The holidays are here and 2k9 is fast approaching, so here’s a small roundup of everyone’s third-favorite year-end activity: top album lists! (First and second place are claimed, of course, by “drinking copiously enough to make out with a random partygoer at midnight” and “making overly ambitious resolutions you’ll forget before February.”)
Let’s all gather ’round, roast some chestnuts, and bitch about what we would have done differently after the jump…
Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2008 - An odd mix of breakouts, old farts, the good, the bad, and the extremely overrated.
Spin’s 40 Best Albums of 2008 – Another solid list, but with TV on the Radio’s Dear Science filling another number one slot, this blogger just has to say…really?
Paste’s Top Albums of 2008 - Here we find the aforementioned Dear Science bumped all the way back to 50, with Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward’s “adorable” debut as She & Him sliding in at a startling number one. I guess it takes all kinds…and it certainly doesn’t hurt to be one of the most crush-worthy “indie” chicks around.
Stereogum’s Best Album of 2008 rankings – This reader-powered poll racks up the usual suspects with the kind of slant toward the slightly obscure that can only be delivered by the internet’s vigilant audiophiles.
Stereogum’s 20 Albums We’re Most Excited To Hear in 2009 – A little something to get us pumped for what will be the last year of…whatever we’re calling this decade. With a few annoying omissions, this list is still pretty darn exciting.
NPR’s top 25 CDs of 2008 – NPR, the only acceptable alternative to WUOG has their list of top albums. The best include Fleet Foxes, She & Him, and Portishead. Boy, they have a nice website, don’t they? – Jason