Best Rock Albums Of 2008

Best Rock Albums Of 2008

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Our Best Rock Albums Of 2008 presents the best 2008 albums released in 2008 that span all rock genres from metal to pop rock. 2008 will be remembered for the return of Axl Rose’s version of Guns N’ Roses and the release of the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy. However, the album sold nowhere close to what was expected. Nonetheless, it was still a great rock and roll record that was too harshly criticized. 2008 saw probalt the least amount of rock albums in years from musical artists of the 60s and 70s. There were also not many new bands formed. Still, rock fans were treated to a new roaring album by Sammy Hagar who never disappoints and a new album from Queen of original material with Paul Rodgers as the band’s new lead vocalist, or maybe we should say, partner.

2000 would be a year in which rock music took a back seat to pop and dance music superstars like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry who had huge hit albums and led a resurgence of dance and pop music that would dominate the radio, tv, and pop culture.

# 50 – Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend CD

# 49 – Directions to See a Ghost – The Black Angels

Directions to See a Ghost - The Black Angels

# 48 – Songs from the Sparkle LoungeDef Leppard

Songs from the Sparkle Lounge - Def Leppard

# 47 – Along Came a SpiderAlice Cooper

Along Came a Spider - Alice Cooper

# 46 – Folklore and SuperstitionBlack Stone Cherry

Folklore and Superstition - Black Stone Cherry

# 45 – North Hollywood ShootoutBlues Traveler

North Hollywood Shootout - Blues Traveler

# 44 – Revelation – Journey

# 43 – Black ButterflyBuckcherry

Black Butterfly - Buckcherry

# 42 – Break Up the ConcreteThe Pretenders

Break Up the Concrete - The Pretenders

# 41 – Nostradamus – Judas Priest

Nostradamus - Judas Priest

# 40 –  We Started Nothing – The Ting Tings

We Started Nothing - The Ting Tings

# 39 – Day & Age – The Killers

Day & Age - The Killers

# 38 – Evil Urges – My Morning Jacket

Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket

# 37 – Dig Lazarus Dig!!! – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Dig Lazarus Dig!!! - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

# 36 – Cardinology – Ryan Adams and the Cardinals

Cardinology - Ryan Adams and the Cardinals

# 35 -Narrow Stairs – Death Cab for Cutie

Narrow Stairs - Death Cab for Cutie

# 34 –  Dig Out Your Soul – Oasis

Dig Out Your Soul - Oasis

# 33 – Red Letter YearAni Difranco

Red Letter Year - Ani Difranco

# 32 – Who Killed Amanda Palmer – Amanda Palmer

Who Killed Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer

# 31 – Weezer (Red Album) – Weezer

Weezer (Red Album) - Weezer

# 30 – Flavors of EntanglementAlanis Morissette

Flavors of Entanglement - Alanis Morissette

# 29 – Accelerate – R.E.M.

Accelerate - R.E.M.

# 28 – It Is Time for a Love RevolutionLenny Kravitz

It Is Time for a Love Revolution - Lenny Kravitz

# 27 – In the Midst of BeautyMichael Schenker Group

In the Midst of Beauty - Michael Schenker Group

# 26 – Wake the SleeperUriah Heep

Wake the Sleeper - Uriah Heep

# 25 – MotörizerMotorhead

Motörizer - Motorhead

# 24 – That Lucky Old SunBrian Wilson

That Lucky Old Sun - Brian Wilson

# 23 – Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs

Consolers of the Lonely - The Raconteurs

# 22 – New Surrender Anberlin

New Surrender - Anberlin

# 21 – Little Wild OneJoan Osborne

Little Wild One - Joan Osborne

# 20 – Whisper War – The Cab

Whisper War - The Cab

# 19 – Life, Death, Love and Freedom – John Mellencamp

Life, Death, Love and Freedom - John Mellencamp

# 18 – Modern GuiltBeck

Modern Guilt - Beck

# 17 – MudcrutchMudcrutch

Mudcrutch Album

# 16 -Rain – Joe Jackson

Rain - Joe Jackson

# 15 – The Bedlam in Goliath – The Mars Volta

The Bedlam in Goliath - The Mars Volta

# 14 -The ’59 Sound – The Gaslight Anthem

The '59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem

# 13 – Third – Portishead

Third - Portishead

# 12 – Folie à deux – Fall Out Boy

Folie à deux - Fall Out Boy

# 11 – Chinese DemocracyGuns N’ Roses

Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses

# 10 – Viva La Vida or, Death and All His Friends – Coldplay

Viva La Vida or, Death and All His Friends - Coldplay

# 9 – Death Magnetic – Metallica

Death Magnetic - Metallica

# 8 – Black Ice – AC/DC

Black Ice - AC/DC

# 7 – Warpaint – The Black Crowes

Warpaint - The Black Crowes

# 6 – Keep It SimpleVan Morrison

Keep It Simple - Van Morrison

# 5 – Nine LivesSteve Winwood

Nine Lives - Steve Winwood

# 4 – The Cosmos RocksQueen + Paul Rodgers

The Cosmos Rocks - Queen + Paul Rodgers

# 3 – Time the ConquerorJackson Browne

Time the Conqueror - Jackson Browne

# 2 – Cosmic Universal FashionSammy Hagar

Cosmic Universal Fashion - Sammy Hagar

# 1 – Detours – Sheryl Crow

Detours - Sheryl Crow

Updated April 27, 2023

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