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SPIN’s Top 40 Albums of ’08

We like to play hide-the-ball when it comes to the top spot of these year-end lists, but after Rolling Stone’s top albums of 2008 rundown — and SPIN’s very own during the year of Cookie Mountain — there’s no surprise (but maybe a little nostalgia) to this shit here. TV On The Radio put out an album this year, and it is good, but their swelling stature and base of deferential enthusiasts is making the band start to fulfill some of those “America’s Radiohead” tags in more ways than one. Of course, there are outliers: no Skeletal Lamping, a love of the UK ladies (Kate Nash, Duffy), Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s first inclusion, and a big yes to Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (yay) and Black Kids and Chinese Democracy (lol).

40 Chairlift – Does You Inspire You
39 Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
38 Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
37 Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
36 Lykke Li – Youth Novels
35 The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely
34 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
33 El Guincho – Alegranza
32 The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia
31 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
30 Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
29 Nas & DJ Green Lantern – The Nigger Tape
28 Metallica – Death Magnetic
27 The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed
26 R.E.M. – Accelerate
25 Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
24 Duffy – Rockferry
23 Kate Nash – Made Of Bricks
22 Black Kids – Partie Traumatic
21 Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
20 Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
19 Okkervil River – The Stand Ins
18 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
17 The Roots – Rising Down
16 My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
15 Beck – Modern Guilt
14 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
13 No Age – Nouns
12 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War
11 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
10 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
09 Coldplay – Viva La Vida
08 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
07 Deerhunter – Microcastle
06 Santogold – Santogold
05 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
04 Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life
03 Portishead – Third
02 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
01 TV On The Radio – Dear Science

Read the reasons at spin.com.