Over the next two weeks I’ll count down the ten 2009 songs I liked best. My ground rules are that I’ll feature only one song per album — no point in listing ten songs spread between two artists — and the albums had to be released this year. I did discover some older music this year, but those songs don’t make the cut.
This year has been rather lackluster for new music, despite some strong albums at the top of my list. The albums I expected to buy mostly lived up to my expectations but what the year lacked was a group of new releases discovered through year-end best-of lists, something I’ve counted on over the past few years.