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2008’s Last List Is A List Aggregating All The Blog Lists Into One Final List-Of-Lists

Lists! Just can’t get enough of those 2008 lists, I’m going to post one every day until I kill myself for being the worst. Actually I think we all safely thought year-end list season was over, except that obviously it’s not over. This last one — Hype Machine’s painstakingly compiled Zeitgeist aggregate — is by necessity a late comer, pooling data from 774 music blog rankings to make one blogger-sanctioned meta-list beast. The project had its inception a few years back with Heartonastick’s perfectly named Bloggregate, which later merged with/was subsumed by Zeitgeist: powered by Hype’s inherent ability to track what the rest of us are getting hyperbolic over. Being what it is, there aren’t many surprises (i.e. look here for hints) but the end product is well assembled, featuring a Blog Fresh Radio component (discussing results with various bloggers), links to raw data and individual source lists, and most impressively, full album streams for each of the top 50. Here it is in a glance:

50 Mates Of State – Re-Arrange Us
49 The Kills – Midnight Boom
48 Glasvegas – Glasvegas
47 Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
46 Shearwater – Rook
45 R.E.M. – Accelerate
44 Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
43 Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line
42 Sun Kil Moon – April
41 Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
40 Beck – Modern Guilt
39 of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
38 Blitzen Trapper – Furr
37 The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
36 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
35 Lykke Li – Youth Novels
34 Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
33 The Black Keys – Attack & Release
32 Foals – Antidotes
31 Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
30 WHY? – Alopecia
29 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
28 Department Of Eagles – In Ear Park
27 Beach House – Devotion
26 My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
25 Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak
24 Okkervil River – The Stand Ins
23 Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
22 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
21 She & Him – Volume One
20 The Dodos – Visiter
19 No Age – Nouns
18 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
17 Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
16 The Walkmen – You & Me
15 Coldplay – Viva La Vida
14 Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
13 Frightened Rabbit – The MIdnight Organ Fight
12 Santogold – Santogold
11 Deerhunter – Microcastle
10 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
09 M83 – Saturdays=Youth
08 Sigur Rós – með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
07 Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
06 Portishead – Third
05 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
04 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
03 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
02 TV On The Radio – Dear Science
01 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

And click over to Zeitgeist to play around. There’s also a list of the Top 50 tracks of 2008, but don’t click that unless you have a strong stomach for promo-cycle extending remixes.

Onward. Promise.