Now that we're just days away from the end of the year, every major music website has cranked out their lists of top albums for 2007. Some were kind enough to keep the list down to a reasonable size, while some went bananas, listing far too many albums that frankly only a handful of people gave a rat's ass about. Some seemed honest, some seemed mighty lame while others were so pretentious that it made us feel ill.
Regardless of the source of the charts, people are going to find flaws in every single one of them. While some music fanatics think that M.I.A.'s Kala is the greatest thing since sliced bread and Arcade Fire is overrated, other's think the complete opposite. This is the exact reason why we opted to let YOU select the Tripwire's top albums of the year.
So, after drinking some whiskey the other night, our editorial staff came up with an unnecessarily complicated idea: lets make a best of list comprised of the other best of lists. Sure, it sounded brilliant at the time, but how in the hell were we going to compile the lists while tabulating them into a somewhat legit final product? Well, it required some math skills and plenty of more booze, but we think that it came out pretty fair.
Obviously we couldn't include every single list out there, so we ended up using those from Blender, Filter, The Guardian, Mojo, NME, The Onion, Pitchfork, Q, Rolling Stone, Spin, Stylus, Time and The Tripwire (of course we included our own). Yeah, it made for an oddly well-rounded batch of picks, ranging from the hipster (Animal Collective) to the mainstream (Bruce Springsteen). All of their picks were entered into a spreadsheet and ranked. Those that were only selected by one publication were then eliminated.
Round two of the deleting began with those albums that were only selected by two publications. Now the tears started to flow, as we've officially had to cut Tegan & Sara, Biffy Clyro, Jamie T, Liars, Bat For Lashes and many more. Oh yeah, Britney Spears' Blackout was now finally eliminated as well. Rolling Stone and The Guardian... what the fuck were you thinking? With those now out of the way, we were able to come up with a top 25 list that seems just about right. Utilizing those algebra skills from high school, each album was given a score that represented the combined rankings from the various sites and magazines' lists. While numbers twenty-five to six were pretty close, the top five turned out loud and clear. They might not have been the "cool" ones to like, but they all got plenty of spins here at the office, so we've got no complaints.
So here it is for your reading pleasure...
The Best Of The Best Of 2007
01. Radiohead - In Rainbows
02. M.I.A. - Kala
03. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
04. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
05. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
06. The National - Boxer
07. White Stripes - Icky Thump
08. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
09. Battles - Mirrored
10. Kanye West - Graduation
11. Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
12. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
13. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
14. Against Me - New Wave
15. Kings Of Leon - Because Of The Times
16. Feist - The Reminder
17. Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3
18. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
19. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
20. Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
21. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
22. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
23. Jay-Z - American Gangster
24. Rilo Kiley - Under The Blacklight
25. Justice - Cross