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Favorite Albums of 2009

After digging into our Top 100 of the Decade lists, check out what we missed from 2009. A few of our favorite albums from 2009 are listed below.
Top 50 mp3s of 2009

Today, we're bringing you our Favorite Tracks of 2009. We've chosen the Top 50 out of hundreds & hundreds of mp3s that went up on betterPropaganda over the past year. If you'd like to peruse the full list of mp3s that graced the site this year, then check out our 2009 in Songs article where you can listen to every track that went up in '09! If that seems a little daunting, just stay on this page and listen to our Favorites - neatly packaged below in one playlist for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
Favorite Music Videos of 2009

Illustration proved to be a big hit in video this year. Many cover the spectrum of animation including techniques like stop motion, claymation, and computer graphics. Be sure to check out Passion Pit's "The Reeling" and Fleet Foxes' "Mykonos." 2009 also brought many beautifully shot high definition land and cityscapes. Captivating cinematography, amazing lighting and art direction are featured in this selection - view Beirut's "Concubine" or "If I Know You" from The Presets.
Featured Artists & Interviews of 2009

Check out our Top 15 Favorite Features from the last year. We've included Interviews, Album Reviews, Artist Spotlights and Live Reviews. Click on the images to read each review. You can also download songs from all the artists on this list.
The Year In Songs

Find everything that went up in 2009 in our Monthly Batch of Tracks. You can download every single mp3 from the past year! Download mp3s individually or listen to our favorites in one convenient playlist.

Batch of Tracks: December '09

Find everything that went up in December. You can download the following mp3s individually OR listen to the whole batch in one playlist.

2009 is over! Here's to a bigger and better 2010. Happy New Year!

Weekly Batch: January 4 - 10

Every week we bring you our newest batch of uploads from the past 7 days. Download all the songs that went up 1/4-1/10 right here, right now.

Top 100 Albums of the Decade

Compiling a decade list is no small feat. 2000 to the present is compact enough to feel relevant to betterPropaganda's history, but stretches far enough back to include the artists who inspired us to start a site like this in the first place.
Top 100 Artists of the Decade

In selecting our Top 100 Artists of the Decade, we kept our eye on cultural and musical distinctiveness (yes, it's subjective - we know), innovation, longevity, and influence in the industry. Of course, in arguing for our favorites, we turned toward any number of intangibles, and in the end we went with our gut. It was a process driven by frequent spars, plenty of well-intentioned but biting sarcasm, a couple booze-fueled marathon ordering sessions, and - owing to our love of the music - a desire to get things just right. We're happy with the result.
Best Record Labels of the Decade

The future of record labels is constantly in question. However, we at betterPropaganda believe that the labels that matter the most are here to stay. These labels are the cream-of-the-crop - the tastemakers. They put out records because they love them and they know we’ll love them. They hold their genres dear, but have the courage to branch out. They believe in the music they release and, no matter what the sales expectations were, every album is a success because they released something they loved.

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song:No Hope Kids
album:WAVVVES (De Stijl)
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Here We Go Magic
song:Fangela (feat Luke Temple)
album:Here We Go Magic (Western Viny…
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Dirty Projectors
song:Knotty Pine with David Byrne
album:Dark Was The Night (4AD)
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song:In Gear
album:Spectral Sound Vol. 2 (Ghostly…
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Bon Iver
song:Blood Bank
album:Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar Records…
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Animal Collective
song:My Girls
album:Merriweather Post Pavilion (Do…
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song:Lights Go Down
album:Dance Mother (IAmSound)
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Mux Mool
album:Just Sayin Is All (Moodgadget)
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St. Vincent
song:Actor Out Of Work
album:Actor (4AD)
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Fever Ray
song:When I Grow Up (D Lissvik Remi…
album:When I Grow Up (Mute)
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Camera Obscura
song:French Navy
album:My Maudlin Career (4AD)
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Neon Indian
song:Should Have Taken Acid With Yo…
album: Psychic Chasms (Lefse Records…
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Volcano Choir
song:Island, IS
album:Unmap (Jagjaguwar Records)
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song:Young Hearts Spark Fire
album:Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl Record…
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song:Goth Star
album:Dark Rift (LovePump United)
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song:Baby Can't Stop (Lindstrom & C…
album:Real Life Is No Cool (with Chr…
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