The Best of 2008: The People’s Poll


The end of year list is by the people, for the people. By taking into account every scrobble, from every user this year, the list attempts to create a genuine window into the listening habits of the average music fan – as opposed to some ‘informed’ group of music critics.

How ‘average’ the average user is in terms of music tastes is arguable, there’s an obvious hipster bent to the proceedings as people who use their PCs to consume music and then sign up to a scrobbling service to have that consumption tracked are probably a little more involved in their relationship with music than the average Radio 1 listener. But hey, it’s an admirable effort to provide a snapshot of 2008 in music.

The categories and their qualifying criteria are as follows:


This list ranks only those artists who released their debut this year (so no Chinese Democracy — sorry Axl). From hotly tipped hipsters to lone folkies, which ten newcomers have made the list?

10. Santogold
09. Does It Offend You, Yeah?
08. Bon Iver
07. Foals
06. The Last Shadow Puppets
05. Katy Perry
04. Fleet Foxes
03. Sara Bareilles
02. The Ting Tings
01. MGMT


Listing only albums that had a physical release in 2008, and taken from your scrobbles throughout the year, the ten records feature power-pop to psychedelic-disco. Who takes the top spot?

10. Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust – Sigur Ros
09. Sleep Through The Static – Jack Johnson
08. Made In The Dark – Hot Chip
07. Narrow Stairs – Death Cab for Cutie
06. Konk – The Kooks
05. We Started Nothing – The Ting Tings
04. Ghosts I-IV – Nine Inch Nails
03. Third – Portishead
02. Oracular Spectacular – MGMT
01. Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends – Coldplay


Counting your scrobbles from this year’s releases, it means album tracks have as much chance to chart as singles. The list reveals hidden gems alongside pop hits, but who crept into this year’s top ten?

10. Kids – MGMT
09. Strawberry Swing – Coldplay
08. 42 – Coldplay
07. I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
06. Cemeteries of London – Coldplay
05. Life in Technicolor – Coldplay
04. Electric Feel – MGMT
03. Time to Pretend – MGMT
02. Violet Hill – Coldplay
01. Viva la Vida – Coldplay

As you would expect, no great surprises. Nice to see a relative victory for ‘the album’ as a format, with Coldplay’s Viva la Vida not only securing the top spot but the majority of the top tracks – or is it just a victory for the sickeningly mild and inoffensive music that Coldplay peddle? Hmmm.

And who is Sara Bareilles?

I’ll leave you with my ‘favourite’ track from the top 10 track list, and a more genuine favourite from this year that sadly didn’t make the cut.

MP3: Coldplay – 42

MP3: Beck – Chemtrails


One response to “The Best of 2008: The People’s Poll

  1. I quite like Coldplay but for them to dominate a particular chart like that doesn’t exactly fill me with glee.

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