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

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Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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