2009 had such a rosy future, but instead fell into the trap of its predecessors and repeated the same old routine of death, suffering and general misery.
There were, however, moments of hope in the darkness. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, making him the country’s first African-American leader. Parks and Recreation debuted on TV screens, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released in cinemas and… that’s just about it, to be honest.
But music-wise, there was much to crow about, as these landmark albums celebrated their 10th birthday over the past 12 months. At the risk of sounding old, where has the time gone?