The 25 Best Albums and Songs of the Year: 2009 in Review


The Rolling Stone editors have unveiled the 25 best albums and songs of 2009, and U2 top both lists with No Line on the Horizon and its single "Moment of Surrender." Jay-Z takes second place on the songs list with his inescapable "Empire State of Mind" and The Blueprint 3 scores Number Four on our albums countdown. Chew over the results — and compare our rankings with the Readers' Poll — here:

The 25 Best Albums of 2009
The 25 Best Songs of 2009
The Year-End Readers' Poll

Plus, look back at the year's craziest rock photos — from Amy Winehouse's topless beach romp to Bruce Springsteen's Super Bowl party and all of Lady Gaga's nuttiest outfits — in the Year in Random Notes. And flip through our gallery of 2009's Rolling Stone covers.

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