Criteria: Personal favorites of the year. List limited to tracks released in 2008, 2 songs at most per record. Not to be confused with the Top 2008 songs of 2008; there are probably less than 50 here.

”You Swan Go On” – Mount Eerie feat. Julie Doiron and Fred Squire
“In Moonlight” – Mount Eerie
“Blue Ridge Mountains,” “White Winter Hymnal” – Fleet Foxes
“Jockin’ Jay Z” – Jay Z
“Celebrate The Body Electric (It Came From An Angel)” – Ponytail
“Skinny Love” – Bon Iver
“Microcastle,” “Agoraphobia” – Deerhunter
“Run to Your Grave” – The Mae Shi
“Time to Pretend” – MGMT
“Graveyard Girl,” “Kim & Jessie” – M83
“Mansard Roof,” “Oxford Comma” – Vampire Weekend
“Top Drawer,” or any other song from Rabbit Habits – Man Man
“Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“Street Flash” -Animal Collective
“Street Lights” – Kanye West
“American Boy” – Estelle ft. Kanye West
“Touch Me I’m Going to Scream, Pt. 2” – My Morning Jacket
“Constructive Summer” – The Hold Steady

“Age of the Understatement” – The Last Shadow Puppets
“A Milli” – Lil’ Wayne
“Another Day” – Jamie Lidell
“Ansari “- Tartit*
“The Arm” – Islands
“Better,” “Catcher In the Rye” – Guns n’ Roses
“Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
“California Girls” – Magnetic Fields
“Cath…” – Death Cab For Cutie
“Chasing Pavements” – Adele
“Crimewave“ – Crystal Castles
“Fine Young Cannibals” – Wolf Parade
“Go Easy” – Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
“The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” – Weezer
“Hurricane Jane” – The Black Kids
“I Decided” – Solange Knowles
“Love Song” – Sara Bareilles
“Neon Tiger” – The Killers
“Paris (Aeroplane remix feat. Au Revoire Simone) – Friendly Fires
“Sentimental Heart” – She & Him
“Silver Stallion” – Cat Power
“Which Song” – Max Tundra

*2008 release from Believer Compilation