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Top 10 Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2011: Overview


Top 10 Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2011 (or, “Top 10, Cubed”)

When we were first brainstorming about topics for this week, it was still 2011. In our wisdom, and in the spirit of the annual Top 10 Lists that are published, we decided it would be a good idea to compile a list of the Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2011. Inevitably, this was more visually and verbally impressive in 2010.

Now it’s 2012, and what we’ve found is that other people have had a similar idea, but that’s not a problem. We’re going to up the ante. We’ve taken on the task of compiling the Top 10 Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2011. And right before we get into that, a brief bit about Top 10 Lists, please allow me to briefly wax poetic.

Many would state that New Year’s Eve is a big deal, and I’ll go out on a limb and assert that the core reason that it is such a big deal is because it is a clear demarcation of time. The boundary that we create on an annual basis allows us to attach a timestamp to any memory we recall. Further, the boundaries specifically allow us to package up events and their corresponding memories into a single year. Example: “What year did I break my leg while skiing?” The answer is the year 2000.

This ability to recollect occurrences and associate them with a particular date gives us a deeper sense of past, present and future. If it happened this year, then by some standards, it’s mostly present. But 12 years ago? That’s way in the past.

Which brings up another interesting thought: When we speak about something that is way in the past, we often discuss it as if there is some type of lesson learned. If the past recollection was bad, and enough time has passed that we have moved beyond it, we speak of that event as a #@$tty thing that was long ago – one of which we don’t exactly want to relive. If the past recollection was good, sometimes we find ourselves reminiscing, recalling and trying to relive that favorite memory.

That brings us to the topic: “Top 10 [topic] of [year] lists.” Top 10 lists are the epitome of committing the act of reminiscing about the best memories, or, the things worth remembering of the past year. The lists are compiled tidily with a balanced number, 10, and shared with the world. The timestamp adorned on the list, in these cases, is the year, and it forever serves as a point of reference for the Top 10 “things” worth remembering for that year.

I’m still curious if any Top 10 List related to country music skews towards in the positive direction. My investigation continues.


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