Over the past couple years, I’ve been busy collecting top 10 lists, dating back to 1970. It is my hope to someday (hopefully soon) update the website to include top 10 tallies dating back to 1922 (with the help of the Awards Daily Polls). With this, I plan to overhaul the website to make it more user friendly and include individual critics’ lists. However, I would like to have a minimum of 100 lists from each year to make the updates worth the effort. Therefore, I’m asking for your help. If, for any reason, you have a collection of top 10 lists from 1970 – 1985, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, many libraries have archives and access to online databases that make it reasonably easy to find additional top 10 lists. If you’d like to help make Critics Top 10 expand to include earlier years, please consider seeing what is available at your local library or University.
Below is a list of fifty publications that are currently not included, but have been referenced in “one of the year’s ten best” advertisements through the 1970s. If your library has access to any of these publications, and you’re willing to help out, please send the lists to email@example.com as well.
This list isn’t exclusive, and lists not mentioned above are definitely welcome, too. However, there are a few requirements in what lists to include:
- The lists must be published, either in a newspaper, magazine or TV/radio program. Please do not send in your personal favorites, unless you were a published critic during this timeframe.
- The list must have been published within a few months of the end of the year that is being discussed. Please don’t send me lists that were published in the 2000s regarding the best movies of 1975.
- The lists should be from the publication’s critic – not from readers who write in to the newspaper to list their favorites.
Finally, to help determine which publications to look through, I have included lists of critics that are currently included for 1970 – 1985, which are available at here.
Critics Top 10