Sunday, November 30, 2008

Top Ten List Round-Up: Music

We've reached the most exciting part of the year for us critics, as a wave of big music publications have unleashed their best of 2008 lists. Here is a quick round-up of some top tens, with links to the complete lists included.

Perusing these questionable lists reveals some deep love for certain albums. That Fleet Foxes record shows up on most of these, while Third was a great choice by Uncut. I have no clue why there is so much acclaim for Kings of Leon, a band that, quite frankly, I can't stand. I'm a little surprised that Dear Science isn't on every top ten as well, and I would seriously question any publication that ranks it at #50 (that would be Paste, normally the only one of these mags that I would put any stock in). Meanwhile, my favorite record of the year is nowhere to be found on any of these lists (not surprising), although I do foresee it be on a few indie website lists in the near future. And it's weird to see the great For Emma, Forever Ago on 2008 lists, when it really came out in '07. Although that's nothing compared to Robyn, which came out like 3 years ago. Anyway, have a look and see what they did wrong (Neil Diamond, Fall Out Boy, WTF?!?). And thanks to Stereogum for making this so easy.

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

Blender:
10. Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
09. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
08. Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
07. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
06. Robyn - Robyn
05. Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
04. Metallica - Death Magnetic
03. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
02. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
01. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III

Paste:
10. Deerhunter - Microcastle
09. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
08. Sun Kil Moon - April
07. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
06. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
05. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
04. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
03. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
02. Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
01. She & Him - Volume One


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