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Best Music CDs of 2008

Customer's Choice: Our Top 10 Music Sellers of 2008

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Oracular Spectacular (CD) ~ MGMT (Artist) Cover Art
Oracular Spectacular (CD)

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This restless but inventure first album from Brooklyn duo MGMT garnered top hipster honors this year with its blend of electro-pop and freak-out folk music. Wonderfully quirky, "Oracular Spectacular" proved to be the sleeper hit of 2008.
Viva La Vida (CD) ~ Coldplay (Artist) Cover Art
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (CD)
Wb / Parlophone

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With the aid of legendary musician/producer Brian Eno, Coldplay have crafted a masterpiece that has been atop the rock charts since its release. "Viva La Vida" sticks with Coldplay's knack for mid-tempo majesty, but expands beyond the stadium-rock feels of their previous outings.
All I Intended to Be (CD) ~ Emmylou Harris (Artist) Cover Art
All I Intended to Be (CD)
Emmylou Harris

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Emmylou Harris' 21st major label studio album is in a class all its own. One of Tower Record's top sellers of the year and our top Country release for 2008!
One of the Boys (CD) ~ Katy Perry (Artist) Cover Art
One of the Boys (CD)
Katy Perry

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Like her or loathe her, no one can deny the impact of this album on 2008 radio rock. From being disowned by her parents to receiving praise from Madonna, Katy Perry has had quite the year in the spotlight and her album has been dominating the charts since its late Spring release.
Mamma Mia! (CD) ~ Original Soundtrack Cover Art
Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack (CD)
Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper

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Based on the Broadway musical, which, in turn, is based on vintage ABBA tunes, the 2008 Hollywood adaptation of Mamma Mia! features the star-studded cast performing classic tracks by the beloved Swedish pop group.
Rockferry (CD) ~ Duffy (Artist) Cover Art
Rockferry (CD)

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This retro-leaning set of songs from the young Welsh pop singer Duffy brings to mind a 21st century Dusty Springfield. Produced by ex-Suede guitartist Bernard Butler, who deserves recognition for being among the top producers of 2008.
Hard Candy (CD) ~ Madonna (Artist) Cover Art
Hard Candy (CD)
Warner Bros.

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"Hard Candy" continues in the driving, club-oriented vein of 2005's "Confessions On A Dance Floor", proving that Madonna has lost none of her energy and verve with age. A world-wide tour helped propel Madge's latest album to the top of the year charts.
Celtic Thunder (CD) ~ Celtic Thunder Cover Art
Celtic Thunder (CD)
Celtic Thunder
Celtic Thunder

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The audio companion to the popular PBS television special launched the recording careers of the five Irish vocalists who comprise "Celtic Thunder."
Death Magnetic (CD) ~ Metallica (Artist) Cover Art
Death Magnetic (CD)
Warner Bros.

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In the five years since their last studio release, Metallica seem to have gotten back in touch with the raw power of their classic period, with a little help from legendary producer Rick Rubin. The result is fierce and was our top hard rock seller of the year!
Tha Carter III (CD) ~ Lil Wayne (Artist) Cover Art
Tha Carter III (CD)
Lil Wayne
Cash Money

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In what was probably the most anticipated rap album of the year, Lil Wayne delivered the goods with "Tha Carter III."�� The tracks show diversity in his style, but each one demonstrates his huge lyrical talent and unstoppable wit.
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