The Best of 2008 So Far

Lists are always (always) fun to think about and we're a little over the halfway point of 2008. It's been a great year for music so far. Here's a rough look at how my 2008 best-of lists are shaping up. I won't rank them til the end of the year, but you can see how yours stack up. The usual criteria apply: one song per artist, imports that came out in '07 but didn't reach domestic ears until '08 can qualify for either year, and whatever else I feel like.

Top 30 Songs:
Frightened Rabbit - Heads Roll Off [mp3]
Flight of the Conchords - Ladies of the World
Death Cab for Cutie - Grapevine Fires
David Karsten Daniels - That Knot Unties?
Chris Merritt - The Long Road
Adele - Hometown Glory
Al Green (w/ John Legend) - Stay With Me (By The Sea) [mp3]
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - Swimming Pools
Nada Surf - I Like What You Say
Mas y Mas - Hi
Guillemots - Get Over It
Supergrass - When I Needed You [mp3]
The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
Chris Walla - Sing Again
Vampire Weekend - Bryn
The Dodos - Fools
Shearwater - Leviathan Bound
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - Modern Mystery
What Made Milwaukee Famous - Sultan
Vetiver - The Swimming Song [mp3]
The Weepies - Can't Go Back Now
Tokyo Police Club - In A Cave
Tingsek - Let It Shine
Sunny Day Sets Fire - Smallest Heart on Earth
Surrounded - Safe Tomorrow Sun
Jamie Lidell - Wait For Me
Sam Sparro - Too Many Questions
Julian Velard - End of an Era
Ida - Lover's Prayer
The Helio Sequence - Can't Say No

Top 10 Albums:
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
Flight of the Conchords - s/t
Fleet Foxes - s/t
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Chris Merritt - Pixie and the Bear
Shearwater - Rook
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
Jamie Lidell - Jim
Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us
The Hush Sound - Goodbye Blues


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