The Sound of 2008


sound of 2008

2008 was a great year for pop music, singles and the chart. I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of albums but the above are my favourites. I never really knew Elbow before but this album was just brilliant – musically and lyrically, Vampire Weekend continues to be exciting, bouncy and gleeful, and Neon Neon was a very strange idea turned into a great reality.  As ever I could endlessly ponder my songs of the year, and I’m really weird in how I define things. So while I might love ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘I Lust U’, I’ll include those via their respective albums in my albums list above because I don’t really think of them as singles just part of an album.

Song of the Year: Little Boots – Stuck on Repeat. It’s been out a bit but not properly properly so I was cautious about putting this in the 2008 chart, but it’s the only song that makes my jaw drop, still nearly a year after Victoria first sent it round. Totally brilliant and a huge year awaits.

Rest of Best: 2. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold, 3. Estelle – American Boy, 4. MGMT – Kids, 5. Miley Cyrus – See You Again, 6. The Saturdays – Up, 7. Solange – I Decided, 8. The Ting Tings – Great DJ, 9. Ne-Yo – Closer, 10. Chris Brown & Jordin Sparks – No Air

Most Listened to (according to Last FM): 1. Ben Folds – You Don’t Know Me, 2. Sarah Brightman – I Don’t Know How To Love Him, 3. Miley Cyrus – See You Again, 4. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer, 5. Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning, 6, The Ting Tings – Great DJ, 7 Girls Aloud – Miss You Bow Wow, 8, Sara Barielles –  Love Song, 9. Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat, 10, Sam Sparro – Black & Gold

Mercury Music Prize 2008

I’ve not listened to nearly enough albums in the last year to do this accurately, but I’m about to head down to Covent Garden to hear the Mercury Music Prize nominations. Here’s what I’m expecting to hear (bar the random ones no ones ever heard of)

Neon Neon – Stainless Steel
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
Roisin Murphy – Overpowered
Burial – Untrue
Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
Portishead – Third
MIA – Kala
Robert Plant & Alison Krauus – Raising Sand
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Adele – 19