Dec 30 2008

The Best of “the Best of 2008”

Published by at 4:16 pm under MP3's

The end of the year is a great time to discover music that came out in that year. Every blog and magazine comes out with their lists of the best albums, singles, new artists of the year. I usually go around to each and every site trying to find commonalities between lists to see which are the most popular and critically acclaimed and try to listen to as much as I can. Though 2009 is looking up to be another great year for music with albums by Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Built to Spill, M. Ward, Wilco and many more, let’s take a look at what made 2008 a great year for music. Most of these have more than 10 album on their lists, we’ve just provided their top 10 because it’s a much more manageable that way. Which list do you agree with the most? Do you think these are the best albums, or just favorite albums? Please discuss in the comments!

Blogs

Stereogum

10. The Walkmen – You & Me
9. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
8.The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
7. Portishead – Third
6. of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
5. Deerhunter – Microcastle
4. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
3. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
2. TV On The Radio – Dear Science
1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

Gorilla Vs Bear

10. Paavoharju – Laulu Laakson Kukista
9. Beach House – Devotion
8. The Walkmen – You & Me
7. WAVVES – Wavves
6. Little Joy – Little Joy
5. Q-Tip – The Renaissance
4. Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls
3. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part I (4th World War)
2. Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
1. White Denim – Exposion

Said the Gramophone

10. Diamonds – Diamonds
9. Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
8. The Whiskers – Distorted Historian
7. Lykke Li – Youth Novels
6. Hologram – Summer Jammer
5. Wild Beasts – Limbo, Panto
4. Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams
3. Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
2. Ladyhawk – Shots
1. Born Ruffians – Red, Yellow, and Blue

Earfarm

10. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
9. Beach House – Devotion
8. Lykke Li – Youth Novels
7. The Dodos – Visiter
6. Born Ruffians – Red, Yellow, and Blue
5. Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue
4. Kelley Polar – I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling
3. Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era
2. Why? – Alopecia
1. The Walkmen – You & Me

i guess i’m floating

10. Beach House – Devotion
9. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins
8. Ratatat – LP3
7. Arizona – The Glowing Bird
6. Golden Animals – Free Your Mind and Win A Pony
5. Arms – Kids Aflame
4. Department of Eagles – In Ear Park
3. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
2. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Magazines

Rolling Stone

10. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
9. Metallica – Death Magnetic
8. Beck – Modern Guilt
7. Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
6. Santogold – Santogold
5. John Mellencamp – Life, Death, Love and Freedom
4. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
3. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
2. Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs:The Bootleg Series Vol. 8
1. TV on the Radio – Dear Science

Uncut

10. Paul Weller – 22 Dreams
9. Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
7. Neon Neon – Stainless Style
6. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
5. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
4. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
3. TV On The Radio – Dear Science
2. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
1. Portishead – Third

Mojo

10. Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark
9. The Bug – London Zoo
8. The Week That Was – The Week That Was
7. Glasvegas – Glasvegas
6. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
4. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
3. Paul Weller – 22 Dreams
2. The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

Paste

10. Deerhunter – Microcastle
9. Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
8. Sun Kil Moon – April
7. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
6. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
5. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins
4. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
3. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
2. Sigur Rós – Med sud i eyrum vid spilum levitra and diabetes endalaust
1. She & Him – Volume One

NME

10. Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
9. Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
8. Mystery Jets – Twenty One
7. Santogold – Santogold
6. Metronomy – Nights Out
5. Foals – Antidotes
4. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
3. Glasvegas – Glasvegas
2. TV On The Radio – Dear Science
1. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “The Best of “the Best of 2008””

  1. Posty McPostertonon 30 Dec 2008 at 5:04 pm

    So, now what you need is some merging of them all into a mega-corporate magazine Top 10 list… Coldtallica on the Radio‘s Chinese Vampire Santogold wins!!

    ~Dan
    http://jazzsick.wordpress.com/

  2. […] are slightly more resonant on the Pitchfork/Paste/Stereogum/Mojo side of things. There’s real folk here, for one thing. As we’ve discussed here before, […]

  3. hazelon 30 Dec 2008 at 9:31 pm

    http://bonjourgirl.blogspot.com/2008/12/music-of-2008.html

    dear science was obviously a true favorite

  4. Sarahcoreon 30 Dec 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Well I don’t know which list seems the best to me but I’m glad cause Earfarm put Why? in list! They are the first to do this! Alopecia is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year :).

  5. Martaon 01 Jan 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I don`t like ratings very much, thats why I just list my top 2008 albums. Except The Winner, the order is random.

    And The Winner is:
    Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna

    Kings Of Caramel – Kings Of CaramelPL
    Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
    Deerhunter – Microcastle
    Atlas Sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel
    Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
    TV On The Radio – Dear Science
    Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
    Q-Tip – The Renaissance
    Afro Kolektyw – Połącz kropkiPL

    P.S.
    I don`t take Bon Iver into consideration, because for me it`s 2007.

  6. DVD to ipadon 28 Apr 2010 at 3:05 am

    just read it ,it is really good

  7. Beatriceon 17 Jul 2016 at 4:25 am

    That’s a morlebr-aked. Great thinking!

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