The list author says: "While alternative and indie rock ruled 2009 once again in terms of quality, the mainstream public started catching on and as a result, artists like Owl City started finally getting the true success they deserved. And while the crop of albums wasn't quite as good as the crop of songs in 2009, they still made for some solid works. Artists like Green Day made a comeback, some artists like Weezer and All Time Low finally found their strong-suit with their fun albums, and then we got introduced to great news bands, such as Cage The Elephant.
Rock N' Roll didn't take a nap in 2009, but instead woke up and told us all was well, so catch up and find it."
"1: It's dark, it's moody, it's independent, and it's surprisingly good. Don't be thrown off by the Twilight name, if you're a fan of alternative rock, or a big indie person, then pick up this album, you'll like what you hear."
"2: Green Day has evolved and devolved in the past 20 years, and if Dookie was Green Day as an ape, 21st Century Breakdown is Green Day as a man. Sure, the man might not be as revolutionary or as fun as the ape, but it makes for a better product overall, and a must-listen."
"7: If you're looking for a party rock album, some cheese, or you're just a Weezer fan, you should be pretty pleased with what you find. It's sort of a new direction for the band, but it's a direction they should have gone in ten years ago."
"10: Best listened to during a morning walk in the mountains, or a hike on the side of the road, Neko Case hits all the right beats and chords to surprising success. If anything, Middle Cyclone crowns her as one of the premiere Indie Queens in music today."
"11: If you're a fan of the band, the genre, or you're just looking for this year's summer soundtrack, this is the album for you. If you're hate the genre, this won't change your mind. With "Nothing Personal" All Time Low reaches an all time high."