New year, new feature! Welcome to Rank & File, where we track the week’s biggest people and stories in easily digestible chart-form. We did this because sometimes it’s hard to know what was the biggest story, and it helps to have a scientific and definitive list of these things to keep everyone from arguing in the comments.

A note on the chart logic: An item’s RANK reflects a story’s size, while its BUZZ (thumbs up, or down, or both) reflects its nature. So while Grimes’s “Genesis” is an unqualified thumbs up, Ben Gibbard’s new year (new runner’s body, new set of divorce papers) is slightly more mixed.

OK, here’s this week’s Top 10:

Rank & File: Stereogum Buzz Chart - Week Of 1/1/12

This is our first stab at it, so your thoughts and suggestions are particularly welcome.

Comments (24)
  1. No 311?

  2. Somehow incorporating links to the articles mentioned in the chart would be useful.

    • We’re working on that!

      • Having it formatted into a essentially a chart with text, pics, links would be ideal. Sounds like you guys know that already. Keep up the good work.

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      • For now you can just click on any of the post tags and it will list the story we’re referring to at the top of the page

  3. here’s to making “meme-pop” into a thing. very nice

  4. Miller Lite or Jose Gold needs to be the image associated with GBV. Cmon now.

  5. Power Rankings! Good job, ESPN!

  6. lol thanks for posting that picture with that massive ear…had a moment of nostalgia thinking about Alfalfa in the Little Rascals

  7. Why are we listing just the band/artist involved and not the particular story slug originally posted?

  8. Carles is gonna have a field-day with this one.

  9. The graphic is a little burry. But then again, I’m at work, and using a shitty Compaq (they still exist). Otherwise, I like this new feature. I’m a fan.

  10. It would be nice if the chart items were links.

  11. some of the descriptions are a bit vague. especially the ben gibbard one. i didn’t necessarily know what it was talking about.

  12. What happened to stereogum!? This was once a vast plain of trolls and commentators but no more, it is filled with civil (however still stupid) discourse. I will have none of that! And I refuse this new change but if anything I guess this lets me cut through the bands that suck so I guess this is good.

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