Top 50 Artists & Bands of 2009

It might be a little late for Best of 2009 lists, but I recently came across this particular one and couldn’t not mention it. In January, The Hype Machine put together a list of the top 50 artists of 2009 according to how frequently their songs were posted. They then invited 50 visual artists to create a piece of work inspired by each band, and created a series of posts featuring the resulting artwork. You can see the entire set right here, but a few of my favorites (for both the artwork and the music) are below.

Grizzly Bear artwork by Mike Perry

Passion Pit artwork by Niky Roehreke

The Xx artwork by Meredith Gran

Wilco artwork by Sergio Serrano


Courtney is the founder of Design Work Life and Seamless Creative, a small design studio she runs with her husband Brian. She now splits her time between developing brand identities for small businesses and soaking up (and passing along) as much inspiration as she possibly can.

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