The Best Music of 2008

By all accounts, 2008 was a great year for music.  Below you will find our respective lists of Top 30 Albums (with favorite songs of each) and Top 10 Mixtapes of 2008, as well as our Top 30 Songs of the Year (from non-Top albums).

TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2008
(with our favorite songs of each):

GrindHustle:
1. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes.
White Winter Hymnal, Blue Ridge Mountains, Ragged Wood
2. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago.
The Wolves (Act I and II), Skinny Love, Lump Sum
3. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges.
Highly Suspicious, Evil Urges, Smokin’ From Shootin’
4. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III.
A Milli, Dr. Carter, Tie My Hands
5. TV On The Radio, Dear Science.
DLZ, Golden Age, Crying
6. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive.
Slapped Actress, Sequestered In Memphis, Constructive Summer
7. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend.
I Stand Corrected, The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance, A-Punk
8. Blitzen Trapper, Furr.
Furr, Gold For Bread, Balled of Bird Love
9. Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.
You, The Waitress, Your Glass House
10. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular.
Electric Feel, Of Moons, Birds & Monsters, Time to Pretend
11. Tokyo Police Club, Elephant Shell.
In A Cave, Juno, Tessellate
12. Girl Talk, Feed The Animals.
Play Your Part (Pt. 1), Set It Off, Still Here
13. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours.
Feel The Love, Lights & Music, Hearts on Fire
14. Beck, Modern Guilt.
Chemtrails, Modern Guilt, Walls
15. Q-Tip, The Renaissance.
Getting Up, Dance on Glass, We Fight/We Love
16. War on Drugs, Wagonwheel Blues.
Arms Like Boulders, Taking The Farm, Show Me The Coast
17. The Cool Kids, The Bake Sale.
What Up Man, Black Mags, A Little Bit Cooler
18. Cloud Cult, Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes).
No One Said It Would Be Easy, When Water Comes To Life, Grandson of Jesus
19. Neon Neon, Stainless Style.
I Told Her on Alderaan, Dream Cars, Raquel
20. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair.
Blind, Hercules’ Theme, Time Will
21. Nada Surf, Lucky.
Weightless, I Like What You Say, The Film Did Not Go Round
22. Wolf Parade, At Mt. Zoomer.
Language City, Soldier’s Grin, Fine Young Cannibals
23. N.E.R.D, Seeing Sounds.
Everyone Nose, Sooner or Later, Spaz
24. Big Ditch Road, The Jackson Whites.
All The Way to Idaho, The Jackson Whites, Northwoods Report/Chomsky ’08
25. Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid.
Grounds For Divorce, Mirrorball, One Day Like This
26. M83, Saturdays=Youth.
Kim & Jessie, Graveyard Girl, We Own The Sky
27. Sigur Ros, Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust.
Gobbledigook, Festival, Vid spilum endalaust
28. Murs, Murs for President.
Everything, The Science, Can It Be
29. T.I., Paper Trails.
Swagga Like Us (feat. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West), No Matter What, Live Your Life
30. The Heavy, Great Vengeance and Furious Fire.
That Kind of Man, Colleen, Brukpocket’s Lament

Honorable Mentions:
Department of Eagles, In Ear Park; Frightened Rabbit, Midnight Organ Fight; Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creations Dark; Santogold, Santogold; Foals, Antidotes; Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!; The Championship, Midnight Golden; Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War); The Roots, Rising Down; No Age, Nouns.

Top 10 Mixtapes of 2008:
1. Wale, The Mixtape About Nothing
2. Santogold/Diplo, Top Ranking
3. Clipse, Road to Till The Casket Drops
4. Charles Hamilton & DJ Green Lantern, Outside Looking
5. Jay-Z & Coldplay (Mick Boogie), Viva La Hova
6. The Cool Kids, That’s Stupid The Mixtape
7. Talib Kweli & Mick Boogie, The MCEO Mixtape
8. DJ Benzi, The New Deal (if only for Brother Ali’s verse – the best verse of the year by the way – on “2nd Time Around”)
9. Lil Wayne & DJ Drama, Dedication 3
10. Rhymefest & Mark Ronson, Man in the Mirror

