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), Indie Pop (3), Electropop (3), Hip Hop (3), Rock (3), Soul (2), Singer-Songwriter (2), Indie Folk (2), Hardcore Punk (1), Alt-Country (1), Trip Hop (1), Folk Rock (1), Funk (1), Metal (1), Experimental Rock (1), Electronic (1), Experimental (1), Hard Rock (1), Psychedelic (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
85

2. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

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

3. Portishead - Third

Portishead - Third
April 28, 2008
Trip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
87
15 reviews
USER SCORE
88

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
85

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
80

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
15 reviews
USER SCORE
74

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
84
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
84

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
75

17. The Roots - Rising Down

The Roots - Rising Down
April 29, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
73

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
87

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
65

22. Black Kids - Partie Traumatic

Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
July 22, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
59
10 reviews
USER SCORE
69

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
71

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
74

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
66

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
85
12 reviews
USER SCORE
89

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
79
12 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
78

36. Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Lykke Li - Youth Novels
August 19, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79

37. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
June 17, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
76

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
69
10 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
77


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