Music magazines and (now many) blogs have fun each year critiquing and listing their favorite albums and songs of the year. Including TNOP. But the most comprehensive barometer of the past 365 days in music remains the Pazz & Jop poll in The Village Voice, compiled from the votes of over 800 critics. In addition, the Voice provides entertaining articles and interactive links not only about the winners, but the state of the music industry in general.
For 2009, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion was the runaway number one on the album chart (entire albums list can be accessed here), and Jay-Z's collaboration with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," took the single of the year honors (entire singles list can be accessed here). Phoenix made a strong showing on both charts, locking down the #2 album and the #2 & #9 singles.