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The 100 Greatest Cartoons

I haven't really assessed this list in years, but looking at the two cartoons you bring up, I'd probably score them (on a ten-point scale) something like this:

Popularity: Simpsons (10) South Park (9)
Influence: Simpsons (8) South Park (7)
Impact: Simpsons (9) South Park (9)
Innovation: Simpsons (7) South Park (8)
Critical Acclaim: Simpsons (10) South Park (9)
Cultural Significance: Simpsons (9) South Park (9)

TOTAL: Simpsons (53) South Park (51)

Even though I still think The Simpsons is the more important cartoon, they're a lot closer than I thought.

4/12/2016 View
The 50 Greatest R&B Artists

Let's break it down per criteria:

In terms of influence, I would give Prince a slight advantage. While both artists were important players in the shaping of contemporary R&B, Prince was also particularly significant in helping popularize the synth funk (and Minneapolis sound) that came into vogue in the '80s. Additionally, Prince is one of the key figures in introducing explicit sexuality to popular music.

In terms of impact, I would give MJ the upper-hand. MJ is a cultural icon on par with Elvis Presely and The Beatles after all. Most music circles would consider him the preeminent entertainer, and he is among the most (if not the most) awarded recording artists of all time. Consider Thriller, the Moonwalk, his immense impact on the music video medium... his contributions to music and culture go on and on, really. As for Prince, he's also heavily lauded for his many talents (multi-instrumentalist, exceptional vocalist, innovative producer) as well as being a culturally significant persona and respected trendsetter, so he undoubtedly scores very well in impact, too -- and he actually slightly surpasses MJ in critical acclaim, believe it or not. His accomplishments, while impressive, just aren't quite enough to eclipse MJ in this criterion overall.

Now in terms of popularity, MJ basically crushes Prince. We're talking approximately 400 million records sold to 100 million records sold (and honestly, no other artist on this list comes close to MJ's sales). Even on the Internet, MJ has trended far more than Prince -- especially after his death in 2009.

Tally it all up and Michael Jackson is the more significant artist fairly comfortably.

3/15/2016 View
Best Mad Max film?


9/2/2015 View
Eurodance All Time Top 30

I'm honestly quite surprised "U Got 2 Let the Music" has THAT big of a lead. I was never all that impressed with it, even though Capella were one of the more influential names in the Eurodance sound. Also, "There Is a Star" doesn't do much for me.

8/30/2015 View
Eurodance All Time Top 30

Well, it's true that the majority of Ace of Base's material falls under dance-pop (and Europop), but "Beautiful Life" actually is Eurodance. I can understand why you'd leave it out though.

Some other internationally successful Eurodance hits that come to mind:

Vengaboys - "We Like to Party"
Aqua - "Barbie Girl"
Cascada - "Every Time We Touch"
Gigi D'Agostino - "L'Amour Toujours"

8/28/2015 View
Eurodance All Time Top 30

Cool idea for a poll. Eurodance generally gets no love, but so many of these tunes are classics. I went with Captain Hollywood Project's "More and More", though Haddaway's "What Is Love?" was a strong contender. Also, I would have included Snap!'s "Rhythm Is a Dancer" and possibly Ace of Base's "Beautiful Life" as options.

8/27/2015 View
Best decade for Movies

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
There Will Be Blood
Spirited Away
No Country for Old Men
Lost in Translation
Mulholland Drive
Yi Yi
Brokeback Mountain

6/12/2015 View
My Favorite Movies of All Time: The Perfect 10s

Nope, but I intend to at some point.

5/26/2015 View
Best decade for Movies

2000s, fo sho.

4/20/2015 View
Best Sean Connery as James Bond 007 Film?

Wow, 'Never Say Never Again' got a vote before 'Thunderball'...

3/30/2015 View
Who's your favorite #1 DJ of all time? (DJ Mag)

Carl Cox
Armin van Buuren
David Guetta

10/27/2014 View
Which is the best IDM artist?

LOL... Do you Wikipedia, bro? ;-)

9/24/2014 View
The 100 Greatest Electronic/Dance Albums

That's great, I'm glad you're making use of my list. Yeah, I need to expand my 'Favorite Albums' list (I had kinda forgotten about it, actually). Haha... yeah, get a copy of 'The Fat of the Land', man. It's essential listening and still holds up remarkably well after all these years.

