Originally Posted by NewChief
Curious about your methodology:
Do you take notes throughout the year on the albums to go back and look at? I think that if I did a list like this, I would have a bad tendency to really weigh albums that I'm buzzing on toward the end of the year (like the Oscars), and I'd forget a bunch of the albums I liked from earlier in the year.
The TVOTR album, for instance, was awesome. It would be high on my list for sure. That being said, I haven't listened to it in probably 5 months. On the other hand, right now I can't get enough of WU LYF, but that's because I've been listening to them nonstop for the last 48 hours. Who knows if they'd make my list in six months... but right now.. they'd be toward the top.
I think I actually overcorrect that tendency; I tend to give major weight to albums that come out early in the year and still get listened to. Bad Time Zoo
and The One... Cohesive
enjoy that extra weight.
I keep a running list of favorites that I update every three months. It helps me keep track of how much albums are rising or falling in estimation over time.
I spend a lot of time and energy into the ordering. I put a lot of unnecessary stress on myself making sure that I'm giving a fair shake to recent albums and early-year albums.