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Q’s Top 50 Of 2008

Paste’s pasty top 50 created a commotion and folks got bent out of shape over Blender’s 33 (a Jesus homage?), but for my devalued American buck, nothing’s as strange as what you’ll find topping Q’s end-of-the-year list. Which is why they get the “Shit List” designation. (That’s not the only reason.) Actually, they forgot to list album #45: Maybe once we discover what that is, everything else will make sense.

(UPDATE: We’re told #45 is Jack Johnson…)

50 Dido – Safe Trip Home
49 Emmylou Harris – All I Intended To Be
48 Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
47 Randy Newman – Harps And Angels
46 The Verve – Forth
45 Jack Johnson Sleep Through Static
44 Black Kids – Partie Traumatic
43 Joan As Police Woman – To Survive
42 Liam Finn – I’ll Be Lightning
41 Lindsey Buckingham – Gift Of Screws
40 My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
39 Santogold – Santogold
38 John Mellencamp – Life Death Love & Freedom
37 Lykke Li – Youth Novels
36 R.E.M. – Accelerate
35 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
34 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
33 Hercules & Love Affair – Hercules & Love Affair
32 Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
31 Black Mountain – In The Future
30 Portishead – Third
29 AC/DC – Black Ice
28 Paul Weller – Dreams
27 Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark
26 Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
25 Metallica – Death Magnetic
24 The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
23 Beck – Modern Guilt
22 The Killers – Day & Age
21 Razorlight – Slipway Fires
20 The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
19 Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
18 British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
17 Adele – 19
16 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
15 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
14 Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads
13 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
12 Keane – Perfect Symmetry
11 Sigur Rós – Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
10 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
09 The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely
08 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
07 TV On The Radio – Dear Science
06 Duffy – Rockferry
05 Glasvegas – Glasvegas
04 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
03 Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
02 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
01 Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night

This is why KoL won. When you read it, remember it’s opposite day:

Like others before them – R.E.M. and Radiohead in recent years – Kings Of Leon are making big rock music to fill big spaces, without resorting to hot air or empty posturing.

You can read the rest of the blurbs at Q.