This is harder than it appears. I didn't want 1000, or even 100 songs/artists on this list. 21 is good.
It's possible that a couple of these tunes are from 2008. As a matter of fact I can guarantee it. No matter, they came to my attention in '09.
Go out and support local, live music.
In no particular order:
1. Wavin' Flag: K'Naan
2. Black is the Color: The Dry Spells
3. Blanchard: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
4. First Of The Gang To Die (Morrisey cover): Zee Avi
5. Crazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover): Ray Lamontagne
6. Glorious Dawn (Cosmos Remixed): Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking
7. Going Up The Country: Kitty Daisy & Lewis
8. Lakes Of Pontchartrain: The Be Good Tanyas
9. High: The Wedding Present
10. Quick Canal (w/ Laetitia Sadier): Atlas Sound
11. This Is My House, This Is My Home: We Were Promised Jetpacks
12. Void: T.I.T.S.
13. Bitches Ain't Shit [Dr. Dre Cover]: Ben Folds
14. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse: Julian Casablancas
15. Gila: beach house
16. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl: Allison Moorer
17. Joset of Nazareth's Blues: Titus Andronicus
18. Lust for Life: Girls
19. MICKEY MOUSE: WAVVES
20. Yellow Flip-Flops: Xylos
21. Sexbomb (With Mousse T.): Tom Jones