2008 in music

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See also: 2007 in music, 2009 in music.


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Bands formed[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

See Category:Musical groups reestablished in 2008

Returning performers[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

See Musical groups disestablished in 2008

Bands on hiatus[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Best-selling albums globally & United States[edit]

The best-selling records in 2008 according to IFPI:[65]

Position Album Title Artist
1 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay
2 Black Ice AC/DC
3 Thriller 25 Michael Jackson
4 Rockferry Duffy
5 Death Magnetic Metallica
6 Spirit Leona Lewis
7 Back to Black Amy Winehouse
8 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Various Artists
9 Tha Carter III Lil Wayne
10 Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna

The best-selling albums in the United States:[66]

Position Album Title Artist
1 Tha Carter III Lil' Wayne
2 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay
3 Fearless Taylor Swift
4 Rock N Roll Jesus Kid Rock
5 Black Ice AC/DC
6 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
7 Death Magnetic Metallica
8 Paper Trail T.I.
9 Sleep Through the Static Jack Johnson
10 I Am ... Sasha Fierce Beyoncé

Hit records[edit]

United States[edit]

Singles which have ranked within Top 20 within the Billboard Hot 100 Hits (excludes those that were #1 in the UK)

United Kingdom[edit]

UK Official Top 75 No. 1 Hits

UK Official Top 75 Hits – Singles which have ranked within Top 20

Australia[edit]

Australia Official Top 50 No. 1 Hits

Australia Official Top 50 Hits – Singles which have ranked within Top 20

Other international hits[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Instrumental music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Other[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

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July[edit]

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October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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