The Best Tunes of 2008

Aidin Vaziri | The songs that made the year go pop!

Santogold, “L.E.S. Artistes”: The most effective Slits throwback ever from a Brooklyn singer who vomits gold glitter on her album cover and isn’t afraid to dump on her hipster flock with minimalist future electro pop.

Adele, “Chasing Pavements”: A big, booming ballad about summoning the courage to follow your dreams by a young British singer with a knockout voice.

Kylie Minogue, “The One”: Having faced down cancer, Minogue wasn’t looking for sympathy but unadulterated adoration on this electric comeback track: “Love me, love me, love me, love me!”

Lykke Li, “Little Bit”: The helium-infused vocals and spaced-out rhythms are pure Scandinavia, but it’s the unexpected splash of bawdiness that makes you wonder where this bonkers singer has been all of your life.

Scarlett Johansson, “Anywhere I Lay My Head”: The general rule is that actors shouldn’t sing, which makes this ethereal, aching Tom Waits cover as rare as a Palos Verdes blue butterfly. Continue reading.

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