I tried to be diverse- my first 20 (though I never got to the last 5 I picked) had at least 2 from each of the last 6 decades, and I'm betting I'm the only one who did that. My reward for that? Every last one
of my good friends here voting against me. Numerous
complaints about my newest pick. And RcL- whose stance here I generally agree with- not only not voting for me, but paying no notice to my attempt to cover all decades, and voting for my opponent in round one, who indeed took mostly 70s and 80s stuff. Bitter? Me?
The thing is, the one that wins will be the one that pleases across the board. Some care that new stuff be included. Some just want multiple genres. Some will punish for lists that are "too white." Some just care that the songs be good. I care about all of the above, yet there's no formula for what works for me.
But I think this cup's a good microcosm of the board as a whole- the bottom line is what matters to people is a personal thing- and the one that pleases the most people will be the one that's good across the board
. Which I'm happy about. It probably won't miss out on anything
- old, new, genres, what-have-you. And I vote based on one thing and one thing only- what matters to me. I don't care what you matters to you, or what you think should matter to me. As it should be.