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The Top 10 Everything of 2009

TIME charts the highs and lows of the past year in 50 wide-ranging lists

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Top 10 Albums

  1. American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley
  2. Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors
  3. Crack the Skye by Mastodon
  4. Revolution by Miranda Lambert
  5. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
  6. Love vs. Money by The-Dream
  7. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt 2 by Raekwon
  8. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear
  9. I and Love and You by the Avett Brothers
  10. The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga

Top 10 Animal Stories

  1. The First Family Gets a Dog
  2. The President Executes a Housefly
  3. Pet-Pig Craze: The Teacup
  4. Jessica Simpson’s Dog Becomes Coyote’s Bitch
  5. Cat Gets Swine Flu
  6. Sheep That Shrink Like Wool Sweaters
  7. Chimp Mauls Woman
  8. Spain Debates a Ban on Bullfighting
  9. Bolivia Bans Circus Animals
  10. Scientists Levitate a Mouse

Top 10 Apologies

  1. A Rambling Apology from a Roving Governor
  2. Err Force One
  3. Apology Not Accepted
  4. A Heckler in the House
  5. He Didn’t Let Her Finish
  6. Serena Williams: My Fault
  7. A Presidential Pardon Me
  8. Who’s the Boss?
  9. California Says It’s Sorry, 150 Years Late
  10. Keep Doing What, Ernie?

Top 10 Art Exhibitions

  1. Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective
  2. William Kentridge: Five Themes
  3. Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice
  4. Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007
  5. Yinka Shonibare MBE
  6. James Ensor
  7. Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons
  8. Kandinsky
  9. Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction
  10. Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective

Top 10 Awkward Moments

  1. Balloon Boy Spills the Beans
  2. Kanye West Doesn’t Let Taylor Swift Finish
  3. The Beer Summit
  4. Artie Lange Steals Joe Buck’s Show
  5. Mark Sanford’s Mea Culpa
  6. Ryan Seacrest’s Regrettable High Five
  7. Joaquin Phoenix Bombs on Letterman
  8. The Colonel Is in the House
  9. Joe Jackson Works the Red Carpet
  10. Categorizing Caster Semenya

Top 10 Best Business Deals

  1. Berkshire Hathaway–Goldman Sachs
  2. JPMorgan Chase and the Deals It Didn’t Do
  3. BB&T-Colonial
  4. Berkshire Hathaway–Burlington Northern
  5. Ford’s $23.6 Billion Loan Grab
  6. BlackRock–Barclays Global Investors
  7. HP-EDS
  8. Google-AdMob
  9. Time Warner Spins Off Cable and AOL
  10. Mead Johnson Nutrition

Top 10 Breakups

  1. Silvio Berlusconi and Veronica Lario
  2. Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston
  3. Lou Dobbs and CNN
  4. Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson
  5. Mel and Robyn Gibson
  6. Jon and Kate Gosselin
  7. Michael Phelps and Kellogg Co.
  8. Oasis
  9. Harry and Pepper, the San Francisco Zoo’s Gay Penguins
  10. Rihanna and Chris Brown

Top 10 Buzzwords

  1. Sexting
  2. Public Option
  3. Autotune
  4. Wise Latina
  5. Death Panel
  6. Birther
  7. Opposite Marriage
  8. Summer of Death
  9. Beer Summit
  10. Green Shoots

Top 10 Children’s Books

  1. Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
  2. Guess Again by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Adam Rex
  3. Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth by Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner
  4. Crow Call by Lois Lowry; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
  5. Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
  6. Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman
  7. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  8. Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie! by Judy Cox, illustrated by Joe Mathieu
  9. The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket; illustrated by Carson Ellis; music (accompanying CD) by Nathaniel Stookey
  10. The Snow Day by Komako Sakai

