Q's 50 Best Albums of 2008



LIST SUMMARY
List Rating
74
394 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Rock (9), Alternative Rock (8), Indie Rock (8), Singer-Songwriter (4), Electronic (3), Indie Folk (3), Soul (2), Electropop (2), Indie Pop (2), Folk (2), Experimental Rock (1), Metal (1), Hard Rock (1), Hip Hop (1), Country (1), Psychedelic (1), Pop (1), Trip Hop (1), Post-Rock (1)

1. 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
29 ratings

2. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

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

3. 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
16 reviews
USER SCORE
73
62 ratings

4. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84
136 ratings

5. Glasvegas - Glasvegas

Glasvegas - Glasvegas
January 6, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
67
11 reviews
USER SCORE
75
7 ratings

6. Duffy - Rockferry

Duffy - Rockferry
May 13, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
73
8 reviews
USER SCORE
72
12 ratings

7. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
September 22, 2008
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
16 reviews
USER SCORE
84
74 ratings

8. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

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

9. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

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

10. 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

11. Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust

Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
June 24, 2008
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84
36 ratings

12. Keane - Perfect Symmetry

Keane - Perfect Symmetry
October 14, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
52
8 reviews
USER SCORE
64
7 ratings

13. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
January 22, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
73
12 reviews
USER SCORE
80
87 ratings

14. Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads

Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
63
10 reviews
USER SCORE
69
5 ratings

15. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
67
18 ratings

16. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark

Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
February 5, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
76
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
23 ratings

17. Adele - 19

Adele - 19
January 28, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
60
8 reviews
USER SCORE
70
21 ratings

18. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?

British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
February 12, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79
4 ratings

19. Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree

Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
February 26, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
71
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79
18 ratings

20. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
August 19, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
4 reviews
USER SCORE
89
11 ratings

21. Razorlight - Slipway Fires

Razorlight - Slipway Fires
November 3, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
47
6 reviews
USER SCORE
53
2 ratings

22. The Killers - Day & Age

The Killers - Day & Age
November 24, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
64
11 reviews
USER SCORE
72
28 ratings

23. Beck - Modern Guilt

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

24. The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement

The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
April 15, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
78
19 ratings

25. Metallica - Death Magnetic

Metallica - Death Magnetic
September 12, 2008
Metal
CRITIC SCORE
72
10 reviews
USER SCORE
68
18 ratings

26. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
August 5, 2008
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82
3 ratings

27. Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark

Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark
May 6, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
3 reviews
USER SCORE
63
2 ratings

28. Paul Weller - 22 Dreams

Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
June 2, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
7 reviews
USER SCORE
77
2 ratings

29. AC/DC - Black Ice

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

30. Portishead - Third

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

31. Black Mountain - In The Future

Black Mountain - In The Future
January 21, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82
3 ratings

32. Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul

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

33. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair
June 24, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
85
13 reviews
USER SCORE
83
29 ratings

34. 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
146 ratings

35. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

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

36. R.E.M. - Accelerate

R.E.M. - Accelerate
March 31, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
14 reviews
USER SCORE
81
8 ratings

37. Lykke Li - Youth Novels

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

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

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

39. Santigold - Santigold

Santigold - Santigold
April 29, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81
30 ratings

40. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

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

41. Lindsey Buckingham - Gift Of Screws

Lindsey Buckingham - Gift Of Screws
September 16, 2008
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
78
5 reviews
USER SCORE
90
2 ratings

42. Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning

Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning
January 22, 2008
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
77
7 reviews
USER SCORE
87
1 rating

43. Joan As Police Woman - To Survive

Joan As Police Woman - To Survive
June 10, 2008
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
73
9 reviews
USER SCORE
73
2 ratings

44. Black Kids - Partie Traumatic

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

45. Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static

Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static
February 5, 2008
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
53
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

46. The Verve - Forth

The Verve - Forth
August 19, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
13 reviews
USER SCORE
75
4 ratings

47. Randy Newman - Harps and Angels

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

48. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
September 23, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
67
8 reviews
USER SCORE
74
5 ratings

49. Emmylou Harris - All I Intended To Be

Emmylou Harris - All I Intended To Be
June 10, 2008
Country
CRITIC SCORE
79
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

50. Dido - Safe Trip Home

Dido - Safe Trip Home
November 18, 2008
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
64
6 reviews
USER SCORE
74
8 ratings

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