Covers of some of the albums on the list.
Photo illustration by Slate

All “two kinds of people” statements are reductive, but one way to break down the population of Planet Music Critic is that there’s a tribe that relishes ongoing list-making, like sports fans who find poetry in stats, and then there are those of us who aren’t wired for it, who feel like we’re facing a huge chaotic haystack to be baled at each year’s end. I have a difficult enough time maintaining a to-do list from week to week, so while
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