100 Greatest Albums of 2008

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2008 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. The Fame
Lady Gaga
2. Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne
3. I Am...Sasha Fierce
4. Viva La Vida or, Death and All His Friends
5. 808s & Heartbreak
Kanye West
6. Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
7. Funhouse
8. Paper Trail
9. 19
10. Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
11. One of the Boys
Katy Perry
12. Only by the Night
Kings of Leon
13. The Seldom Seen Kid
14. Oracular Spectacular
15. Third
16. Death Magnetic
17. The Way I See It
Raphael Saadiq
18. Dear Science
TV on the Radio
19. Year of the Gentleman
20. The Renaissance
21. The Chemistry of Common Life
Fucked Up
22. Folie à deux
Fall Out Boy
23. Attack & Release
The Black Keys
24. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
David Byrne and Brian Eno
25. Here I Stand
26. Consolers of the Lonely
The Raconteurs
27. E=MC2
Mariah Carey
28. New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
Erykah Badu
29. Black Ice
30. Microcastle/Weird Era Continued
31. Hard Candy
32. Brighter Than Creation's Dark
Drive-By Truckers
33. Cardinology
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
34. Hercules & Love Affair
Hercules & Love Affair
35. The '59 Sound
The Gaslight Anthem
36. Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
37. Narrow Stairs
Death Cab for Cutie
38. The Odd Couple
Gnarls Barkley
39. Accelerate
40. Santogold
41. The Age of the Understatement
The Last Shadow Puppets
42. Dig Out Your Soul
43. Made in the Dark
Hot Chip
44. Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
45. The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
46. Modern Guilt
47. Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords
48. Nouns
No Age
49. Youth Novels
Lykke Li
50. Rockferry

51. The Airing of Grievances
Titus Andronicus
52. Walking on a Dream
Empire of the Sun
53. Volume One
She & Him
54. Sleep Through the Static
Jack Johnson
55. Discipline
Janet Jackson
56. In Ghost Colours
Cut Copy
57. Stay Positive
The Hold Steady
58. Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant
59. A Hundred Million Suns
Snow Patrol
60. Forth
The Verve
61. Saturdays = Youth
62. The Script
The Script
63. April
Sun Kil Moon
64. Midnight Boom
The Kills
65. Ego Trippin'
Snoop Dogg
66. Dig Lazarus Dig!!!
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
67. Songs in A&E
68. Alas, I Cannot Swim
Laura Marling
69. Hold On Now, Youngster...
Los Campesinos!
70. Devotion
Beach House
71. Alpinisms
School of Seven Bells
72. Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst
73. Circus
Britney Spears
74. The Bedlam in Goliath
The Mars Volta
75. Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Sigur Rós
76. Real Emotional Trash
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
77. The Stoop
Little Jackie
78. Heretic Pride
The Mountain Goats
79. The Midnight Organ Fight
Frightened Rabbit
80. Watershed
81. Acid Tongue
Jenny Lewis
82. Seventh Tree
83. Los Angeles
Flying Lotus
84. Pretty. Odd.
Panic at the Disco
85. We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
Jason Mraz
86. Friendly Fires
Friendly Fires
87. Vivian Girls
Vivian Girls
88. The Rhumb Line
Ra Ra Riot
89. We Started Nothing
The Ting Tings
90. Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket
91. Untitled
92. Couples
The Long Blondes
93. Stop Drop and Roll!!!
Foxboro Hot Tubs
94. Antidotes
95. Alopecia
96. When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
97. Imperial Wax Solvent
The Fall
98. Day & Age
The Killers
99. Visiter- The Dodos
100. The Sound of Madness
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2008
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2008
* We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Los Campesinos!

Lew's choice:
* Ode to J. Smith
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