Pazz & Jop 2004

The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop Poll — a survey of critics on the best music of 2004 — is out… and even though I thought I might have missed their deadline, my ballot apparently got to the Voice in time. See here for the winners of the poll. (Kanye West? Yeah, it’s good, but just not my thing, I guess.) See here for my own ballot. Any regrets? My list would be a little different if I compiled it today, but not that much different. The Arcade Fire’s still tops in my book for 2004.
I will admit my singles list is sort of half-baked, compiled on the spur of a moment when I realized I had to get my ballot in ASAP. Most of these songs were not even real singles, but then, I don’t think that really matters these days. Looking at this list now, I’m thinking: Man, I’ve got to hear those songs again.