The results of the Idolator music poll are up here and my own ballot is there.
No big surprise: For albums, the top three is made up of LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A. and Radiohead. The music world may have splintered into a million shards, but consensual artists still exist. Of course, they are consensual among a very certain type of music lovers. One of the actual consensual albums of the year in terms of sheer sales shows up at no. 578: I seem to be the only one to vote for the High School Musical 2 soundtrack. Looks like HSM isn't even a perverse hipster pick—yet, as I'm ready to bet some of the songs will be karaoke staples in Williamsburg five years from now. On the other hand, Daughtry, the biggest-selling album of the year, did not get one single lousy vote.
Popular singles seem to be easier to love, with Rihanna's predictable triumph. As much as I adore a good hit, I can't stand this song for one simple reason: the way she sings the word umbrella. Rarely has a single word so irritated me.
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