December 16, 2008
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FLEET FOXES NAMED “BEST ALBUM OF 2008”
IN NPR MUSIC ALL SONGS CONSIDERED POLL,
AS VOTED ON BY NPR LISTENERS

ROUNDING OUT TOP 5 ARE VAMPIRE WEEKEND, BON IVER,
TV ON THE RADIO, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

LIVE CHAT DISCUSSING RESULTS TODAY AT 2P.M.




December 16, 2008; Washington, D.C. – Debut albums from emerging bands dominated NPR Music’s fourth annual All Songs Considered “Best Albums of 2008” poll, announced yesterday. The highly-anticipated year-end list, as voted on by tens of thousands of NPR listeners, gave the top nod to Seattle-based indie band Fleet Foxes and their self-titled debut, with afro-pop newcomers Vampire Weekend at No. 2. Rounding out the top five albums were singer/songwriter Bon Iver, TV on the Radio and the most established band of the group, Death Cab for Cutie.

The entire “Best Albums of 2008” list is available at NPR Music – www.NPR.org/music – where users can listen to selections from the top 25 records of the year, and download a special edition of All Songs Considered announcing the results. Today at 2:00PM (ET), All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Song of The Day editor Stephen Thompson, All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton, and Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein will host a live chat to discuss the winners, and those noticeably absent from the list, below:

1. Fleet Foxes; Album: Fleet Foxes
2. Vampire Weekend; Album: Vampire Weekend
3. Bon Iver; Album: For Emma, Forever Ago
4. TV on the Radio; Album: Dear Science
5. Death Cab for Cutie; Album: Narrow Stair
6. MGMT; Album: Oracular Spectacular
7. Flight of the Conchords; Album: Flight of the Conchords
8. My Morning Jacket; Album: Evil Urges
9. Coldplay; Album: Viva la Vida
10. Sigur Rós; Album: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
11. She & Him; Album: Volume One
12. Okkervil River; Album: The Stand Ins
13. Beck; Album: Modern Guilt
14. Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants; Album: Juno (Soundtrack)
15. The Raconteurs; Album: Consolers of the Lonely
16. Girl Talk; Album: Feed the Animals
17. The Black Keys; Album: Attack & Release
18. Kings of Leon; Album: Only by the Night
19. Conor Oberst; Album: Conor Oberst
20. Jenny Lewis; Album: Acid Tongue
21. The Hold Steady; Album: Stay Positive
22. Bob Dylan; Album: Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
23. Blitzen Trapper; Album: Furr
24. Portishead; Album: Third
25. Brian Eno / David Byrne; Album: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

In addition to the “Best Albums” poll, throughout the month of December, NPR Music has daily top 10 lists of the year’s best music from every genre, with the opportunity to listen to featured songs from listeners’ and critics’ best picks. NPR Music features a different list every day, as chosen by public radio tastemakers. Selections include: “Living Your Life With 2008’s Best in Jazz,” “Best Classical CDs of 2008,” and “Top 10 ‘Smart Rock’ Albums” to name a few. Continuing the top ten theme, NPR Music also introduces “Jingle Jams,” six hours of holiday music compiled from 10 public radio stations’ own top 10 holiday songs. The music stream features a festive stream of songs, with everyone from Bach to the Ramones to Louis Armstrong.

NPR Music, having just marked its one year anniversary, features content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, as well as original-to-NPR Music features such as live performances, studio sessions, exclusive first listens to forthcoming albums, interviews, reviews and blogs. The site’s continuously expanding sections are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. NPR Music culls from NPR’s and the stations’ extensive music archives to present thousands of features; more than 240 new features are added to the site every month.