Top 10 Crime Stories

  1. Finding Jaycee Dugard
  2. The Cleveland Serial Rapist-Killer
  3. The Craigslist Killer
  4. The Headscarf Martyr
  5. The Mystery of the Dead Census Worker
  6. Murdering the Abortionist
  7. The Tacoma Massacre
  8. The Annie Le Murder
  9. The Deaths of Byrd and Melanie Billings
  10. The Return of the Pishtacos

Top 10 Editorial Cartoons

  1. ‘Save the Women and Children … and My Bonus Too’
  2. The Watchful Eye of Twitter
  3. ‘Now Stand Aside, Worthy — Aw, Just Get Outta the Way’
  4. Downsizing in Detroit
  5. ‘We Only Provided a Target’
  6. Eight Was Enough
  7. ‘Now This Is It’
  8. Auditioning for the Supremes
  9. Public Option No. 1
  10. The Boy in the Fiscal Bubble

Top 10 Facebook Stories

  1. The Site that Ate the Internet
  2. FarmVille
  3. Twitter Fail
  4. Getting the Last Laugh
  5. Rewriting Your Rights
  6. Facebook: Read the Book, See the Movie
  7. Michael Jackson vs. Barack Obama
  8. Breast Practices
  9. Unfriend (Verb)
  10. Gatecrash-Gate

Top 10 Fashion Faux Pas

  1. Stars: They’re Not Like Us
  2. Drew’s Do
  3. Cate’s Blanket
  4. Lady Gaga Tries Normal
  5. Scaling Up
  6. Royal Mess
  7. Never Mind the Bullocks
  8. Gray Anatomy
  9. Kilting Me Softly
  10. Stone Cold

Top 10 Fashion Moments

  1. Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Gown
  2. In a Downturn, High-End Denim
  3. Gaga for Lady Gaga
  4. Shortsgate
  5. It’s the ’80s Again, Ladies
  6. Mad Men‘s Off-Air Influence
  7. Respect for the Hat
  8. Madge’s Party Attire
  9. Sanity Returns to Shoes
  10. Goth Ninja

Top 10 Feuds

  1. Gates vs. Crowley
  2. Gosselin vs. Gosselin
  3. Cramer vs. Stewart
  4. Palin vs. Johnston
  5. Lewis vs. Thain
  6. Obama vs. Fox News
  7. Walmart vs. Amazon vs. Target
  8. Venezuela vs. Colombia
  9. Greenberg vs. AIG
  10. Olbermann vs. O’Reilly

Top 10 Fiction Books

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  2. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
  3. Swimming by Nicola Keegan
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  5. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
  6. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
  7. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
  8. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
  9. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  10. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell

Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities

  1. Octomom
  2. Susan Boyle
  3. Miss California
  4. Orly Taitz
  5. Dr. Conrad Murray
  6. Stephanie Birkitt
  7. The White House Gate Crashers
  8. John Yettaw
  9. Tiger Woods’ Alleged Mistress
  10. Edgar (Patient Zero) Hernandez

Top 10 Gadgets

  1. Motorola Droid
  2. The Nook
  3. Dyson Air Multiplier
  4. iPhone 3GS
  5. Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  6. Dell Adamo XPS
  7. FinePix Real 3D W1
  8. Casio G-Shock GW7900B-1
  9. Beats Solo by Dr. Dre
  10. Panasonic G10 Series Plasma HDTVs

Top 10 Green Ideas

  1. U.N. Climate-Change Summit
  2. Cap-and-Trade Debate in Washington
  3. Stricter Auto Fuel-Efficiency Standards
  4. General Motors Goes Bankrupt
  5. EPA to Regulate CO2
  6. Biofuels Aren’t That Green
  7. Factory Farming and Swine Flu
  8. Obama’s Green Cabinet
  9. China’s Green Stimulus
  10. Nissan’s All-Electric Leaf

Top 10 Heroes

  1. Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger
  2. Neda Agha-Soltan
  3. Mike Perham
  4. Captain Richard Phillips
  5. Kimberley Munley and Mark Todd
  6. Ally Jacobs and Lisa Campbell
  7. Tan Zuoren
  8. Leonard Abess
  9. Sultan Munadi
  10. Muelmar Magallanes

