Here are 20 of my favorite songs released in 2008. As usual, I’ve agonized over this list and have changed it numerous times. Like always, I only picked one song per album (otherwise artists like Bon Iver & Robert Forster would just completely dominate this list) and they’re only loosely ranked by preference.
So for better or worse:
1. MGMT – “Time to Pretend” from Oracular Spectacular
[audio:01 – Time to Pretend.mp3]
The first 60-ish seconds of this are irresistibly awesome.
2. Bon Iver – “For Emma” from For Emma, Forever Ago
[audio:08 for emma.mp3]
Possibly my favorite album of the year.
3. Langhorne Slim – “Rebel Side of Heaven” from Langhorne Slim
[audio:02 Rebel Side Of Heaven.mp3]
This dude isn’t always consistently great, but I dig a lot of this album and this song in particular.