I hate end of year lists.
Usually, it’s because the ones I read usually either are full of bands and records that I’ve never heard of and therefore make me feel old, or they’re full of bands and records that I have heard of but are in what I believe to be the wrong order.
And this year I get to hate them even more because I get to write one, in a year where I’ve listened to lots and liked and loved far too much of it. So, what should have been a simple top 10 at the end of the year has turned into a top 35, as that’s as short a list that I could manage. And I cheated a few times in that list as well, although that’ll become apparent as this goes on.
And yes, it’s still November. But given that Christmas ads on the TV have been on for weeks, I’ve probably already started late. And given that I’m still undecided about the very top of the list of my favourite albums and EPs of 2010, hopefully by Christmas Eve I’ll have made my mind up. If I haven’t, then I’ll probably just toss a coin and nobody will be any the wiser.
I should also point out that none of this really matters – basically, there are about a dozen records this year that I’ve absolutely loved, and about twice that number again that I have merely “liked a hell of a lot” (ones I thought that ranged from merely OK to awful I’ve simply omitted), so everything included in this comes very highly recommended for the various ways that they have moved this knackered soul during the course of this year. The difference between something placed at number 33 and one placed at number 18 for example is utterly minimal, and most placings are of the “that looks about right” school of applied musical logic. So if anyone thinks that their favourite record is placed 3, 10 or 30 places incorrectly (or not placed at all), then good – because your passion for whatever form of music or band or artist and the way that they move you is unique and brilliant and keep up the good work!