Best Music of 2008

I collected 25 “Best Music of 2008” lists from magazines, newspapers and the Internet and combined them into one meta-list.  Here are the results – all the recordings on at least three of the original source lists.  The numbers in bold indicate the number of original “Best of” lists that that listed the recording.  An asterisk means I own it.

On 23 Lists
TV On The RadioDear Science*

On 20 Lists

On 19 Lists
Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes*

On 17 Lists
Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend*

On 16 Lists

On 12 Lists
Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago*
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!*

On 11 Lists
Lil WayneTha Carter III

On 10 Lists
Erykah Badu  – New Amerykah, Part One: 4th World War*
ColdplayViva La Vida*
Girl TalkFeed The Animals
MGMTOracular Spectacular

On 9 Lists
The Hold SteadyStay Positive*

On 8 Lists
Hercules And Love AffairHercules And Love Affair
Kings of LeonOnly by the Night
No AgeNouns*

On 7 Lists
Kanye West808s & Heartbreak

On 6 Lists
Death Cab For CutieNarrow Stairs*
Bob DylanTell Tale Signs, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8, Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
Jamey JohnsonThat Lonesome Song*
Rudresh MahanthappaKinsmen*
She & HimVolume One*

On 5 Lists
Beck – Modern Guilt
The Black KeysAttack and Release
David Byrne & Brian EnoEverything That Happens Will Happen Today*
Cut CopyIn Ghost Colours
The Gaslight AnthemThe ’59 Sound
Al GreenLay It Down
Hot ChipMade in the Dark
The KnuxRemind Me in 3 Days
Wynton Marsalis & Willie NelsonTwo Men with the Blues*
Randy NewmanHarps and Angels
Raphael SaadiqThe Way I See It
Sigur RósMed Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust*
SugarlandLove on the Inside
Cassandra WilsonLoverly

On 4 Lists
James CarterPresent Tense*
Delta Spirit Ode to Sunshine
Flight of the ConchordsFlight of the Conchords*
Fucked UpThe Chemistry Of Common Life
Jenny LewisAcid Tongue
Charles LloydRabo de Nube*
M83 Saturdays = Youth
The Magnetic FieldsDistortion
MetallicaDeath Magnetic
The RaconteursConsolers Of The Lonely*
Taylor SwiftFearless
Lucinda WilliamsLittle Honey

On 3 Lists
Beach HouseDevotion*
Brian Blade & The FellowshipSeason of Changes
Hayes CarllTrouble in Mind
Toumani DiabateThe Mande Variations
Dub ColossusA Town Called Addis*
ElbowThe Seldom Seen Kid
Alejandro EscovedoReal Animal*
Flying LotusLos Angeles
Friendly FiresFriendly Fires
Frightened RabbitThe Midnight Organ Fight*
Gang Gang DanceSaint Dymphna
Glasvegas Glasvegas
Gnarls BarkleyThe Odd Couple
Dave HollandPass It On
B.B. KingOne Kind Favor*
Los CampesinosHold On Now, Youngster…*
Lykke LiYouth Novels
My Morning JacketEvil Urges
Of MontrealSkeletal Lamping
Parts & LaborReceivers
Q-TipThe Renaissance
The RaveonettesLust Lust Lust*
The RootsRising Down
Darius RuckerLearn to Live
Ashton ShepherdSounds So Good
Vivian GirlsThe Vivian Girls
Martha WainwrightI Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too
The WalkmenYou & Me

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