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Top 30 Songs Of 2008

It?s a bit tougher to separate and distinguish those songs that truly towered above the rest in 2008, as it?s a hell of a lot easier to find a great song by an otherwise sub par band than it is to find an all-around great album. The below thirty are songs that I felt towered over others on their respective records, even when those records were great, and also some songs that blew up the charts without coming off like everything else on radio nowadays. In order to keep things simple, I limited it to one song per artist.
1Estelle feat. Kanye West
American Boy

This is not the deepest song on the list, nor is it the best song from the best album of the year, and it?s
hard to say whether it will stand the test of time. Nope, this is pure, well-crafted pop at its catchiest
best, a
song that bounces from a deceptively simple disco beat to Kanye?s effortlessly spot-on cameo and
very British, very sleek vocals. This is one song that deserved its success, the kind of song that restores
your faith (however temporarily) in the public?s taste, even if the album paled in comparison. Here?s to
cross-continental pop!
Time To Pretend

The quintessential rock star song about models and drug habits with a fresh twist of techno-pop and a
memorable synth hook. It overshadowed most of the rest of Oracular Spectacular with its lyrical wit and
easily digestible melody, and that?s in no way a bad thing: the more people introduced to this band,
better. Technically an '07 song, but I'm going by album release date.
3Conor Oberst
Souled Out!!!

A song about having too much fun from Conor Oberst? I?m shocked, but the upbeat music and Oberst?
irrepressible joy coupled with the entertaining lyrics make for one of his most enjoyable songs. It
sounds as
if Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band recorded this in a single take in some tropical beach resort?which
too far from what actually happened. Enjoy yourself more, Conor; it sounds great.
4Fleet Foxes
Ragged Wood

Most critics prefer the lilting ?60s folk melody of ?White Winter Hymnal? or the galloping beat of ?Quiet
Houses,? but for me the prize has to go to ?Ragged Wood,? a multi-movement masterpiece that begins
with a driving drum beat and an anthemic chorus by singer Robin Pecknold before shifting into
into a delicately fingerpicked acoustic groove and then ending dreamily with a soothing guitar line
somewhere atop a forested hill in West Virginia.
5Vampire Weekend
Oxford Comma

On an album filled with great, short pop songs, ?Oxford Comma? stands out with its uncomplicated
production, sing-a-long melody, and climactic chorus. A song that, strangely, always makes me want
Rebels in the Roses

Everest open up their debut record with this country-rock gem, the perfect blend of singer Russell
emotive pipes and a blazing guitar part that stays with you long after the song is over.
7She & Him
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

Quirky ?60s pop made extraordinary by Zooey Deschanel?s charming country-tinged vocals and M.
classy arrangement: check out the slick guitar solo at 1:05. 3-minute-and-under pop at its best.
8The Roots feat. Truck North and Saigon

The year?s best rap track is a hypnotic jam about the less-than-legal lives many urban youth are forced
accept, all spit out with venom and virtuosity by Black Thought and the excellent guest stars.
9The Walkmen
The Blue Route

A tough choice from a record filled with great ones, it?s the vintage sound of the instruments and the
exceptional drum work, not to mention Hamilton Leithauser?s unique yowl, that make this one for me.
10Delta Spirit

The obvious highlight of a fairly excellent debut record and a song that owes its heart to singer
Vasquez?s inimitable howl.
11T.I. feat. Rihanna
Live Your Life

Everyone knows the Numa Numa sample and Auto-Tuned Rihanna make this song, but it?s T.I.?s liquid
verses that truly elevate it.
12The Raconteurs
Salute Your Solution

The frantic verses and the burning twin guitar solos (particularly the air-guitar-worthy second one at
make this one of the best straight-ahead rock singles of the year.
13The Duke Spirit
The Step and the Walk

I first heard this song in an American Eagle store, and it ended up being the best thing I?ve ever gotten
from there. The album is uneven at times, but singer Leila Moss is distinctive and the band?s bluesy
swagger is very attractive.
14The Hold Steady
Sequestered in Memphis

A drunken sing-a-long for those one-night stands that go terribly awry.
Graveyard Girl

The 80s live again!
16Britney Spears
If You Seek Amy

Oh, Max Martin, you are so clever! Hopefully the censors will overlook the scandalous play on words to
this slice of delectable electro-pop onto the airwaves and get on with subverting our nation?s youth.
17Okkervil River
Lost Coastlines

Will Sheff proves that intelligent, insightful lyrics mix well with mindless ?la la las? and a full-blown
brass part.
18Ben Folds feat. Regina Spektor
You Don't Know Me

Spektor makes any song shine, even when she?s barely used.
19The Dodos

Six minutes of schizophrenic psych-folk. Yes, their drummer is amazing.
20Death Cab for Cutie
Bixby Canyon Bridge

I don?t know why I like this song so much. Maybe it?s Gibbard?s simple, affecting lyrics or the epic,
sonic sludge of the ending. If I had to choose any one point where this song goes from merely cool to
ridiculously awesome, it?s 1:39 in when the atmospherics cut off and Death Cab ramps up the thudding
guitars and pounding drums.
21Kanye West

A song so good it makes you fully appreciate the lost opportunities of the rest of the record.

Forget the dance floor; electronica diva should really spend more time writing incredibly addicting
about drug overdoses.
23Girl Talk
Still Here

The ?Flashing Lights/No Diggity? mix combined with The Band over Yung Joc make for one of Girl Talk?
best tracks ever.
24The Helio Sequence

Few songs this year have conveyed emotion as perfectly as this one; never has wanting to move on but
being unable to sounded so good.
25Mates of State
Get Better

Married indie-popsters find bliss in gently swelling strings, rollicking drums, multi-layered harmonies,
26Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
Let It Rock

The pump-up anthem of the year with one of Lil Wayne?s best cameos. Too bad Rudolf is terrible live.
27Tilly and the Wall
Alligator Skin

Tap-dancing is awesome. So are boy/girl harmonies. And handclaps. And nonsensical lyrics. And?
28Taylor Swift
Love Story

Guilty as charged with the shallow country-pop.
29Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Think I Wanna Die

Perfect power-pop that was criminally overlooked.
The Arm

The definition of throwing everything and the kitchen sink into a song.
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