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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]

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seriously, keane at no. 12? that's just plain frightening.

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Razorlight Sucks, and didnt BLACK MOUNTAIN come out in 2007? Late UK release? eiter way amazing album. Also, does anyone else wonder why "Duffy" even got a record distributed? sounds like if amy winehouse cleaned up her act and took some anti depressants yo


i thought the brits had better taste than that.

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