This is a statistical index to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop music critics poll, generated in the process of its tabulation for the last few years.
Click any linked column-heading to sort a table by that column. Click any album or song for an artist profile, or any voter for a voter profile.
Some explanation of the various esoteric metrics:
Similarity is calculated for albums, songs and artists based on voter overlap, and for ballots and voters based on album+song+artist overlap. The ballot and voter scores are weighted by album/song/artist popularity.
1561 albums and 1800 songs by 2370 artists from 9349 votes by 550 voters for 4.31 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.356
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
David Bowie · Blackstar
Beyoncé · Lemonade
A Tribe Called Quest · We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
Chance the Rapper · Coloring Book
Solange · A Seat at the Table
Frank Ocean · Blonde
Radiohead · A Moon Shaped Pool
Leonard Cohen · You Want It Darker
Car Seat Headrest · Teens of Denial
Kanye West · The Life of Pablo
Beyoncé · "Formation"
Kanye West · "Ultralight Beam"
Solange · "Cranes in the Sky"
Rae Sremmurd (ft. Gucci Mane) · "Black Beatles"
A Tribe Called Quest · "We the People"
Mitski · "Your Best American Girl"
Leonard Cohen · "You Want It Darker"
David Bowie · "Lazarus"
David Bowie · "Blackstar"
Rihanna (ft. Drake) · "Work"
Ed Masley
Austin Reed
Althea Legaspi
E.J. Friedman
Seth Mnookin
Edna Gundersen
Melissa Locker
Ken Capobianco
Daniel Kreps
Camille Dodero
374 (0.68) complete ballots, 405 (0.736) with songs, 360 (0.655) scored
1361 albums and 1686 songs by 2068 artists from 8590 votes by 483 voters for 4.28 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.355
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
Kendrick Lamar · To Pimp a Butterfly
Courtney Barnett · Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Carly Rae Jepsen · Emotion
Grimes · Art Angels
Sleater-Kinney · No Cities to Love
Sufjan Stevens · Carrie & Lowell
Vince Staples · Summertime '06
Kamasi Washington · The Epic
Jamie xx · In Colour
Father John Misty · I Love You, Honeybear
Drake · "Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar · "King Kunta"
The Weeknd · "Can't Feel My Face"
Kendrick Lamar · "Alright"
Courtney Barnett · "Pedestrian at Best"
Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell Williams) · "WTF (Where They From)"
Fetty Wap · "Trap Queen"
Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars) · "Uptown Funk"
Adele · "Hello"
Jamie xx (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan) · "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"
Dan DeLuca
Joey Daniewicz
Shannon Carlin
Marc Hogan
Althea Legaspi
Peter Tabakis
Hardeep Phull
Sachyn Mital
Jacob Webb
Paul Thompson
364 (0.754) complete ballots, 390 (0.807) with songs, 327 (0.677) scored
1745 albums and 2028 songs by 2567 artists from 10552 votes by 612 voters for 4.19 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.311
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
D'Angelo · Black Messiah
Run the Jewels · Run the Jewels 2
War on Drugs · Lost in the Dream
St. Vincent · St. Vincent
FKA Twigs · Lp1
Sturgill Simpson · Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Taylor Swift · 1989
Angel Olsen · Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Spoon · They Want My Soul
Against Me! · Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Future Islands · "Seasons (Waiting on You)"
FKA Twigs · "Two Weeks"
Taylor Swift · "Blank Space"
Taylor Swift · "Shake It Off"
Kendrick Lamar · "I"
ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake) · "Tuesday"
Sia · "Chandelier"
Charli XCX · "Boom Clap"
Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) · "***Flawless"
DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon) · "Turn Down for What"
Jeff Gage
Dan DeLuca
Michelle Geslani
Matt Miller
Althea Legaspi
Carter Maness
Shannon Carlin
Kyle Petersen
Aaron Frank
Devon Maloney
427 (0.698) complete ballots, 474 (0.775) with songs, 405 (0.662) scored
1414 albums and 1682 songs by 2104 artists from 8096 votes by 457 voters for 4.6 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.335
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
Kanye West · Yeezus
Vampire Weekend · Modern Vampires of the City
Daft Punk · Random Access Memories
Beyoncé · Beyoncé
Chance the Rapper · Acid Rap
My Bloody Valentine · m b v
Haim · Days Are Gone
Janelle Monáe · The Electric Lady
Kurt Vile · Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Kacey Musgraves · Same Trailer Different Park
Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams) · "Get Lucky"
Lorde · "Royals"
Haim · "The Wire"
Kanye West · "New Slaves"
Robin Thicke (ft. T.I. and Pharrell) · "Blurred Lines"
Drake (ft. Majid Jordan) · "Hold On, We're Going Home"
Kanye West · "Black Skinhead"
Icona Pop (ft. Charli XCX) · "I Love It"
Miley Cyrus · "We Can't Stop"
Kanye West · "Bound 2"
Harry Burson
Rembert Browne
Jeff Gage
Chris Molanphy
Paul Thompson
Forrest Wickman
Simon Vozick-Levinson
Maureen Miller
Serene Dominic
Joey Daniewicz
342 (0.748) complete ballots, 372 (0.814) with songs, 302 (0.661) scored
1552 albums and 1750 songs by 2213 artists from 8555 votes by 493 voters for 4.49 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.306
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
Frank Ocean · Channel Orange
Kendrick Lamar · Good Kid, m.A.A.d City
Fiona Apple · The Idler Wheel...
