1.13.2009

Top Albums of 2008

Now that we've covered my most-played singles of 2008, it's time to do something a little different and run down my top albums of 2008.  Whereas my list of singles of 2008 are always simply songs I added to iTunes in 2008, this list will be comprised solely of albums that were released in 2008... which is probably much less confusing.

Anyway, these albums are in no particular order, they are simply some of my favorites of the year.
  • Danny Byrd - Supersized
  • Deadmau5 - Random Album Title
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • Kaskade - Strobelite Seduction
  • London Elektricity - Syncopated City
  • Santogold
  • David Arnold - Quantum of Solace
  • Ghostly Swim
  • Wale - Mixtape About Nothing
  • The Roots - Rising Down
Album of the 2008: Danny Byrd - Supersized
Single of 2008: "From Bath With Love" (featuring T-Lace) - Danny Byrd

Boosh!

Top 10 of 2008

Time for the annual list of my most played songs of the year. This time, we are shortening the list even more and just going for my top 10 most played songs of 2008.

10. Honey - Junkie XL
9. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
8. Trapdoor Man - David Holmes
7. Not Their Fight - David Holmes
6. From Bath With Love (featuring T-Lace) - Danny Byrd
5. Jacques Cousteau - Erasure
4. Thundersounds (featuring Percee P.) - Connie Price and The Keystones
3. Der Tonkopfreiniger - Daniel Mehlart
2. Go Speed Racer (Film Version) - Ali Dee & The Deekompressors
1. Laptops - David Holmes

So there you have it. A much less embarassing list than years past, but not without it's blemishes. Jason Mraz's infectious Jack Johnson-isms wiggled their way into my brain this summer with his cutesy song "I'm Yours". David Holmes' soundtrack to Ocean's 13 took several spots, due mostly to the songs short lengths and repeatability. Danny Byrd's "From Bath With Love" was easily one of my favorite songs of the year, while "Jacques Cousteau" snuck into the number 5 spot thanks to it's inclusion in my sleeping playlist (which used to get played every night before bed). "Thundersounds" has a wicked hip hop-inspired funk groove and features the illest MC of all time, Percee P. "Der Tonkopfreiniger is not only fun to say, but is relentlessly easy to listen to and was a free download from Little White Earbuds (back before they stopped giving out music for free). Speed Racer was downloaded during a moment of weakness and played on repeat during my hour-long walk to the theater to go see eponymous film, and "Laptops" showcases David Holmes doing his best Roy Budd impression in the always on-point Ocean's [insert number] film soundtracks.

An honorable mention must go out to "Soulsearchin'" by Young Ax, another of my favorite D'n'B tracks of the year which squeaked in at number 11.