And I so adore 'Second Toughest in the Infants'. While it's nowhere near as celebrated as 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman', I do think it's Underworld's highwater mark. By the way, I'm very happy to see you loved 'Dubnobass...' as much as you did! It truly is a brilliant record ("Surfboy" is my jam). Cheers.

9/18/2014 View
The 100 Greatest Electronic/Dance Albums

Yup, those two albums are among my all-time faves; unfortunately, they just don't quite measure up to the albums in the Top 100 in a more objective sense. Of Autechre's albums, I'd say 'Tri Repetae' comes closest to inclusion here, since it's the group's most acclaimed and popular release. When I expand the list to 200 entries (no telling when I'll get to that), both 'Tri Repetae' and 'Incunabula' will be here. Thanks for asking, my friend.

By the way, here's a sample of some of the contenders for the next 100 (in alphabetical order):

2 Live Crew - As Nasty as They Wanna Be (1989)
4hero - Parallel Universe (1994)
808 State - Newbuild (1988)
808 State - Ex:el (1991)
Amon Tobin - Supermodified (2000)
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994)
Autechre - Incunabula (1993)
Autechre - Tri Repetae++ (1995)
Basement Jaxx - Rooty (2001)
Black Dog Productions - Bytes (1992)
Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (2002)
Bronski Beat - The Age of Consent (1984)
Burial - Burial (2006)
C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
Carl Craig - More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art (1997)
Coil - Horse Rotorvator (1986)
Cybotron - Enter (1983)
David Holmes - Let's Get Killed (1997)
Deee-Lite - World Clique (1990)
Devo - Freedom of Choice (1980)
Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded (1996)
Exposé - Exposure (1987)
Fatboy Slim - Better Living Through Chemistry (1996)
Fripp & Eno - (No Pussyfooting) (1973)
Front 242 - Front by Front (1988)
Global Communication - 76:14 (1994)
Hot Chip - The Warning (2006)
Jean Michel Jarre - Équinoxe (1978)
Lady Gaga - The Fame (2008)
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem (2005)
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (2010)
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force (1985)
Lords of Acid - Lust (1991)
M.I.A. - Arular (2005)
Madonna - Music (2000)
Mantronix - The Album (1985)
Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey (1988)
Mouse on Mars - Iaora Tahiti (1995)
New Order - Brotherhood (1986)
Nightmares on Wax - Smokers Delight (1995)
Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile (1999)
One Dove - Morning Dove White (1993)
Orbital - In Sides (1996)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture & Morality (1981)
Pet Shop Boys - Introspective (1988)
Pet Shop Boys - Please (1986)
Plastikman - Musik (1994)
Plastikman - Sheet One (1993)
Portishead - Third (2008)
Primal Scream - XTRMNTR (2000)
Radiohead - Amnesiac (2001)
Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds for Baby (1964)
Röyksopp - Melody A.M. (2001)
Shannon - Let the Music Play (1984)
Silver Apples - Contact (1969)
Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park (1990)
Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven (1979)
Stereo MCs - Connected (1992)
Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return (1988)
Sven Väth - An Accident in Paradise
Tangerine Dream - Zeit (1972)
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender (1999)
The Future Sound of London - Lifeforms (1994)
The Knife - Silent Shout (2006)
The Postal Service - Give Up (2003)
The Prodigy - Experience (1992)
The Sabres of Paradise - Haunted Dancehall (1994)
The Shamen - En-Tact (1990)
Throbbing Gristle - The Second Annual Report (1977)
Tomita - Snowflakes Are Dancing (1974)
Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants (1996)
Vangelis - Blade Runner (1994)
Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings (1972)
White Noise - An Electric Storm (1969)
Yazoo - Upstairs at Eric's (1982)
Yello - You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess (1983)
Yellow Magic Orchestra - BGM (1981)
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Technodelic (1981)

9/8/2014 View
Best American Idol Winner

Kelly is the most talented winner -- though Adam Lambert is the most talented contestant they've ever had.

8/5/2014 View