I have a theory Pitchfork’s keeping their numerical scoring system going to help troll their way to music journalism glory. Given the traffic, attention and hyperbole surrounding the digits, especially on Twitter, it seems like it’s working.
Top 10 “Best of” music lists are bullshit (duh), designed to get you upset your Yeezus didn’t beat out their Vampire Weekend, for example. But to the working musician, they can frustrate, hollow out and even incite violence of hilarious proportions. Like hardworking musician Jay Z says, “It’s only entertainment,” except when it isn’t. Bang bang.