Spin's 40 Best Albums of 2008



LIST SUMMARY

List Rating: 76
Based on 335 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Indie Rock (7), Alternative Rock (6), Hip Hop (3), Rock (3), Indie Pop (3), Electropop (3), Singer-Songwriter (2), Indie Folk (2), Soul (2), Trip Hop (1), Folk Rock (1), Funk (1), Metal (1), Experimental Rock (1), Electronic (1), Experimental (1), Hard Rock (1), Psychedelic (1), Hardcore Punk (1), Alt-Country (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
84

2. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
64

3. Portishead - Third

Portishead - Third
April 28, 2008
Trip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
89
12 reviews
USER SCORE
87

4. Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life

Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
October 7, 2008
Hardcore Punk
CRITIC SCORE
85
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84

5. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

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

6. Santigold - Santigold

Santigold - Santigold
April 29, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82

7. Deerhunter - Microcastle

Deerhunter - Microcastle
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
88
16 reviews
USER SCORE
88

8. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark

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

9. 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
14 reviews
USER SCORE
73

10. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

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

11. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
March 17, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82

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

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
February 26, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
83
6 reviews
USER SCORE
79

13. No Age - Nouns

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

14. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85

15. Beck - Modern Guilt

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

16. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
June 10, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
14 reviews
USER SCORE
76

17. The Roots - Rising Down

The Roots - Rising Down
April 29, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
74

18. 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
86

19. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins

Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
September 9, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84

20. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
March 18, 2008
Funk
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73

21. 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
63

22. Black Kids - Partie Traumatic

Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
July 22, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
59
10 reviews
USER SCORE
71

23. Kate Nash - Made Of Bricks

Kate Nash - Made Of Bricks
January 8, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
70
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80

24. Duffy - Rockferry

Duffy - Rockferry
May 13, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
69

25. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
May 13, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
9 reviews
USER SCORE
75

26. R.E.M. - Accelerate

R.E.M. - Accelerate
March 31, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81

27. The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed

The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed
September 15, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
59
10 reviews
USER SCORE
69

28. Metallica - Death Magnetic

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

29. Nas & DJ Green Lantern - The Nigger Tape

Nas & DJ Green Lantern - The Nigger Tape
June 9, 2008
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

30. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

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

31. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
86
11 reviews
USER SCORE
90

32. The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia

The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
March 4, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
75

33. El Guincho - Alegranza

El Guincho - Alegranza
March 1, 2008
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73

34. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
June 10, 2008
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
74
5 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

35. 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

36. Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Lykke Li - Youth Novels
August 19, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
12 reviews
USER SCORE
80

37. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
June 17, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78

38. Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul

Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
October 7, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
63
11 reviews
USER SCORE
61

39. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
November 23, 2008
Hard Rock
CRITIC SCORE
62
7 reviews
USER SCORE
46

40. Chairlift - Does You Inspire You

Chairlift - Does You Inspire You
September 30, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
68
8 reviews
USER SCORE
75


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