A whole 17 days before the year ends, we did it. We summarized the best our favorite music of 2008 on our humble blog, and its name was Justin Vernon. The Jagjaguwar re-release of Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago, our favorite album of the year, made it into six of our nine lists, all in the top five (that was a lot of single-digit numbers, more coming). The lists had three mentions of "re:stacks," two of "Skinny Love" and one of "Lump Sum." Some other numbers after the jump.
- Kanye was the second most acknowledged artist, with five appearances-two for "Street Lights" and three for his guest spot with Estelle.
- Vampire Weekend had four nods, each for a different song: "Walcott" and singles "A-Punk," "Oxford Comma" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa."
- Dan Rossen had four mentions as well, two for Department of Eagles and one for each of the Grizzly Bear singles from the band's upcoming release
- Mash-up artists the Hood Internet and "Laptop Artist" Girl Talk each grabbed a spot on a list
- Three mentions: Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Bradford Cox (one as Atlas Sound, two as Deerhunter) and MGMT's "Time to Pretend" (which had a hard release in 2008)
- Two mentions: the Dodos, Sigur Ros, Okkervil River, Lil Wayne, Beach House and Black Kids
- A total of 62 artists made appearances on our lists (this counts Atlas Sound and Deerhunter as different, Kanye as different from his track with Estelle, Grizzly Bear as different from Department of Eagles, etc.)
- This also means that each list had an average of 6.89 original artists
- "Single Ladies" did not appear on any of the lists.
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