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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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The Brighton Port Authority: I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

The first album from The Brighton Port Authority (aka Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook) is pretty stupid. But also pretty fun.

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Don't Forget Your Wellies: Glastonbury 2008

With only a flimsy $15 tent and wellington boots for protection, PopMatters’ Cole Stryker avoided Amy Winehouse’s punches, the mud, and John Mayer, at the annual global gathering that is the Glastonbury Festival.

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Dizzee Rascal: Maths + English

The U.S. re-release of Dizzee's latest album still feels as exciting and vital as it did when it first came out last year.

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Dizzee Rascal: Maths & English

Dizzee Rascal manages to outdo himself on Maths & English, releasing one of the best and most challenging hip-hop albums in recent memory.

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Indie kids are not enough. UK grime will get lost as a minute blip unless it manages to infiltrate the hip-hop scene that helped spawn it.

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The Shock of the New: Ten Minutes With Dizzee Rascal

Grime's Leading MC is genius enough to deserve respect, and he's got the energy and wit to get it.

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