Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2008



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
75
325 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Rock (8), Indie Rock (6), Alternative Rock (4), Indie Pop (3), Hip Hop (3), Soul (3), Electropop (2), Folk (2), Pop (2), Hard Rock (2), Country (2), Indie Folk (2), Singer-Songwriter (2), Experimental Rock (1), Electronic (1), Southern Rock (1), Folk Rock (1), Psychedelic (1), Alt-Country (1), Dark Ambient (1), Mashup (1), Experimental (1), Metal (1), R&B (1)

1. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
September 22, 2008
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
88
16 reviews
USER SCORE
84
70 ratings

2. Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs
October 7, 2008
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
87
6 reviews
USER SCORE
79
2 ratings

3. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
66
17 ratings

4. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
June 10, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
14 reviews
USER SCORE
73
9 ratings

5. John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom

John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom
April 15, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
2 reviews
USER SCORE
77
1 rating

6. Santigold - Santigold

Santigold - Santigold
April 29, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80
29 ratings

7. Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
June 17, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
16 reviews
USER SCORE
74
60 ratings

8. Beck - Modern Guilt

Beck - Modern Guilt
July 8, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
13 reviews
USER SCORE
78
27 ratings

9. Metallica - Death Magnetic

Metallica - Death Magnetic
September 12, 2008
Metal
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
66
16 ratings

10. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84
132 ratings

11. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
82
13 reviews
USER SCORE
87
136 ratings

12. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
November 23, 2008
Hard Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
10 reviews
USER SCORE
43
8 ratings

13. Blitzen Trapper - Furr

Blitzen Trapper - Furr
September 23, 2008
Folk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
78
5 ratings

14. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology
October 28, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
10 reviews
USER SCORE
69
4 ratings

15. The Black Keys - Attack & Release

The Black Keys - Attack & Release
April 1, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81
25 ratings

16. Randy Newman - Harps and Angels

Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
August 5, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

17. B.B. King - One Kind Favor

B.B. King - One Kind Favor
August 26, 2008
CRITIC SCORE
90
1 review
USER SCORE
75
1 rating

18. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
October 14, 2008
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
73
7 reviews
USER SCORE
72
1 rating

19. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
February 26, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
84
6 reviews
USER SCORE
79
4 ratings

20. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
September 23, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
55
8 reviews
USER SCORE
65
26 ratings

21. Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads

Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
64
10 reviews
USER SCORE
72
3 ratings

22. Jackson Browne - Time the Conqueror

Jackson Browne - Time the Conqueror
September 23, 2008
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
50
1 review
USER SCORE
95
1 rating

23. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
August 5, 2008
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
70
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82
3 ratings

24. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals

Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
November 11, 2008
Mashup
CRITIC SCORE
82
7 reviews
USER SCORE
79
9 ratings

25. The Magnetic Fields - Distortion

The Magnetic Fields - Distortion
January 15, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
75
2 ratings

26. Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch

Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch
April 29, 2008
Southern Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
3 reviews
USER SCORE
65
2 ratings

27. Brian Wilson - That Lucky Old Sun

Brian Wilson - That Lucky Old Sun
August 19, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
9 reviews
USER SCORE
67
2 ratings

28. The Knux - Remind Me in Three Days...

The Knux - Remind Me in Three Days...
October 14, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
64
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

29. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
85
12 reviews
USER SCORE
89
141 ratings

30. Duffy - Rockferry

Duffy - Rockferry
May 13, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
72
12 ratings

31. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
January 22, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80
81 ratings

32. Jamey Johnson - That Lonesome Song

Jamey Johnson - That Lonesome Song
August 5, 2008
Country
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
71
2 ratings

33. Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman

Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman
September 16, 2008
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
70
4 reviews
USER SCORE
76
4 ratings

34. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
April 4, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
14 reviews
USER SCORE
80
3 ratings

35. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
April 8, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
15 reviews
USER SCORE
87
17 ratings

36. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
July 14, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
72
6 ratings

37. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV
March 2, 2008
Dark Ambient
CRITIC SCORE
67
6 reviews
USER SCORE
69
10 ratings

38. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line

Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
August 19, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80
4 ratings

39. Taylor Swift - Fearless

Taylor Swift - Fearless
November 11, 2008
Country
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
69
14 ratings

40. Jonas Brothers - A Little Bit Longer

Jonas Brothers - A Little Bit Longer
August 12, 2008
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
70
3 reviews
USER SCORE
78
3 ratings

41. AC/DC - Black Ice

AC/DC - Black Ice
October 17, 2008
Hard Rock
CRITIC SCORE
57
6 reviews
USER SCORE
63
6 ratings

42. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
August 18, 2008
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
74
7 ratings

43. Nas - Untitled

Nas - Untitled
July 1, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
59
8 reviews
USER SCORE
67
6 ratings

44. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
March 25, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
77
15 ratings

45. Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward

Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
March 18, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
11 reviews
USER SCORE
72
2 ratings

46. The Academy Is... - Fast Times at Barrington High

The Academy Is... - Fast Times at Barrington High
August 19, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
3 reviews
USER SCORE
93
1 rating

47. of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping

of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
October 21, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
66
8 reviews
USER SCORE
82
9 ratings

48. Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It

Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It
September 16, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
71
6 reviews
USER SCORE
79
2 ratings

49. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark

Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
February 5, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
23 ratings

50. No Age - Nouns

No Age - Nouns
May 8, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84
32 ratings

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