The buttoned-up world of banking's drama-filled year is impossible to ignore, so we're left with the surviving bunch to choose from as the Best of 2008.
We've never seen a year like this one in the banking industry as a whole, and between the bailouts and buyouts the number of big commercial banks has been whittled down. You don't see Washington Mutual on the list because it's now part of Chase. And while Wachovia almost made it through the end of the year, it was purchased by Wells Fargo. Considering everything from fees to convenience, which do you think is better than the rest?