MFR's Ultimate Comprehensive List of Year End Lists for 2008
Year End Lists are an extraordinary case study in trends and how music critics gather around to support their favorite releases of a given year. Although each list is unique, it is inevitable that a handful of universally loved artists will rise to the top of the indie-music pool. To distinguish who made the cut in 2008, we compiled a massive database comprised of the Top 50 lists of who we have determined to be the eight major music tastemakers today: Rolling Stone, SPIN, NME, Paste, MOJO, Uncut, Stereogum and Pitchfork. We omitted MFR from this list for some reason.
We pitted these lists against one another and treated each list as if it were a vote cast by the magazine or blog. Each placement was assigned a point value and we tallied the totals to see who came out victorious. The #1 position of each list was assigned a value of 50 points, consequently, #50 received 1 point (if the list only went to 40, #1 still got 50 points, we just stopped counting at 40).
As a result of all of this extraordinarily nerdy and tedious trek, we have come up with the Ultimate Comprehensive List of Year End Lists for 2008.
Click on the chart above to see how each title sized up.
Here are the Top 20 Releases that made this year's Ultimate Comprehensive List of Year End Lists:
#1: Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes" (368 points)
*MP3: Bon Iver - "Skinny Love"
*MP3: Portishead - "The Rip"
*MP3: Santogold - "Shove It"
*MP3: Lil Wayne - "A Milli"
*MP3: MGMT - "Time To Pretend"
*MP3: Beck - "Modern Guilt"
*MP3: No Age - "Teen Creeps"
*MP3: Girl Talk - "Set It Off"