Each January, the Village Voice
(our sister paper) releases its Pazz & Jop
critics' Best Of designations for the previous year. For 2010, Kanye West
quite unsurprisingly dominates both
categories. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
tops the album list (like most Best of 2010 albums lists) with 3250 on the Voice
's points system, doubling the score of the second-place release, LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening
. The top 10 is rounded out by Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, Vampire Weekend, Big Boi, Beach House, the National, Sleigh Bells and Black Keys.
On the singles side of the P&J, Cee-Lo Green's effervescent "Fuck You!" took the No.1 position, followed by Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" and "Dancing on My Own" from Swedish dance-pop diva Robyn. Mr. West then makes three consecutive appearances, with "Runaway," "Power" and "Monster" at Nos. 4, 5 and 6. He's clearly the man of the moment in the music world, for better or worse. Can we ever be anything but ambivalent about West? Probably not, but this poll just goes to prove that he is almost as important as he clearly believes he is.