This year, every band name is a link that goes to their Last.fm page so you should be able to hear clips for free. A couple of the links don't do that because the band was too obscure for Last.fm. However, this list isn't me being hipper than thou: there are artists in it that have a few hundred listeners, some that have hundreds of thousands. I likes what I likes! :-)
Also, my chart is not linked to adverts, who bought me what or who my mates are. That being said, I wish I was mates with every artist in there as they've all produced wonderful music which has sustained me through a very difficult year. Thank you for making my year brighter!
Ladies and gentlemen, the best albums of 2009!