A “Best Albums of the Year” list begins as a ranked summary of recent releases, then becomes a historical artifact in itself, a window into what seemed most important at the time. The hope is that these lists will age well, that we won’t look back several years from now and marvel at our own shortsightedness. Taken collectively, they probably do a pretty good job – where there’s consensus, there’s probably some lasting quality.
On an individual level, though, how am I to know if my top picks now will hold up years down the road? The relationship to music being a dynamic one, I sometimes disagree with myself from one day to the next. Expecting agreement over longer periods of time would seem to be pushing it a bit.
It was with a mix of curiosity and horror, then, that I discovered an old file on my computer called “bestof2007.” I had no real reason to compile a list in 2007 – this site wasn’t yet in existence, so I didn’t exactly have anywhere to publish one. For some reason, though, I felt compelled to rank. I was reading the CMT Blog and The 9513 by that point, so perhaps the blogging bug had already begun to set in, unbeknownst to me.
In any case, I forgot about the list until last night, and am unearthing it right now. Here are the Best Albums of 2007, as ranked by a totally inexperienced, pre-blogging C.M.
10. Pam Tillis – Rhinestoned
9. Todd Snider – Peace, Love and Anarchy
8. Joe Nichols – Real Things
7. Elizabeth Cook – Balls
6. Chris Knight – The Trailer Tapes
5. Sunny Sweeney – Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame
4. Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson – Last of the Breed
3. Dwight Yoakam – Dwight Sings Buck
2. Dale Watson – From the Cradle to the Grave
1. Porter Wagoner – Wagonmaster
How do you think he did?
I’d probably change the positions around a bit, but I’m relieved to say that I still like all of the albums – even the couple I’ve not heard in a while. I should revisit Last of the Breed on my own recommendation.
I wonder what my 2009 list will look like in a couple years. Or, for that matter, a couple decades.