Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Few albums made the massive splash that Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix did this year from the underground to the mainstream. We've been hearing "1901" everywhere from car commercials to top 40 radio. This is one of the less over-exposed tracks off the record, but even under the radar, it shines bright.
This emotional album opener brings a heaping ton of poppy hooks and bouncing guitar chops. It's a dynamic tune that brings to the forefront all the best aspects of the album. And for this reason, it makes our list for best of 2009. Check it out below.