How does anyone ever come up with a list of favorites of anything? I’m probably the least decisive person on the planet or closer thereto, so that only compounds the issue. So, I really didn’t make a best of list, rather I made a best of Mix, of the stuff I kept on repeat throughout the year. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’m (by far) no critic, rather a fan. There were quite a few good albums that came out in ’08, or at least there were some that I enjoyed. The albums that rose high on the iPod this year were these (in no particular order, ok it’s alpha by artist):
Way To Normal (Ben Folds)
Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (Counting Crows)
Be OK (Ingrid Michaelson)
Sleep Through Static (Jack Johnson)
Simple Times (Joshua Radin)
Day & Age (the Killers)
Volume One (She & Him)
Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend)
Hideaway (the Weepies)
Weezer (Red Album) (Weezer)
The mix that ensued when I thought about coming up with a top-song list from last year was rather long and it took some whittling to get it down to a standard CD sized mix. The songs that were removed were not lesser songs, but they just didn’t make the mix. There are a few albums of last year that may have been overplayed by the radio, but seeing as I don’t listen to the radio, I think I’m far less affected by this, and I know there are quite a few people that will never listen to the Coldplay album again because of either this or the fact that it may be too boring/mainstream. I still enjoy it quite a lot.
You Don’t Know Me (with Regina Spektor)|Ben Folds
This might not be the best new Folds album, that seems to be a theme to this year for me – a few GREAT songs on a mediocre album (see also Coldplay & Weezer)
How I Could Just Kill A Man|Charlotte Sometimes
This song is just fun poppy goodness with a bit of a dark side.
Viva La Vida|Coldplay
If this song is so catchy why can’t I stop playing it?
You Can’t Count On Me|Counting Crows
Sounds like Adam and the boys are trying to turn a corner, but did they need to? I love this album, but as someone said recently it sounds like every album is trying to be as good as “August and Everything After”, but falling short.
Look No Further|Dido
Good song, good album, better than her sophomore, love her voice.
Red Tide|Foxboro Hot Tubs
This was a lot of fun, Green Day and a retro sound album all mixed into one.
Be OK|Ingrid Michaelson
I may be in love with Ingrid and her voice.
If I Had Eyes|Jack Johnson
Another album from Jack this year, a bit slowed down even for Jack, I really like slow, but he needs to mix it up just a bit more.
I’m Yours|Jason Mraz
This song got played a bit too much last summer, but I still enjoy it. Seems Mraz is growing and I like that.
I was really looking forward to the new Jem album, and this was really the only high point, sadly.
Free Fallin|John Mayer
As far as live albums go – I really dig Mayers, mixing up the styles of his songs and throwing in a few nice covers.
Sky (with Ingrid Michaelson)|Joshua Radin
This is a bit more dance than I want from an album, but it really does work well.
Crawl|Kings of Leon
I probably prefer their first album or two, but there are some solid songs here.
Fun pop, lovely voice, throughout the album.
Carolina Drama|The Raconteurs
This was another nice album by the “super-group”, but again, could have used a little less filler.
You Are The Best Thing|Ray LaMontagne
I just enjoy the mans voice and the songs he sings.
Fall For You|Secondhand Serenade
Emo can be good, I do enjoy this album.
Sentimental Heart|She & Him
Probably my favorite new aritst, I’ve just enjoyed this album this year from start to finish – over and over.
Another great new artist that I just can’t really get enough.
All Good Things|The Weepies
This album has possibly gotten the most play throughout the last few months.
I can not get enough of this song, ever. I love the first four songs on the album, they truly make the album. This is not up with the Blue or Green albums, but it did give us those great four songs, and for that I’m very grateful.
You can play the entire mix on your computer (stream it) by clicking – HERE