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Chairlift's Top Ten of 2008

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Photo by Jason Klauber via Chairlift's Myspace

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Aaron of Chairlift

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1. John Maus - "Love Is Real"
2. Kuroma - "Paris"
3. Quinn Walker - "Lion Land"
4. Atlas Sound - "Let The Blind..."
5. Sébastien Tellier - "Sexuality"
6. Yeasayer - "All Hour Cymbals"
7. The Raveonettes - "Lust Lust Lust"
8. Picture Picture - "White CD-R"
9. Roxy Music - "Avalon"
10. Ariel Pink - "House Arrest"

Chairlift - "Evident Utensil"

This last year we were proud to watch a diminutive pop band from Brooklyn called Chairlift take the world by storm via the latest wave of iPod Nano commercials.