Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. The venerable alt-weekly revealed the 2010 results last night, and you will be absolutely shocked to learn that after polling 708 music writers, the runaway winner in the albums category was Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Top honors in the singles category went to Cee Lo Green’s “F— You.”Remember 2010? It seems so long ago now, but the year in music is never completely over until the Village Voice releases its annual
Of course, West’s album already topped quite a few publications’ year-end lists last month (including EW‘s), so this result was practically a foregone conclusion. Still, the magnitude of West’s win is notable. MBDTF scored almost exactly twice as many points as this year’s Pazz & Jop runner-up, LCD Soundsystem’s This Is Happening, which in turn barely nosed ahead of this year’s No. 3, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.
West also dominated the singles category. While No. 1 went to “F– You,” No. 2 to Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope,” and No. 3 to Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” — all most deserving choices — the next three spots in the top 10 singles went to West (“Runaway,” “Power,” and “Monster”). Combine the votes for those three tracks and you’d have more than enough points to beat Cee Lo for the No. 1 spot.
A music nerd like myself could spend all day examining Pazz & Jop data. Luckily, the far more statistics-savvy Glenn McDonald has done all the hard work for me. Check out his site for some insanely thorough analysis of the past three years’ P&J results.
Then let us know what you think of this year’s poll. Surprised that a bunch of critics love Kanye West and Cee Lo? Disappointed that any of your favorite music didn’t place higher? Sound off in the comments.
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