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Top 10 Songs of 2008

I know what you are expecting from a top 10 list claiming to be from 2008, but let me just dash those hopes right now by letting you into my life a little bit: I very rarely hear music in a timely fashion. Sometimes I do, especially if Rob shares songs with me or gives me a new album to listen to.

Because of that weird aspect of me, this list does not consist solely of songs from 2008. In fact, the first song on the list is 25 years old. Instead, my 2008 top 10 songs list contains songs that rocked my 2008, part of the Linden’s 2008 OST, if you may. Enjoy.

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
I know this song is by no definition new, but I discovered it in 2008, and it was, as the Germans say, an “ear worm” (except they say it in German, Ohrwurm). I listen to it once and it’s stuck in my head for weeks. Literally. This is not an exaggeration.
[Hear it on last.fm]
“Umbrella” by Rihanna
Again, not another from 2008, but from about December 2007 until February 2008, every time Rob and I heard or needed to say the word “Umbrella,” it became “under my Um-ber-ella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh.”
Besides our silliness with the song, the lyrics also brought on some homesickness. While I believe they originally referred to a sexual relationship, there are parts of the lyrics that perfectly describe the friendship I have with my best friends.
[Watch her official version or on YouTube]
“Beggin” by MadCon
We found this song through You FM, the radio station we listen to while we work at home. It’s a remake of a 1967 Franki Valli song, and I can’t help singing along when I hear it!
[Watch it on YouTube]
[Watch Frank Valli’s version on YouTube]
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
We first heard Adele singing “Daydreamer” on Later Live… with Jools Holland when we were in Liverpool in March and fell in love with her emotive, jazz-club voice. She re-released this single in late September and I sang it in the shower, in my office, and in my head all day. And performed it in the living room when Rob wasn’t around. Wait, what? Let’s move on.
[Watch it on YouTube]
“Welcome to Heartbreak” by Kanye West
808s and Heartbreaks is such a real album; it’s Kanye. This song is my favorite from the album, and these are my favorite lyrics: “Chased the good-life all my life long / Look back on my life all my life gone / Where did i go wrong?” In other words, “the good life” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
[Hear it on YouTube]
“Pinoccio Story (Freestyle Live in Singapore)” by Kanye West
Yep, Kanye gets two spots on my top 10 list because he revealed himself on this album. This song, an improvisation, revisits some of the themes already mentioned on the album.*
[Watch it on YouTube]
“Effington” by Ben Folds
I just got this album last week, but I love this song! The intro is beautiful and hilarious, the piano is driving, and the lyrics–well, the lyrics are humorous and make me laugh inside.
[Hear it on last.fm]
“I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie
Rob blogged about this album back in May, but I hadn’t really listened to the album until after his post. He’s completely right about it being completely listenable despite it being an 8-and-a-half-minute song.
[Watch it on DCfC’s website or on YouTube]
“After Hours” by We Are Scientists
Another from Rob’s blogging. I love this song for the energy and one line that rocks my world. I don’t know if it’s the chord or the progression up to the this line, but “Say! That you’ll stay!” is my favorite in the song. I spend most of the song tapping my foot and waiting for Murray and Cain to belt it out.
[Watch it on YouTube]
“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay
I have to be honest–I didn’t really like the first single from this album. But as soon as I heard this tune, I loved it. It played in my head over and over as I trained for the marathon this past summer. Carried me through many of those training miles and even a couple during the race.
[Watch it on Coldplay’s website]
[Watch Coldplay’s video tribute to Depeche Mode on Coldplay’s website]

What songs are your best of 2008 list?


* If you’re interested in hearing the whole album, I’ve made a YouTube playlist.

8 thoughts on “Top 10 Songs of 2008

  1. xgravity23

    24 Jan on 2009 at 1:10

    @Lorraine – I totally agree. I love Ben Folds, and I’m so glad he’s still making music. I think I like Rockin the Suburbs better than Way to Normal. Then again, I haven’t listened to Way to Normal a million times like I have RtS… We’ll see how it goes. :)

  2. xgravity23

    24 Jan on 2009 at 1:07

    @Teresa B. (CubicleQueen) – I’m so glad you shared a list too! I love having new music to check out, although it usually takes me a while. :)

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  4. Lorraine

    14 Jan on 2009 at 2:15

    PS: I’ve been meaning to say that I love that you love Effington. That whole album blows my mind: genius!

  5. Teresa B. (CubicleQueen)

    11 Jan on 2009 at 5:25

    Here is a list of 10 songs that I either discovered, or re-discovered, over the last year. Like your list, mine contains several songs that came out long before 2008.

    1. You Got Lucky by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (this one is probably the oldest on the list)
    2. When We Were Young by Dolores O’Riordan (she was the lead singer for The Cranberries)
    3. When U Love Someone by Kid Rock (I never thought I could actually like Kid Rock)
    4. Twilight Creeps by Crooked Fingers
    5. It’s Amazing by Jem
    6. Lucky by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
    7. Little Toy Gun by Honeyhoney (the song’s video features Kiefer Sutherland)
    8. Here (in Your Arms) by Hellogoodbye
    9. Silver Lining by Rilo Kiley
    10. I Decided by Solange

    Thank you for sharing your list, Linden. What a fun idea for a post!

  6. David Gross

    08 Jan on 2009 at 18:15

    Well, I’m not any more timely than you are, but here’s what rocked my world (and zune) this year:

    1. Slow Fade — Casting Crowns
    2. Death is the Road to Awe — Clint Mansell, from the soundtrack for The Fountain
    3. Summer Wine — Lee Hazlewood
    4. 18th Floor Balcony — Blue October (Andrea and I listened to the whole Foiled album together while driving back to Springfield for me to ship off to the Army…)
    5. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk — Rufus Wainwright
    6. The Transfiguration — Sufjan Stevens
    7. Mad World — Gary Jules

    That’s not 10, but those are the ones that have really done it for me this year.

    • xgravity23

      08 Jan on 2009 at 22:30

      @david: Awesome, thanks for sharing! I’m going to have to check some of these out. Some I have been meaning to check out for a while (Rufus Wainwright and Sufjan Stevens) and some just sound interesting since you’ve recommended them. :) Love “Mad World.”

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