“Best of” lists are one of my favorite indulgences. These lists tend to come out in the last week of November and generally keep appearing until Christmas. I am somewhat lazy about my tastes in music, so I keep a close eye on any “best songs” or “best albums” lists.
The longer the better. And if there is an option to play these songs so I can pre-screen them from my MP3 collection, that really is the gold standard.
There are other good, year-end lists to watch for: “under reported stories“, “predictions for next year,” and “fads” all fit into that category. But none of these really have the flavor of the “best of” list.
The journalist or writer who assembles this article can follow an easy to repeat format (hint: it’s a list).