Welcome to the tracks that rocked our world over the past year. Disagree with our choices? You can vote your own favourites to the top, over on the Tracks Of 2009 Reader Poll.

You'll also find our 50 albums of the year here.

Plus, to read all-new reviews of the 50 best albums and tracks of the year, plus all the trends that defined the year, pick up the new issue of NME, on sale from Wednesday December 9.

50I Became A Prostitute

Despite the title - and lyrics such as "you are the bearer of a womb without love" - this track won them a following in the US, and deservedly so.

49Cheat On Me

‘Cheat On Me’ showed that yes they can, sharing the same skies with the scrappy glories of the past, yet proving the addition of Marr was no hollow gimmick.

48Drumming Song

In ‘Drumming Song’, she created possibly one of the most intensely passionate and physically aching love songs we’ve ever heard.

47No Kind Words

What wasn’t inevitable, however, was that the results would be this good.

46DOA (Death Of Auto-Tune)

Turning a familiar playground taunt into something irresistibly catchy, this was a welcome return from the King Of New York.

45Two Weeks

This beautiful track saw the Brooklyn boys reimagining The Beach Boys’ classic pop for a colder century.

44Skeleton Boy

This dancefloor bomb was a perfect example of their ability to write cheeky, brilliant hooks, drenched in euphoria.

43The Captain

They’re now using this track to single-handedly teach trainee rock tykes around the world how to hand-on-heart sing.

42Jackie Collins Existential Question Time

Richey Edwards begged questions of adultery, James Dean Bradfield made his guitar sound like a siren and they stuck in a maddeningly catchy chorus - perfect.

41I'm Not Your Toy

As she cast off unhealthy love and walked away through a pinball-machine of sound, she held her quiff high.

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