So Self Made Man’s had his say and fair play to our resident blogger – he’s picked a few big winners in his highlights of 2008. But how do his picks stand up to this bunch of Christmas crackers?

Albums Of The Year

1 Tesla Forever More

2 White Lion Return Of The Pride

3 Death Angel Killing Season

4 Joe Satriani Professor Satchafunkilus

5 Def Leppard Songs From The Sparkle Lounge

6 Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy

7 Quireboys Homewreckers & Heartbreakers

8 Black Tide Light From Above

9 Evergrey Torn

10 Alice Cooper Along Came A Spider

11 Metallica Death Magnetic

12 Black Stone Cherry Folklore & Superstition

13 Whitesnake Good To Be Bad

14 Stone Gods Silver Spoons & Broken Bones

15 Extreme Saudades de Rock

16 Thunder Bang!

17 Children Of Bodom Blooddrunk

18 AC/DC Black Ice

19 Stone Rider Three Legs Of Trouble

20 Man Raze Surreal

Top Five Gigs: 1 Turisas Edinburgh; 2 Def Leppard Islington Academy; Black Tide Leeds Festival; Thunder Newcastle City Hall; Quireboys Newcastle Carling Academy.

Top Five Rock Highs: 1 Vinyl’s Comeback; 2 Dirty Rock N Roll playing Halo; 3 Guns N Roses’ return; 4 Planet Rock’s survival; 5 White Lion’s Mike Tramp dedicating Wait to DJ Little Jeff @ The Cluny.

Worst Five Rock Lows: 1 AC/DC snubbing the Toon; 2 North East Rock Radio; 3 Avenged Sevenfold cutting short Leeds set; Rose Hill Drive’s new album; Trillians shutting its doors at 11pm on night of Newcastle rock double.

Top Five Hopes For 2009: 1 Quireboys to return to the big league; 2 Dirty Rock N Roll to sign record deal; 3 Def Leppard to bring out career-defining box set; 4 Metallica tear Toon apart; 5 Tesla play Toon.