December 18th, 2008

Oh, c’mon… no serious 2008 end-of-the-year music article would be complete without some Rickrolling. You know what I’m talking about — that Internet fad where you click a link expecting to find that long-rumored Michelle Obama “I hate whitey” video or some other unbelievable clip — and instead get Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Jon Stewart, Carson Daly, even the New York Mets were all Rickrolled in 2008. Astley even showed up to Rickroll the Macy’s Day Parade last month.

That’s it. There’s no better choice for “Song of the Year” than “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

So let’s move on to the songs that actually came out this year and make a playlist. As I’ve done the past two years, I’ve compiled a mix of 15 of my favorite songs from the year. These are arranged in an unranked mix-tape order for your maximum listening pleasure.

Yeah, there are three piano ballads on this playlist, and a severe lack of hip-hop (Lil’ Wayne? Robo-Kanye? Pass.) but hey, it’s my list. What’s on yours?

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