It looks like the divide between singles artists and album artists continues to widen. To me, the top crop of the best songs of the year were put out on inconsistent and altogether weak albums, but the pattern makes sense. The alternative crowd pledges allegiance to the album format and the world digests music in three and a half minute increments. Lil Wayne, as usual, seems to be the anomoly who's been able to win over both the masses and the indie kids, delivering globe conquering singles in addition to well-received albums and mixtapes.
The competition for the top spot was a two horse race between "Love In This Club" and "Single Ladies," but I had to give the edge to Usher because "Love" succeeds as an R&B slow burner and a club banger at the same time, effortlessly and completely. The beat was apparently created on GarageBand as well, so bonus points have to be awarded there. Off we go.
The Top 10 Songs of 2008
1. Love in this Club (feat. Young Jeezy) - Usher
2. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
3. A Milli - Lil Wayne
4. Kim & Jessie - M83
5. Saro - Sam Amidon
6. Let The Beat Build - Lil Wayne
7. Halfway Home - TV on the Radio
8. Alabama - Paper Route Gangstaz
9. Fatalist Palmistry - Why?
10. Watchout (Remix) - Immortal Technique