Okay, here goes. I would break the pop culture of 2009 down this way: a pretty good year for music, an alright year for film and a downright incredible year for television.

Five Favorite Films Of 2009*
1. Fantastic Mr Fox
2. District 9
3. In The Loop [warning for profuse-albeit-very-inventive foul language]
4. Coraline
5. Up

Most Underrated: Duplicity
Most Overrated: Inglourious Basterds

*Bear in mind that I haven’t seen The Hurt Locker, An Education, A Serious Man, The Road, Dr Parnassus, Big Fan or 2012 yet. So this is definitely more of a favorites list than a “best of”. And I am as surprised by the predominance of “family” films as you are…

Twelve Favorite Songs Released in 2009
1. Psalms 40:2 – The Mountain Goats
2. Moment Of Surrender – U2
3. Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
4. Dream City – Free Energy
5. All Nights Rest – Trevor Giuliani
6. Someday I’ll Be Forgiven For This – Justin Townes Earle
7. 21 Guns – Green Day
8. My Girls – Animal Collective
9. Your Control – Crooked Fingers w/Neko Case
10. Daniel – Bat For Lashes
11. Just The Past – Peter Bjorn and John
12. Young Adult Friction – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

What I Actually Listened To In 2009
1. HIStory Vol. 2/Blood On The Dance FloorMichael Jackson
2. Rock Of Ages – The Band [Greatest album title ever? Certainly top 5 greatest live albums.]
3. Day & Age – The Killers
4. Radio City – Big Star
5. Beatles In Mono – The Beatles
6. Singles – New Order
7. Northern Lights – Dawes [came out in 09!]
8. “Breakdown” – GNR
9. Ennismore – Colin Blunstone
10. Everything and anything by Mott The Hoople/Ian Hunter
11. Album – Girls [also 09]
12. Victory For The Comic Muse – The Divine Comedy

That The Golden Age Of Television Showed No Sign Of Slowing Down In 2009Nine Supporting Arguments
1. Friday Night Lights – seasons 3&4
2. LOST – season 5
3. Mad Men – season 3
4. Battlestar Galactica – “Daybreak”, omitting the final 30 seconds.
5. Big Love – season 3
6. Modern Family – season 1
7. Parks And Recreation – season 2, esp the Andy character
8. Hoarders
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm – “The Reunion, pts 1&2″ [warning: extremely crass]

Most Highly Recommended Book: Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder

Favorite DVD By Far: Whit Stillman’s The Last Days Of Disco

So there you have it, and I’m sure I’ve left out a bunch of worthy items. What would you include?!

p.s. The A/V Club has posted a great list of the 32 most anticipated 2010 entertainments. What are they missing? I mean, besides Scorcese’s George Harrison documentary…