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1.  Highly controversial choice meant to enrage readers, thus drawing lots of links and hits

2.  Conventional but ‘artsy’ choice to prove aesthetic credentials

3.  Completely ordinary choice that is actually the thing you like best, but you put it third so as not to seem obvious

4.  Another completely ordinary choice meant to lull readers into thinking they can figure out your tastes, but…

5.  Utterly out-of-left-field choice of something you don’t even like but you put it here to seem unpredictable

6.  Another artsy choice to give your fellow critics something to nod sagely about

7.  Another completely ordinary choice

8.  Choice from disreputable or no longer stylish genre to show you are open-minded and get the geeks on your side

9.  Choice by an obscure, little-known ethnic minority, foreigner, or ‘outsider’ artist to establish your solidarity with the ‘other’

10.  Another completely ordinary choice

11.  Just put anything here because nobody ever cares what the #11 pick for anything is

12.  Another completely ordinary choice, but call it “underrated” so people will have something to talk about this far down the list

13.  Why not put in another super-insane choice here that no one would ever agree with in a million years just to shake them up

14.  Choice of some meat-headed but enduringly popular thing that shows you are down with the common folk

15.  Another completely ordinary choice

16.  Either something by a woman just to prove that you are a sensitive champion of the second sex, or something incredibly sexist and misogynistic to prove that you are “politically incorrect” or not a slave to prevailing opinion or whatever

17.  Your last completely ordinary choice, make it a good one

18.  Choice that has nothing to do with how good the actual creation is, but is based entirely on the personality of the creator

19.  Choice that you’re hoping you can use to get in with the creator’s agent, management company, or official biographer

20.  Something that isn’t very good, but is super old, so you can prove the depth of your historical knowledge

21.  Something that isn’t very good, but is really new, so you can prove that you’re au courant

22.  Something by someone known to you personally, or, if you’re feeling really ballsy, something by you yourself

23.  Throw some semi-obscure one here, but intentionally spell the title wrong or use the wrong date to drive the pedants crazy

24.  Something widely hated that you pick just to be a contrarian, or praise for the most arcane, meaningless quality imaginable

25.  Incredibly predictable choice that you defend by saying that really, you have nothing but disdain for the list format



Jul. 11th, 2012 08:23 am (UTC)
1. Rihanna ft. Chris Brown "Birthday Cake (Remix)"
2. Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre "The Recipe"
3. T-ara "Lovey-Dovey"*
4. T-ara "Day By Day"
5. Elfin Saddle Devastates**
6. E.via "Night Blooming Roses"
7. Davichi & T-ara "We Were In Love"
8. Lay.T "말랑말랑"***
9. Андреа "Лоша"
10. T-ara "Lovey-Dovey (Remix)"
11. Lianne La Havas "Is Your Love Big Enough"
12. T-ara "Round And Round"****
13. Shinyoo "Hands Of The Clock"*****
14. Tyga "Rack City"
15. T-ara "Lovey-Dovey (Japanese ver.)"
16. Nicki Minaj "Stupid Hoe"
17. T-ara "Roly-Poly (Japanese ver.)"
18. JoKwon "I'm Da One"
19. Dev "Take Her From You"
20. Glee Cast "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
21. Phillip Phillips "Home"
22. Zach James Machos Pathos******
23. Dev "Monster"*******
24. Gangkiz "Honey Honey"
25. Justin Bieber "Boyfriend"

I did my best to choose tracks that I genuinely like, except where instructed otherwise (numbers 11, 20, and 21; see footnote for how I hedge my 5), and that would meet my eligibility requirements for a year-end list: either released after Nov. 30, 2011, or peaked after Jan. 1, 2012. Number 23 deliberately fails to meet my release date requirements, as does 22 (released in 2011 but was the only one to remotely satisfy your criterion). See what I did with number 20?

Glad you didn't demand one more "ordinary" entry, 'cause I'd exhausted all 2012 T-ara singles. (I still can't figure out why all T-ara songs are good.)

*Would be ordinary if I were a Korean teenager, at any rate.
**Actually, the first track is excellent but then the alb drones on.
***Genre is neo-trot, or something.
****Definitely underrated. Barely cracked the top 20.
*****This is the hardest category, since I'm doing my best to pick things I like, or at least can tolerate, but for almost anything I'm ever likely to like, I can find at least one sucker to agree with me. In any event, so far I can survive this song, but the only comments I've gotten are "Holy cow that sounds like some generic Chinese karaoke staple. I can hear the color change scrolling through the karaoke captions on a flickering blue screen." And "You might enjoy Bret's visit to the noraebang from Flight of the Conchords." So it qualifies, I guess — though seeing as this song has been on various K-pop charts for over 40 weeks (but never rising over 35), someone would agree with me in a million years, but only if that person could find me. I suspect the prime audience for this track includes no one who will ever read my blog, even by accident.
******Haven't been introduced to him, actually, but a friend and I once dropped in at the studio where he was recording.
*******Correct spelling is "Monsta." Also, it didn't come out this year, or even last year. In fact, I'm not sure it came out at all, except she posted it on YouTube.

Edited at 2012-07-11 08:37 am (UTC)


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