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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Top 40 of 2008

Rather than list my favorite EPs and comedy albums first like I did last year, I decided to instead make my own Top 40 playlist for 2008... mostly because there weren't that many solid EPs put out, and there were only three really great comedy releases this year (Louis CK, Mitch Hedberg, and George Carlin). The rest ranged from slightly above mediocre to downright hacky crap. This ended up being a lot more work than what I did last year, but I think it paid off. All of these songs are great, and this list will also give you a broader overview of what came out this year, since only 18 of the songs come from my top 30 albums. Until then, here are my top 40 songs of 2008. Download link is after the list.

40. "Teen Creeps" - No Age (Nouns)
39. "Black Teeth" - Nurse With Wound (Huffin' Rag Blues)
38. "Our Definition of a Breakdown (feat. Ed DMX)" - Osborne (Osborne)
37. "Negative Thinking" - The Death Set (Worldwide)
36. "Young Marks" - The Mae Shi (HLLLYH)
35. "Highly Suspicious" - My Morning Jacket (Evil Urges)
34. "Got Money (feat. T-Pain)" - Lil Wayne (Tha Carter III)
33. "Walking" - The Dodos (Visiter)
32. "Black Panther" - Crystal Castles (Crystal Castles)
31. "Any Way You Choose To Give It" - The Black Ghosts (The Black Ghosts)
30. "I Will Possess Your Heart" - Death Cab for Cutie (Narrow Stairs)
29. "We Are Rockstars" - Does It Offend You, Yeah? (You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into)
28. "Hook and Line" - The Kills (Midnight Boom)
27. "Pray for Darkness" - Cancer Bats (Hail Destroyer)
26. "Blind" - Hercules and Love Affair (Hercules and Love Affair)
25. "Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)" - Black Kids (Partie Traumatic)
24. "Eye" - Witch (Paralyzed)
23. "Angry (feat. Tippa Irie)" - The Bug (London Zoo)
22. "Midnight Madness" - The Chemical Brothers (Brotherhood: The Definitive Singles Collection)
21. "Soul On Fire" - Spiritualized (Songs in A&E)
20. "Nothing Ever Happened" - Deerhunter (Microcastle)
19. "Mykonos" - Fleet Foxes (Sun Giant EP)
18. "Good Lies" - The Notwist (The Devil, You + Me)
17. "Fascination" - Alphabeat (This Is Alphabeat)
16. "Becky" - Be Your Own Pet (Get Awkward [UK]/Get Damaged EP [US])
15. "Topeka" - Ludo (You're Awful, I Love You)
14. "Singer Songwriter" - Okkervil River (The Stand-Ins)
13. "Black Albino Bones" - Fucked Up (The Chemistry of Common Life)
12. "Fat Waves" - Torche (Meanderthal)
11. "I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry (One of the Boys)
10. "Shoulda Known" - Atmosphere (When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold)
9. "L.E.S. Artistes" - Santogold (Santogold)
8. "When They Come To Murder Me" - Black Francis (Svn Fngrs)
7. "Talk About" - Dear and the Headlights (Drunk Like Bible Times)
6. "Homemade Valentine" - Children 18:3 (Children 18:3)
5. "Walcott" - Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend)
4. "Restless" - Langhorne Slim (Langhorne Slim & The War Eagles)
3. "The Hollows" - Why? (Alopecia)
2. "Keep Yourself Warm" - Frightened Rabbit (The Midnight Organ Fight)
1. "I Can Feel a Hot One" - Manchester Orchestra (Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP)

Download here. I can upload all the tracks individually if anyone would rather have that. Also, if you want to burn this to CD, it worked out so that the first 20 tracks and the last 20 tracks each fit nicely on a disc.

Tracks are tagged in reverse order (ie, "Teen Creeps" is track 1 and "I Can Feel a Hot One" is track 40). The reason for this should be obvious. I should have my top 30 albums uploaded sometime in the next week.

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