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Best of 2008

New Faces performs at Seattle City of Music at the Paramount on October 29, 2008.

2008 was a fantastic year for Seattle music. We've collected a few notable "Best of 2008" lists featuring some great Seattle artists and labels. Browse the list, buy some albums, and be sure to support your hometown artists next time they play a show!


The venerable music magazine ranked albums by Sub Pop's Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper as the #11 and #13 albums of the year, respectively.


Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut ruled almost all of Pitchfork's lists, including the #2 single of the year, several categories of the Readers Poll, and the Best Album of 2008. Sub Pop bands Wolf Parade and No Age also placed well.


Amazon's 2008 Editors' Picks for Best Album included Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, Helio Sequence, and The Gutter Twins. The Saturday Knights, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, and Joshua Morrison also made the list of 100 Best Singles.


The AV Club honors local bands Helio Sequence, Fleet Foxes, and Death Cab for Cutie, as well as Sub Pop's Flight of the Conchords and Barsuk's Mates of State.


The British music magazine NME complies their own "ultimate list of lists" from eleven different sources and finds that Fleet Foxes' debut album is the second best album of 2008.


Time Magazine ranks "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes as the fifth best song of the year.


Spin's 40 Best Albums of 2008 include Sub Pop's Wolf Parade, No Age, The Gutter Twins, and Fleet Foxes as well as Death Cab for Cutie.


NPR Music released 22 seperate lists for 2008's best music. Local bands mentioned include Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, Joshua Morrison, Kimya Dawson, and the Moondoggies. NPR also honored Sub Pop bands Blizten Trapper and Flight of the Conchords.


Seattle's own KEXP released a massive list of of the top ten choices of their staff, interns, and volunteers. Lots of Seattle love all around! Don't forget to tune in to the listener-chosen Top 90.3 on New Year's Eve.


In addition to hosting their own 2008 Readers Poll, Seattle music blog Three Imaginary Girls shares this giant list of Northwest bands that released albums in 2008.

Congratulations to all Seattle musicians and fans! Thanks for all the wonderful music, and we'll see you in 2009!