2008: My Top Songs


3 jan. 2009, 7h59m

With 2008 done and dusted I can safely say that for me, it was a breakthrough year musically. One of my new year’s resolutions was to become more hip through appreciating and being aware of more music. I began listening to Triple J for the first time ever and broadened my musical horizons from the 50 or so tracks that they play (to death!) on Nova and B105 to a more complex and sophisticated palate of local and international music. I had always thought that Triple J was just for hippies and far left-wingers but after listening to the 2007 Hottest 100 at Shaun Holmes’ epic Australia Day party last year (and being blown away by Knights of Cydonia’s selection as the number one spot) I decided to give the J’s a trial and was pleasantly surprised over and over again with the tracks that got airplay, it was refreshing. [Please note that I was also fed up with the garbage quality of Brisbane’s radio hosts - yes you, Labrat, Camilla, and Stav - and the content of their programming, so I was ready for a change as well].

While Triple J deserves much of the credit for this (thank you tax payers!), I must also thank the creators of the social network/musical community Last.fm for giving me a huge menu of recommendations and for letting my obsessive compulsive side analyse and over analyse all of my own and the world’s listening habits. I’m not joking about this, these days I spend as much time on Last.fm as I do on Facebook, nathanmac_15 is right, Last.fm is like Facebook for stalking if music taste was juicy juicy gossip. If you haven’t heard of Last.fm, check it out, sign up (it’s free!), and add me as a friend. It will “scrobble” all of the songs you listen to on your computer, ipod, etc. and make recommendations to what other music you might like based on yours and other people’s habits and you can listen to samples of that music for free. GO GET YOURSELF A LAST.FM ACCOUNT NOW.

I must also thank Apple Inc. for creating such awesome shit. I’ve owned my MacBook Pro for 12 months now and it is probably the best purchase I have ever made. If you use a computer, get a Mac. Despite it’s severely ancient layout, iTunes is a great music archiving program and FANTASTIC MUSIC STORE. I used to download music from LimeWire or using torrents but since discovering the iTunes Music Store when I got my Mac, I have bought 90% of my music from there rather than download illegally for free because it is so much quicker and easier with iTunes, besides, songs are only $1.69 each anyway. iTunes is so easy to use, I have spent about $1000 there this year (Mum is going to kill me). The other reason iTunes is awesome is because iTunes 8 (released September 2008) came with the Genius feature, which creates playlists of songs that go well together using some secret algorithm. Not like a random party shuffle, I’m talking awesome playlists. It also makes recommendations much like Last.fm. Oh yeah, iPhones are pretty good too. My iPhone is the reason I stopped driving my car and started catching the train so I could listen to music.

Who could forget Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the games that I have devoted my life to. Their tireless work in digging up great rock music of the past and letting me pretend to play them with small plastic instruments has taught me to appreciate bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica, etc.

Looking back, at the start of the year I was a bit of a musical virgin, I had a little bit of experience growing up but overall I was pretty sheltered. Now, after my contiki tour of a musical odyssey over the past year, I slutted myself out to so much great music in 2008 that I can now appreciate good music AND think that I am 'hip' (and 'with it' ...ducka ducka ducka ducka ducka). I tried to write a Top 100 but it got boring and I just started to list songs that are playing on Triple J right now, so I decided to just write a top 50. I originally posted this a few weeks ago on Last.fm but I've come back so many times to edit and re-edit it that I've decided that it's too painful - I could have put the ENTIRE Cut Copy or Presets or Ladyhawke albums in here but you'd completely discredit it, so I won't - <i>but check out my top albums of the year list coming soon?</i>. So THIS is my final draft. Let me know what you think and thanks for reading!

So here’s my Top 50 tracks of 2008:

50 Jungle Drum Emiliana Torrini
49 Wearing My Rolex Wiley
48 Rainbow Kraut John Steel Singers
47 Midnight Madness The Chemical Brothers
46 No Disguise Dukes of Windsor
45 No Sex For Ben The Rapture
44 Pork and Beans Weezer
43 Watch Me Disappear Augie March
42 I Will Possess Your Heart Death Cab For Cutie
41 Broken Bones Birds of Tokyo
40 Crank That (Soulja Boy) Soulja Boy Tell 'em
39 Propane Nightmares Pendulum
38 Great DJ The Ting Tings
37 Jimmy Recard Drapht
36 Sleepwalking Faker
35 It's Not Over Yet Klaxons
34 Flashing Lights Kanye West feat. Dwele
33 Violet Hill Coldplay
32 Got To Do TZU
31 Use Somebody Kings of Leon
30 Caravan Girl Goldfrapp
29 Social Currency Children Collide
28 Golden Age TV on the Radio
27 See You Again Miley Cyrus
26 Walking on a Dream Empire of the Sun
25 Time to Pretend MGMT
24 Feel the Love Cut Copy
23 Partie Traumatic Black Kids
22 Time to Pretend MGMT
21 Paris Is Burning Ladyhawke
20 The Day That Never Comes Metallica
19 Kids MGMT
18 Halfway Home TV On The Radio
17 Hearts On Fire Cut Copy
16 That's Not My Name The Ting Tings
15 Turbo Love Bag Raiders
14 Hurricane Jane Black Kids
13 Changes Van She
12 I'm Making Eyes at You Black Kids
11 The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room Flight of the Conchords

10 Lights and Music Cut Copy
9 Eye Of The Storm Bliss N Eso
8 I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You Black Kids
7 Sex on Fire Kings of Leon
6 Silhouettic Birds of Tokyo
5 Carve Your Name The Grates
4 Electric Feel MGMT
3 My Delirium Ladyhawke
2 Talk Like That The Presets
1 Always Where I Need to Be The Kooks


  • nathanmac_15

    sweet list bro!! I especially love that you managed to squeeze Soulja Boy in there... i pretty much forgot about him for my list. There's not much in your 50 i don't love - very apt top 50 i feel!

    4 jan. 2009, 9h26m
  • 2_

    Cool stuff. I did a top hundred playlist, but er, lost it all due to an unfortunate computer mistake. I'll have to check out some of your artists, and see if I can be bothered to re-do mine. :)

    20 jan. 2009, 12h43m
  • cailray

    Cool man, let me know when it's up. Even a Top Ten list will do.

    21 jan. 2009, 1h13m
  • 2_

    http://www.last.fm/user/2_/library/playlists/2lcho_2008_in_review — There's my playlist. Better late than never.

    13 fév. 2009, 10h02m
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