Surviving the World

A Photocomic Education by Dante Shepherd

Lesson #533 - Top Ten Lists

The real problem with ‘end-of-the-year’ lists is that the critics who write them are trying to focus on the ‘best’ items in that field, and not necessarily their ‘favorites’.  There’s a major different between the two, right?  For example, I will gladly agree that Citizen Kane is probably the best movie of all time, considering all the new approaches it brought to camera angles and storytelling, and how groundbreaking it was as a result.  However, it’s not my favorite movie, and certainly wouldn’t be in my personal top 10.  And that’s my real problem with the ‘end-of-the-year’ lists – rarely do you see a critic actually go by their favorites, as they’ll instead approach the subject in terms of the artist’s scope, intentions, and lasting impact.

So I went through and put together my own top ten list of my favorite albums of the year.  Music has always been important to me, and was going to play a major role in the original concept of Surviving the World.  If anything, that’s the one aspect of the webcomic that I am disappointed to have permanently missing.  Hopefully, a few of these albums were your favorites, too, or potentially will provide you with new bands’ bandwagons to jump on board.  Enjoy.  (You can also compare to the lists of other webcomic people, in case you prefer their tastes to mine.  Won’t hold that against you, either.)