From NPR’s All Songs Considered Blog:
Each December, Bob and I begin our annual debate over which is better: a Top 10 list of the year’s best songs, or a Top 10 list of the year’s best albums. I’ve always argued that we should focus more on albums. A list of songs just doesn’t seem as substantive; besides, the standard for most year-end lists has long been albums…But for the past eight years, Bob has argued that the growing popularity of digital music, which allows people to buy specific songs instead of whole albums, makes individual songs more relevant. (For the record, I’ve always won this debate.) This year, for the first time in our eight-year-long debate, I agree with him. For the past month and a half, I’ve been trying to finalize my personal list of the year’s Top 10 albums, and I just can’t do it. I just can’t come up with 10 albums I felt that strongly about in 2008.
I would rather focus on albums, too. In fact, I can think of a at least one that defined the year for me. I didn’t do an albums list for 2007, but I might do one this year.