Wednesday, December 24, 2008

This Year In Music - The Songs

Some of these tunes didn't come out in 2008 but were heard for the first time this year. Here's my month to month breakdown of this year's most memorable songs...


  1. Candi Staton: "Too Hurt To Cry"
  2. Kev Brown: "Batida"
  3. Nas: "On The Real"


  1. Pete Rock: "We Roll (Instrumental)"


  1. Lee Fields & The Expressions: "My World"
  2. Lee Fields & The Expressions: "Love Comes & Goes"
  3. Pete Rock feat. Slum Village: "Gangsta Boogie"
  4. Erykah Badu: "Soldier"
  5. Gnarls Barkley: "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"


  1. Rock Marciano: "MC's"
  2. Nut-Rageous: "They Wanna Know"
  3. Estelle: "Back In Love"


  1. J-Live feat. Posdnous & Oddisee: "The Upgrade"
  2. BIG: "Another Rough One"
  3. J-Live: "It Don't Stop"
  4. NYGz feat. Lady of Rage & Royce 5'9: "Ya Dayz R #d (Remix)"


  1. Solange: "I Decided (Pt. 1)"
  2. Coldplay: "Strawberry Swing"
  3. Quantic & Nickodemus: "Mi Swing Es Tropical"
  4. Little Brother feat. Oddisee: "Delusional"
  5. Jean Grae: "#8"
  6. Elkin & Nelson: "Vamanos"
  7. Ray Barretto: "Pastime Paradise"
  8. Infakt feat. Moonrokk: "California"


  1. Bishop Lamont: "Grow Up"
  2. Rock Marciano: "4 All The Real Raw Deal"
  3. M.I.A. feat Freeway: "Paper Planes (Remix)"
  4. Alicia Keys: "Teenage Love Affair (Instrumental)"


  1. Mos Def: "The Glow"
  2. The GZA: "IntroMental"
  3. Q-Tip: "Gettin' Up"
  4. Solange: "Would've Been The One"
  5. Joe Bataan: "Gypsy Woman (Demo Version)"
  6. Menahan Street Band: "Make The Road By Walking"
  7. Portishead: "Threads"


  1. The Walkmen: "The Blue Route"
  2. The Jacksons: "Show You The Way To Go"
  3. Final Solution: "Brotherman"
  4. Joe Bataan: "Under The Street Lamp"


  1. EPMD: "Listen Up"
  2. Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound: "Que Se Sepa"
  3. Menahan Street Band: "Go The Distance"


  1. Raphael Saadiq: "Kelly Ray"
  2. Cesaria Evora: "Sodade"
  3. Bill Withers: "I Want To Spend The Night"
  4. Q-Tip: "Move"
  5. Oddisee feat. Buckshot: "Where I Be At"
  6. Stevie Wonder: "Send Me Some Lovin'"


  1. Jay-Z feat. B.I.G.: "Brooklyn Go Hard (Mick Boogie Remix)"
  2. Paul Mitchell Trio: "Now That I Know What Loneliness Is"
  3. Jay-Z: "Sweet (Feli Kuti Remix)"
  4. Marsha Ambrosius feat. Little Brother: "Sunshine"
  5. The Temprees: "(Girl) I Love You"
  6. Joe Bataan: "Ordinary Guy (45 Version)"
  7. Nina Simone: "Gimme Some (Mike Mangini Mix)"
  8. Fleet Foxes: "Blue Ridge Mountains"
  9. Vampire Weekend: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"