heezwax:
1. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes.
White Winter Hymnal, Blue Ridge Mountains, Meadowlarks
2. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours.
Unforgettable Season, Far Away, Out There On The Ice
3. Tokyo Police Club, Elephant Shell.
Juno, Centennial, Tessellate
4. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago.
Creature Fear, Skinny Love, Re: Stacks
5 (tie). Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.
You, Yesterday, Puppets
5 (tie). Q-Tip, The Renaissance.
We Fight/We Love, Gettin’ Up, Move
7. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges.
Evil Urges, Smokin From Shootin’, Touch Me I’m Going to Scream pt. 1
8. TV On The Radio, Dear Science.
Family Tree, Crying, Halfway Home
9. Beck, Modern Guilt.
Youthless, Gamma Ray, Chemtrails
10. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III.
Let The Beat Build, A Milli, 3-Peat
11. Foreign Exchange, Leave It All Behind.
All or Nothing, Daykeeper, Valediction
12. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend.
Walcott, The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance, A-Punk
13. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair.
Blind, Hercules’ Theme, Iris
14. Delta Spirit, Ode to Sunshine.
People C’mon, Children, Strange Vine
15. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular.
Electric Feel, Youth, Time to Pretend
16. Grand Archives, The Grand Archives.
Torn Blue Foam Couch, George Kaminski, Sleepdriving
17. Girl Talk, Feed The Animals.
Play Your Part pt. 1 has all my favorite snippets, Still Here rules, and Set If Off has the Jay-Z/Radiohead mash-up
18. Murs, Murs for President.
The Science, Everything, I’m Innocent
19. The Championship, Midnight Golden.
Mightnight Gold, Gladstone, Ferris Wheel
20. Kings of Leon, Only By The Night.
Use Somebody, Crawl, Be Somebody
21. Nicolay & Kay, Time:Line.
As The Wheel Turns, Through the Wind, Gunshot
22. Neon Neon, Stainless Style.
I Told Her on Alderaan, Raquel, Belfast
23. M83, Saturdays=Youth.
Kim & Jessie, You Appearing, Up!
24. Nada Surf, Lucky.
Weightless, See These Bones, Beautiful Beat
25. The Ting Tings, We Started Nothing.
Great DJ, That’s Not My Name, Traffic Light
26. Nas, Ni**er (Untitled).
Hero, Queens Get the Money, Can’t Stop Us Now
27. Kanye West, 808s and Heartbreak.
Paranoid, Love Lockdown, Street Lights
28. The Heavy, Great Vengeance and Furious Fire.
Colleen, That Kind of Man, Brukpocket’s Lament
29. Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It.
100 Yard Dash, Oh Girl, Big Easy
30. Wolf Parade, At Mount Zoomer.
The Grey Estates, Langauge City, Soldier’s Grin

DJ Bumbaclot:
1. TV On The Radio, Dear Science.
Golden Age, Halfway Home, DLZ, Family Tree, Love Dog
2. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago.
Skinny Love, Flume, Re: Stacks
3. Portishead, Third.
The Rip, Machine Gun, We Carry On
4. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours.
Out There On The Ice, Far Away, Hearts On Fire, Feel The Love
5. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes.
White Winter Hymnal, Ragged Wood, Your Protector
6. Q-Tip, The Renaissance.
We Fight/We Love, Dance on Glass, Life Is Better
7. Girl Talk, Feed The Animals.
8. Longwave, Secrets Are Sinister.
The Devil and The Liar, It’s True, Eyes Like Headlights, No Direction
9. Neon Neon, Stainless Style.
Raquel, I Told Her On Alderaan, Dream Cars
10. The Kills, Midnight Boom.
Black Balloon, U.R.A Fever, Getting Down
11. M83, Saturdays=Youth.
Graveyard Girl, Kim & Jessie, We Own The Sky
12. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair.
Blind, You Belong, Hercules’ Theme, Iris
13. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III.
A Milli, Let The Beat Build, Dr. Carter
14. The Black Keys, Attack & Release.
Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be, All I Ever Wanted, Strange Times
15. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend.
I Stand Corrected, A-Punk, Walcott
16. Department of Eagles, In Ear Park.
No One Does It Like You, In Ear Park, Teenagers
17. Foreign Exchange, Leave It All Behind.
Take Off The Blues, All Or Nothing/Coming Home To You, Something To Behold
18. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular.
Kids, Time to Pretend, 4th Dimensional Transition
19. Flying Lotus, Los Angeles.
20. Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.
Puppets, You, Me, Yesterday
21. War on Drugs, Wagonwheel Blues.
There Is No Urgency, A Needle In Your Eye #16, Barrel of Batteries
22. Spiritualized, Songs in A&E.
Sweet Talk, Death Take Your Fiddle, Baby I’m Just A Fool
23. Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs.
I Will Possess Your Heart, Long Division, The Ice Is Getting Thinner
24. Beck, Modern Guilt.
Gamma Ray, Chemtrails, Profanity Prayers
25. Delta Spirit, Ode to Sunshine.
People Turn Around, Trashcan, Ode to Sunshine
26. NIN, The Slip.
Echoplex, The Four of Us are Dying, Demon Seed
27. The Heavy, Great Vengeance and Furious Fire.
Dignity, Brukpocket’s Lament, Set Me Free
28. Tokyo Police Club, Elephant Shell.
In A Cave, Tessellate, Centennial
29. The Cool Kids, The Bake EP.
Mikey Rocks, What Up Man, Bassment Party
30. Fucked Up, The Chemistry of Common Life.
Son The Father, Golden Seal, The Chemistry of Common People

