Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2008: Dean's List


  1. Franco: Francophonic (Sterns Africa) 18
  2. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III (Deluxe Edition) (Cash Money/Universal/Motown) 16
  3. Drive-By Truckers: Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West) 16
  4. TV on the Radio: Dear Science (Interscope) 10
  5. Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst (Merge) 10
  6. Randy Newman: Harps and Angels (Nonesuch) 8
  7. Les Amazones de Guinee: Wamato (Sterns Africa) 7
  8. Hayes Carll: Trouble in Mind (Lost Highway) 5
  9. The Roots: Rising Down (Def Jam) 5
  10. The Magnetic Fields: Distortion (Nonesuch) 5
  11. Orchestra Baobab: Made in Dakar (Nonesuch)
  12. Girl Talk: Feed the Animals (Illegal Art)
  13. Raphael Saadiq: The Way I See It (Columbia)
  14. Los Campesinos!: Hold On Now, Youngster . . . (Arts & Crafts)
  15. Steinski: What Does It All Mean: 1983-2006 Retrospective (Illegal Art)
  16. Robert Forster: The Evangelist (Yep Roc)
  17. T.I.: Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
  18. Menya: The Ol' Reach-Around (no label)
  19. Jaguar Love: Jaguar Love (Matador)
  20. The Rough Guide to Colombian Street Party (World Music Network)
  21. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian '07)
  22. Old 97's: Blame It on Gravity (New West)
  23. K'naan: The Dusty Foot Philosopher (iM Culture)
  24. Franco: African Classics (Sheer/Cantos)
  25. Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse: Happier Than You (
  26. The Rough Guide to the Music of Romanian Gypsies (World Music Network)
  27. Taj Mahal: Maestro (Heads Up)
  28. La Cherga: Fake No More (Asphalt Tango)
  29. Love Is All: A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night (What's Your Rupture)
  30. Toumast: Ishtar (Real World)
  31. El Guincho: Alegranza (XL)
  32. Homeboy Sandman: Actual Factual Pterodactyl (Boy Sand Industries)
  33. Arriba la Cumbia! (Crammed Discs)
  34. Setona & African Crossroads: Live (Blue Flame '05)
  35. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend (XL)
  36. Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip: Angles (Strange Famous)
  37. Nas: [Untitled] (Def Jam)
  38. Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez (Sublime Frequencies '07)
  39. Calle 13: Residente o Visitante (Norte '07)
  40. Sir Victor Uwaifo: Guitar-Boy Superstar 1970-1976
  41. Be Your Own Pet: Get Awkward (Universal/Ecstatic Peace)
  42. No Age: Nouns (Sub Pop)
  43. Sleeping in the Aviary: Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel (Sound of Science)
  44. DJ Yoda: Fabriclive.39 (Fabric)
  45. Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump: Original Heavyweight Afrobeat, Highlife & Afro Funk (Strut)
  46. Gabi Lunca: Songs From a Bygone Age Vol. 5 (Asphalt Tango)
  47. James McMurtry: Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod)
  48. Chromeo: Fancy Footwork (Vice '07)
  49. Jay Reatard: Blood Visions (In the Red '06)
  50. Robert Creeley: Really! (Paris '07)
  51. Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt80: Sean Kuti & Fela's Egypt80 (Disorient)
  52. Taylor Swift: Fearless (Big Machine)
  53. Al Green: Lay It Down (Blue Note)
  54. Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella)
  55. The Asylum Street Spankers: What? And Give Up Show Biz? (Yellow Dog)
  56. Kid Creole: Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1976-1983 (Stunt Company)
  57. Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV (Halo Twenty Six)
  58. B-52's: Funplex (Astralwerks)
  59. Rich Man's War (Ruf)
  60. Umalali: The Garifuna Women's Project (Cumbancha)
  61. The So So Glos: Tourism/Terrorism (Green Owl)
  62. Jean Grae: Jeanius (Blacksmith)
  63. Santogold: Santogold (Downtown)
  64. Black Kids: Partie Traumatic (Columbia)
  65. Ponytail: Ice Cream Spiritual (We Are Free)
  66. Honeyhoney: Loose Boots (Ironworks Music)
  67. The Kills: Midnight Boom (Domino)
  68. Passing Strange (Ghostlight)
  69. Ed Hamell: Rant & Roll (Righteous Babe)
  70. Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation (Lidkercow Ltd '07)
  71. Kate Nash: Made of Bricks (Geffen)
  72. Kimya Dawson and Friends: Alphabutt (K)
  73. Tokyo Police Club: Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek)


  1. M.I.A.: "Paper Planes"
  2. Lee Dorsey: "Yes We Can-Can"
  3. Conor Oberst: "I Don't Want To Die (In the Hospital)"
  4. Los Campesinos!: "Death to Los Campesinos!"
  5. Rihanna: "Disturbia"
  6. Mike Doughty: "More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle"
  7. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip: "Thou Shalt Always Kill"
  8. Randy Newman: "Potholes"
  9. Drive-By Truckers: "The Righteous Path"
  10. Nas: "Black President"
  11. Estelle: "American Boy"
  12. Lil Wayne: "A Milli"
  13. Les Amazones de Guinee: "Meres d'Afrique"
  14. Flo Rida: "Low"
  15. TV on the Radio: "Red Dress"
  16. Hayes Carll: "Drunken Poet's Dream"
  17. Drive-By Truckers: "Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife"
  18. Sugarland: "Take Me as I Am"
  19. The Magnetic Fields: "Please Stop Dancing"
  20. Old 97s: "Dance With Me"
  21. Drive-By Truckers" That Man I Shot"
  22. Orchestra Baobab: "Pape Ndiaye"
  23. Dr. John: "Say Whut?"
  24. Duffy: "Serious"
  25. The Ting Tings: "That's Not My Name"

Jan. 22, 2009

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