We’re going a little bit meta with this post.
When you spend all your time at work researching, preparing, and writing list posts, you develop a special affinity for them. The best list posts create controversy, generate discussion, and establish some kind of standard against which all other lists on that subject are judged.
When you come across a good list that also happens to be long, you know you’ve found something special. When a list stretches to 100 or more items, you’ve got a piece of writing that will keep you entertained for hours, debating with your friends, posting to social media, and just generally going a bit nuts.
Finding good list posts is a difficult task – how many millions of these posts do you think are uploaded each year? Thankfully, our writers stay up all day and all night playing on the Internet. We don’t write a lot of top-100 posts, but we do love to read them. We’ve come up with a list of eight awesome Top 100 lists posts on blogs from all over the Internet.
We present now, in no particular order, our eight favorite Top 100 list posts.
Love it or hate it, disco was and still is a major force in popular music. This list of the best disco tracks of all time, as chosen by the bloggers at WeeklyTop40, passes the “top-ten” check. There’s Gloria Gaynor at the top with 1978’s “I Will Survive,” followed up by “Le Freak” by Chic, and the Bee Gee’s seminal “Stayin’ Alive.” But read further down the list and you’ll find serious deep tracks, like Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” with its trademark high falsetto lead vocal. Our staff argued a little over their inclusion of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” a song that most of us feel is decidedly in the R&B camp. But that’s what a great list does – it starts conversations.
by Corey Mesler
Corey Mesler is a poet, novelist, and indie bookstore owner from Tennessee. That’s pretty much all the bona fides a person needs in order for us to respect their opinion about literature. His list is idiosyncratic, to say the least, representing his own personal list of the 100 best books in the world. Do we always agree with his picks? No, of course not. His placement of Ulysses at the very top of the list smacks just a little of the ivory tower. Then again, we’re overjoyed to find so many female writers, a number of fantasy and science fiction series, and all the other little gems inherent in a person’s ultra-personal top 100 list.
One of our writers found this list when hunting down a birthday present for his father-in-law. What we love about this list is its thorough coverage of a wide range of products, in this case alcoholic spirits. Each entry on the list takes you to a lengthy personalized review of one of the blogger’s favorite alcohols. The reviews are categorized and rated by a number system. If only every top-100 list were this thorough. On a personal note – the Booker’s True Barrel Bourbon listed at #7 on his list? One of the finest American spirits we’ve ever tried. Our writer’s father-in-law was seriously impressed.
by Dime Boxes
This list of the greatest baseball cards since 1981 showcases that perfect blend of timelessness and idiosynrasy that we think really makes or breaks a Top 100 post. The blogger here has created his own list of the 100 most-valuable baseball cards of the last 35 years, and he’s seeking to collect the entire set. As of the time of this post, he’s only about a dozen cards short. Each card is thoughtfully selected, curated, reviewed, and presented for your viewing pleasure.
This long post is broken up into units of 20 books at a time. Above, we’ve linked you to the final entry, for numbers 20 through 1. The list itself is solid, with Michael McCambridge’s roundly-celebrated America’s Game at the top, the best versions of the Total Football series dutifully cheered-on, and dozens of compelling biographies scattered about. What we like most about this list is the time the blogger has taken to explain each pick and talk about why it’s an important piece of the genre. This excellent list is a perfect example of how the Top 100 format can really help sell a totally unfamiliar concept or genre.
Unlike the majority of Top 100 lists (and certainly the majority of the good ones), this list doesn’t rank world-changing documentaries. Instead, it’s a list of 100 documentaries that the blogger thinks could change the world, in no order whatsoever. We chose this list because of its broad appeal – if you’re a fan of the green movement, you’ll appreciate it for its content. If you’re a fan of documentaries, you’ll appreciate some new suggestions outside of the mainstream. Presented in a beautiful format, this list kept us discussing new docs to watch for weeks.
This is a bizarre list – it earns a big check mark in the idiosyncrasy column. We’re not so sure about the opinions of the blogger – listing The Matrix Trilogy above Die Hard, for example – but we love a writer with a strong opinion. Not every Top 100 list has to contain reams of words defending their choices. This list is pure and pragmatic, listing the movie’s name, the year of its release, and then a photo of the film poster or movie cover. If you’re a fan of film nostalgia, all these old poster covers will keep you clicking through. Just don’t be surprised to see Kill Bill rated exponentially higher than the 1980s Superman films, among many other heresies.
We’re all big Vietnamese food lovers here at 100bestcasinosites.com, but we get a little tired of the same old pho tai and banh mi dishes you can get all over the place in any decent city. That’s why this awesome and exhaustive list of must-try Vietnamese treats is our new Bible. This list has launched our office on a hunt for each item, and though we’ve only managed to order a couple dozen, we are seriously considering a summer trip to Saigon to finish it off. If you love adventurous cuisines in general or Viet food in particular, this awesome list will have you salivating all over your keyboard.