By Leah Greenblatt
Updated July 01, 2010 at 06:55 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Jamie Hewlett/EMI MusicAs we head into the holiday weekend, what better way to honor the spirit of our great nation than with a highly subjective list guaranteed to elicit disdain, incredulity, and comments-section flame wars the likes of which our great forefathers and their pearly muskets could only dream?

AMERICA! Land of the free, home of the relentlessly opinionated, we celebrate you!

So let’s put on our fightin’ pants, shall we? NPR has released its listeners’ top 50 albums of the year to date, and honestly, it’s pretty solid—though by its nature, not nearly definitive. This is not the endzone for Kylies and Drakes and Lady Antebellums; the 50 albums contained here are comprised almost entirely of music for the KEXP-loving, Etsy-crafting, farmer’s-market-radish-buying members of the metaphysical nation state known as IndieSchmindieLand.

There are, of course, a few sad omissions amongst these largely excellent picks (I will leave it to you, dear Music Mixers, to supply the names, though cases could be made for, among others, Cocorosie, Titus Andronicus, Gil Scott Heron, Ariel Pink, Robyn, Marina and the Diamonds and Tame Impala to replace some underwhelmers like Jakob Dylan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Band of Horses).

Mostly, though, it’s the number-one pick that’s kind of a Wha Happen? The complete list is posted after the jump; but suffice it to say, those cartoon simians at the pinnacle did not exactly blow my mind back in March:

50 David Byrne: Here Lies Love

49 Bettye LaVette: Interpretations: The British Songbook

48 Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can

47 Sade: Soldier Of Love

46 Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea

45 Kings Go Forth: Outsiders Are Back

44 Quasi: American Gong

43 Owen Pallett: Heartland

42 Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Pt. 2, Return Of The Ankh

41 Ratatat: LP4

40 The Flaming Lips: Dark Side Of The Moon

39 Blitzen Trapper: Destroyer Of The Void

38. Four Tet: There Is Love In You

37 Laura Veirs: July Flame

36 Jakob Dylan: Women And Country

35 Charlotte Gainsbourg: IRM

34 Freelance Whales: Weathervanes

33 Massive Attack: Heligoland

32 Hold Steady: Heaven Is Whenever

31 Gaslight Anthem: American Slang

30 Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles (II)

29 Dead Weather: Sea Of Cowards

28 Caribou: Swim

27 Dr. Dog: Shame, Shame

26 Surfer Blood: Astro Coast

25 Frightened Rabbit: The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

24 Janelle Monae: The ArchAndroid

23 Josh Ritter: So Runs The World Away

22 Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me

21 MGMT: Congratulations

20 Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: I Learned The Hard Way

19 Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record

18 The Knife: Tomorrow, In A Year

17 Jonsi: Go

16 Band of Horses: Infinite Arms

15 She & Him: Volume Two

14 Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma

13 The New Pornographers: Together

12 Yeasayer: Odd Blood

11 Local Natives: Gorilla Manor

10 Sleigh Bells: Treats

09 Spoon: Transference

08 Mumford And Sons: Sigh No More

07 Beach House: Teen Dream

06 Vampire Weekend: Contra

05 LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening

04 Broken Bells: Broken Bells

03 The Black Keys: Brothers

02 The National: High Violet

01 Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

So readers, tell us: Who would you shuffle, rejigger, or boot entirely? Who has been unjustly exiled from Etsy Radish Radio Island? (And thank you to Stereogum for getting here first)

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