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December 31, 2008
Favorite songs of 2008

As 2008 finally fades away, I'm at work on my annual "Best of" CD mix featuring my favorite songs of the year. Since I can't send each and every one of you a disc, I thought I'd just post the list here.

There are 24 songs because 23 is my favorite number but I couldn't decide which song to cut. The list is mostly national artists but there are a couple of local acts as well (in bold).


  1. "American Boy" - Estelle with Kanye West

  2. "Oxford Comma" - Vampire Weekend

  3. "White Winter Hymnal" - Fleet Foxes.

  4. "Mercy" - Duffy"

  5. "Pretty Bird" - Jenny Lewis

  6. "Single Girl, Married Girl" - Charlie Haden, with the Haden Triplets

  7. Miniature Birds / Grand Archives

  8. "Cane Cola" - Desario

  9. "Skinny Love" - Bon Iver

  10. "Here With Me" - Jennifer O'Connor

  11. "Sunday Afternoon" - Rachael Yamagata

  12. "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here" - She & Him

  13. "You" - Two Sheds

  14. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele

  15. "The Kelly Affair" - Be Your Own Pet

  16. "4 Minutes" - Madonna

  17. "No Pause" - Girl Talk

  18. "Don't Watch Me Dancing" - Little Joy

  19. "Wishes Were Horses" - Lucinda Williams

  20. "Life Is Better" - Q-Tip

  21. "Tell Me Now" - Baby Grand

  22. "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance" - the Black Kids

  23. 'Get Better" Mates Of State

  24. "Nothing Ever Happened" - Deerhunter

That's that, time to get ready for a night out to toast the arrival of 2009. See you on the other side.

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