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50 360 
Josh Hoge
Jackopierce - Promise Of Summer CD Cover ArtEverything I'm Not
2008 marked the return of one of the most beloved bands of the 90's, Jackopierce.  After a 12 year absence, the the Dallas based duo returned with the new album The Promise Of Summer, which featured the hit "Everything I'm Not."  JP frontman Cary Pierce talked to Alternative Addiction about the band's reunion back in July, listen to the interview here
49 Where I Stood 
Missy Higgins
48 Everything I'm Not 
47 California 
46 Breathless 
Dan Wilson
45 Lion 
War Stories
Revival Cover ArtSay It Now
July For Kings
2008 marked the return of July For Kings with the release of the new song "Say It Now," the first new song the band had released in over 3 years.  A new album from the band is expected sometime in 2009, listen to what lead singer Joe Hedges had to say about the new song and album when we interviewed him back in March here
44 Say It Now 
July For Kings
43 Fall Apart 
42 Gotta Be Somebody 
41 Dream Catch Me 
Newton Faulkner
40 On the Brink Of It All 
Ever Stays Red
A Hundred Million SunsTake Back The City
Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol made an incredible return in 2008 with their stunning release A Hundred Million Suns, which featured the hit "Take Back the City."  Lead singer Gary Lightbody told Alternative Addiction back in September that the band used a number of "strange" sounds to create the unique feel of the album.  Listen to the entire interview with Lightbody here
39 Take Back The City 
Snow Patrol
38 Spiralling 
37 Not Meant To Be 
Theory Of A Deadman
36 Daylight 
Remedy Drive
35 5:19 
Matt Wertz
When The World Comes DownGives You Hell
All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects returned in 2008 with their long anticipated release When The World Comes Down which featured the hit "Gives You Hell."  Unlike recording the band's previous release, guitarist guitarist Mike Kennerty said in an interview back in October that the band struggled with a lot of self doubt wondering if what they recorded was even "any good"  Listen to the entire interview here
34 Gives You Hell 
All American Rejects
33 Ready to Roll 
Jet Black Stare
32 Leave The Memories Alone 
31 Should've Known Better 
Cinder Road
30 Seasons 
One Less Reason
OK NowBeating My Heart
Jon McLaughlin
Singer/Songwriter Jon McLaughlin returned in 2008 with the hit single "Beating My Heart" from the album OK Now In the time leading up recording the new album, McLaughlin told Alternative Addiction that he didn't write a song for nearly a year and actually struggled to start writing music again.  Listen to McLaughlin talk about the process
29 Never Going Back To OK 
The Afters
28 Hero 
Pop Evil
27 We Cry 
The Script
26 Beating My Heart 
Jon McLaughlin
25 The Resolution 
Jack's Mannequin
The Glass PassengerThe Resolution
Jack's Mannequin
2008 marked the return of Jack's Mannequin with the release of The Glass Passenger in September.  The album, including the hit single "The Resolution" was written in the wake of front man Andrew McMahon's recovery from being diagnosed with Leukemia in 2004.  McMahon told Alternative Addiction in June that he used the song on this record to "help push him through the past."  Listen to the entire interview with McMahon here
24 All Is Said And Done 
Vertical Horizon
23 Let It Die 
Foo Fighters
22 18 Days 
Saving Abel
21 Who's Going Home With You Tonight 
20 Non-Dairy Creamer 
Third Eye Blind
Non-Dairy Creamer
Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind fans were finally treated with the first new music from the band in over 5 years.  The band ended their hiatus with "Non-Dairy Creamer", a controversial politically charged track that drummer Brad Hargreaves said was purposely polarizing, something that the band takes "a small degree of satisfaction in"  Read the rest of Alternative Addiction's interview with Hargreaves
19 It's Not My Time 
3 Doors Down
18 Feel Good Drag 
17 Let It Happen 
Jimmy Eat World
16 Whatever It Takes 
15 I'm Yours 
Jason Mraz
Live - Live At The Paradiso CD Cover ArtForever
Live returned in 2008 with a brand new Live CD/DVD that contained two brand new tracks, one of which was the hit single "Forever."  Front Man Ed Kowalczyk told Alternative Addiction during an interview in November that the two songs are a good representative of what the band's next album will sound like, an album that he says fans can look forward to in 2009.  Listen to the entire interview here  
14 Forever 
13 Love Is Noise 
The Verve
12 Shattered (Turn The Car Around) 
11 Sweet and Low 
10 Red Eyes 
The [New] Shining
Rossdale, Gavin - Wanderlust CD Cover ArtLove Remains The Same
Gavin Rossdale
Former Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale made a successful solo debut with his album Wanderlust which featured the hit single "Love Remains the Same."  Even though the lyrics on Wanderlust were very personal to Rossdale, he told Alternative Addiction back in May that he actually offered his Bush band mates to make the album as a Bush record.  Listen to the entire interview with Rossdale here    
9 Second Chance 
8 Love Remains The Same 
Gavin Rossdale
7 Deliverance 
6 The Weight Of Her 
Butch Walker
5 Angels On the Moon 
Thriving Ivory

Rise Above This
The best song of 2008 according to the readers of Alternative Addiction comes off of an album that was actually released in late 2007.  Seether's Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces was an album that Seether lead singer Shaun Morgan says was not fueled by his break up with his ex-girlfriend, Evanescence's Amy Lee.  The album's hit single "Rise Above This" was a prime example, with its strong melodies and upbeat lyrics, the song is more optimistic than bitter.  No matter how fans interpreted the lyrics, there's no denying that its a damn good song, and your song of the year for '08.

4 Someone Like You 
3 Last Train Home 
Ryan Star
2 Come On Get Higher 
Matt Nathanson
1 Rise Above This 

Former Songs
Of the Year:

by OneRepublic

Hate Me
by Blue October

A Lifetime
by Better Than Ezra

Mix Tape
by Butch Walker

by Live

Somewhere Out There
by Our Lady Peace

Drops of Jupiter
by Train

by Marvelous 3





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