Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2008



LIST SUMMARY

List Rating: 75
Based on 325 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Rock (8), Indie Rock (6), Alternative Rock (4), Indie Pop (3), Hip Hop (3), Soul (3), Folk (2), Pop (2), Hard Rock (2), Country (2), Indie Folk (2), Singer-Songwriter (2), Electropop (2), 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), Experimental Rock (1)

1. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
September 22, 2008
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
88
15 reviews
USER SCORE
85

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

3. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
66

4. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
June 10, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
14 reviews
USER SCORE
75

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

6. Santigold - Santigold

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

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
72
15 reviews
USER SCORE
74

8. Beck - Modern Guilt

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

9. Metallica - Death Magnetic

Metallica - Death Magnetic
September 12, 2008
Metal
CRITIC SCORE
72
9 reviews
USER SCORE
66

10. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

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

11. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

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

12. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
November 23, 2008
Hard Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
10 reviews
USER SCORE
46

13. Blitzen Trapper - Furr

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

14. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology

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

15. The Black Keys - Attack & Release

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

16. Randy Newman - Harps and Angels

Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
August 5, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
7 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

18. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

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

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

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

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

22. Jackson Browne - Time the Conqueror

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

23. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

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

24. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals

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

25. The Magnetic Fields - Distortion

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

26. Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch

Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch
April 29, 2008
Southern Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
2 reviews
USER SCORE
65

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

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
86
11 reviews
USER SCORE
89

30. Duffy - Rockferry

Duffy - Rockferry
May 13, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
71

31. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

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

32. Jamey Johnson - That Lonesome Song

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

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

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

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
14 reviews
USER SCORE
87

36. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

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

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
70

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

39. Taylor Swift - Fearless

Taylor Swift - Fearless
November 11, 2008
Country
CRITIC SCORE
84
3 reviews
USER SCORE
70

40. Jonas Brothers - A Little Bit Longer

Jonas Brothers - A Little Bit Longer
August 12, 2008
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
65
2 reviews
USER SCORE
78

41. AC/DC - Black Ice

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

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
77

43. Nas - Untitled

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

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
78

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

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

47. of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping

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

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

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

50. No Age - Nouns

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


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