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With some seven weeks to go ‘til auld lang syne, retail giant has officially jumped the ‘09 gun (if not the shark), announcing its definitive Editors’ Pick list of the year’s best albums.

Read the top 50 after the jump, beginning a trio of dry-clean-only TV clowns, and ending with the giant Mercury-Cougar-honkin’ clue on the left.


Best Albums Of 2009 (Editors’ Picks)
50 The Lonely Island, Incredibad
49 Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11
48 Thao, Know Better Learn Faster
47 Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement
46 Noisettes, Wild Young Hearts
45 Doom, Born Like This
44 Bonnie Prince Billy, Beware
43 Throw Me the Statue, Creaturesque
42 Lily Allen, It’s Not Me, It’s You
41 Vieux Farka Touré, Fondo
40 St. Vincent, Actor
39 Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
38 Silversun Pickups, Swoon
37 Cass McCombs, Catacombs
36 Bob Dylan, Together Through Life
35 Antony And The Johnsons, The Crying Light
34 Iggy Pop, Preliminaires
33 Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper
32 A.C. Newman, Get Guilty
31 U2, No Line On The Horizon
30 Imogen Heap, Ellipse
29 Cave Singers, Welcome Joy
28 La Roux, La Roux
27 Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The Night)
26 Mark Knopfler, Get Lucky
25 Steve Martin, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo
24 The Bird and the Bee, Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
23 Various Artists, Dark Was The Night
22 Iron & Wine, Around The Well
21 Mastodon, Crack The Skye
20 Horrors, Primary Colours
19 Leonard Cohen, Live In London
18 Amadou & Mariam,Welcome To Mali
17 Sarah Jarosz, Song Up In Her Head
16 Steve Earles, Townes
15 The Swell Season, Strict Joy
14 Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest
13 Passion Pit, Manners
12 Wilco, Wilco (The Album)
11 Metric, Fantasies
10 Camera Obscura, My Maudlin Career
09 Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3
08 K’Naan, Troubadour
07 Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion
06 Girls, Album
05 The Avett Brothers, I And Love And You
04 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
03 Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
02 Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz
01 Neko Case, Middle Cyclone

Naturally, we have some quibbles. I found Neko’s record oddly muted and underwhelming, not so much Cyclone as stiff breeze; our commentors clearly disagreed. I’m also not sure I’m sold on Pains of Being Pure at Hearts’ early-’90s Brit-jangle revivalism, “Everything With You” aside. Or Passion Pit above the Grizzle Bear? As for the Steve Martin record—when I want banjo-Martin, I go Jerk.

But let me turn the conversation to you, Music Mixers; what’s missing and mislabeled here? And what is just as it should be? Also, for compare ‘n’ contrast, check out Amazon’s list of best and best-selling side by side here (hint: Bono will be much more pleased with the latter).

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