Best Music of 2008: Critics' Picks and Bloggers' Lists
It's that time of year again, when every music blogger, critic, and media outlet on the internet is releasing their annual list of favourite albums, songs, mixtapes, mixes, remixes and Top 10s.
Here's the best of the 'best of 2008' from across the music blogosphere.
The bands and albums that everyone has been buzzing about this year are a handful of indie darlings that includes a fairly limited cross-section of all-too expected hipster bands (or should that be bands formerly known as hipster?)
Herewith, is a top 10 list of the 'most favourited' music of the year.
[Last updated: Jan. 02]
Critical Consensus: Best Music of 2008
- TV on the Radio - "Dear Science"
- No Age - "Nouns"
- MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular"
- Portishead - "Third"
- Santogold - "Santogold"
- Lykke Li - "Youth Novels"
- Deerhunter - "Microcastle"
- Lil Wayne - "Tha Carter III"
- Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
- Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend"
But now, on to the list of lists!
First off, no meta-music list would be complete without acknowledging the hard work of über-blogger-compilers Largehearted Boy and Fimoculous — both of whom do a superb job at wrapping up the best 'best of' lists on a variety of subjects.
But NowPublic has also done some 'year in review' music research of our own. Here are some of the best and most interesting year-end music lists we've come across:
- About.com: Top 28 Rap Albums
- The Age of Consent: Top 50 Songs
- AllMusic: Top 25 Rock Albums
- Amazon: Editor Picks - Top 100 Songs
- Amie Street: Favourite Albums
- Associated Press: Top 10 Rock Albums
- Billboard: 10 Best Albums of the Year (Critics' Choice)
- CBC Radio3: 2008 Bucky Award Winners (Best Canadian Bands)
- Different Kitchen: Best Hip-Hop Albums, Singles and Mixtapes
- Dusted: Editors' Picks - Best of 2008
- Elbo.ws: Favourite Songs and Albums (w/ tons of mp3s)
- The Fader: Listmania! (all kinds of music lists)
- Flickr: Top 10 Records (w/ photos)
- F**k the Prom: Top 5 Albums Not On Other People's Lists
- Giant Magazine: Best of 2008 Mixtape (download)
- Gorilla vs. Bear: Top 50 Songs (w/ mp3s)
- Gotham Acme: Best Albums of 2008
- Idolator: Top 10 Highest-Selling Albums, Singles, & Digital Artists
- Last.fm: 10 Best Albums
- MetaCritic: Best 25 Albums
- The Milk Factory: Top 20 Albums
- MOG: Top 10 EPs (w/ mp3s)
- MTV: Top 33 Songs
- New Yorker: Sasha Frere-Jones - The Best Recordings of 2008
- Nialler9: Top 50 Songs (w/ mp3s)
- Nialler9: Top 20 Compilations & Mixtapes (w/ mp3s)
- NME: Top 50 Albums
- NPR Listeners' Top 25 Albums
- NYMag: 10 Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes
- New York Times: 10 Best Albums, 5 Best Songs
- Passion of the Weiss: 50 Best Albums (w/ mp3s)
- Paste: Top 50 Albums
- Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums
- Pitchfork: Top 100 Songs
- Pop Matters: Top 10 Indie Pop Albums
- Pop Matters: Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums
- Raven Sings the Blues: Top 15 Albums
- Rolling Stone: Albums of the Year
- Rolling Stone: Top 25 Songs (Readers' Picks)
- Sean Orr: Favourite Music of 2008
- Simon Reynolds: Top 8's - Albums & Songs
- Slate: Top 10 Albums & Top 25 Singles
- WFMU: Brian Turner's Top 10 Albums
- The Wire: Best Music
- XLR8R: Top 25 Albums
What were your favourite albums, bands, or songs of this year? What have these lists missed? Post your comments below.
[ For more year-end lists and 'best of' picks check out NowPublic's Best of 2008 channel.]
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