Best R&B/Pop Album of 2009

Reader's Pick

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi "Man on the Moon"

What do you get when you toss Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in a blender with 808's & Heartbreak and hit “purée?” The answer, of course, is Man on the Moon: The End of Day, the much-buzzed-about debut set from “Day 'N' Nite” hitmaker Kid Cudi. Featuring orchestral beats, a genre-defying mix of flowed and sung vocals, and voice-over narration by none other than NYC emcee Common, the self-proclaimed 'lonely stoner's freshman effort was undoubtedly one of '09's strangest successes.

Staff Pick


The-Dream "Love vs. Money"

We know Cudi blurred the boundaries of pop/r&b/hip-hop on Man on the Moon, but there's simply no way we could give this award to any album besides Love vs. Money. Here The-Dream put together an astoundingly good album that just so happened to include perhaps the best four straight tracks in r&b history (no, we're not exaggerating). Love, money, sex, we don't care which one wins out, as long as The-Dream keeps making music like this.

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