Bloggers: They Really Liked Radiohead!

Jan 28th, 2008 // 8 Comments

inrainbowssssss.jpgJess thought last week that we were done with the 2007 wrapping-up, but hey, it’s not February yet, which means there’s still time for more 2007-related head-scratching! The music-blog aggregator The Hype Machine just dropped the 2007 Music Blog Zeitgeist, which compiled 648 of bloggers’ top-albums lists for a 1252-album list of the Internet’s favorite full-lengths of the year. And even with all those voters, and all the albums out there, it was still topped by In Rainbows! Funny, that. Also compiled: the 50 most blogged-about songs, which are broken down month-by-month, and the most-discussed artists.

THE GOOD: By now, you can probably recite which albums landed in the top 10 without even taking a peek at the list beforehand.
THE BAD: By now, you can probably recite which albums landed in the top 10 without even taking a peek at the list beforehand.
THE WHAAAA? The Klaxons were the 10th-most-blogged-about band, but Myths Of The Near Future limped in at No. 46, just behind Stars’ In Our Bedroom After The War and right in front of Rilo Kiley’s How You Like My Micromini Now?

Albums
1. Radiohead, In Rainbows
2. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
3. The National, Boxer
4. LCD Soundsystem, Sound Of Silver
5. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
6. M.I.A. Kala
7. Panda Bear, Person Pitch
8. Feist, The Reminder
9. Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
10. Okkervil River, The Stage Names

Bands
1. Arcade Fire
2. Radiohead
3. Feist
4. LCD Soundsystem
5. Spoon
6. Justice
7. The National
8. Of Montreal
9. Wilco
10. Klaxons

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  1. LAKingsin2009

    I do have some questions concerning the 2006 rules.

    One rule states the following.

    No myspace, no LiveJournal. Myspace makes it too easy to ballot-stuff; just bulk-mail all your “friends” and ask them to put X on their top ten list.

    Is this something one would do to rise in the MBZ poll? I can’t really believe that this would happen often. Or are they worried about this as something that happens independently? Further, maybe such people really do ‘like’ the bands (i.e. they like them because their friends are in them) I can’t believe that this never happens elsewhere. It just seems that including Myspace lists would increase the representativeness of the sample. This is imporatant since MBZ claims to aspire to track “popular” music. Who cares if you tabulate the results using 50 or 5 million blogs if most come from people who share similar tastes in music (I’m guessing that this is so with the blogs used. I could be wrong.)

  2. katieee

    Coincidentally, Rilo Kiley’s Hey Dude! What Do You Think About This Leotard? EP came in right behind the full-length at no. 48.

  3. drjimmy11

    By now, you can probably recite the tired-ass “lol Jenny Lewis dresses sexy sometimes so she must not have any talent” joke without even taking a peek at the post beforehand.

  4. bcapirigi

    i was surprised that advertisement’s album with its blank gray cover tied for number 11. also, i like how they took their list of most played songs for each month and then selected a sample of the most interesting songs people were posting. and that that list included the timbaland/onerepublic song, the white stripes, AND kanye west. thanks, hype machine.

  5. Cos

    The Klaxons were inescapable for the first few months of the year, and they don’t even rate on the top 10? Blogs are like Oscar voters–they only know the stuff that came out at the end of the year.

  6. Taylor McKnight

    (I’m part of Hype Machine)

    FYI, we did include Livejournal/Myspace posts….anybody that submitted a top 10 albums list, ranked and readable were included.

    Also, while we were pretty open to submissions for our blog zeitgeist, we are fairly strict about inclusion on our everyday Hype Machine blog list ( [hypem.com] , which is the blogs we crawl every day). We don’t include “really average folks who throw in an mp3 every few posts on what is mostly their personal blog”. They must write primarily about music, have a genuine interest in supporting the artists (aka no “full album blogs”) and have been writing for 3-6 months (so we know they are committed).

    That said, I agree that it can get annoying that some music blogs all write about the same stuff. This is a big reason behind us creating personalized pages ( like [hypem.com] ) where you can “favorite” specific blogs and friends and basically get a custom homepage with music from people who’s taste you appreciate.

  7. worldsfair

    hey Cos, i hate to say it, but duh. journalism in general is pretty myopic. “music journalism”, seemingly more so…

    a few other things repeatedly fail to get mentioned though…

    1. Stack the critics & bloggers charts up to sales and a whole other story emerges. You may say people are like sheep, but hey at least the sheep know what they like and guess what its not the sucky music you “cool” people listen to

    2. It’s a shame that the 1000s of music bloggers who dedicate themselves to obscure genres and eras get completely glossed over by the few 100 music bloggers posting popular/current music. Not to mention the really underground blogs, like in hip hop blog rings where you can click thru a dozen blogs that are all generic black & white backgrounds with just about a zillion underground hip hop albums since the 70s you never heard of… so i wouldn’t necessarily take this sampling of the tastes of the few and generalize it to what I see as a very healthy nebulously sprawling international community of music fans sharing their idiosyncratic tastes and interests… just like the rest of the blogosphere outside of indie music… i mean its like calling the World Series the World Series

    3. What about your REALLY average folks, who throw in an mp3 or “what i’m listening to” in every few posts on what is mostly their personal blog (i.e. not a “music blog”)..

    anyway im not sure what im venting against – pro’lly just procrastinating from piled up work – but yea i like Klaxons too.

  8. worldsfair

    to clarify though i do think the myopia is a welcome limitation of the medium. i mean sometimes i’m reading someone’s blog essay and i’m like, get to the point already, its a blog not a book

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