We’re still a week away from revealing the official highs and lows of rushonrock‘s rock year but resident blogger Self Made Man has been beavering away compiling his alternative view of the past 12 months.

We had thought about putting together a top five Self Made Man posts but then that would mean reading them all again – and once is quite enough!

So for now sit back and see whether you agree or disagree with our outspoken columnists’s take on another fantastic year. Feel free to post replies right here!

 Top 20 albums of 2009
1 God & Gun – Lynyrd Skynyrd
2 No Line On The Horizon – U2
3 The Resistance – Muse
4 Cosmic Egg – Wolfmother
5 Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot
6 Working On A Dream – Bruce Springsteen
7 The Visitor – UFO
8 The Ballad of John Henry – Joe Bonamassa
9 Everyday Demons – The Answer
10 And You Were A Crow – Parlor Mob
11 Backspacer – Pearl Jam
12 Roadsinger – Yusuf
13 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum – Kasabian
14 Before The Frost – Black Crowes
15 Broken Side Of Time – Alberta Cross
16 Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
17 Day & Age – The Killers
18 Fork In The Road – Neil Young
19  Get Lucky – Mark Knopfler
20 The Devil You Know – Heaven And Hell
Top Five Gigs of 2009
1 AC/DC – Hampden Park
2 Neil Young – Dublin O2
3 Joe Bonamassa – Gateshead Sage
4 UFO – Newcastle Academy
5 Kasabian – Newcastle Academy.
Five Downers of 2009
1 Missing Australian Pink Floyd and The Answer gigs due to work commitments
2 AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and Muse _ to name just four bands _ leaving Newcastle off their tour itinerary
3 The continuing decline of Windows as a retail outlet for rock fans _ loyalty is a two-way thing
4 North East breakthrough act _ in the bloody X-Factor!!!!
5 Newcastle City Hall being ignored as a music venue
Five Hopes for 2010
1 That Led Zeppelin release their 02 reunion gig as a DVD (same wish as last year)
2 The Toxic Twins kiss, make up and Aerosmith release a new album
3 Van Halen to tour the UK
4 Bad Company’s gig at the Metro Arena next year being as good as I think it will be
5 Richie Blackmore remembers he’s a rock guitarist.

See you in 2010 and all the best for the New Year – Self Made Man.