Japandroids · Celebration Rock
Miguel · Kaleidoscope Dream
Tame Impala · Lonerism
Swans · The Seer
Killer Mike · R.A.P. Music
Grimes · Visions
Beach House · Bloom
Carly Rae Jepsen · "Call Me Maybe"
Miguel · "Adorn"
Usher · "Climax"
Frank Ocean · "Thinkin' 'Bout You"
Japandroids · "The House That Heaven Built"
Taylor Swift · "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Solange · "Losing You"
Gotye (ft. Kimbra) · "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Kanye West (ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) · "Mercy"
Frank Ocean · "Pyramids"
Jeremy D. Larson
Michael Gallucci
Christopher Alexander
Matthew Perpetua
Chris Molanphy
Joey Daniewicz
Jillian Mapes
Tim Grierson
Greg Kot
Michael Tedder
344 (0.698) complete ballots, 388 (0.787) with songs, 315 (0.639) scored
1966 albums and 2225 songs by 2725 artists from 11990 votes by 700 voters for 3.89 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.3
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
tUnE-yArDs · w h o k i l l
PJ Harvey · Let England Shake
Jay-Z and Kanye West · Watch the Throne
Wild Flag · Wild Flag
Tom Waits · Bad As Me
Adele · 21
Destroyer · Kaputt
Drake · Take Care
Bon Iver · Bon Iver
Shabazz Palaces · Black Up
Adele · "Rolling in the Deep"
Beyoncé · "Countdown"
Nicki Minaj · "Super Bass"
M83 · "Midnight City"
Jay-Z and Kanye West · "Niggas in Paris"
Azealia Banks · "212"
Britney Spears · "Till the World Ends"
Lana Del Rey · "Video Games"
Adele · "Someone Like You"
Foster the People · "Pumped Up Kicks"
Tyler, the Creator · "Yonkers"
Joey Daniewicz
Steve Erickson
James Montgomery
Bob Grossweiner
Jason Gargano
Michael Gallucci
Michael Ayers
Preston Jones
Aaron Hillis
Kyle Kramer
473 (0.676) complete ballots, 525 (0.75) with songs, 453 (0.647) scored
1839 albums and 2071 songs by 2582 artists from 12045 votes by 712 voters for 3.63 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.313
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
Kanye West · My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
LCD Soundsystem · This Is Happening
Arcade Fire · The Suburbs
Janelle Monáe · The ArchAndroid
Vampire Weekend · Contra
Big Boi · Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Beach House · Teen Dream
The National · High Violet
Sleigh Bells · Treats
Black Keys · Brothers
Cee Lo Green · "Fuck You!"
Janelle Monáe (ft. Big Boi) · "Tightrope"
Robyn · "Dancing on My Own"
Kanye West (ft. Pusha T) · "Runaway"
Kanye West (ft. Dwele) · "Power"
Kanye West (ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) · "Monster"
Big Boi (ft. Cutty) · "Shutterbugg"
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti · "Round and Round"
The National · "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
Sleigh Bells · "Rill Rill"
Julia Simon
James Montgomery
Ian Port
Eric Danton
Ryan Schreiber
Dan DeLuca
Michael Ayers
Max Berry
Serene Dominic
Chris Molanphy
472 (0.663) complete ballots, 540 (0.758) with songs, 466 (0.654) scored
1933 albums and 2007 songs by 2591 artists from 11453 votes by 697 voters for 3.72 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.267
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
Animal Collective · Merriweather Post Pavilion
Phoenix · Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Neko Case · Middle Cyclone
Yeah Yeah Yeahs · It's Blitz!
Dirty Projectors · Bitte Orca
Grizzly Bear · Veckatimest
The xx · The xx
Raekwon · Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Part II
The Flaming Lips · Embryonic
Girls · Album
Jay-Z (ft. Alicia Keys) · "Empire State of Mind"
Phoenix · "1901"
Animal Collective · "My Girls"
Grizzly Bear · "Two Weeks"
Dirty Projectors · "Stillness Is the Move"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs · "Zero"
Lady Gaga · "Bad Romance"
Girls · "Lust for Life"
Phoenix · "Lisztomania"
Taylor Swift · "You Belong With Me"
Jennifer Vineyard
Julie Seabaugh
Julia Simon
Barry Walters
Ryan Schreiber
Brooke Foster
Stephen M. Deusner
Luke Hackney
Byron Crawford
Jim Fouratt
428 (0.614) complete ballots, 482 (0.692) with songs, 456 (0.654) scored
1668 albums and 1745 songs by 2244 artists from 9462 votes by 579 voters for 3.88 artists/voter and an overall centricity of 0.289
Top AlbumsTop SongsCentrists
TV on the Radio · Dear Science
Vampire Weekend · Vampire Weekend
Portishead · Third
Fleet Foxes · Fleet Foxes
Erykah Badu · New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War
Lil Wayne · Tha Carter III
Santogold · Santogold
Bon Iver · For Emma, Forever Ago
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds · Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Kanye West · 808s & Heartbreak
M.I.A. · "Paper Planes"
Estelle (ft. Kanye West) · "American Boy"
Beyoncé · "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
MGMT · "Time to Pretend"
Lil Wayne · "A Milli"
Santogold · "L.E.S. Artistes"
Hercules and Love Affair · "Blind"
Coldplay · "Viva la Vida"
Kanye West · "Love Lockdown"
Fleet Foxes · "White Winter Hymnal"
Melissa Maerz
Charles Aaron
Chris Molanphy
Julia Simon
Michael Endelman
Preston Jones
Steve Knopper
Michael Gallucci
Corey du Browa
Jonathan Lundeen
348 (0.601) complete ballots, 404 (0.698) with songs, 344 (0.594) scored
Poll administered by the Village Voice  ·  Tabulation and analysis by glenn mcdonald /