These are a few of our favourite bands

Journal staffers and lovers weigh in on their picks of the best music 2009 had to offer; Lady Gaga didn’t make the cut

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1. The Horrors—Primary Colours (XL Recordings)
2. Animal Collective—Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)
3. Dan Deacon—Bromst (Carpark Records)
4. Mika Miko—We Be Xuxa (Post Present Medium)
5. YACHT—See Mystery Lights (DFA Records)
—Tyler Ball

1. The Dirty Projectors—Bitte Orca (Domino Records)
2. Think About Life—Family (Alien8 Recordings)
3. God Help The Girl—God Help The Girl (Rough Trade)
4. Animal Collective—Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)
5. Grizzly Bear—Veckatimest (Warp)
—Emily Whalen

1. The Decemberists—The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
2. Animal Collective—Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records)
3. Rain Machine—Rain Machine (ANTI)
4. Monsters of Folk—Monsters of Folk (Rough Trade)
5. Florence and the Machine—Lungs (Island Records)
—Ally Hall

1. Ohbijou—Beacons (Last Gang)
2. Lil Wayne—No Ceilings (Cash Money Records)
3. Local Natives—Gorilla Manor (French Kiss)
4. The XX—The XX (Young Turks)
5. Precious Fathers—Alluvial Fan (White Whale)
—Kate Kilgour

1. Metric—Fantasies (Metric Music International)
2. Phoenix—Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Loyauté)
3. Malajube—Labyrinthes (Dare To Care Records)
4. Jay-Z—The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)
5. Lily Allen—It’s Not Me, It’s You (Regal Records)
—Michael Woods

1. La Roux—La Roux (Polydor)
2. Annie—Don’t Stop (679/Island/
Smalltown Supersound)
3. Dragonette—Fixin To Thrill (Universal)
4. Metric—Fantasies (Metric Music International)
5. Calvin Harris—Ready for The Weekend (Fly Eye/ Columbia/ Sony)
—Lauren Miles

1. The Decemberists—The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
2. Two Hours Traffic—Territory (Bumstead/Collagen Rock)
3. Lily Allen—It’s Not Me It’s You (Regal Records)
4. Pet Shop Boys—Yes (Parlophone)
5.Metric—Fantasies (Metric Music International)
—Emily Davies

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