Friday, December 12, 2008

"480 Minutes" - Best Music of 2008

Good morning and welcome to the The Best Music of 2008 edition of "480 Minutes."

There was some science involved in the rankings, including scouring playlists to determine how many times songs got played on the air throughout the year, and how many songs from albums got played, etc. The parts not covered by science, like the final touches and tweaks, were all made with an almost complete disregard for objectivity.

At 10 a.m. Pacific Time we will start with the #50 song of 2008, and the countdown to #1 will take us about 1:30 p.m. For the hour or so after that we'll squeeze in another 15 of the best songs of 2008, a sort of "honorary mention" hour, followed by 10 of the best SF Bay Area Songs of the Year (which didn't make the Top 50 overall) beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific Time. Because several of the local songs were so strong this year I decided to break with tradition and include those in the overall Best of 2008 list.

At 12 noon or thereabouts we will unveil the Top 25 Albums of 2008 -- if I forget to do it, please nudge me.

I recommend that you take notes so you can go buy some of these amazing records over the weekend. If you miss anything, there will be a blog post made over the weekend containing a complete run-down of the Top 50 Songs, Top 25 Albums, Top Bay Area Albums, Top Bay Area Songs, and even a list of the Top 10 Cover Versions released in 2008. Fill out your 2008 collection, and also consider buying music for friends and family. It is the holiday season, you know.

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3 comments:

Dan said...

Ok, here's my these songs are so good list for '08

1. Deerhunter - "Nothing Ever Happened" - Microcastle
2. Frightened Rabbit - "The Twist" - The Midnight Organ Fight
3. TV on the Radio - "Halfway Home" - Dear Science
4. Hercules and Love Affair - "Blind" - s/t
5. Kanye West - "Love Lockdown" - 808s and Heartbreaks
6. Crystal Castles - "Courtship Dating" - s/t
7. Magnetic Fields - "California Girls" - Distortion
8. She & Him - "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here" - Volume One
9. MGMT - "Time to Pretend" - Oracular Spectacular
10. Vampire Weekend - "Oxford Comma" - s/t

-dan

Ted said...

Thanks, Dan. Funny we have some album crossover, but for the most part we picked different fave songs from those albums! Thanks for sharing.

Dan said...

I'm sure! Album picks are easy, but song picks are so difficult. Dear Science and Distortion were probably the hardest.