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), Post-Rock (1), Experimental Rock (1), Metal (1), Hard Rock (1), Hip Hop (1), Country (1), Psychedelic (1), Pop (1), Trip Hop (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
20 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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