Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Best Albums Of Our Lives: Stat Wrap-Up

A series of posts that ended up being large enough to fill a novel couldn't just be summarily forgotten now, could it? Here's a quick little statpack about the 'Best Music' series from Kyle, Misha and myself.

First, a handy set of links to each entry.

Part one (1979-1989)
Part two (1990-1999)
Part three (2000-2004, Misha joins in)
Part four (2005-2008)

MOST-REPRESENTED BANDS (two points for a #1 album, one point for a #2 album)

13 points
U2 (9.5 points from Mark, 3 from Kyle, 1 from Misha)(four #1 albums: three from Mark, one from Kyle)

9 points
Bruce Springsteen (5 from Mark, 4 from Kyle)....(three #1 albums: two from Mark, one from Kyle)

8 points
Pearl Jam (7 points from Mark, one from Kyle)....(three #1 albums, all from Mark)

6.5 points
The White Stripes (3.5 from Mark, 3 from Misha).....(two #1 albums, one each from Misha & Mark)

6 points
Oasis (5 points from Kyle, one from Mark)....(two #1 albums, both from Kyle)

5 points
The Police (two #1 albums, one each from Kyle & Mark)
Talking Heads (two #1 albums, both from Mark)
The Tragically Hip

4 points
Coldplay (two #1 albums, one each from Misha & Kyle)
The Cure (two #1 albums, one each from Mark & Kyle)
Depeche Mode (two #1 albums, one each from Kyle & Mark)
Eminem (two #1 albums, one each from Kyle & Misha)
Ben Folds (two #1 albums, one each from Mark & Kyle)
The Hold Steady (two #1 albums, one each from Kyle & Mark)
Weezer (two #1 albums, one each from Kyle & Mark)

3 points
Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Guns 'N Roses, Michael Jackson, Outkast, R.E.M., The Streets, Traveling Wilburys, Kanye West

2 points
Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Fountains of Wayne, Sarah Harmer, Hot Hot Heat, Journey, Joy Division, Kings Of Leon, Massive Attack, Matthew Good Band, My Bloody Valentine, The National, Pulp, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, The Smiths, Snoop Dogg, Stone Temple Pilots, The Strokes, The Verve, Amy Winehouse

1 point
AC/DC, Ryan Adams, Alice In Chains, Lily Allen, Barenaked Ladies, Phil Collins, Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, De La Soul, Explosions In The Sky, Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Foreigner, David Gray, Hayden, Elton John, The Knife, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis & The News, Metric, New Order, Liz Phair, Public Enemy, The Roots, Run-DMC, Sarah Slean, Sufjan Stevens, Tegan & Sara, Vanilla Ice, The Who

* Most runner-up albums: U2 (4.5), The Tragically Hip (3), Bruce Springsteen (3)

* Most runner-up albums without a #1: The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty (two)

*1991 was the only year with a perfect match (both Kyle and Mark had Achtung Baby and Ten as their #1 and #2 picks)

* In 1982 and 2003, Kyle/Mark and Misha/Mark, respectively, had the same two albums but in a different order (Thriller/Nebraska and Elephant/Speakerboxx and the Love Below)

* Mark & Kyle matched six #1 albums (Born in the USA, Disintegration, Violator, Achtung Baby, Pinkerton, Rockin the Suburbs). Kyle & Misha matched two #1 albums (The Marshall Mathers LP, A Rush Of Blood To The Head). Misha and Mark matched 0 #1 albums.

* Kyle was the only one to pick Vanilla Ice. Seriously, wtf

* Mark had Kyle's #1 as his #2 pick three times (Thriller, Synchronicity, What's The Story Morning Glory). Kyle had Misha's #1 as his #2 pick once (American Idiot). Misha had Mark's #1 as his #2 twice (Speakerboxx/Love Below, Icky Thump)

* Kyle had Mark's #1 as his #2 pick three times (Nebraska, Joshua Tree, OK Computer). Misha never had Kyle's #1 as his #2 pick. Mark had Misha's #1 as his #2 pick twice (Elephant, Late Registration).

* Three Grammy-winners for Best Album were selected as someone's #1: Thriller, Joshua Tree and Speakerboxx/The Love Below. Five Grammy-winners for Best Albums were selected as someone's #2: The three aforementioned records, plus No Jacket Required and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. This number could jump to six if In Rainbows wins the award at the upcoming Grammy ceremonies.

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