Q’s Top 50 unapologetically British-centric

    When your magazine is predicated on the greatness of British rock, it has to be expected that your picks for the 50 best albums of 2008 would feature a bunch of albums by British artists. But seriously, Q magazine, Razorlight (21), Kaiser Chiefs (14), and Keane (12)? Seriously?

     

    Q’s top pick ought to raise some eyebrows too: they went with the cock rock of Kings of Leon’s Only by the Night at number one. That’s kind of expected, given the Kings’ huge British fan base, but I don’t expect many American mags will have that album anywhere near the top spot.

     

    Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III hit the list at number 15—the only rap album on Q’s list. Which only goes to show that even if you hate rap music (as Q obviously does), putting Tha Carter III on your list is a given.

     

    Here’s the full list:

     

    50 Dido: Safe Trip Home
    49 Emmylou Harris: All I Intended To Be
    48 Jenny Lewis: Acid Tongue
    47 Randy Newman: Harps And Angels
    46 The Verve: Forth
    45 Jack Johnson Sleep Through Static
    44 Black Kids: Partie Traumatic
    43 Joan As Police Woman: To Survive
    42 Liam Finn: I’ll Be Lightning
    41 Lindsey Buckingham: Gift Of Screws
    40 My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges
    39 Santogold: Santogold
    38 John Mellencamp: Life Death Love & Freedom
    37 Lykke Li: Youth Novels
    36 R.E.M.: Accelerate
    35 The Hold Steady: Stay Positive
    34 Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
    33 Hercules & Love Affair: Hercules & Love Affair
    32 Oasis: Dig Out Your Soul
    31 Black Mountain: In The Future
    30 Portishead: Third
    29 AC/DC: Black Ice
    28 Paul Weller: Dreams
    27 Neil Diamond: Home Before Dark
    26 Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst
    25 Metallica: Death Magnetic
    24 The Last Shadow Puppets: The Age Of The Understatement
    23 Beck: Modern Guilt
    22 The Killers: Day & Age
    21 Razorlight: Slipway Fires
    20 The Gaslight Anthem: The ’59 Sound
    19 Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree
    18 British Sea Power: Do You Like Rock Music?
    17 Adele: 19
    16 Hot Chip: Made In The Dark
    15 Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III
    14 Kaiser Chiefs: Off With Their Heads
    13 MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
    12 Keane: Perfect Symmetry
    11 Sigur Rós: Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
    10 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
    09 The Raconteurs: Consolers Of The Lonely
    08 Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid
    07 TV On The Radio: Dear Science
    06 Duffy: Rockferry
    05 Glasvegas: Glasvegas
    04 Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
    03 Coldplay: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
    02 Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
    01 Kings Of Leon: Only By The Night
    [via Stereogum]