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Is it hypocritical to write an end-of-year list comprising ranked opinions gathered and analysed from a large pool of writers if you’re a website sat so staunchly against ratings-out-of-whatever? Or is it more a case of prized reflections, paeans to our favourite albums – the chance to step back from just how much music is at our disposal and do a critical evaluation, if you will, of what we’ve been listening to this year?
Perhaps arbitrarily, it seems fairer to rank them now as they’re being approached at the same time. Perhaps, even more arbitarily, it seems less so; the albums after all are being ranked separately by people with different experiences of them, different amounts of time with them, different personalities. But that we’ve come up with a top 50 receiving multiply high-placed rankings from our pool of writers means that our point of intersection has finally hit the spot.
See, I can’t just look back at the albums that got 9s – there are no 9s, there are no scores! But this is a great thing, as lists require this distance. And so to re-start by asking the writers to send me their top 20s…
Now how did we get to the stage of holding in our precious hands The List? Was it via a magical formula, albums pulled out of a massive hat, did they come from above? Let me hand you over to our very own Excel Guru, a mysterious character who lurks behind spreadsheets in a mysterious way: … Continue Reading