Top 15 Albums of 2008 from Michael Surtees Visualized

Top 15 Albums of 2008 from Michael Surtees Visualized

Just like last year, I’ve thought it would be interesting for me to plot out my top albums for the year. I changed the data axis of the 2 x 2 grid as my music habits shifted quite a bit from 2007. I barely listened to internet radio from a real station and I didn’t bother listening to any music review podcasts from NYT. I can’t really pinpoint any one source for knowing what to buy aside from an assortment of music blogs. It was interesting to note that I bough almost every one of those albums via my iPhone for what it’s worth. I decided to swap that info with a subjective credible vs. embarrassing axis as we all can relate to not wanting to admit to everything we listen to. While I don’t know anything about how the music industry decides to release albums I was curious to see what months were more successful than others for my listening habits. The reason why I’ve chosen 15 albums and not 20 is that I couldn’t think of five more albums that I wanted to add. I don’t think there’s much more to add except that four of the top five are from the UK. Is there anything that I’m missing?

It might be a while before I have time to annotate each album like I did last year…

01. Portishead: Third
02. Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid
02. The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed
04. Q-Tip: The Renaissance
05. Duffy: Rockferry
06. Helio Sequence: Keep Your Eyes Ahead
07. Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer
08. Magnetic Fields: Distortion
09. Kings of Leon: Only by the Night
10. Flying Lotus: Flying Lotus
11. Tv on the Radio: Dear Science
12. M83: Saturdays=Youth
13. Tricky: Knowledge West Boy
14. Girl Talk: Feed the Animals
15. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

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  • Greg

    Portishead pushing the boundaries of credible, and Kings of Leon more embarassing than Duffy? Controversial 🙂 (I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm outraged, but then I'm not a designer…)

    The graphic is really nice, and good music choices to go with it – of those I've heard at least, there are a couple that are new to me, and I'll be sure to give them a listen sometime soon.

  • michaelsurtees

    haha, that's what I'm hear to do – challenge conventional wisdom on what's credible and embbarrasing music wise… what was spinning most on your computer this year greg?

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  • Nikki

    Very interesting. Great music collection. I would agree with you. Nice to see.

  • brennan

    Portishead is finally getting the credit it deserves. been a faithful listener for years

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