Rolling Stone picked the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork culled the greatest 500 songs from the last 30 years. And a recent Blender magazine story offered “23 Reasons Why 2009 Will Not Suck.” Lists are a handy tool for music books and magazines, but do they undermine the craft of music criticism? In this week's Soundcheck Smackdown, we debate music lists with Rob O’Connor of Yahoo Music’s List of the Day and Alisa Solomon, who directs the Arts & Culture concentration at Columbia University’s Journalism School.
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