Best Songs of 2008

Mixtapes 2008 & Opinions on Common

Jim and Greg round out the year like any good music fan: with a mixtape. Tune in to hear some of their favorite songs, and then find out how they rate the new album from rapper Common.

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One of the biggest news stories of 2008 is undoubtedly the economy. But how does that relate to music? According to Professor Terry Pettijohn there are links between musical tastes and economic patterns. In a study published in Psychology of Music, Pettijohn and fellow researcher Donald Sacco, explain that during times of socioeconomic challenges, popular songs are more“meaningful.”But, during easier times, the hits are more fun and frivolous. For example, during the economic boom of the late '50s, songs like "At the Hop" were all the rage. And in 1968, during a period of social unrest, people were attracted to "Hey Jude." So, what does this say about our current society?

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Common Universal Mind Control

One of the big new releases this month is from rapper Common. Universal Mind Control was initially supposed to be released over the summer, and Jim and Greg wonder if the party atmosphere would have been better suited for the warmer months. But, even the sunshine can't improve this disappointing album. Both Jim and Greg have lauded the Chicago native for years, so it breaks their hearts to see him reduced to what Jim describes as a“horrible, sexist, derogatory empty”album. With 2008 being such a landmark year, particularly for African-Americans, Greg thinks Universal Mind Control was a missed opportunity for the usually thoughtful rapper. Both critics give Common's record a Trash It.

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The Best Songs of 2008 - Mixtapes

At the end of the year, many music fans take on the challenging task of making a mixtape. And, Jim and Greg are no exception. They've both made compilations of their favorite songs of 2008.

Featured Songs

  1. Katy Perry, I Kissed a Girl, One of the Boys, Capitol, 2008
  2. Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Columbia, 1970
  3. Dionne Warwick, That's What Friends Are For, Friends, Arista, 1985
  4. Danny and the Juniors, At The Hop, Guys And Dolls/Decades Collection 1950s, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 1955
  5. Olivia Newton-John, Physical, Physical, MCA, 1981
  6. Common, Universal Mind Control, Universal Mind Control, Geffen, 2008
  7. Common, Sex 4 Suga, Universal Mind Control, Geffen, 2008
  8. Common,“Be”Be, GOOD Music, 2005
  9. Rivers Cuomo, Can't Stop Partying, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, Geffen, 2008
  10. Kanye West, Love Lockdown, 808s and Heartbreak, Roc-a-Fella, 2008
  11. Gnarls Barkley, Who's Gonna Save My Soul, The Odd Couple, Atlantic/Downtown, 2008
  12. Santogold, L.E.S. Artistes, Santogold, Downtown, 2008
  13. The Ting Tings, That's Not My Name, We Started Nothing, Columbia, 2008
  14. Lil Wayne, Lollipop, Tha Carter III, Cash Money/Universal Motown, 2008
  15. Death Cab for Cutie, I Will Possess Your Heart, Narrow Stairs, Atlantic, 2008
  16. Spiritualized, Death Take Your Fiddle, Songs in A&E, Sanctuary, 2008
  17. Beck, Soul of a Man, Modern Guilt, DGC, 2008
  18. Weezer, Heart Songs, Weezer, DGC/Interscope, 2008
  19. The Sheps, Christmas is Over, Give Your Heart For Christmas, Early Bird, 2000
  20. The Zombies, This Will Be Our Year, Time of the Zombies, Epic, 1974
  21. Paul Westerberg, 5:05, 49:00, Dry Wood, 2008
  22. Bob Seger, Night Moves, Night Moves, Capitol, 1978

Footnotes

nytimes.com Link Between Economic State & Musical Taste sagepub.com Psychology of Music thinkcommon.com Common last.fm Universal Mind Control bobborst.com Billboard Year End Charts: 2008