Top 100 Songs Of 2008

The “Top 100 Songs Of The Year” list is a particularly masochistic and strenuous endeavor. More albums come out in December than in any other month – it takes at least a month to absorb a decent album – and nobody will give a fuck about 2008 come February. With several hot LP’s still lukewarm in the disc changer, it would most definitely look different if I did it again in a week. And beyond the 80-some albums I’ve kept from the past 12 months, there are of course others waiting to be discovered. But I’ve cut myself off – so here it is.

Aside from the typical dilemma of apples vs. oranges, or Neil Diamond vs. Scarface as it were, this year’s crop came with new problems; does Lil Wayne’s “Misunderstood” get bumped up a slot for the 6 minutes of hilarious and provocative Weezy-musings (weezings?) that follow the 3 minutes of lack-luster rhyming? Dare I rule out Kimya for taking the awesome initiative to make a children’s album? Is Ratatat’s “Shiller” really a song, or is it merely a platform for songs to stand on? “Paper Planes” was ’07 – but it really found another level when Bun-B and Daniel Gibson, er, Rich Boy hopped on the remix last January – does it count?!? And what’s to be done with The 3rd World, an enjoyable cocktease of a mixtape filled with infuriating repetition and sloppy production on otherwise Top-100 quality joints? *Sigh* the mind of an unemployed, homeless, compulsive insomniac rarely rests, and certainly not when there are musical debates to be sparked. Hahahaha!!!

Ahem. As I was saying…

Proper perspective will only come with time but it seems 2008 was a middle-of-the-road year, musically. Stronger than last year, yes, but for all the waiting and all the controversy, has Nas made a weaker album than Nigger? Three 6 Mafia sold their two remaining souls to VH1 and yayo, respectively. Snoop failed to double-up on the surprising dopeness of Blue Carpet Treatment, and 808s And Heartbreaks was something like a niece’s piano recital - sure it was cute at times, but I can’t help but feel like I’m owed some cookies and a Dixie-cup of lemonade for indulging him for 45 minutes. L.A.X. has kept the jury out on The Game, but who knew The GZA was still peaking at age 42? (Yeah, peaking.) Slug’s diary proved to contain at least one more fascinating chapter, and Emc gave purists something to brag about while quietly mourning the predictable delays of releases from Eminem, Jay-Z, Dead Prez, Big Boi, Raekwon, Mos Def, Immortal Technique, Method Man & Redman, and the debuts of mixtape gods Papoose and Saigon.

Outside the realm of Hip-Hop, Neil Diamond made more dirty Rubin love with Rick. The remaining members of Queen teamed up with the venerable Paul Rodgers, only to channel the spirit of a poor, old, gay man’s Freddy Mercury. You heard me – a gay man’s Freddy Mercury.

Metallica sounded a lot more like 80’s Metallica (the last nail in the historical coffin of their tragically under-appreciated post-Black Album pre-St. Anger material (seriously, go listen to their cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Astronomy.” Now.)), but made the mistake of touring with The Sword, who outshone them like Heath Ledger outshined that-guy-who-played-Batman. I’d say The Sword is the best metal band from Texas since Pantera, but Pantera can only wish they’d rocked so hard. Tom Morello tested our patience for rock with another Nightwatchman LP, The Raconteurs made Meg White look like Meg Griffin, and Axl finally, finally, finally released Chinese Democracy and could perhaps have made Guns N’ Roses a real band again if he could have just resisted the urge to fire Buckethead.

But enough talk, let’s hurry up and get to the list so you can scroll down to #1 and find another Wu-Tang-banger like last year (jk?). Enjoy.