Top 10 iPhone Apps

  1. Tweetie 2
  2. Yelp
  3. Slacker
  4. FlightTrack Pro
  5. Mint
  6. SlingPlayer Mobile
  7. The Small Chair (McSweeney’s)
  8. RunKeeper
  9. Photoshop.com Mobile
  10. Locavore

Top 10 Late-Night Jokes

  1. Dave’s Dirty Laundry
  2. The Daily Show’s CNBC Takedown
  3. Conan Gets a Mayor’s Attention
  4. Why Sarah Palin Is No Letterman Fan
  5. The White House Gets Less Funny
  6. Jon Stewart: How Not to Do Interviews
  7. Glenn Beck: Too Wacky Even for Colbert
  8. Disgraced Politician Watch
  9. Don’t Ask, Don’t Take Seriously
  10. Overdosing on Tweets

Top 10 Magazine Covers

  1. New York, Feb. 22
  2. The New Yorker, June 1
  3. Texas Monthly, March
  4. W, October
  5. Tar, Spring-Summer
  6. The New Yorker, Nov. 2
  7. The Advocate, June 7
  8. New York, Oct. 4
  9. Interview, November
  10. Vogue Australia, September

Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs

  1. New Mammography Guidelines
  2. AIDS Vaccine
  3. Funding Ban Lifted on Stem-Cell Research
  4. H1N1 Vaccine
  5. Stem-Cell-Created Mice
  6. Prostate-Cancer Screening
  7. New Research on Autism
  8. New Drug for Osteoporosis
  9. New Alzheimer’s Genes
  10. Brown Fat in Adults

Top 10 Movie Performances

  1. 1. Mo’nique as Mary Jones in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
  2. 2. Carey Mulligan as Jenny in An Education
  3. 3. Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones
  4. 4. Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie & Julia
  5. 5. Marion Cotillard as Luisa Contini in Nine
  6. 1. Colin Firth as George in A Single Man
  7. 2. Jeremy Renner as Staff Sergeant William James in The Hurt Locker
  8. 3. George Clooney as Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air
  9. 4. Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds
  10. 5. Michael Jackson as Michael Jackson in Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Top 10 Movies

  1. The Princess and the Frog
  2. Up
  3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  4. The Hurt Locker
  5. Up in the Air
  6. The White Ribbon
  7. A Single Man
  8. Of Time and the City
  9. District 9
  10. Thirst

Top 10 New Species

  1. Ratzilla
  2. Teeny T. Rex
  3. Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Shrooms
  4. Land of the Pink Iguana?
  5. The World’s Biggest Snake
  6. The World’s Weirdest Fish
  7. New Spiders from New Guinea
  8. Frog Bonanza in Madagascar
  9. A Dinosaur Named Zac
  10. Himalayan Hoard

Top 10 News Stories

  1. America’s Economic Crisis: Now for the Non-Recovery
  2. Afghanistan: Can the U.S. Avoid a Quagmire?
  3. Iran’s Tumultuous Election and Its Aftermath
  4. The Divisive Debate Over Health Care Reform
  5. Massacre at Fort Hood: The New Face of Terrorism?
  6. The Death of Michael Jackson
  7. Pakistan: On the Verge of a Breakdown
  8. Mexico’s Bloody Drug War
  9. H1N1: That’s Swine Flu to You
  10. The End of Sri Lanka’s Cataclysmic Civil War

Top 10 Nonfiction Books

  1. The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
  2. D-Day by Antony Beevor
  3. Lit by Mary Karr
  4. Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
  5. The Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed
  6. Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna
  7. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
  8. Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
  9. Cooking Dirty by Jason Sheehan
  10. John Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey

Top 10 Oddball News Stories

  1. Sweden Burns Bunnies for Fuel
  2. ‘Cello Scrotum’ as Mythical Ailment
  3. Going in the Sky
  4. Rage Against the Musical Torture
  5. Fugitive Doll
  6. High Hombres
  7. Catering to Criminals
  8. Science Is for the Birds
  9. No More Naked Hiking
  10. Not Exactly Twins

