Hello and welcome to the first annual Loving Peter Cetera Readers' Poll. Because readers only had a few days to submit ballots, the final tally may be somewhat small because there were only 48 ballots submitted. However, this is just a start - next year's poll will be bigger and better.
Here was the system used:
- Readers were asked to submit a list of their top five albums for the 2010 calendar year.
- For the top five lists, there were 5 points given for #1, 4 for #2, 3 for #3, and so on.
- After all ballots were submitted, I added up every ballot into the mix and came out with these final numbers.
9 (tie). Vampire Weekend - Contra and The National - High Violet (13 points)
Due to a coin flip, the album by Big K.R.I.T., K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, was left out due to space issues for the top ten poll.
Not too big of a surprise here as both Contra and High Violet were found on many top ten lists to end the year. High Violet had the higher points per ballot average (was on four), but Contra was on more top five lists.
8. The Roots - How I Got Over (14 points)
This surprised me by coming in at #8 as I didn't think the hip-hop heads could push one album up this much. While I still haven't heard it, I find the Roots listenable so I'll be checking this out if nothing else.
7. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (15 points)
I'd still like a new OutKast album at some point, but I guess this great release can hold me over for some time.
5. (tie) Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest and Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (18 points each)
No surprise here either - you'll find both of these albums on many of the end-of-year top albums lists, including my own. Both albums are excellently crafted and both are unique (at least to me, anyway).
4. Curren$y - Pilot Talk (19 points)
Never would I have thought at the beginning of 2010 that a line about playing NBA Live and eating chips would become one of my favorites of the year.
3. Beach House - Teen Dream (44 points)
This album showed up on several of the ballots and was one of the clear-cut top albums, having over twice the points of Pilot Talk. A fantastic album and one I would label "can't-miss".
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (54 points)
Had a lot of points and normally could've contended for #1, but it didn't even come close to the runaway winner, which was...
1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (122 points)
Yes, 122 points. It was included on nearly 2/3 of the ballots, beat the Suburbs by 68 points (!) and wasn't contested whatsoever.
Thanks to everyone who voted and everyone who helped make this happen. Hopefully, we'll be doing this at the same time next year.