80 ’08 (and Heartbreak): Announcing Idolator’s Year-End Extravaganza

What were the 80 most important musical recordings, artists, trends, events, and performances of 2008? What were the eight things this year that broke our hearts—or, at least, our ears? We’re happy to announce 80 ’08 (and Heartbreak), Idolator’s year-end overview. The list is below the jump.

80. Andrew W.K., “McLaughlin Groove”
79. Elvis Costello puts his trust in Fall Out Boy
78. Wye Oak, “I Want for Nothing”
77. Nine Inch Nails’ flood of digitally distributed music
76. TV on the Radio, “Golden Age”
75. Journey welcomes the Web 2.0 Era (and a new singer) with open arms
74. Jenny Lewis, “Acid Tongue”
73. Radiohead scores the year’s strangest Top 40 hit
72. The Music Tapes at Athens Popfest, August 2008
71. Kanye, Lily, Pete, and Courtney form their own blogger nation
70. French Kicks, Swimming
69. Soundscan: down for the recount
68. Make It Stop! The Most of Ross Johnson
67. Parry Gripp, “Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)”
66. Okay, Huggable Dust
65. Mariah Carey, “Touch My Body”
64. 360 deals make heads spin
63. Daniel Amos, Darn Floor Big Bite
62. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours
61. Solange, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
60. The Numa Numa Dance revival
59. The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
58. ’90s alt-rock memoirs
57. Larry Norman and Sonseed
56. Sheryl Crow, “Shine Over Babylon”
55. DJ Koze
54. David Cook beats David Archuleta on American Idol
53. T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz
52. Perez Hilton Vs. Sony BMG: slapfight!
51. Justin Moore’s “Back That Thing Up” video
50. Optimo’s mix CDs
49. Extra Golden live at the Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA, June 2008
48. Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song
47. Daveigh Chase sings “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” on HBO’s Big Love
46. Gnarls Barkley and the Raconteurs race each other to the record store
45. Pete Wentz tries to save the music video with FNMTV
44. R&B’s breakbeat vogue
43. Jobromance!
42. Dennis Wilson, Pacific Ocean Blue (Legacy Edition)
41. Miley Cyrus, “See You Again”
40. Max Martin and Dr. Luke infiltrate rock radio
39. Of Montreal get Skeletal
38. Poplife Presents Poplife Sucks
37. Alec Foege, Right of the Dial and Taylor Clark, Starbucked
36. Major labels fail to kill the single—again
35. Velvet Revolver brings the drama
34. Blake Leyh makes us listen closer to The Wire
33. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, “Yahhh!”
32. The end of TRL
31. The old-skool rave revival
30. Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
29. Fred Schneider on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
28. CMT’s Can You Duet
27. ’90s reunion fever
26. Estelle makes her way across the ocean
25. John Darnielle’s Master of Reality and Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
24. Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
23. Santogold, “Lights Out”
22. Summer festival glut
21. Monotonix live in Baltimore
20. James Sullivan, The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America
19. Be Your Own Pet, “Becky”
18. Kanye West’s aesthetics
17. “Vinyl is back!”
16. Global reissues bonanza
15. Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
14. Rickrolling rolls on
13. M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
12. Alphabeat get “wonky”
11. The year of the remix
10. R. Kelly goes to court
9. Jarvis Cocker at Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, July 2008
8. The Ron Clark Academy, “You Can Vote However You Like”
7. Portishead, Third
6. Prince at Coachella Festival, April 2008
5. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
4. Guitar Hero / Rock Band
3. A very musical Presidential election
2. Lil Wayne: All things to all people
1. Ne-Yo, Year Of The Gentleman

HEARTBREAKS
1. Mamma Mia Misses The Essence Of ABBA (Kate Richardson)
2. The Death of Baltimore Club Music’s Queen, DJ K-Swift (Al Shipley)
3. The blogosphere as the new status quo (Lucas Jensen)
4. Britney Spears on the 2008 MTV VMAs (Molly McAleer)
5. Be Your Own Pet breaks up (Mike Barthel)
6. Everyone in the music business losing their freakin’ jobs (Michaelangelo Matos)
7. Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy (Maura Johnston)
8. John Rich shills for the GOP (Chuck Eddy)

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  • Lucas Jensen

    I’m so excited.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that title isn’t a sign that Kanye is anywhere near the top of this list.

  • Anonymous

    @chachwitablog: unless it’s for “robocop”

  • TheRunningboard7

    guess its 404s and heartbreak. I’ll have to remember to keep checking.

  • Maura Johnston

    @TheRunningboard7: what are you getting a 404 for?

  • G3K

    no Critics Poll this year?

  • Michaelangelo Matos

    @G3K: Nope.

  • science vs romance

    @Michaelangelo Matos: aw. it was fun, but must have been a nightmare to curate.

  • TheRunningboard7

    @Maura Johnston: oh, it was a joke because the files were ‘not found’ for 1 to 79 (when I posted it). Internet jokes don’t always work on the Internet.

  • Anonymous

    @Maura Johnston: oh, but also, the “80 ’08″ tags don’t work.

  • Maura Johnston

    @chachwitablog: thanks. damn punctuation. we’re fixing…

  • Michaelangelo Matos

    I just added this to the post itself, but the tag to look at is 8008hb: [idolator.com] Hope it helps.

  • Nunya B

    i can’t wait for the 8 heartbreaks.

  • Anonymous

    @TheRunningboard7: 404′s the area code down here in the ATL…go figure.

  • LeBron

    As a side note from a proud New Jerseyan, Route 80 is one of my favorite highways. If you go far enough west, the state actually starts getting pretty nice. I know, it seems unlikely.

  • Mairead Case

    Twenty points for the title, BTW. I’ve been dorking out over it all day: palindrome! numbers rhyming with words! OK I’ll start talking about music now.

  • DocStrange

    The Breakup of the Long Blondes better be in the heartbreaks (because the fact that they ended becuase their TWENTY SOMETHING guitarist had a STROKE)

  • Lucas Jensen

    @DocStrange: That was pretty messed up.

  • mackro

    I wonder how techblogs are feeling today about preparing their best/worst lists in light of today’s Zunegeddon.

    (Obviously not nearly as bad as other people!)

    We need an mspaint teared zune tattoo guy pic to round off 2008.

  • mackro

    ah here

  • mackro
  • Chris N.

    Ah. Guess I’ll stop waiting for my ballot then.

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