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Once again, it’s that time of year for journalists to fill their editorial holes with thousands of “Best of the Year” lists. But with so many websites competing for attention, how do you decide which lists are worth your time? To help, I’ve compiled the Top 10 Best “Top 10 Best Lists of 2015” of 2015.
BoredPanda’s Best Drone Photos Shot In 2015: There are plenty of best photography collections out there, but with the explosion in consumer drone technology comes a new form of aerial pics. (Last month I saw a quad copter buzzing my house, so I’m thankful there were no photos of me shirtless in the backyard chucking grapefruit at that infernal contraption.)
IGN’s Best Games of the Year: I don’t know anything about video games outside of Solitaire and Scrabble (and whatever annoying thing my kids are into this week), but gaming news site IGN lists the hottest apps swamping millennials’ playstations.
Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2015: Pitchfork is a famously snobby site for music hipsters, which means it’s essential reading for me. If nothing else, just memorize a few titles so you can casually dismiss whatever pop dreck your oh-so-basic friends are chatting up at the New Year’s Eve party.
TV.com’s Most Painful Cancellations of 2015: Being a smug hipster, my favorite shows are the ones quickest to meet the axe every season. But what is the “Firefly” of 2015? Check out TV.com so you’ll know what to binge-watch online.
The Week’s Best Fiction of 2015: Every new year, I make a resolution to read more fiction, since my shelves and Kindle are swamped with almost nothing but non-fiction from the previous year. To help all of us get back to a purer form of storytelling, The Week’s editors told us what we need to read instead.
AV Club’s best movie trailers of 2015: In a world where busy people have neither the time nor the money to watch the latest releases, the Internet makes it easy to get a quick summary of what you missed. Set aside 25 minutes and watch this collection of trailers so you’ll at least be conversant in cinema as awards season rolls around.
Creative Bloq’s Best Design Infographics of 2015: Before I was a writer, I was a graphic designer, and I’m always looking for the best in that category. Infographics are increasingly popular, but most are a tangled mess of percentages and pie charts. Here are 10 masterpieces that inform and inspire.
Washington Free Beacon’s 2015 Men of the Year: Biff Diddle, the Free Beacon’s public editor and my long-time Bukhashi partner, reminds us of the year’s manliest men and their manliest deeds. We are truly not worthy.
Vulture’s Best Memes of 2015: Technically speaking, a meme is “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” But today memes are mostly semi-funny GIFs and JPEGs that spread over the Internet like a virus only to be forgotten a week later. Vulture helps us remember.
ForTheWin’s Best Sports Moments of 2015: We all can say who won the big game of our favorite sport, but we often struggle to recall those moments that captured the imaginations of us frustrated quarterbacks, shortstops, and wicket-keepers throughout the long year.
If you happen to have a favorite Best of 2015 list, share it in the comments!