rating the Album of the Year


various magazines have decided to anounce their top music albums of the year.
I like to go through the list, count how many albums i have on each list to see how in tune i am with each magazine.

Q magazine top 50 list

Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
The National – Boxer
The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
Beirut – The Flying Club Cup
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
Björk – Volta
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Rufus Wainwright – Release the Stars
Radiohead – In Rainbows
The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Paste magazine top 100 list (minus those above)

Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War
The Fiery Furnaces – Widow City
Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Do Make Say Think – You, You’re A History In Rust
The New Pornographers – Challengers
Okkervil River – The Stage Names
St. Vincent – Marry Me
Apples In Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder
The Broken West – I Can’t Go On I’ll Go On
Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Over The Rhine – The Trumpet Child
Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
Josh Ritter – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
Band of Horses – Cease to Begin

uncut magazine top 50 list (minus those above)

Maps – We Can Create
Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade
Feist – The Reminder
Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!
Battles – Mirrored
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

having all this music does make me question if i have actually heard it all.
I currently am most in tune with paste magazine. but they are the only ones so far to have Over the rhine in the top 100 so no doubt they would be my favourites.

The other issue is how to list or rate all this music.
do you go for a simple top 10
or top 50

I am toying with the idea of using the system used at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and awarding albums nothing, bronze, silver or Gold awards.
but unsure about the critera for this type of marking system.

Any thoughts?

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