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Best of 2008 Part III

In this section of best of, I want to focus on my favorite songs of 2008. I am a sucker for a good hook and riff and these are the songs that stood out in my head as being the best and brightest.

1. Time to Pretend by MGMT
This song was a tough call at #1 with some very tough competition, but looking back at the year 2008 no song was used in more mediums than this one. It was in commercials, all of America’s favorite TV shows and of course on every channel on FM and Sirius radio. I fell in love with this song early in the year as it invaded my ears with it’s catch melody’s. Furthermore, MGMT as a band deserved to be recognized in this #1 spot as they grew from local NYC act, into a national power-group.

2. Human by The Killers
Although only being out for about 3 total months of 2008, this song wins over my heart in a different way. This song is just a magical song written by one of the best and biggest acts in the world. The Killers know what makes a band big, and write songs to help support that lifestyle. Human is a mesmerizing song that you will have to repeat over and over. The real question is: “Are we human or are we dancer?”

3. Gives You Hell by The All American Rejects
As I have written numerous times, The All American Rejects continued in 2008 what they do, they write killer singles. This is what they are good at, and how they remain in the limelight. This song is no different, and could be the best single to date by the group. If you like AAR and you enjoy good catchy singles this song is surely for you.

4. Effington by Ben Folds
One of the unsung heroes of 2008 was Ben Folds who released an album that gave meaning to the comeback. After a few years of waiting, Folds fans were treated to an album that was filled with the happy, dark, and catch tunes that filled earlier albums. Effington is my favorite song of the album because there’s something about tambourine and barber shop quartets that is special. Listen to the song and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

5. Waking up in Vegas by Katy Perry
Last March Katy Perry was playing coffee houses at South By Southwest (Huge Music Festival) and just three months later she was headlining Warped Tour. This has certainly been a year full of Katy Perry and her magical music. My favorite song from her album ‘One of the Boys,’ was Waking Up In Vegas. This song could of very easily been a huge hit if not for the ridiculous success of One of the Boys and I Kissed A Girl.

6. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
This song is not only #6 on this list but should also be #1 on the most overplayed songs of the year. But give Jason some credit. Although I have heard this song well over 100 times it still hasn’t gotten old. After talking to some friends they share that same feeling and this sing along song has helped launch Jason to worldwide success.

7. That Green Gentlemen by Panic at the Disco
Being my number one album of the year 2008 I had to include my favorite track from ‘Pretty Odd,’ in this list. Green Gentlemen was the second single off of the album and the first time I heard it this became my favorite track on the album.

8. Run (I’m a Natural Disaster) by Gnarls Barkley
I’m not going to lie here. My reason for picking this song in my top 10 has just as much to do with the funky music video that is does the song itself. Don’t get me wrong, this song is awesome and fun to just groove to. The video (which features a very funny performance by Justin Timberlake) is really interesting to watch and a can’t miss video of 2008. Check out the video on YouTube you won’t be disappointed.

9. Sarah’s Game by The Loved Ones
I can’t leave off bands just because they aren’t totally mainstream. The Loved Ones are a power punk rock group that write really catchy songs. You don’t’ think of screaming punk and catchy chorus in the same breath usually but this group does it. Also it helps songs reach the top 10 if they were a ring-tone of mine for three months during the year.

10. Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
Although I got on the train late, Kings of Leon had an amazing 2008 and this song really does deserve the final spot in the top 10. For some reason I feel like I’ve always known this song even though it just came out, I guess that means I like it.

11. Lets Dance for Joy Division by The Wombats
The best group to come out of Liverpool in 2008 goes to The Wombats who’s debut US release ‘A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation,’ yielded a number of solid tracks. This one is without a doubt the best. It’s fast, has great guitar riffs, and a “WooHoo” at the beginning (also I’m a sucker for European bands that don’t loose their accent’s when singing).

12. Mistress Mabel by The Fratellis
The Fratellis sophomore album was packed with solid songs but there was one thing that made this one stand out. The slamming piano that comes in about 15 seconds in puts this song over the top.

13. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring
Yes, I know, every song by The Offspring sounds the same. Guess what? I don’t care. The latest release by the group is awesome and this song highlights the best of what The Offspring have to offer. Favorite line: “Dance Fucker Dance.”

14. Tessellate by Tokyo Police Club
This song comes from a new group to my ears in 2008. Although I had always heard of them I never actually listened to TPC. This song caught my attention for some reason. I love the ballad the turns into the epic anthem that is Tessellate.

15. Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade
Why do I like this song? Honestly, because my brother taught me how to play it on piano. I sit alone and my house and practice this catchy grouping of cords and I love it.

16. It’s Not My Time by 3 Doors Down
Three Doors Down (never saw anyone write it like that did you?) shares a similar quality with the All American Rejects. Though I am not a fan of their average song, they have a knack for writing amazing singles. This one does not disappoint.

17. Gasoline by The Airborne Toxic Event
After seeing TATE open for The Fratellis last summer I have really enjoyed listening to their songs. Gasoline is a mile above any other song in my opinion. This song should be heard by anyone who enjoys good music. The group is fantastic live, and this song really demonstrates a solid feel for this.

18. Save Me by Article 19
Who says you have to be signed to a major record label to make my top 20 list? Article 19 is a new band for me, but have been tearing up Connecticut over the past year. Save me was my song of the week a few months ago and a few people commented on their sound. Think Maroon 5 and listen to this song, its really a fantastic song.

19. Shut Up and Let Me Go by The Ting Tings
I have a joke with my friends. I call this group the “Ting Ting Ting Ting Tings…” For some reason remembering how many Ting’s there were in the name was too hard. This group has exploded onto the scene as 2008 winds to a close. Shut Up and Let Me Go is not only catchy but really demonstrates what the band has to offer. They mix old school grooves, with new school electronica.

20. Bounce by The Cab
This was one of my most recent songs of the week. This is my guilty pleasure song of 2008. It’s so simple, so wimpy, so straight forward that I just can’t get it out of my head. As I have said before, the fact that I love a song that’s chorus sings: “Bounce Bounce Baby Bounce Back to Me,” really makes me as immature as that chorus is. Honestly I don’t care.

Feel free to post a comment giving me your top 20 songs of 2008 (released in 2008). Love to hear the comments.

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3 Legacy Comments

  • Comment by Melanie posted December 24, 2008 at 18:26

    I’m going to listen to all these songs now because I don’t know most of them

  • Comment by RockStar posted December 27, 2008 at 04:21

    Here's my top 20

    20) Chasing Pavements – Adele
    19) Ferras – Hollywood's Not America
    18) Jay Brannan – Half-Boyfriend
    17) Jesse McCartney – How Do You Sleep?
    16) Kate Voegele -Kindly Unspoken
    15) Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
    14) 3OH!3 – Don't Trust Me
    13) Shattered – OAR
    12) Sober – Pink
    11) SIngle Ladies – Beyonce
    10) Summertime – New Kids on the Block
    9) Lollipop – Lil' Wayne
    8) 4 Minutes – Madonna & JT
    7) Paparazzi – Lady GaGa
    6) Lost – Katy Perry
    5) Fly on the Wall – Miley Cyrus
    4) Light On – David Cook
    3) Cookie Jar – Gym Class Heroes
    2) Love Story – Taylor Swift
    1) Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis

  • Comment by Chris posted January 11, 2009 at 22:57

    YEAH MGMT!!!