After taking nearly a year to compile this bad boy, Pitchfork rolled out its People's List today. And it's a doozy — a list of the top 200 albums covering the first 15 years of Pitchfork's existence (1996-2011) as voted on by Pitchfork readers around the world.
First, the big news: Everybody loves Radiohead! Then the bigger news: Everybody loves Kanye?
While Radiohead was the big winner with three albums in the top 10 (No. 1 OK, Computer, No. 2. Kid A, No. 6 In Rainbows), Mr. West was the only artist to tie Radiohead with a total of five albums appearing on the overall list. (Kind of interesting considering Kanye's anti-Thom Yorke rant a few years back when he said he felt snubbed by one of his favorite acts.)
The main thing that makes this list impressive — and a game-changing model for getting advertisers to sponsor lists as does Converse here — is the way it breaks down voters into demographics including age, gender, region, and genre preference. (Surely, Mark Zuckerberg is somewhere wondering how the hell Pitchfork pulled this off without being called the anti-Christ.) It even highlights how particular regions voted. Which is where things get interesting.
Atlanta's list (pictured above) shows that local Pitchfork readers who voted love the hell out of some Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and Neutral Milk Hotel, like everyone else. But Atlanta voters also dig OutKast's Aquemini album a tad more than Stankonia — which topped Aquemini on the overall list and any other city list on which OutKast appeared.
So what does it all mean? Well, check out the entire list for yourself and have your own fun with it. It was interesting to note the handful of hipster-approved rap releases among the top 200 (’Ye and Jay, ’Kast and Big, Ghostface, Eminem, the Clipse, Madvillain, and Drake). And the curious omissions: D'Angelo was one of the few R&B artists to make it but no Lauryn Hill? And Black Lips didn't make the main list despite showing up on 90 percent of the lists sent in by voters who selected rock as their favorite genre.
But as with most lists of this nature — like the recent last.fm study that deemed Atlanta the most influential music city in North America — you have to keep in mind the source. No matter what you think about the Pitchfork People's List, best believe it's Pitchfork-approved™.
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