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The Year-End Readers' Poll

Your picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2009

December 15, 2009 4:00 AM ET

Top Singles of 2009

10. "Waking Up in Vegas"
KATY PERRY

9. "1901"
PHOENIX

8. "My Girls"
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

7. "21 Guns"
GREEN DAY

6. "Two Weeks" GRIZZLY BEAR

5. "Sex on Fire"
KINGS OF LEON

4. "Empire State
  of Mind"
JAY-Z FEATURING ALICIA KEYS

3. "Use Somebody"
KINGS OF LEON

2. "Poker Face"
LADY GAGA

1. "The Fixer"
PEARL JAM

Top Albums of 2009

10 .The Dead Weather
HOREHOUND

9. Bruce Springsteen
WORKING ON A DREAM

8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
IT'S BLITZ!

7. Wilco
WILCO (THE ALBUM)

6. Grizzly Bear
VECKATIMEST

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5. Animal Collective
MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILLION

4. U2
NO LINE ON THE HORIZON

3. Lady Gaga
THE FAME MONSTER

2. Green Day
21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN

1. Pearl Jam
BACKSPACER

Top Artists of 2009

10. Taylor Swift

9. Wilco

8. Animal Collective

7. Bruce Springsteen

6. U2

5. Green Day

4. Kings of Leon

3. Lady Gaga

2. Pearl Jam

1. Adam Lambert

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“Promiscuous”

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This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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