Updated December 10, 2008 at 11:47 PM
IT’S THAT time of year again—time when the music blogs start buzzing with end-of-year best album list talk, outraged comments start piling up, and you start wondering what good lists are in the first place. They’re always so wrong, right?
This year, we had an idea to fix the frustration of endlessly debating on blogs about how the album lists should have turned out—after they’re already set in stone. Thanks to our friends at Slinkset, we’ve set up an interface that hands you each list—Pitchfork, Stereogum, Paste, you name it—and lets you give it another round of editing.
There is little need to explain how it works, because there is so little to it. We post the original lists, with the site/magazine’s original placement, and you rearrange them. Here, however, is a sample graphic and a couple of tips:
1. Vote by clicking the up or down arrows to signal which direction it should be moving on the list (higher or lower).
2. Yell at other fellow voters via threaded comments on each album (click the “comment” link underneath the summary). You only get one vote, but you can always change it (click the arrow again to clear it).
3. Crusade. Argue in the comments and get voters to change their minds! Send this page to your friends to get your favorites more votes. Make war, not love.
That’s it! We will add new lists as they’re released, and compile them all here:
Paste magazine (Top 50 albums of the year)
Added December 1, 2008
Stereogum (Top 50 albums of the year)
Added December 10, 2008
Pitchfork (Top 50 albums of the year)
Added December 19, 2008
If you have any questions about or suggestions for Fix the Lists, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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