Last week when I was working on my end of the year “Best Of” list, I got to thinking. What if someone took the average scores of the albums on a whole bunch of “Best Of” lists from various sites and made a list reflective of the community as a whole?
Well this poor bastard did that very thing.
Here’s how I did it: I went to various sites featuring “Best Of 2009” lists and took the score of the album based on it’s position on the list. First place got 20 points, 2nd got 19, and so on, where 20th place album got 1 point. I worked this out in an SPSS spreadsheet (which is pretty much Microsoft Excel tailor-made for statistics, just because I’m more familiar with it), with each writer’s score for the album as a variable. If an album wasn’t on their list, it got a score of zero. After all the scores were added, I computed a TOTAL variable which added up the total scores that album had across all lists. The end result? This list.
Here’s the sampling of lists I took:
Natalie Camillo of skullnbones.com
Vince Neilstein of Metalsucks.net
Axl Rosenberg of Metalsucks.net
Matt Heafowitz of Metalsucks.net
Sammy O’Hagar of Metalsucks.net
Jimmy Rowe of Heavy Blog Is Heavy
Mitch West of Heavy Blog Is Heavy
Rob Pasbani of Metalinjection.net
Ben Apatoff of Metalinjection.net
Ryan Buege of Metalinjection.net
Crustcake Gerf of Crustcake.com
The WZA’D of Crustcake.com
These Sean of Crustcake.com
Van Damned of crustcake.com
Cosmo lee of invisibleoranges.com
Chris Rowella of invisibleoranges.com
Anthony Abboreno of invisible oranges
Casey Boland of invisible oranges
Jess Blumensheid of invisibleoranges
Cody of allmetalresource.com
After so many lists, I pretty much just gave up and settled for the sampling of what I already had, so I missed some great sites and lists, such as Reign in Blond and more from Metalsucks. Alas, boredom and laziness triumphed over science.
After the jump, the list!
20. Yob – The Great Cessation
19. Amesoeurs – Amesoeurs
18. Napalm Death – Time Waits For No Slave
17. Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions
16. Suffocation – Blood Oath
15. Cobalt – Gin
14. Devin Townsend Project – Addicted
13. Goatwhore – Carving Out The Eyes Of God
12. Magrudergrind – Magrudergrind
11. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Agorapocalypse
10. Tombs – Winterhours
09. The Red Chord – Fed Through The Teeth Machine
08. Between The Buried And Me – The Great Misdirect
07. Revocation – Existence is Futile
06. Isis – Wavering Radiant
05. Baroness – Blue Album
04. Coalesce – Ox
03. Mastodon – Crack The Skye
02. Kylesa – Static Tensions
01. Converge – Axe To Fall
That’s it. Other than my lack of motivation to include more lists, there’s nothing much anyone can say to fault this list. I don’t agree with it, but I think it’s pretty fair.
Have anything to say? Prove me wrong and leave a comment. Here’s to a new year!