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My Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list

Here’s my top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists:

  1. The Top Ten Top Ten Lists of All Time

  2. TopTenz Miscellaneous

  3. MetaCritic music lists

  4. Smosh’s Top Ten Top Ten Lists of 2011

  5. Top Ten 2011 Top Ten Lists about CleanTech

  6. Top Ten of top ten horror movie lists

  7. NYT Top Ten Top Ten Lists for 2011

  8. Top Ten Top Ten Lists about Agile Management

  9. Top Ten Top Ten Video Lists of 2011

  10. Brand Media Strategies Top Ten Top Ten Lists

Come on, people! If just nine more of you compile top ten top ten top tens we can take it up a level!

Bonus: The media can’t get enough of top ten lists. When they run out, they write about why they write about top ten lists:

  1. The New Yorker

  2. Forbes

  3. NPR

  4. NY Times

  5. Discover

  6. CBS

  7. Poynter


[Later that day:] I’ve removed one from the list so that there are actually ten, not eleven. Oops. (And again, later, because I am a @#$%ing moron.)

35 Responses to “My Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list”

  1. Technically you need 10 more, otherwise you couldn’t call it a “Top” 10.

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  9. You don’t need 10 more, you need 9 more and it’s been that way ever since the ancient Babylonians conceived of zero as a number. 10 items on top, zero below. The 10 items on top are the top 10. You don’t need 11 people in a double decker bus in order for 10 people to occupy the top. Your correction is incorrect.

  10. Metal, I believe Michael’s point was that if there are only 10 items, you cannot have a “top ten” list, because “top” implies that there are some items that did not make the list. If there are only ten in existence, then it’s simply a list of the items, not a top ten. “Top” here is not spatial (as in your bus example) but expresses an act of preference; if the list is exhaustive, no preference has been expressed.

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  12. DavidW, why can’t you have a top ten list with just ten total items? If I finish a race first, and I’m the only racer, didn’t I finish in first place? I also finished in last place. I also was the best racer. I also was the worst.

    Something can be categorized multiple ways, it isn’t problematic. If you have one jar on a counter, you can call it the “biggest jar” on the counter; it’s not logically incoherent, though it isn’t an efficient use of language.

    Even if we disagree on that, it would still be wrong to say that you need a full 10 more lists–making 20 total– to compile a top ten… you’d only need 1 more, so that you have 11 total. With 11, you could still have a “top ten” and exclude someone.

    That said, I don’t think the exclusion is necessary anyway. The top ten can also be the bottom ten.

  13. Nick, you’re technically right (it seems to me), but it would be a weird use of language to say that some set is the top ten if there are only ten in the set. Someone could call you out on it, just as they would if you claimed to win a race in which you were the only competitor.

    I don’t think anyone is saying that you need 20 items before you can have a top ten…

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  23. late to this particular party but I had this idea too:

    Also! The number #1 link (The one by James Altucher) doesn’t count as a “top ten top ten” because it’s just the top ten lists period, including the bill of rights and the 8-fold path, which are not top anything. Sorry to nitpick but we are making history ;-0

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