Top 10 Pariahs

  1. Ponzi Schemer
  2. Octomom
  3. Balloon Boy’s Dad
  4. The Whipping Boy of Wall Street
  5. Rihanna’s Ex-Boyfriend
  6. Reality TV’s Newly Single Dad
  7. Lockerbie Convict Released
  8. From Governor to Wannabe Reality Contestant
  9. Hollywood’s Most Famous Former Fugitive
  10. Soccer’s Ponytail Yanker

Top 10 Pictures of the Year

  1. Historic Moment
  2. Vigilant
  3. Farewell
  4. Tears
  5. Miraculous
  6. Armed and Dangerous
  7. Iran Explodes
  8. Gaza Digs Out
  9. Parched
  10. Summer Break

Top 10 Plays and Musicals

  1. Ruined
  2. A Steady Rain
  3. The Norman Conquests
  4. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  5. Ragtime
  6. Mary Stuart
  7. Finian’s Rainbow
  8. Hamlet
  9. Fela!
  10. After Miss Julie

Top 10 Political Gaffes

  1. Joe Biden’s Swine Flu Hysteria
  2. Barack Obama’s Bowling Blooper
  3. Joe Wilson’s Unwanted Outburst
  4. Hillary Clinton Gets Lost in Translation
  5. Michael Steele’s Abortion Aberration
  6. Larry Summers’ White House Sleepover
  7. Barack Obama Opens the Floodgates
  8. Joe Biden’s Stimulus Stumble
  9. Sarah Palin’s Coin Conspiracy
  10. Michelle Obama’s Buckingham Brush with Etiquette

Top 10 Quotes

  1. Holding Back
  2. Obama’s Grim Reapers?
  3. No Retreads
  4. Red Peril Redux
  5. The King’s Epitaph
  6. Let Them Eat Tiramisu
  7. Bill Who?
  8. Late Show Confessional
  9. The Silent Scream
  10. Schemer’s Remorse?

Top 10 Religion Stories

  1. Secularism or Bust
  2. What Reformation?
  3. Keeping the Faith-Based
  4. Faith Healing Turns Fatal
  5. Going to the Chapel
  6. Dr. Dobson Has Left the Building
  7. Obama’s Notre Dame Touchdown
  8. Americans Go Church Shopping
  9. Banning the Baha’i
  10. Religious Runaway

Top 10 Scandals

  1. The Love Guv
  2. Expensive MPs
  3. Et Tu, Letterman?
  4. The Family Way
  5. Ensign and the Assignations
  6. Balloon Boy
  7. Tiger or Lyin’ Cheetah?
  8. Missing Minneapolis
  9. ACORN Falls
  10. Love Hurts

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries

  1. Our Oldest Ancestor, “Ardi”
  2. The Human Epigenome, Decoded
  3. Gene Therapy Cures Color Blindness
  4. A Robot Performs Science
  5. Breeding Tuna on Land
  6. Water on the Moon
  7. The Fundamental Lemma, Solved
  8. Teleportation!
  9. The Large Hadron Collider, Revived
  10. A New Planet (or Brown Dwarf?) Discovered

Top 10 Songs

  1. “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson
  2. “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear
  3. “No Line on the Horizon” by U2
  4. “The Fear” by Lily Allen
  5. “Crown on the Ground” by Sleigh Bells
  6. (Tie) “Stillness Is the Move” by Dirty Projectors and also Solange
  7. “White Liar” by Miranda Lambert
  8. “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” by Jay-Z
  9. “Sabali” by Amadou and Mariam
  10. “Mad World” by Adam Lambert