Honorable Mentions: Cat Power, Jukebox; Coldplay, Viva La Vida/ Prospekt’s March EP; Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid; Elzhi, The Preface; Foals, Antidotes; Joan as Police Woman, To Survive; Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue; Kings of Leon, Only By The Night; Murs, Murs for President; Nas, Ni**er; The Roots, Rising Down; Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It; Ryan Adams, Cardinology; Santogold, Santogold; She & Him, Vol. 1.

Worst Album of the Year: The Walkmen, You & Me.

Top 10 Mix/tapes of 2008:
1. Wale, The Mixtape About Nothing
2. KiD CuDi, Plain Pat & Emile present A KiD Named CuDi
3. Clipse, Road To Till The Casket Drops
4. Nas & DJ Green Lantern, The Ni**er Mixtape
5. Squincy Jones, Nintendub
6. DJ Z-Trip, Obama Mix
7. Jay-Z & Coldplay (Mick Boogie), Viva La Hova
8. Justice, Fabric Rejected DJ Mix
9. Santogold/Diplo, Top Ranking
10. Cut Copy, So Cosmic Mix


TOP 30 SONGS OF 2008
(from non-Top Albums):

GrindHustle:
1. Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
2. These New Puritans – Elvis
3. Big Boi feat. Mary J. Blige – Sumthin’s Gotta Give
4. David Byrne & Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
5. Kid Dakota – Stars
6. King Khan and The Shrines – Land of the Freak
7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
8. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
9. Department of Eagles – No One Does It Better
10. Alejandro Escoveda – Always A Friend
11. Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
12. The Roots – Rising Down
13. Grand Archives – Sleepdriving
14. Santogold – Lights Out
15. Portishead – Machine Gun
16. The Cool Kids – Delivery Man (9th Wonder Remix)
17. Of Montreal – Id Engager
18. The Championship – Ferris Wheel
19. Kate Nash – Foundations
20. Lykke Li – Little Bit
21. No Age – Sleeper Hold
22. Kings of Leon – Be Somebody
23. Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines
24. Drive-By Truckers – A Ghost to Most
25. Jenny Lewis & Elvis Costello – Carpetbaggers
26. Foals – Balloons
27. Solid Gold – Get Over It
28. Mike Doughty – Put It Down
29. Titus Andronicus – Upon Viewing Brueghel’s ‘Landscape With the Fall of Icarus’
30. Connor Oberst – Sausalito

heezwax:
1. Elbow – Mirrorball
2. Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
3. Santgold – Lights Out
4. Blitzen Trapper – Furr
5. Wild Beast – Devil Crayon
6. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
7. Weezer – Pork n Beans
8. Ray Lamontagne – You Are The Best Thing
9. The Cool Kids – What Up Man
10. The Alarmists – You’re Right
11. The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer
12. Usher feat. Young Jeezy – Love in This Club
13. Hot Chip – Ready for the Floor
14. The Roots – Rising Down
15. Alejandro Escovedo – Always a Friend
16. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
17. Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook
18. She & Him – This is Not a Test
19. Estelle feat. Kanye West – American Boy
20. Moby – I Love to Move in Here

DJ Bumbaclot:
1. Blitzen Trapper – Furr
2. Wale – The Kramer
3. Elbow – The Bones of You
4. Kings of Leon – Closer
5. Estelle feat. Kanye West – American Boy
6. The National – Blank Slate (off The Virginia EP)
7. Foals – Red Sox Fugie
8. Kanye West – Love Lockdown (also the MB/Rob Mix, the LMFAO Remix, and the DJ Earworm remix)
9. KiD CuDi – Day N Nite (also the Crookers Remix)
10. Cat Power – Song To Bobby
11. Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
12. Raphael Saadiq – Sure Hope You Mean It
13. The Raveonettes – Aly, Walk With Me
14. Nas – Sly Fox
15. Nicolay & Kay – As The World Turns
16. No Age – Eraser
17. The Brighton Port Authority feat. David Byrne & Dizzee Rascal – Toe Jam
18. Copeland – Good Morning Fire Eater
19. The Cool Kids – Unos
20. Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
21. She & Him – Sentimental Heart
22. Hercules and Love Affair – Classique #2
23. Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor
24. N*E*R*D – Spaz
25. Santogold – Unstoppable
26. Japanese Motors – Single Fins & Safety Pins
27. The Knux – Cappuccino
28. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
29. Brendan Canning – Churches Under The Stairs
30. Solid Gold – Who You Gonna Run To?

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