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Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:05 pm
by JR
EW has published a book with some lists in it. I don't have it in my possession right now, but you can see some online here:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Must-List-Ran ... 1618931563

In any event, there's a 25 Greatest Albums list (not able to view the whole thing online) and a "Best Singles" list, for which EW selected 25 tracks from the years 1990-2014.

1990: "Vogue," Madonna
1991: "Losing My Religion," R.R.M.
1991: "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana
1994: "Loser," Beck
1997: "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," Green Day
2002: "Lose Yourself," Eminem
2004: "Seven Nation Army," The White Stripes
2003: "Crazy in Love," Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
2003: "Hey Ya!" Outkast
2004: "Since U Been Gone," Kelly CLarkson
2005: "Gold Digger," Kanye West
2006: "Sexyback," Justin Timberlake Featuring Timbaland
2006: "Rehab," Amy Winehouse
2007: "Umbrella," Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
2007: "Paper Planes," M.I.A.
2009: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
2009: "Empire State of Mind," Alicia Keys and Jay-Z
2010: "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars
2010: "Super Bass," Nicki Minaj
2011: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele
2011: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye Featuring Kimbra
2012: "I Knew You Were Trouble," Taylor Swift
2013: "Get Lucky," Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
2013: "Royals," Lorde
2014: "Stay with Me," Sam Smith

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:38 pm
by Henrik
It's not one track for each year, but it's eligible. Thanks JR!

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:33 pm
by JR
Oops- I meant to edit that part (I now have). :mrgreen:

Looking at the albums list (what's viewable online), there are some differences from EW's 100 Greatest Albums list that rain in 2008 (aside from new additions). For instance, Radiohead's OK Compute was ranked No. 63 on that list, and look how high it is on the new one. Even when accounting for pre-1990 albums not on the new list, that's a big difference. Also- Kanye West's My Beautiful... is top 10 on the new list, while The College Dropout is not, and was No. 10 on the 2008 list.

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:43 am
by Harold
JR, don't forget that EW did a more recent top 100 list in 2013, as part of their "All-Time Greatest" issue; MBDTF was in the top 10 on that list.

The next time I'm in a bookstore, I'll try to transcribe the 1990-2015 top 25 from the new "Must List" book. There are no surprises in terms of the albums themselves, but the rankings are interesting. The #1 and #2 albums are both hip-hop records, and not necessarily the ones you'd expect to rank that high: #1 is The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and #2 is The Low End Theory.

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:05 am
by bootsy
Harold wrote:JR, don't forget that EW did a more recent top 100 list in 2013, as part of their "All-Time Greatest" issue; MBDTF was in the top 10 on that list.

The next time I'm in a bookstore, I'll try to transcribe the 1990-2015 top 25 from the new "Must List" book. There are no surprises in terms of the albums themselves, but the rankings are interesting. The #1 and #2 albums are both hip-hop records, and not necessarily the ones you'd expect to rank that high: #1 is The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and #2 is The Low End Theory.
That's awesome if true.

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:55 pm
by JR
Harold- yes, West's album was top 10 on that list- with The College Dropout nowhere to be found. :o So fickle. hehe

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:10 pm
by Harold
Here's the top 25 albums (since 1990) list from the book:

1. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
2. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
3. U2 - Achtung Baby
4. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
5. Green Day - American Idiot
6. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
7. Radiohead - OK Computer
8. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
9. OutKast - Stankonia
10. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
11. Beck - Odelay
12. Beyonce - Beyonce
13. Fiona Apple - Tidal
14. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
15. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
16. Nas - Illmatic
17. Daft Punk - Discovery
18. The Strokes - Is This It
19. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
20. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
21. Bjork - Homogenic
22. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
23. Adele - 21
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
25. Frank Ocean - Channel ORANGE

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:45 pm
by bootsy
Harold wrote:Here's the top 25 albums (since 1990) list from the book:

1. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
2. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
3. U2 - Achtung Baby
4. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
5. Green Day - American Idiot
6. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
7. Radiohead - OK Computer
8. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
9. OutKast - Stankonia
10. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
11. Beck - Odelay
12. Beyonce - Beyonce
13. Fiona Apple - Tidal
14. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
15. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
16. Nas - Illmatic
17. Daft Punk - Discovery
18. The Strokes - Is This It
19. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
20. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
21. Bjork - Homogenic
22. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
23. Adele - 21
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
25. Frank Ocean - Channel ORANGE
Solid list. Surprised they chose that Nirvana album instead of Nevermind and although I love Stankonia, Aquemini is a much better album but never gets much love on these lists. At least not as much as Stankonia gets.

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:12 pm
by JR
Thanks, Harold. I imagine the albums and singles lists are the only AM-eligible lists in the Music section of the book. Too bad video lists aren't included. :P

Re: Entertainment Weekly: The Must List Book

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:43 am
by Henrik
The albums list is eligible too, of course.