Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2008 list can’t decide whether it’s 2008 or 1988 (or 1968)

    Rolling Stone’s position in the music press is one of contradictions: They’re caught between presenting new music to young folks, and making sure the 45-60 year-olds who regularly read the magazine don’t feel alienated. And as the magazine’s recently published Top 50 albums of 2008 list proves, Rolling Stone can’t decide which interest is more important.

     

    Topping RS’s list is TV on the Radio’s Dear Science (an album I can’t be mad at), but there, at number two is a questionable inclusion: Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series Vol. 8. Why Dylan? Well, he was great in ’66, so he must be great in 2008 on this comp album with songs from ’88. He is so grand.

     

    Then at number three is Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III (all right, good choice), and at four, My Morning Jacket’s Evil Urges (the perfect new album for fogies who wish Skynyrd were still around), and then, BAM!, number five, John Mellencamp’s Life, Death, Love, and Friends. Why John Mellencamp? Well, he hates Bush, or something. And he doesn’t wear tight jeans and say naughty words in his records. And he still plays the guitar, man.

     

    The rest of the list struggles to find a balance as well (Mudcrutch? Jonas Brothers? Jackson Browne?). And with the inclusion of Kaiser Chiefs and Kings of Leon, this thing is a mess. To read blurbs, go here.

     

    Here’s the full list:

     

    50 No Age – Nouns
    49 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
    48 Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It
    47 Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
    46 The Academy Is… – Fast Times at Barrington High
    45 Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward
    44 The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
    43 Nas – Untitled
    42 David Byrne and Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
    41 AC/DC – Black Ice
    40 Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer
    39 Taylor Swift – Fearless
    38 Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line
    37 Nine Inch Nails – The Slip
    36 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
    35 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    34 Stephen Malkmus – Real Emotional Trash
    33 Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
    32 Jamey Johnson – The Lonesome Song
    31 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
    30 Duffy – Rockferry
    29 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
    28 The Knux – Remind Me in Three Days…
    27 Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
    26 Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch
    25 The Magnetic Fields – Distortion
    24 Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
    23 Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
    22 Jackson Browne – Time the Conquerer
    21 Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads
    20 Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
    19 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Part 1 (4th World War)
    18 Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
    17 B.B. King – One Kind Favor
    16 Randy Newman – Harps and Angels
    15 The Black Keys – Attack & Release
    14 Ryan Adams And The Cardinals – Cardinology
    13 Blitzen Trapper – Furr
    12 Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
    11 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
    10 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
    09 Metallica – Death Magnetic
    08 Beck – Modern Guilt
    07 Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
    06 Santogold – Santogold
    05 John Mellencamp – Life, Death, Love and Freedom
    04 My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
    03 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
    02 Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8
    01 TV on the Radio – Dear Science
    [via Stereogum]