10 December 2008

here, in an incredibly rigid order, are my favorite tracks of 2008

55 sugababes, "unbreakable heart"
54 glasvegas, "geraldine"
53 nick cave & the bad seeds, "midnight man"
52 kanye west, "love lockdown"
51 tindersticks, “the flicker of a little girl”
50 kleerup, "on my own again"
49 guns n' roses, "shackler's revenge"
48 a classic education, "stay, son"
47 tony christie, "louise"
46 the aliens, "blue mantle"
45 the bon bon club, "lullaby"
44 The Pictish Trail, “I Don't Know Where to Begin”
43 TV On The Radio, “Halfway Home”
42 Justice, “Planisphère (Part 1)”
41 Joel Alme, “Always On My Mind”
40 Metronomy, “My Heart Rate Rapid”
39 Bears, “So Go”
38 Sam Sparro, “Black and Gold” (marcussen album version)
37 Britney Spears, “Kill The Lights”
36 Minisnap, “New Broom”
35 Keane, “Lovers Are Losing”
34 The Kabeedies, “Palindromes”
33 Summer Cats, “Christopher Wren”
32 Guillemots, “Get Over It”
31 Spiritualized, “Baby I'm Just a Fool”
30 Alesha Dixon, “The Boy Does Nothing”
29 Amadou & Mariam, “Sabali”
28 Bon Iver, “Re: Stacks”
27 Robert Forster, “Pandanus”
26 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, “Heartbreak Make Me a Dancer”
25 Mumford & Sons, “Feel The Tide”
24 Lykke Li, “I'm Good, I'm Gone” (Fred Falke Remix Extended Version)
23 Wiley, “Wearing My Rolex” (Extended Edit)
22 Portishead, “We Carry On”
21 The Wave Pictures, “Instant Coffee Baby”
20 The Shortwave Set, “Now Til '69”
19 Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, “Tickle Me Pink”
18 Lindstrøm, “Where You Go I Go Too”
17 Estelle, “American Boy” (feat. Kanye West)
16 Bryn Christopher, “The Quest”
15 The Ting Tings, “Great DJ”
14 Chairlift, “Evident Utensil”
13 Girls Aloud, “The Loving Kind”
12 Ladyhawke, “Dusk Til Dawn”
11 Oasis, “The Shock Of The Lightning”
10 Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
09 Ebony Bones, “We Know All About u”
08 Late of the Pier, “Focker”
07 The Long Blondes, “Century”
06 Sebastien Tellier, “Divine”
05 Wild Beasts, “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants”
04 Goldfrapp, “A&E”
03 The Lodger, “The Good Old Days”
02 Hot Chip, “Ready For The Floor”
01 Little Boots, “Stuck on Repeat”

n.b. these are all songs first heard in 2008, the only criterion (& quality, too, i guess). that means no "i'm not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance w/ you" by black kids (2007), no "w/ every heartbeat" by robyn w/ kleerup (2006), no "kids" by mgmt (2005).

also, a bonus, in all likelihood incomplete guide for the perplexed:
pop (what you could, or should, hear on the radio):
55, 50, 38, 37, 35, 32, 30, 26, 23, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 07, 06, 04, 02, 01

adult pop (songs your mum would like):
47, 27, 25, 19, 13, 10, 04

rock (songs your dad would like)
53, 49, 11

psychedelia (FAR OUT. at times):
46, 31, 22, 20, 11, 09, 08

post-punk (remember how much we loved this, like, four years ago?):
34, 07, 05

indie (or "pop," real proper-like, w/ guitars & junk):
51, 48, 44, 41, 36, 33, 28, 25, 21, 19, 03

(what used to be called) alt:
54, 53, 51, 45, 43, 31

r&b (body moving):
52, 38, 29, 23, 17, 16, 09

electronic (button pushing):
52, 50, 43, 42, 40, 37, 29, 24, 23, 22, 20, 18, 14, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 02

dance (button pushing, body moving):
42, 40, 37, 30, 26, 24, 23, 18, 09, 07, 02, 01


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