Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Every year, the Village Voice polls a shit-ton of music critics, ex-critics, part-timers, and bloggers for its annual Pazz & Jop music critics’ poll, soliciting top-10 lists of albums and singles. The poll isn’t as big a deal as it once was, since every publication has already run a list and since the Voice has fired or chased away virtually every prominent and respected critic who’s written for it in the past few years. (Seriously, as a past employee of that place, it feels like a fresh wound reopening every time they shitcan one of my friends, and that practice probably has something to do with how many critics’ names you won’t see under the ballot listings.) But it’s still a huge and comprehensive (though largely surprise-free) list, and it’s still fun to dive into the master lists and the individual ballots. Some good essays in there this year, too. Below, check out the top 10 lists for albums and singles.


10 Beach House – Bloom
09 Grimes – Visions
08 Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
07 Swans – The Seer
06 Tame Impala – Lonerism
05 Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
04 Japandroids – Celebration Rock
03 Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
02 Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City
01 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange


10 Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
09 Kanye West – “Mercy” (Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
08 Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know” (Feat. Kimbra)
07 Solange – “Losing You”
06 Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
05 Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
04 Frank Ocean – “Thinkin’ ’Bout You”
03 Usher – “Climax”
02 Miguel – “Adorn”
01 Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

For the complete list of winners, along with ballots, essays, and comments, head over here. And only two of your Stereogummers submitted ballot’s this year; here’s Scott’s and Claire’s.

Comments (9)
  1. I’m still working on my Stereogum merit badge, but here’s mine as well:

  2. Kudos to Claire with Children of the Night being on her ballot. Great mixtape. Anyway, I’ve never really paid attention to the Pazz & Jop polls until last year when tUnE-yArDs grabbed the number one spot, and I felt like people out there in the world finally understood me,.

  3. Weird seeing Baroness instead of DMB on Scott’s ballot. I didn’t know dads over 50 dug them.

  4. I thought Fiona would nail it at least here but alas… Surprised that Swans at number seven – for such an experimental and left field record thisis way to high though maybe some critics just chose it as token ‘out there’ album? As always, Top 40 song at number one of singles list. By the way, my favorite run of number ones is from 1997 to 2004, just look at this! Banger after banger:

    1997 – Hanson – “MMMBop”
    1998 – Fatboy Slim – “The Rockafeller Skank”
    1999 – TLC – “No Scrubs”
    2000 – OutKast – “Ms. Jackson”
    2001 – Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
    2002 – Missy Elliott – “Work It”
    2003 – OutKast – “Hey Ya!”
    2004 – Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”

    And yeah, the only reason I still remember about the Village Voice existence is Pazz&Jop poll every January which is a sad state of affairs.

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