100. “Broken, Beat & Scarred” by Metallica
99. “Under The Boughs” by The Sword
98. “Better” by Guns N’ Roses
97. “Walls” by Beck
96. “The White Sea” by The Sword
95. “Like the Rest Of Us” by Atmosphere
94. “The Storm” by Snowgoons feat. Boom Bap Project
93. “U Let Me Grow” by Emc
92. “Certain Death” by Brad Sucks
91. “To Take The Black” by The Sword
90. “Lay It Down” by Al Green feat. Anthony Hamilton
89. “I Got Mine” by The Black Keys
88. “The Black River” by The Sword
87. “If The World” by Guns N’ Roses
86. “On The Rise Again” by Kool G Rap feat. Haylie Duff
85. “The Unforgiven III” by Metallica
84. “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z
83. “Swagga Like Us” by T.I. feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z, & Lil Wayne
82. “Do Ya Thing” by Ice Cube
81. “Priceless” by Flo-Rida feat. Birdman
80. “Sledgehammer” by Invincible
79. “Dropping Out Of School” by Brad Sucks
78. “You Can’t Stop Me Now” by The RZA feat. Inspectah Deck
77. “Harlem Renaissance” by Immortal Technique
76. “Alphabets” by The GZA
75. “7 Pounds” by The GZA
74. “The Kramer” by Wale
73. “Kindred” by Akrobatic feat. Brenna Gethers
72. “Mecca And The Ox” by Vast Aire feat. Vodul Mega
71. “Misunderstood” by Lil Wayne
70. “The Switch And The Spur” by The Raconteurs
69. “Gone Like Rain” by The Nightwatchman
68. “The Matrix” by Black Milk feat. Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, & DJ Premier
67. “We Alright” by Emc
66. “Cinema” by The GZA feat. Justice Kareem
65. “Volcano” by Beck
64. “Low” by Flo-Rida feat. T-Pain
63. “Chemtrails” by Beck
62. “I’m Wild About You” by Al Green
61. “Love And Appreciate II” by MURS feat. Tyler Woods
60. “American Boy” by Estelle feat. Kanye West
59. “Big Fists” by Azeda Booth
58. “In Her Music Box” by Atmosphere
57. “Red Moon” by The Walkmen
56. “Nina Ross” by MURS
55. “Maiden, Mother And Crone” by The Sword
54. “That Was Just Your Life” by Metallica
53. “You Make Me Better (Remix)” by Fabolous feat. Raekwon & Ne-Yo
52. “Be A Nigger Too” by Nas
51. “Guarantees” by Atmosphere
50. “Halfway Home” by TV On The Radio
49. “Total Breakdown” by Brad Sucks
48. “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube
47. “Get Used To It” by Ice Cube feat. The Game & WC
46. “Be Prepared” by Akrobatic feat. Little Brother
45. “Hood Mentality” by Ice Cube
44. “Love The Way” by MURS feat. Tyler Woods
43. “Don’t Give Up On Us” by Emc
42. “MVP” by Ludacris
41. “Sorry” by Guns N’ Roses
40. “Get Cha Issue” by Bun-B
39. “Me” by Atmosphere
38. “EMC (What It Stand For)” by Emc
37. “Around The Bend” by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
36. “Painting” by Atmosphere
35. “Who We Be” by Emc
34. “Pretty Amazing Grace” by Neil Diamond
33. “Rising Down” by The Roots feat. Mos Def & Styles P.
32. “Don’t Know How To Act (Screwed & Chopped)” by Flo-Rida feat. Yung Joc
31. “Let Us Live” by The Game feat. Chrisette Michelle
30. “I Love College” by Asher Roth
29. “Groundbreaking” by The GZA feat. Justice Kareem
28. “Happy Home (Keep On Writing)” by Kimya Dawson
27. “The Waitress” by Atmosphere
26. “High Powered” by Scarface feat. Papa Rue
25. “What Up Man” by The Cool Kids
24. “The Day That Never Comes” by Metallica
23. “A Milli” by Lil Wayne
22. “Paper Plate” by The GZA
21. “Scared” by Jake One feat. Blueprint
20. “All Nightmare Long” by Metallica
19. “How Heavy This Axe” by The Sword
18. “Vagabond” by Greenskeepers
17. “There Was A Time” by Guns N’ Roses
16. “If I Don’t See You Again” by Neil Diamond
15. “Love Dog” by TV On The Radio
14. “Yesterday” by Atmosphere
13. “And I Love It” by MURS
12. “Long Story Short” by Black Milk
11. “You Don’t Understand Me” by The Raconteurs
10. “DLZ” by TV On The Radio
09. “Winds Of Change” by Emc
08. “The Sundering” by The Sword
07. “Life Is A Movie” by The GZA feat. The RZA
06. “The Science” by MURS
05. “Columbian Ties” by The GZA feat. True Master
04. “Feel It” by Emc feat. Money Harm
03. “Paper Planes (Remix)” by M.I.A. feat. Bun-B & Rich Boy
02. “The Angel And The One” by Weezer
01. “Pencil” by The GZA feat. Masta Killa & The RZA

Artists with the most songs listed:
The GZA – 8
Atmoshpere – 7
Emc - 7
The Sword - 7
Metallica – 5
MURS – 5
Ice Cube – 4
Guns N’ Roses - 4

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