The 2009 Readers' Poll: Your Favorite Album, Song and Artist

December 15, 2009 12:00 AM ET

Green Day may have swept Rolling Stone's Decade-End Readers' Poll, but it was Pearl Jam who nearly pulled off the hat trick in our 2009 Year-End Readers' Poll. The Seattle rockers scored best single ("The Fixer") and best album (Backspacer), but didn't pull enough votes to nab the Number One artist position — that honor went to Adam Lambert, the American Idol runner-up who scored a Rolling Stone cover and one of the most talked-about awards show performances in recent history over the course of the last 12 months. Find out where Lady Gaga, the Dead Weather, Animal Collective and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rank here:
The Year-End Readers' Poll

Revisit our Decade-End Readers' Poll and the rest of our Best of the 2000s lists in Rolling Stone's All-Time Greats.

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