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Top ten lists of anything are useless. They are the lowest common denominator. The ‘most popular anything‘ lists only tell you what is popular and nothing at all about why it is popular. Nor do they indicate anything about quality. On occasions, what is popular might also possess quality but any overlap is coincidental and arbitrary.

They are corruptingly disingenuous. On hearing that a music album is the third best selling record in the world, you automatically wonder which albums are first and second. This detracts from the content of the third best selling album. It is no longer about the experience of the music, it is about units and commerce. This is wrong.

All lists should be banned and their compilers… er, shouted at!

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