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:: Spotlight :: Best of 2009 - Music

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Here are our contributors' choices as their best for 2009.

Stephanie Rhoden

Albums
1) Kings & Queens – Jamie T
2) Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix – Phoenix
3) Far - Regina Spektor
4) It’s Not Me, It’s You - Lily Allen
5) It’s Blitz – Yeah Yeah Yeah’s

Singles
1) Chaka Demus – Jamie T
2) My Girls – Animal Collective
3) 1901 - Pheonix
4) Angela – Jarvis Cocker
5) Getting Wise – Yves Klein Blue

Best Live Gig
Old Crow Medicine Show – At Golden Plains Music Festival, March 7-9

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Justin Donnelly

Top 10 Best Releases Of 2009
Cheap Trick - The Latest (Cheap Trick Unlimited)
Duff McKagan’s Loaded – Sick (Century Media Records)
Steven Wilson – Insurgentes (Kscope Music)
Converge - Axe To Fall (Epitaph Records/Shock Records Distribution)
Katatonia – Night Is The New Day (Peaceville Records)
Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (Century Media Records/Stomp Records Distribution)
Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue (Virgin Records)
OSI - Blood (Inside Out Music/Riot! Entertainment)
Redemption – Snowfall On Judgement Day (Inside Out Music)
Sights & Sounds - Monolith (Smallman Records/Stomp Records Distribution)

Best Concerts Of 2009
A State Of Flux/Darker Half/The Eternal - The Arthouse, March
Cemetery Urn/Dawn Of Azazel/Krisiun – Ding Dong Lounge, April
Pain Of Salvation/Dream Theatre – Palais Theatre, December

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Camille Broomhead

Best Single
Right On - Special Patrol

Best Album
The Stranger's Dozen - Special Patrol

Best Live Gigs
A Day on the Green - Leonard Cohen at the Rochford Winery, January
Tex Perkins, Northcote Social Club, August
Augie March On the Quiet, The Toff in Town, March
The Silence Engine, The Noise Bar, Brunswick, December
Bon Iver, The Forum, January

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Nick Jankulovski

Top 5 Albums
Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
KISS - Sonic Boom
Ace Frehley - Anomaly
Muse - The Resistance

Top 5 Singles
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Muse - Uprising
KISS - Modern Day Delilah
Wolfmother - New Moon Rising
Wolfmother - Back Round

Top 5 Live Gigs
The Prodigy @ The Palace - Jan
Trivium/Black Tide @ The Palace - May
Kaiser Chiefs @ The Palace - April
Wolfmother @ The Palace - Sept.
Bruce Kulick @ The Corner Hotel - Dec

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Meaghan Butler

Best singles
Empire State Of Mind - Alicia Keys and Jay Z
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Bassnectar - "Art Of Revolution (Diplo Remix)
The Dead Weather - “Treat Me Like Your Mother (Diplo Remix)”
As Tall As Lions - “Circles (Diplo Remix)”

Best albums
Lilly Allen - It's Not Me It's You
Yeah Yeah Yeah's - It's Blitz!
Mastrkraft - Fist of God
Black Eyed Peas - The End
The Flaming Lips - Embronic
Diplo - Decent Work for Decent Pay

Best live gigs
Meredith Music Festival, December
Splendour In The Grass - Byron Bay, July
Grafton Primary @ Corner Hotel - July
Yacht Club DJs @ Ding Dong Lounge - November
Falls Festival - December

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Carla Caruso

Best singles
Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
My Delirium - Ladyhawke
Art of Love - Guy Sebastian feat. Jordin Sparks
Been Waiting - Jessica Mauboy
The Climb – Miley Cyrus

Best albums
The Element of Freedom – Alicia Keys
Love and War – Daniel Merriweather
The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
Rated R - Rihanna
Like It Like That – Guy Sebastian

Best live gigs
Homebake Festival, The Domain, Sydney – December
V Festival, Centennial Park, Sydney - March
Beyonce ‘I Am…’ tour, Acer Arena, Sydney - September
Pink ‘Funhouse’ tour – May

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Carmine Pascuzzi

Top Albums
MUSE - The Resistance
DOVES - Kingdom Of Rust
THE TEMPER TRAP - Conditions
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE - Lungs
DIRTY PROJECTORS - Bitte Orca
BAT FOR LASHES - Two Suns
RIHANNA - Rated R
DANIEL MERRIWEATHER - Love And War
BIRD - Girl And A Cello
TAYLOR SWIFT - Fearless

Top Singles

BLACK EYES PEAS - I Gotta Feeling
BAT FOR LASHES - Daniel
KE$HA - Tik Tok
RIHANNA - Russian Roulette
MUSE - Uprising
THE TEMPER TRAP - Sweet Disposition
DIRTY PROJECTORS - Stillness Is The Move
DANIEL MERRIWEATHER - Change
KATY PERRY - Waking Up In Vegas
WARPAINT - Exquisite Corpse EP