We all know the music industry has been holding its collective breath for this moment. The Brits and the Mercury Music Prize are all fine and dandy and nice to have, but the only one that matters is the top ten as determined by your dear host.
Without a shadow of a doubt, 2008 has been a dire year for pop music. Coldplay disappointed us all by coming back after pledging to stay away for a very long time. Katy Perry was number one for ages with a lame tune that sold by the bucketload. Tip for up and coming stars: faux lesbianism still sells. And, inexplicably, the no-marks from X-Factor continue to shift product. In other words, 2008 was as crap as 2007 for pop.
But all is not lost. There may have been a lot of crud bubbling up through the world of dance (the rise of the barely-remixed remix; the coming of the Scouse House-specialising radio spin-off, Clubland TV; bassline; the continued existence of Scooter), but there's been some great stuff as well. Here's the coveted AVPS countdown of 2008:
10) Black and Gold - Sam Sparro
9) Miracle - Oceanlab
8) I Lust U - Neon Neon
7) Body Crash - Buy Now
6) This Is My Life - Euroband
5) Crimewave - Crystal Castles
4) Slave of My Mind - Kiko
3) Sirens of the Sea - Oceanlab
2) Blind - Hercules and Love Affair
And here it is, the best tune of 2008, Armin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel with In and Out of Love. Two words: just beautiful. Play it, Sam!
What were your musical highlights of 2008? Anyone you fancy in the new year?