Readers’ Best Albums of 2008

    As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.” So if you have She & Him’s Volume One as your album of the year, I’d like to offer you an advance apology: You won’t find that album here.

    What you will find is the Top 50 albums of the year as voted by registered Prefix users (including staff), through our Best Albums of 2008 list feature.

    A certain band from Brooklyn, with their opus about the world going down the tubes, captured the most attention, and the other comeback album from a band representing a far-gone musical movement caught your adoration as well. A guy’s personal break-up album that he recorded in a shack in Wisconsin in 2006 is here, as well as an idiosyncratic hip-hop masterpiece that asks the philosophical question, “What’s a goon to a goblin?”
    So here it is, the Top 50 Albums of 2008 as voted by you, the Prefix community. It might not be the perfect list for everyone, but it is certainly the most democratic. Jefferson, be damned.  ~Andrew Winistorfer

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    50.
    The Roots
    Rising Down
    Def Jam
    April 29, 2008

    49.
    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
    Real Emotional Trash
    Matador Records
    March 4, 2008

    48.
    Gang Gang Dance
    Saint Dymphna
    The Social Registry
    October 21, 2008

    47.
    Metallica
    Death Magnetic
    September 12, 2008

    46.
    Sun Kil Moon
    April
    Caldo Verde
    April 1, 2008

    45.
    Torche
    Meanderthal
    Hydra Head
    April 8, 2008

    44.
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
    Anti
    April 8, 2008

    43.
    Mogwai
    The Hawk Is Howling
    September 23, 2008

    42.
    Foals
    Antidotes
    Sub Pop
    April 8, 2008

    41.
    Beach House
    Devotion
    Carpark Records
    February 26, 2008