Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Last Best of 2012: Village Voice's Pazz + Jop Poll

It has become traditional in recent years that the biggest and last of the year-end "best of" lists comes out in mid-January courtesy of the Village Voice.  Their annual Pazz + Jop Poll is made up of ballots sent in by over 500 critics, writers, artists and industry professionals and it is the only list that publishes every single album or single that receives even one vote.

Those that voted on the album side are allowed to distribute 100 points over their top ten albums with no more than 30 points to any one album. Those points are totaled to rank the albums.

This year's top albums are a very good reflection of what we saw in the many individual polls we covered in December, being led by Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Fiona Apple. Their three albums were the only ones that were mentioned on over 100 different ballots and received over 1,000 points in total.

In total, 1,552 different albums received at least one vote. Here are the top ten followed by all veteran artist albums that made it into the top 200.  To see the full list with the points and ballots, go to the Village Voice site.
  • 001. Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
  • 002. Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City - Kendrick Lamar
  • 003. The Idler Wheel... - Fiona Apple
  • 004. Celebration Rock - Japandroids
  • 005. Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel
  • 006. Lonerism - Tame Impala
  • 007. The Seer - Swans
  • 008. R.A.P. Music - Killer Mike
  • 009. Visions - Grimes
  • 010. Bloom - Beach House
  • 015. Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
  • 016. Tempest - Bob Dylan
  • 021. Locked Down - Dr. John
  • 022. Old Ideas - Leonard Cohen
  • 025. Bish Bosh - Scott Walker
  • 031. Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • 033. Older Than My Old Man Now - Loudon Wainwright III
  • 042. Silver Age - Bob Mould
  • 057. The Cherry Thing - Neneh Cherry & the Thing
  • 076. Americana - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • 079. Clockwork Angels - Rush
  • 083. Love This Giant - David Byrne and St. Vincent
  • 087. The Lost Tapes - Can
  • 091. Sunken Condos - Donald Fagan
  • 094. 3 Pears - Dwight Yoakam
  • 095. Banga - Patti Smith
  • 101. Falling Out of the Sky - dB's 
  • 115. Three Chords Good - Graham Parker and the Rumour
  • 120. Thankful N' Thoughtful - Bettye Lavette
  • 129. The Bravest Man in the Universe - Bobby Womack
  • 136. Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt
  • 141. That's Why God Made the Radio - Beach Boys
  • 141. Rebirth - Jimmy Cliff
  • 146. A Different Kind of Truth - Van Halen
  • 147. The Grifter's Hymnal - Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • 168. Between the Times and the Tides - Lee Renaldo
  • 185. Born to Sing: No Plan B - Van Morrison
Over on the singles side, the rankings are done strictly on the number of mentions and that summer earworm, Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, was evidently still in the ear of a lot of voters as she managed 94 mentions, a full 38 more than the second place single, Adorn by Miguel. 

Overall, 1,750 singles (or tracks as many were never "officially" released to radio) made the list. Here are the top ten and all veteran artist mentions in the top 100. The full list is at the Village Voice site
  • 001. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 002. Adorn - Miguel
  • 003. Climax - Usher
  • 004. Thinkin' 'Bout You - Frank Ocean
  • 005. That House That Heaven Built - Japandroids
  • 006. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
  • 007. Losing You - Solange
  • 008. Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra
  • 009. Mercy - Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
  • 010. Pyramids - Frank Ocean
  • 019. We Take Care of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen
  • 039. Duquesne Whistle - Bob Dylan
  • 051. Walk Like a Giant - Neil Young and Crazy Horse
  • 051. Who - David Byrne and St. Vincent
  • 051. That's Why God Made the Radio - Beach Boys
  • 059. Ramada Inn - Neil Young and Crazy Horse
  • 084. Death to My Hometown - Bruce Springsteen
  • 084. The Descent - Bob Mould
  • 084. Doom and Gloom - Rolling Stones


2 comments:

glenn mcdonald January 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM  

Actually, the point rules for albums are that you can't give more than 30 or less than 5 to each album.

There were 1552 different albums mentioned (not 1361), and 1750 different songs (not 439). I think you were looking at the rank of the last group of ties, rather than the count.

Also, it's Carly Rae Jepsen, not "Jepsun", and Miguel, not "Migue".

And there are lots more stats and analyses at http://furia.com/pjs.

VVN Network January 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM  

Thanks, Glenn. I've made the changes to the article.

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