Entertainment Weekly released lists of the top 100 movies, TV shows, albums and books of the last 25 years. It’s kind of interesting to check out the lists and see how many of the top picks I’ve seen/listened to/read:
- Movies: 42/100
- TV Shows: 28/100
- Music: 10/100
- Books: 9/100
Keeping reading for disclaimers and inane insights.
[Movies and books are pretty straight forward. I’ve either seen the whole movie or read the entire book. TV shows and music are a little harder to count. I went with TV shows I watched on a semi-regular basis at some point in my life. If you count shows I’ve seen an episode of but never regularly watched, it goes up to 46/100. TV shows I’ve seen while flipping channels doesn’t count. For music I went with albums I own or willingly listen to parts of on a regular basis. So Postal Service’s Give Up is in because I bought a few tracks on iTunes and listen to them frequently, but Guns ‘N Roses’ Appetite for Destruction that I heard frequently when my brother was in charge of the music is out. Likewise Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill is out even though we own, because it’s my wife’s and I usually skip it. Nirvana is also out because while I’ve certainly heard it, I don’t listen to it.]
A few insights from this little experiment:
- It’s a lot easier to consume visual media. Books and music take a beating (though I’m guessing music only takes a beating with me).
- People like me give hope for the long tail. Just because you’re not in the top 100 doesn’t mean you can’t still have a sizable audience.
- A little education helps. Several of the movies and a few of the books I watched/read for college classes (OK, most of the books I read outside of college, but I heard about them in my classes).
- Wow. Isn’t “album” quickly becoming an out-dated concept?
- Who cares what’s popular?