Top Ten Albums of 2008

I present to you the ten best hard rock albums of 2008.

10. Jørn Lande – Lonely Are The Brave – Don’t tell me, you’ve never heard of him. He has one of the best voices in music and a long list of albums released. Give him a chance and you will likely become a fan.

9. Motörhead – Motörizer – It sounds like Motörhead of old…and that’s a good thing.

8. Yngwie Malmsteen – Perpetual Flame – With Ripper Owens on vocals, Yngwie delivers his best album in years. The song “Red Devil” may be the best he has ever written.

7. Tesla – Forever More – These guys don’t get enough love from rock fans. Vastly underrated band, and this album is a strong effort from beginning to end.

6. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy – It was worth the wait. Now that the luster has worn off a bit, it slipped from the #3 spot on my list, but it’s still high quality.

5. AC/DC – Black Ice – It sounds like AC/DC of old…and that’s a good thing.

4. Lynam – Tragic City SymphonyThese boys from Birmingham have a strong record with some Def Leppard-like hooks and sing-along choruses.

3. M.O.B – The Greatest Enemy – How in the world are these guys unsigned? Take note Mr. Record Company Executive, this is awesome rock.

2. Mötley Crüe – Saints Of Los Angeles – A strong comeback for the kings of the Hollywood strip.

1. Alice Cooper – Along Came A SpiderThis album is already on my top ten list for the decade, and it is very close to the top.

A couple of “honorable mentions” go out to Extreme and Uriah Heep, who released very strong albums in 2008. On Extreme’s Saudades de Rock, Gary Cherone shows his spectacular vocal range and Nuno Bettencourt is on top of his game with the guitar. Meanwhile, Uriah Heep produced a great progressive hard rock album, Wake The Sleeper, that would have probably made my top ten list any other year.

Several other hard rockers released material in 2008 with varying results. Metallica returned to its thrash roots on Death Magnetic, but the fire is not as hot as it once was. Sammy Hagar had a few rockers on Cosmic Universal Fashion, but there was also a lot of Jimmy Buffett-inspired music. The supergroup Saints Of The Underground featuring Jani Lane, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane, and Keri Kelli was good, but not quite super.

The dishonor of the worst album of 2008 goes to Def Leppard, who released Songs From The Sparkle Lounge in April. The hype-machine was in overdrive for this record, but the result was one of the worst albums ever made…regardless of genre. Yes, that’s right. The once mighty boys from Britain have made an album that is worse than anything (insert name of most hated “artist”) ever released.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on December 21, 2008, in music and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey Jason,

    Thank you so much for mentioning our new record “Tragic City Symphony” as one of your favorites for 2008. It looks like we’re in good company:)

    Jacob Lynam

  2. ^^^

    yeah, i don’t hate Sparkle Lounge…at first I did but I’ve since warmed up a little bit. It was an interesting experiment, to be sure…I wouldn’t put it on my list, either all things considered, but the worst? nah…
    don’t care either way about motorhead or yngwie, or metallica, then or now.
    I still haven’t listened to Along Came A Spider….I know, I should be ashamed!!

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