I love making lists. Shopping lists. To-do lists. Lists of lists. You name it, I’ll list it.
My favourite, though, is Best Of Lists. There’s just something so naively pleasing about listing your most favouritest things in the world in order. For the past five years, I have been Music Editor for Teentoday, meaning my lists of best singles and albums of the year have actually gained some sort of legitimacy… but hell, I’m not going to pretend I wouldn’t have written them anyway.
In some end of noughties madness, I decided I’d quite like these lists on my own site. But the benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing. Some songs passed me by at the time, other songs were included at the behest of other contributors/commenters, whilst for some strange reason, I hadn’t written a singles list for 2007 at all! So eagle-eyed readers of my work (hi Mum!) may notice that some songs have shifted about since original publication or disappeared altogether, whilst other ones only now realise their greatness.
A few rules:
- Entries on the singles list must have been released in the UK that year.
- Entries on the singles list must have been released as singles. So no albums, B-Sides, random tracks re-emerging thanks to iTunes.
- Artists can only be featured once on each list, even if they’re released more than one great single. (Although you will notice, I do sometimes cheat my way round this!)
So without further ado, let the countdown commence! And then I’ll make a list of my favourite lists or something…
All the lists be here…
- 21 Best Singles of 2005
- Top 11 Albums of 2005
- 21 Best Singles of 2006
- Top 11 Albums of 2006
- Top 11 Singles of 2007
- Top 11 Albums of 2007
- Top 11 Singles of 2008
- Top 11 Albums of 2008
- Top 11 Singles of 2009
- Top 11 Albums of 2009
- Top 11 Singles of 2010
- Top 11 Albums of 2010
P.S. I’ve gotta admit, I’m actually quite proud of these lists! I’d happily listen to all the songs on them again now… and in fact, I regularly still do!
Photo credit: paloetic on Flickr
You and I are clearly listfreaks. The difference with me is, mine are all checklists – checklists for work, for business, for dealing with various regulatory agencies around the world, etc, etc, etc – and all in my head! (But I do keep printed copies of my head-bound checklists, just to be safe…).
All in your head! Impressive work!
I’m a fan of the checklist too, although I like writing it down, purely for the satisfaction of crossing stuff out when it gets done!
Me too. Err, what are you doing up at this ungodly hour? You’re not a night person like me (because of work), are you?