PopMatters Picks:

The Best Music of 2008

By PopMatters Staff

18 December 2008

18 Dec 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.

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18 Dec 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Best Singles of 2008

PopMatters kicks off our annual two-week-long best music of the year feature with the 50 best singles of 2008, highlighted by an infectious British/American match-up.

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The Best Re-Issues of 2008

Artist: Pole Album: 1 2 3 Label: ~Scape Image: http://images.popmatters.com/music_cover_art/p/pole-123.jpg US Release Date: 2008-08-05 UK Release Date: 2008-0

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The Best R&B of 2008

From true legends to notable newcomers to acts in mid-career stride, the year's best R&B is much more than what your local Top 40 radio station would have you believe.

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The Best Bluegrass of 2008

The year's best bluegrass music is chock full of harmonies that recall classic dueting brothers, tight-knit family pickin', and even bluegrass for people who don't like bluegrass.

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The Best Americana Music of 2008

It did seem -- perhaps because of the genre's traditional real-world concerns -- like a lot of the year's best Americana releases sensed the storm clouds gathering.

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The Best Country Music of 2008

The year's best country music may be topped by archival releases from deceased artists, but the living managed to offer a strong alternative to the Nashvegas machine.

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The Best Jazz of 2008

More than ever, the best jazz is coming from small labels, and more than ever the best draws a decent slice from the dynamics of rock and pop music without itself being a commercial venture.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2008

It was a stellar year for metal, and an eclectic year, too: Norweigian prog-metal, goth-infused death metal, Swedish thrash, black metal, and stoner rock all make the list.

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The Best Hip-Hop of 2008

A return to the mic nine years in the making, a hip-hop supergroup of sorts, and Tom Waits beatboxing: this year's top-shelf hip-hop is equal parts anticipation, teamwork, and wha?!

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The Best Mixtapes of 2008

The year's best mixtapes are full of the energy of crunk, unapologetic weirdness, a castle built of cartoon references, and raps about Bill O'Reilly.

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10 Dec 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Best Electronic(a) Albums of 2008

Ghosts, bugs, animals, tambourines, other channels, and Hercules: they're all part of the best electronic(a) music of the year.

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The Best World Music of 2008

Albums from India, Central America, Australia, Quebec, and Ethiopia are but a globetrotting fraction of the year's best music from around the world.

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The Best Indie Pop of 2008

There are many bands making music by their own means, on their own terms, enough so to be labeled “independent”. But in today’s music-industry climate, what does that independence mean?

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The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2008

Former (or current) members of the Dream Syndicate, Fleetwood Mac, and the Wallflowers are just a few of the best singer-songwriters stepping out on their own this year.

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The Best of Britain 2008

British music in 2008 was for once every bit the match of its American equivalent, and tantalisingly suggested there's much more to come.

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In Praise of Older Women: The Best Records of 2008 by Women 45 Years Old and Over

The old music-industry adage is that if a woman doesn't have a hit by the time she's 22 years old, she should probably look for another career. That's obviously a load of blarney.

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//Mixed media

Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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