Punknews.org's Top 20 LPs of 2011
updated over 2 years ago
Who We Are
Punknews.org is staffed by volunteers. These volunteers write and edit in their spare time and largely of their own individual motivations. There are no full time Punknews.org staff. Everyone has a day job, a school to attend, or a life to lead otherwise. There is no editorial mandate at Punknews.org. There are no bands we collectively plan to pay attention to. Likewise we do not plan to praise or pan any individual album or band in reviews. For the record, Punknews.org does not accept money in exchange for news coverage or reviews.
In short, we're barely organized and it's astonishing that we haven't spectacularly imploded yet. Punk rock.
In that spirit, most members of the Punknews.org staff are seeing this list for the first time when the public does.
How this works
This overall list is determined entirely by math. In late November members of the Punknews.org editorial staff, review writing staff and interviewer staff along with a small handful of Org alumni were asked to submit a ranked top 20 list of LPs and a separate list of EPs. These lists were submitted in isolation and each person's list was kept private from the rest of the staff. While a majority of the people involved in Punknews.org submitted lists, several missed the deadline or otherwise chose to abstain, and as such their opinions may not be reflected here. The individual lists were weighted so that we could tally up the results. For example, a person's #1 pick was worth 20 points, #2 was 19 points, and so on down to #20 being worth 1 point. The summation of those rankings determined the list you see below. No additional weighting was given to how many times a record appeared on those lists, nor have we corrected after the fact if the staffer chose to re-order the albums on their publicly published list. Only a subset of the participants in this process have published a solo "Best Of" lists on Punknews this year.
While we believe you'll find a nice cross-section of the tastes of the Punknews editors and reviewers here, the real meat of our yearly retrospective can be found in the individual lists. Make sure to check them out, as there are quite a few this year.
All clear? Smashing. Let's rock'n'roll!