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Prepare for the best of the '90s poll !!

It's time to go into some more details about the final 1990s poll in November.

So far, these 90 albums and 90 songs have made it to the decade poll. (It's not time to vote yet, but I thought it was a good time for a heads up.)


Air - Moon Safari
Amos, Tori - Little Earthquakes
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
Beck - Odelay
Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
Björk - Debut
Björk - Post
Björk - Homogenic
Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
Blur - Parklife
Blur - Blur
Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children
Boo Radleys - Giant Steps
Buckley, Jeff - Grace
Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
Cave, Nick - The Good Son
Depeche Mode - Violator
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing…..
Dylan, Bob - Time out of Mind
Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
Happy Mondays - Pills n Thrills and Bellyaches
Harvey, PJ - Dry
Harvey, PJ - Rid of Me
Harvey, PJ - To Bring You My Love
Hill, Lauryn - The Miseducation of…
Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
LA's - LA's
Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
Morissette, Alanis - Jagged Little Pill
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Nas - Illmatic
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - In Utero
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
Pavement - Wowee Zowee
Pearl Jam - Ten
Phair, Liz - Exile in Guyville
Pixies - Bossanova
Portishead - Dummy
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Pulp - Different Class
Pulp - This Is Hardcore
R.E.M. - Out of Time
R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Radiohead - The Bends
Radiohead - OK Computer
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sex Sugar Magik
Ride - Nowhere
Slint - Spiderland
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Smith, Elliott - Either/Or
Smith, Elliott - XO
Sonic Youth - Goo
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Suede - Suede
Suede - Coming Up
Sugar - Copper Blue
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Tindersticks - Tindersticks
Tool - Aenima
Tricky - Maxinquaye
U2 - Achtung, Baby
Waits, Tom - Bone Machine
Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album)
Weezer - Pinkerton
Verve - Urban Hymns
Wilco - Being There
Williams, Lucinda - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
Young, Neil - Ragged Glory


2Pac ft. Dr. Dre - California Love
Air - Sexy Boy
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Beck - Loser
Beck - The New Pollution
Beck - Devil's Haircut
Beck - Nobody's Fault But My Own
Belle and Sebastian - Like Dylan in the Movies
Beta Band - Dry the Rain
Björk - Venus as a Boy
Björk - Human Behaviour
Björk - Hyper-Ballad
Blur - For Tomorrow
Blur - Girls and Boys
Blur - This Is a Low
Blur - The Universal
Blur - Song 2
Breeders - Cannonball
Buckley, Jeff - Hallelujah
Charlatans - The Only One I Know
Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
Cure - Friday, I'm in Love
Deee-Lite - Groove Is in the Heart
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
Eels - Novocaine for the Soul
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Fugees - Ready or Not
Happy Mondays - Step On
Harvey, PJ - Rid of Me
Hill, Lauryn - Doo Wop (That Thing)
House of Pain - Jump Around
Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
LA's - There She Goes
Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness
Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Massive Attack - Protection
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Mercury Rev - Goddess on a Highway
Morissette, Alanis - You Oughta Know
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana - Lithium
Nirvana - All Apologies
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
Oasis - Live Forever
Oasis - Supersonic
Oasis - Wonderwall
Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger
O'Connor, Sinéad - Nothing Compares 2 U
Pavement - Summer Babe
Pearl Jam - Black
Primal Scream - Loaded
Primal Scream - Come Together
Primal Scream - Higher Than the Sun
Prodigy - Firestarter
Pulp - Babies
Pulp - Common People
Pulp - This Is Hardcore
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
R.E.M. - Nightswimming
R.E.M. - Drive
R.E.M. - Man on the Moon
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
R.E.M. - E-Bow the Letter
Radiohead - Creep
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Radiohead - No Surprises
Radiohead - Karma Police
Radiohead - Let Down
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Smashing Pumpkins - Today
Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
Smith, Elliott - Waltz #2
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We're Floating in Space
Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You
U2 - One
Underworld - Born Slippy
Weezer - Buddy Holly
Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Verve - The Drugs Don't Work

By November 1st, 100 albums and 100 songs will have been selected from the January-October polls and we're ready for the decade-spanning poll.

Here's what will happen:
Rank all the albums and songs you've heard. Based on this discussion I will use "Dr Dre's formula": Score=100*(1+20)/(Position+20). For someone listing all 100 albums or songs, this will give the scores

Place 1 100.00
Place 2 95.45
Place 3 91.30
Place 4 87.50
Place 5 84.00
Place 6 80.77
Place 7 77.78
Place 8 75.00
Place 9 72.41
Place 10 70.00
Place 91 18.92
Place 92 18.75
Place 93 18.58
Place 94 18.42
Place 95 18.26
Place 96 18.10
Place 97 17.95
Place 98 17.80
Place 99 17.65
Place 100 17.50

For lists not including all 100 albums (or songs), the albums that weren't listed will get the score for the average position in the list. For example, if someone includes 59 albums, the remaining 41 albums will get the same score as the album on the 30th place.

As you can see above, the score difference is much bigger between album 1 and album 2 than between albums further down the list. While your favorite album will get a big push, the order of the albums at the bottom of your list has less significant impact. Non-ranked albums will get a better score than the lowest ranked albums, but the score will be far away from the score for your favorite album. To me, this seems like a fair treatment to the somewhat lesser-known albums.

If the score formula seems difficult, don't worry, as that will be taken care of in my Excel spreadsheet. You just need to order the albums and songs as usual.

Re: Prepare for the best of the '90s poll !!

Henrik, I feel honoured that you use my formula.

If the score formula seems difficult, just blame me