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Need Help on Your List?

To help you choose the best music from 2008, we had Dan Reed pull together this list of some of the 2008 releases that XPN has played over the last year. It's just a starting place to recall your favorites. 

You can also check out the WXPN Host and Staff Picks. Take a few minutes, read through the lists, or take a look at your most played songs on your iPod, then vote for your top ten songs albums of 2008. You may even win our iPod Touch loading with the winning songs and albums of 2008.

What releases were on WXPN's playlist in 2008?

Adele - 19
Aimee Mann - Smilers
Al Green - Lay It Down
Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
American Music Club - The Golden Age
Amos Lee - Last Days at the Lodge
Ani DiFranco - Red Letter Year
Annuals - Such Fun
Antony & the Johnsons - Another World (EP)
Astrid Williamson - Boy for You
B.B. King - One Kind Favor
B-52's - Funplex
Back Door Slam - Roll Away
Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Beck - Modern Guilt
Bell X1 - Flock
Ben Folds - Way to Normal
Ben Sollee - Learning to Bend
Big Blue Ball - Big Blue Ball
Billy Bragg - Mr. Love & Justice
Birdmonster - From the Mountain to the Sea
Bloc Party - Intimacy
Blues Traveler - North Hollywood Shootout
Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8
Bob Mould - District Line
Bodeans - Still
Brett Dennen - Hope for the Hopeless
Bruce Springsteen - Magic
Bruce Springsteen - Magic Tour Highlights
Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows
Calexico - Carried to Dust
Carney - Nothing without You
Cat Power - Jukebox
Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
Counting Crows - Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
Crooked Fingers - Forfeit / Fortune
Dan Wilson - Free Life
Danielia Cotton - Rare Child
Dar Williams - Promised Land
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
David Ford - Songs for the Road
Dawn Landes - Fireproof
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Delta Spirit - Ode to Sunshine
Devotchka - A Mad & Faithful Telling
Dido - Safe Trip Home
Donovan Frankenreiter - Pass It Around
Dr. Dog - Fate
Dr. John - City that Care Forgot
Drive-By Truckers - Brighter than Creation's Dark
Duffy - Rockferry
Ed Harcourt - The Beautiful Lie
Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild (Soundtrack)
Elbow - The Seldom Scene Kid
Elvis Costello & the Imposters - Momofuku
Emmylou Harris - All I Intended to Be
Erin McCarley - Love, Save the Empty
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
Farewell Flight - Sound.Color.Motion
Fireman - Electric Arguments
Firewater - The Golden Hour
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
G Love & Special Sauce - Superhero Brother
Gary Louris - Vagabonds
Glen Campbell - Meet Glen Campbell
Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
Greg Laswell - How the Day Sounds
Hayes Carll - Trouble in Mind
Human Highway - Moody Motorcycle
Ingrid Michaelson - Be OK
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls & Boys
Jack Johnson - Sleep through the Static
Jackson Browne - Time the Conqueror
Jakob Dylan - Seeing Things
James Hunter - The Hard Way
James McMurtry - Just Us Kids
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
Jessica Lea Mayfield - With Blasphemy, So Heartful
Jim Boggia - Misadventures in Stereo
Jim White - Transnormal Skiperoo
JJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms
Joan Osborne - Little Wild One
Joe Jackson - Rain
John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Jonatha Brooke - The Works
Joseph Arthur - Could We Survive
Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts - Temporary People
Juliana Hatfield - How to Walk away
Kaiser Chiefs - Off with their Heads
Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge
Kate Nash - Made of Bricks
Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
Keane - Perfect Symmetry
Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
Kristoffer Ragnstam - Wrong Side of the Room
Langhorne Slim - Langhorne Slim
Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster
Los Lonely Boys - Forgiven
Love As Laughter - Holy
Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
Man Man - Rabbit Habits
Marah - Angels of Destruction!
Martha Wainwright - I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too
Mason Jennings - In the Ever
Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us
Melody Gardot - Worrisome Heart
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Michael Franti & Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers!
Mike Doughty - Golden Delicious
Morrissey - Greatest Hits
Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch
Mutlu - Livin' It
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Nada Surf - Lucky
Newton Faulkner - Hand Built by Robots
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Nicole Atkins - Neptune City
O.A.R. - All Sides
Oasis - Dig out your Soul
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
Old 97s - Blame It on Gravity
Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher
Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
Paul Westerberg - 49:00
Phil Roy - The Great Longing
Portishead - Third
Pretenders - Break up the Concrete
R.E.M. - Accelerate
Rachael Yamagata - Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Railroad Earth - Amen Corner
Randy Newman - Harps and Angels
Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It
Ray Davies - Working Man's Café
Ray Lamontagne - Gossip in the Grain
Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cardinology
Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
Sam Phillips - Don't Do Anything
Santogold - Santogold
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Sharon Little - Perfect Time for a Breakdown
She & Him - Volume One
Shelby Lynne - Just a Little Lovin'
Sheryl Crow - Detours
Snow Patrol - Take Back the City
Sonny Landreath - From the Reach
Spiritualized - Songs in A&E
Steve Winwood - Nine Lives
Steve Wynn - Crossing Dragon Bridge
Susan Tedeschi - Back to the River
Teddy Thompson - A Piece of What You Need
The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
The Black Crowes - Warpaint
The Black Keys - Attack & Release
The Black Kids - Partie Traumatic
The Brakes - Tale of Two Cities
The Breeders - Mountain Battles
The Cat Empire - So Many Nights
The Cure - 4:13 Dream
The Decemberists - Always the Bridesmaid, Vol. 1
The Duhks - Fast Paced World
The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Heavy - Great Vengeance and Furious Fire
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
The Killers - Day & Age
The Kills - The Kills
The Kooks - Konk
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of Understatement
The Notwist - The Devil, You and Me
The Raconteurs - Consolers of The Lonely
The Spinto Band - Moonwink
The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
The Verve - Forth
The Virgins - The Virgins
The Watson Twins - Fire Songs
The Weepies - Hideaway
The Wood Brothers - Loaded
Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation
Tift Merritt - Another Country
Tracy Chapman - Our Bright Future
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Tyler Ramsey - A Long Dream about Swimming across the Sea
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Van Morrison - Keep It Simple
Various Artists - 21 (Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Heroes (Soundtrack)
Various Artists - I'm Not There (Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Juno (Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Quantum of Solace (Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Verve Remixed 4
Violent Femmes - Crazy (EP)
War On Drugs - Wagonwheel Blues
Was (Not Was) - Boo!
What Made Milwaukee Famous - What Doesn't Kill Us
Willie Nelson - Moment of Forever
Yael Naim - Yael Naim
Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbols