Okay, I've done it. With great effort over the past week I have decided on my 25 favorite tracks of 2008. The qualifications are simple: I must have purchased the song since late 2007, the last time I picked my favorite tracks of the year, and each artist is eligible to show up in the list twice. Though much of the music here is new for 2008, there are a few older songs that I only recently puchased that still qualify. And without further ado, here are my top 25, with the upper half given special consideration.
Alanis Morissette—In Praise of the Vulnerable Man
Bear McCreary and Bt4—All Along the Watchtower
Bear McCreary—Prelude to War (top 13)
Enya—Trains and Winter Rains (top 13)
Goldfrapp—A&E (top 13)
Hello Stranger—Take It to the Maxx
Kanye West—Love Lockdown (top 13)
Keane—Perfect Symmetry (top 13)
Kerli—Love Is Dead (top 13)
Morcheeba, Bradley Burgess, and Manda—Run Honey Run (top 13)
Morcheeba—Wonders Never Cease
Muse—Knights of Cydonia (top 13)
Mute Math—Typical (top 13)
N.E.R.D., Lee Harvey, and Vita—Lapdance (top 13)
OneRepublic—Say (All I Need) (top 13)
Quarashi—Pro (top 13)
Rob Dougan—Will You Follow Me?
Snow Patrol—The Lightning Strike (top 13)
Vanessa Carlton—More than This
Through the magic of the internet, I have created a playlist that allows you to listen to all of these except Enya's Trains and Winter Rains for free.