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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Top 10 of the Top 10 Lists of 2008

Chaiten Volcano in Chile erupts during a lightning stormThe Best Picture: The Chaiten Volcano in Chile erupts during a lightning storm

It’s that time again—the time where every news organization, website, and media outlet releases their top ten lists of the stories, events, or things that made 2008. Instead of creating original content, we here at The Intrepid felt that our readers would get far more value out of a compilation list of the best lists of 2008. So in no particular order, here are the best top 10 lists of 2008.

Gamespy: Top Ten Games of the Year


Despite its shrinking stature, Gamespy still has a better reviewing team than Gamespot and its parent company IGN. There aren’t a lot of surprises on this list, but it’s a list that hits all the right notes—Little Big Planet, Rock Band 2, GTA IV, and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The commentary is lazy at times, but it’s still the best top ten gaming list of this year’s crop.

Onion AV Club: Top Ten Movies of 2008

At The Intrepid we’re a big fan of the Onion AV Club—it’s smart, witty, and damn near always right. Though we sloshed through quite a few top ten movie lists, the AV Club’s list stood above them all.

The Globe’s Office Awards

This list surprised us—it’s actually funny and interesting, two things that the Globe is usually not known for. Personally, we enjoyed the story about the incompetent Best Buy HR worker the most—mostly because we really really hate Best Buy. It seems a former Best Buy employee, Mr. Oliveri, suspected he was getting bad references and emailed his old HR department, while posing as a Target employee. "I will give you the skinny on him but you can't say you got any info from Best Buy or we can be sued," an HR employee emailed. "He was hired as GM and demoted after 12 months or so because he sucked. He is desperate for a job because supposedly his wife left him because he has no job. I would not touch him." Mr. Oliveri sued, and in typical Best Buy fashion, the HR employee was promoted.

The Consumerist: The Top 17 Most Useful Posts of 2008

Okay, this isn’t a top ten list, but it still kicks ass. The Consumerist always has amazing stories about capitalism gone wrong—so a top 17 list is nothing but pure gold. If you only have time to read one story, we recommend The Confessions of a Verizon DSL Tech Support Rep, it’s probably the highlight of the list.

The Huffington Post: Top 10 YouTube Videos of 2008

There are hundreds if not thousands of poorly constructed top ten YouTube video lists for 2008. This is the easiest top ten list to create—just embed 10 popular videos and you’re done—no thought required. You don’t even need to explain your choices—the videos or the links can just speak for themselves. The Huffington Post seems to have a pretty good list this year, but it’s really not all that different from the others.

National Geographic: Top 10 Photos of 2008

This is a nice collection of pictures and stories—probably not the best, but it’s got several great entries that were new to us. The best picture is number 1 (duh), the the eruption of the Chaiten Volcano in Chile—the mixture of ash and lighting is absolutely stunning.

Politico: The Top 10 American Political Upsets of 2008

It’s been a big year for U.S. politics and an even bigger year for political upsets. Nothing on this list is shocking, but it’s a smart compilation and great reminder of the heady days of the 2008 U.S. Presidential campaigning season.

New York Times: The Top 10 Books of 2008

This list is a quick and dirty rundown of the year’s best fiction and non-fiction books. While we haven’t read any of these books, we’re fairly certain that they’re top notch.

Torrent Freak: The Top 10 Most Pirated TV Shows of 2008

Originally we were going to try to find a list complied by some tv critic, but where’s the fun in that—we’re more interested in seeing which tv shows are so good that people just can’t help but steal them. Frankly though, we were surprised to find that Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy fans knew how to use a computer.

Time Magazine: The Top Ten Everything of 2008

This list has it all, politics, viral videos, oddball stories, and even religious stories. While the online version looks pretty and is easy to navigate, the print version is ugly and cumbersome. In our copy, part of the “Lost Forever” list was cut off by the printer and lost forever (ugh). Seriously Time Magazine, you can do better. As a compilation of lists, Time’s Top Ten Everything of 2008 succeeds if only because it has something for everyone, even if most of the lists are dull and rather predictable.

Next Year: The Top 10 of the Top 10 Top 10 lists of 2009.

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