Top 10 Sports Moments

  1. Another Wimbledon Winner
  2. Golf for the Ages
  3. Lightning Bolts, Take Two
  4. Perfect Catch Saves a Perfect Game
  5. Phenomenal Filly
  6. Tiptoe to a Title-Winning Touchdown
  7. Rio’s Olympic Win Is Chicago’s Loss
  8. Reynolds to the Rescue
  9. Hockey’s Dream Series
  10. Barcelona’s Big Triple

Top 10 T-Shirt-Worthy Slogans

  1. Kanye West
  2. Tiger Woods
  3. Silvio Berlusconi
  4. Alex Rodriguez
  5. General Stanley McChyrstal
  6. Kate Moss
  7. Tabby Cat
  8. President Obama
  9. Lloyd Blankfein
  10. Ernie Anastos

Top 10 TV Ads

  1. Evian Roller Babies
  2. Hulu
  3. Coca-Cola
  4. Careerbuilder.com
  5. Prius
  6. American Express
  7. Travelers Insurance
  8. Budweiser Bud Light
  9. Shelter.org.uk
  10. General Motors Re:invent

Top 10 TV Episodes

  1. The Office, “Stress Relief”
  2. Glee, “Pilot”
  3. Big Love, “Come, Ye Saints”
  4. Dollhouse, “Briar Rose”
  5. Nurse Jackie, “Tiny Bubbles”
  6. 30 Rock, “Apollo, Apollo”
  7. Mad Men, “My Old Kentucky Home”
  8. Party Down, “Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen”
  9. Breaking Bad, “Phoenix”
  10. Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Table Read”

Top 10 TV Series

  1. Mad Men
  2. Modern Family
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. Big Love
  5. Battlestar Galactica
  6. Lost
  7. Friday Night Lights
  8. Glee
  9. Sons of Anarchy
  10. (Tie) The Office / Parks and Recreation

Top 10 Tweets

  1. Ashton Kutcher
  2. Neil Patrick Harris
  3. Iran
  4. Oprah
  5. Shaquille O’Neal
  6. Larry Johnson
  7. Tracy Morgan
  8. Pete Hoekstra
  9. Cory Booker
  10. Miley Cyrus

Top 10 Underreported Stories

  1. Continuing Segregation Is Hurting U.S. Competitiveness
  2. Nigerian Blood for Oil
  3. The Maoist Insurgency in India
  4. America: Barring Foreign Brains?
  5. Ethnic Unrest in Iran
  6. The Deadlier Flu Virus: When Pigs Fly
  7. Obama Allows Faith-Based ‘Discrimination’
  8. Who Owns the Mekong?
  9. Oops! U.S. Nuclear Secrets Are Posted Online
  10. Experimenting with Children

Top 10 Untruths

  1. Death Panels
  2. Balloon Boy
  3. Hiking the Appalachian Trail
  4. The Birther Movement
  5. Recovery.gov Is a Little Buggy
  6. Shepard Fairey Loses Hope
  7. Sizing Up the Tea Party
  8. Fake Flu-Fighting Products
  9. Staying Alive
  10. Latvia Is Bored

Top 10 Video Games

  1. Modern Warfare 2
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  3. DJ Hero
  4. Borderlands
  5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  6. Geo-Defense Swarm
  7. Scribblenauts
  8. Halo 3: ODST
  9. Assassin’s Creed 2
  10. Uncharted 2

Top 10 Viral Videos

  1. Susan Boyle
  2. Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson’s Wedding
  3. David After Dentist
  4. All the Single Babies
  5. Slate V: The All-Star Celebrity Rant
  6. Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version
  7. United Breaks Guitars
  8. The Longest Way 1.0 — One Year Walk–Beard Grow Time Lapse
  9. Deadline: Post-It Stop-Motion
  10. Flutter

Top 10 Worst Biz Deals

  1. Stuyvesant Town
  2. Huntsman Corp.
  3. Chrysler’s Bailout
  4. Tribune’s Tribulations
  5. Clear Channel Lowers the Volume
  6. MySpace Loses Face
  7. Citi Sells Phibro
  8. Dubai’s Bankers
  9. CityCenter
  10. Iceland and Ireland Lenders

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