In ( ) you find the overall ranking, after two years of scrobbling here on LastFM.
They ruled my music player last year:
1. (2) Amaral (959 plays)
This year Amaral really won my heart! With their new double Album "Gato negro Dragón rojo" I also bought almost all their other stuff and so they made it to the top, aiming for overall number one.
2. (1) Alanis Morissette (781 plays)
Finally something new from Alanis in 2008! "Flavors of entaglement" was way better than her last two ones and so she was able to hold her top position. And still her old stuff is always on play, too.
3. (4) Kettcar (588 plays)
After a spanish speaking artist and an english spaeking one now finally: German! Kettcar's new album "Sylt", named after a german island, was solid work and after I could hear them play live this summer in my town, I couldn't do other than listen to them again and again.
4. (12) Amy Macdonald (579 plays)
She's like my biggest newcomer in 2008 with her great sond "Mr Rock & Roll" of her greater album "This is the life". I'm looking forward to see her live in february and hope she'll keep making good music!
5. (16) Niels Frevert (503 plays)
He's not really a newcomer, with his first solo album released 11 years ago. As he wasn't very sucsessful (and pity to say: still isn't), I missed him until this year, when he made his third album. It's mostly very calm sounds with poetic lyrics and I just loved it. "Waschmaschine" is also my favorite song of this year. I also like his rock debut of 1997 and so he made it to over 500 scrobbels this year.
6. (24) Milow (382 plays)
And again someone I didn't know until last year. Belgien singer-songwriter Milow with his mostly acoustic style brought out his 2nd album "Coming of age" this year and luckily I discovered him! You still can't buy his work here in Germany, but thank God there is Import on the Internet!
7. (6) The Cranberries (377 plays)
After three new artist it was time for one of my all-time-favorites! One of the best things in the 90s... and still great!
8. (25) Tomte (339 plays)
Before last year I was already listenig to Tomte from time to time, but with their new album "Heureka" this year they really climbed high in my ranking. Just like Kettcar they are a Hamburg based band playing in German, and as Niels Frevert is also from Hamburg I have to say (though I'm from the south): The germans up there in the north, they know how to make good music!
9. (9) La Oreja de Van Gogh (323 plays)
And again back to spain! Usually when the front singer leaves the band, it's the end of the band and the beginning of a solo career. But in this case: the band came back with a great new singer and a new album, better than before!
10. (11) Sarah McLachlan (322 plays)
She has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard! I think it would be interesting to get a overview of all movies and TV-shows that used one of her songs. I'm still waiting for something new of her, but I think it's hard to do something better than she already did!
11. (3) Wir sind Helden (317 plays)
And another great german band that was founded where? Right, in Hamburg! But now they're living in Berlin. As their last album was in 2007 there's hope that something new comes out this year! Otherwise it could get heard for them to keep the number 3 position in my overall ranking.
12. (8) Jewel (304 plays)
Once upon a time, Jewel made albums like "Pieces of you" or "Spirit". But instead of singing happily ever after she first turned into plastic-pop and this year into country? Will she ever recover from that? Well, there's still the sound of good old times!
13. (19) Sufjan Stevens (298 plays)
Let's stay in the US with Sufjan Stevens: he's one of the most experimental singer-songwriters I know! The titels of his songs are insane and the lyrics are really deep. It's not easy listening, so he really earend his almost 300 plays this year!
14. (10) Juanes (269 plays)
From the US to the south to visit Juanes in Colombia. Last year he was the only artist from Latin America who made into my Top20. Anyone any idea where Shakira has gone? Or Maná? Well, let's see what 2009 brings.
15. (17) Snow Patrol (243 plays)
Snow Patrol made a new album... nothing outstanding, but solid rock. I like it. And nowadays Leone Lewis ot Natasha Bedingfield a covering songs of them! So: keep it up!
16. (23) Dido (230 plays)
She always takes her time to make a new album! And with "Safe trip home" she made another beautiful work. It can't really reach "Life for rent" but it's still good an enough for her, to enter my Top20 again.
17. (13) Laith Al-Deen (228 plays)
And finally a german artist from the South! Laith Al-Deen from Mannheim. Lately he has almost every year something new! This year it was just a "Best of" - compilation but with one, great, new song. Still enough for rank 17!
18. (5) Relient K (222 plays)
As I didn't get the chance to listen into her B-Sides album, they where losing some ground last year. But still they're one of the few US-bands in my ranking.
19. (7) Juli (218 plays)
And to proof that there's also good music from the center of germany, there's Juli from Gießen. As they said it was very quiet about them in 2008. If they really worked on a new CD will come out this year!
20. (18)Plain White T's (197 plays)
Last but not least the band, that has still has with "Hey there Delilah" my overall number one song at LastFM. Their new album was a bit uncommon as they have turned much into teenie punk.
So much for the year of 2008!