For sentimental and professional reasons, the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll of rock critics (who may or may not be able to name every member of New Edition from memory) is a personal favorite. Anyone who is surprised that Kanye West was a dominant force in said poll is probably equally surprised that Ke$ha is not -- albeit she has her day within a "Hipness" metric that counts ballots only from folks who voted for singles. Now you know why I really love P&J: The endless statistics make this the fantasy football of music lists.
Yes, Kanye ran away (ha!) with the album crown for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but it was the estimable Cee Lo Green who got the most plaudits in the singles category for the juggernaut that is "Fuck You." And if that isn't incendiary enough for you, there are numerous well-written essays with snappy titles like "Leave Chillwave Alone" and "Little Pink Polos for You and Me" all found within Pazz & Jop 2010.
Incidentally, my very nearly Kanye-less personal ballot is here.
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