August 1st, 2012 1:00am


The celebration of the 10th anniversary of this site continues on with this collection of the best and most notable music of 2008. Yes, we are at the point in this project where I am anthologizing the music of the very recent past. Just go with it, it will all make sense when the full decade is complete! Anyway, this is a pretty interesting year in retrospect – you can kinda hear the beginning of trends that are presently dominant in popular music, particularly in the electronic and dance pop tracks. There’s also a lot of terrific obscure stuff in this batch, and without really intending it, I ended up putting a lot of those cuts in prominent positions in the sequencing.

The survey mixes for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 are still up. Check in on September 3rd for a look back on 2009.


Allá “Una Dia Otra Noche” / Stereolab “Three Women” / of Montreal “Triphallus, to Punctuate!” / Erykah Badu “Twinkle” / Santogold “L.E.S. Artistes” / Hot Chip “Shake A Fist” / Girl Talk “Here’s the Thing” / Lil Wayne “Dr. Carter” / Solange “Would’ve Been the One” / Veronica Maggio “Gammal Sång” / Coldplay “Viva La Vida” / Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” / Lykke Li “Little Bit” / Weezer “Troublemaker” / Fight Like Apes “Jake Summers” / Be Your Own Pet “Becky” / The Breeders “Walk It Off” / Atlas Sound “River Card” Parenthetical Girls “A Song for Ellie Greenwich” / Portishead “We Carry On”


Estelle featuring Kanye West “American Boy” / Beyoncé “Single Ladies” / Hercules and Love Affair “Athene” / Goldfrapp “A&E” / Wild Beasts “The Devil’s Crayon” / Raphael Saadiq “100 Yard Dash” / Q-Tip “Gettin’ Up” / Cat Power “Aretha, Sing One for Me” / The Raconteurs “Top Yourself” / Al Green “Lay It Down” / Beck “Chemtrails” / Clipse “So Fly (Now We’ve Had Her)” / Ne-Yo “Closer” / Ida Maria “Oh My God” / Voluntary Butler Scheme” / School of Language “Extended Holiday” / The Week That Was “The Story Waits for No One” / Spiritualized “Soul on Fire” / The Smashing Pumpkins “No Surrender” / Sigur Rós “Gobbledigook” / Lindsey Buckingham “Time Precious Time”


Matmos “Polychords” / Electric Six “Flashy Man” / Marnie Stern “Ruler” / Deerhunter “Never Stops” / The B-52’s “Hot Corner” / Girls Aloud “The Promise” / Rox “My Baby Left Me” / The Dø “At Last” / Rose Elinor Dougall “Another Version of Pop Song” / The Mummers “March of the Dawn” / White Hinterland “Lindberghs and Metal Birds” / Adele “Chasing Pavements” / Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne “Girls Around the World” / Jean Grae “#8″ / Johnson&Jonson “Wow!” / Kelley Polar “Entropy Reigns (in the Celestial City)” / Crystal Castles “Untrust Us” / The Fall “Senior Twilight Stock Replacer” / The Whitest Boy Alive “Golden Cage (Fred Falke Mix)” / Gang Gang Dance “House Jam” / Four Tet “Ribbons”


Architecture in Helsinki “That Beep” / Annie “I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me” / Max Tundra “Number Our Days” / Kanye West “Paranoid” / TV on the Radio “Golden Age” / Cadence Weapon “Tattoos and What They Really Feel Like” / CSS “Believe Achieve” / Lady Gaga “Poker Face” / Hemme Fatale “Animal Lover” / Beta Satan “666” / Andrew W.K. “KISEKI” / Little Pictures “I Wish I Could Keep You” / Obi Best “What It’s Not” / Brad Neely “George Washington” / The Tough Alliance “Lucky” / Fuck Buttons “Bright Tomorrow” / Flying Lotus “RobertaFlack” / Dizee Rascal “Driving with Nowhere to Go” / Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” / Fennesz “Saffron Revolution”


Fugiya & Miyagi “Knickerbocker” / The Kills “Last Day of Magic” / The Long Blondes “The Couples” / Alphabeat “What Is Happening?” / Britta Persson “Kill Hollywood Me” / Bell “Echinacea” / Nine Inch Nails “Discipline” / Joker “Snake Eater” / LV “CCTV” / Silje Nes “Dizzy Street” / Ladytron “Ghosts” / Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” / The Mountain Goats “Lovecraft in Brooklyn” / The Magnetic Fields “The Nun’s Litany” / Primal Scream “The Glory of Love” / The Veronicas “Untouched” / M83 “Kim & Jessie” / Marit Larsen “If A Song Could Get Me You” / Frida Hyvönen “Scandinavian Blonde” / She & Him “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”


The Juan Maclean “Happy House” / Big Boi, Andre 3000 and Raekwon “Royal Flush” / The-Dream “Falsetto” / Wale “The Kramer” / Duffy “Mercy” / Jenny Lewis “The Next Messiah” / Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal” / Women “Black Rice” / Beach House “Gila” / Snoop Dogg featuring Robyn “Sexual Eruption (Fyre Department Remix)” / Wiley “Wearing My Rolex” / Britney Spears “Womanizer” / The Ting Tings “That’s Not My Name” / Wire “One of Us” / The Mae Shi “Run to Your Grave” / Wolf Parade “Call It A Ritual” / Anni Rossi “Venice” / Clinic “Emotions”


R.E.M. “Living Well is the Best Revenge” / Vampire Weekend “Walcott” / Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks “Walk Into the Mirror” / Destroyer “The State” / Sloan “Witch’s Wand” / David Byrne and Brian Eno “Strange Overtones” / SebastiAn “Momy” / Rihanna “Disturbia” / T.I. “Whatever You Like” / The Roots “Get Busy” / The Bug “Warning” / Skream “Hedd Banger” / Brightblack Morning Light “Hologram Buffalo” / Love Is All “Wishing Well” / Mudhoney “I’m Now” / Paramore “Misery Business” / Cut Copy “Lights and Music” / Kleerup featuring Lykke Li “Until We Bleed” / King Midas Sound “One Ting (Dabyre Remix)” / Air France “Collapsing at Your Doorstep”


Hauschka “Rode Null” / My Morning Jacket “Evil Urges” / Tricky “Puppy Toy” / Murs “The Science” / Rick Ross “The Boss” / The Cool Kids “88” / Mr. Oizo “Two Takes It” / Katy Perry “Hot N Cold” / Little Boots “Stuck On Repeat” / Amadou & Mariam “Sabali” / Zomby “Mu5h” / No Age “Eraser” / Ponytail “Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From An Angel)” / Fucked Up “No Epiphany” / Jay Reatard “Always Wanting More” / Blitzen Trapper “Furr” / The Walkmen “In the New Year” / Girls “Hellhole Ratrace”

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