. 50 Cent “Death To My Enemies” Before I Self Destruct (Aftermath)

7. 50 Cent “Stretch” Before I Self Destruct (Aftermath)

8. Busta Rhymes “Wheel of Fortune” Back on My B.S. (Universal Motown)

9. Busta Rhymes “I’m a Go and Get My…” Back on My B.S. (Universal Motown)

10. Capone-N-Noreaga “Grand Royal” Channel 10 (SMC)

11. Raekwon featuring Lyfe Jennings “Catalina” Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (Ice H20/EMI)

12. Raekwon featuring Busta Rhymes “About Me” Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (Ice H20/EMI)

13. 50 Cent “Crime Wave” Before I Self Destruct (Aftermath)

14. Rakim “Holy Are You” The Seventh Seal (SMC)

15. Trick Daddy “Everyday Struggle” Finally Famous: Born A Thug, Still A Thug (Dunk Ryder)

16. Jay-Z featuring Kanye West “Hate” The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)

17. UGK featuring Big Gipp “Purse Come First” UGK 4 Life (Jive)

18. Method Man/Redman featuring Bun B “City Lights” Blackout! 2 (Def Jam)

19. Method Man/Redman featuring Raekwon & Ghostface Killah “Four Minutes to Lock Down” Blackout! 2 (Def Jam)

20. Raekwon featuring Method Man and Ghostface Killah “The New Wu” Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (Ice H20/EMI)

21. Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah and Method Man “House of Flying Daggers” Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (Ice H20/EMI)


Posted by: Dave on at 11:08 pm

EminemRelapse.jpgExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best mainstream hip hop tracks of 2009 (Volume 2 of 2). To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. Eminem “3 a.m.” Relapse (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

2. Eminem “My Mom” Relapse (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

3. 50 Cent “So Disrespectful” Before I Self Destruct (Aftermath)

4. 50 Cent featuring Eminem “Psycho” Before I Self Destruct (Aftermath)

5. Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West and Common “Make Her Say” Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.)

6. UGK “She Luv It” UGK 4 Life (Jive)

7. Rick Ross featuring Magazeen “Yacht Club” Deeper Than Rap (Def Jam)

8. Plies “All Black” Da REAList (Atlantic)

9. Plies “Me & My Goons” Da REAList (Atlantic)

10. Jay-Z “On to the Next One” The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)

11. Jay-Z “Venus vs. Mars” The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)

12. Eminem “We Made You” Relapse (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

13. Eminem featuring Dr. Dre & 50 Cent “Crack a Bottle” Relapse (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

14. UGK featuring Akon “Hard As Hell” UGK 4 Life (Jive)

15. UGK featuring Lil Boosie & Webbie “Harry Asshole” UGK 4 Life (Jive)

16. Ghostface Killah featuring Raheem DeVaughn “Baby” Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (Def Jam)

17. Jay-Z featuring Drake “Off That” The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)

18. Slim Thug “Thug” Boss of All Bosses (Koch)

19. Slim Thug featuring Mannie Fresh “Show Me Love” Boss of All Bosses (Koch)

20. Dorrough “Ice Cream Paint Job” Dorrough Music (E1)

21. Dorrough “Hood Song” Dorrough Music (E1)

22. Mims “Move (If You Wanna)” Guilt (Capitol/EMI)


Posted by: Dave on at 11:06 pm

KNaan Troubadour.jpgExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2009, these are the rest of the best electro funk/hip hop/modern caribbean and soul/r&b tracks of 2009. To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009.

1. K’Naan featuring Chubb Rock “ABC’s” Troubadour (A&M/Octone)

2. B Real featuring Damian Marley “Fire” Smoke N Mirrors (Duck Down)

3. Wale featuring Lady GaGa “Chillin’” Attention Deficit (Interscope)

4. Common “Universal Mind Control” Universal Mind Control (Geffen)

5. N.A.S.A. featuring David Byrne, Chali 2Na, Gift of Gab & Z-Trip “The People Tree” The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)

6. Kid Cudi featuring Ratatat “Alive (Nightmare)” Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.)

7. Kid Cudi featuring MGMT and Ratatat “Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)” Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.)

8. Anthony Hamilton featuring David Banner “Cool” The Point of It All (La Face)

9. Musiq Soulchild featuring Damian Marley “I Wannabe” OnMyRadio (Atlantic)

10. Chrisette Michelle “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” Epiphany (Def Jam)

11. Mariah Carey “It’s A Wrap” Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (Island)

12. Prince “Here” MPLsound (NPG)

13. Jeremih “Birthday Sex” Jeremih (Def Jam)

14. Maxwell “Pretty Wings (Uncut)” BLACKsummers’night (Columbia)

15. Q-Tip “Even If It Is So” Kamaal the Abstract (Jive)

16. Busta Rhymes featuring Pharrell and Tosh “Kill Dem” Back on My B.S. (Universal Motown)

17. Pitbull featuring Lil Jon “Crazy” Rebelution (J)

18. MSTRKRFT featuring N.O.R.E. & Isis “Bounce” Fist of God (Downtown)

19. N.A.S.A. featuring Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx “A Volta” The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)

20. N.A.S.A. featuring Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Fatlip “Strange Enough” The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)

21. Prince “Valentina” MPLsound (NPG)




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