Calculated using the same algorithm as the last two years, and only including albums actually released this year.

  1. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
  2. Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
  3. The Horrors – Primary Colours
  4. Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist
  5. Florence and The Machine – Lungs
  6. Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications
  7. The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love
  8. Califone – All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
  9. Doves – Kingdom Of Rust
  10. Maxïmo Park – Quicken The Heart
  11. And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – The Century of Self
  12. Robyn Hitchcock – Goodnight Oslo
  13. Editors – In This Light And On This Evening
  14. Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers
  15. Bear in Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth
  16. Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young
  17. Fresh Body Shop – The Ugly Army
  18. Atlas Sound – Logos
  19. David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything that Happens will Happen Today
  20. Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk

Oddly enough, three of my most played (and favourite) albums of 2009 were released prior to 2009. They slot into the top 5 as follows:

  1. The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
  2. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
  3. Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
  4. British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
  5. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive

Nothing else from before 2009 got anywhere near the top 20 (American Demo by The Indelicates being the closest by some distance).