Top 20 TV, Movies, Songs Revisited

A few years back I released my list of Top 100 TV shows, movies, and songs on RyanGlanzer.com. I’m not nearly as ambitious to do 100 again, but I’ve decided to re-rank my top 20 things. Here are side-by-side looks at then and now.

TV Shows
As we can see, seven new shows enter the Top 20 that weren’t there in 2007. To make room for those seven shows, virtually all the old shows went down in the rankings except for the top two, and surprisingly Curb which went up 2 spots and Frasier which went up 1.

* NR = Not previously ranked

2011 2007
1. Seinfeld (=) Seinfeld
2. Freaks & Geeks (=) Freaks & Geeks
3. The Sopranos (NR) The Office (BBC)
4. Dexter (NR) Arrested Development
5. Six Feet Under (NR) The Wonder Years
6. Arrested Development (-2) Scrubs
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (+2) The Office (NBC)
8. The Wire (NR) Little House on the Prairie
9. The Office – BBC (-6) Curb Your Enthusiasm
10. Frasier (+1) The Simpsons
11. The Office – NBC (-4) Frasier
12. 30 Rock (NR) Three’s Company
13. Scrubs (-7) American Idol
14. The Simpsons (-4) Family Guy
15. The Wonder Years (-10) Friends
16. Little House on the Prairie (-8) Saved by the Bell
17. Three’s Company (-5) Reno 911
18. How I Met Your Mother (NR) Jeopardy
19. Family Guy (-5) Full House
20. I Shouldn’t Be Alive (NR) Heroes

Movies
The movies got shuffled around big-time thanks to our Best Picture project. Yet #1 stayed the same, and a few others curiously moved up as well. 11 of the 20 are Best Picture winners. The biggest fall was Clerks II from #3 straight off the list entirely.

2011 2007
1. Dazed and Confused (=) Dazed and Confused
2. Sideways (+2) Pulp Fiction
3. The Sting (NR) Clerks II
4. Pulp Fiction (-2) Sideways
5. Dances With Wolves (NR) Big Fish
6. The Best Years of Our Lives (NR) The Shawshank Redemption
7. Kingpin (=) Kingpin
8. Inglorious Basterds (NR) Forrest Gump
9. Back to the Future (+1) Dumb & Dumber
10. The Godfather Part II (NR) Back to the Future
11. The Silence of the Lambs (NR) American Beauty
12. Big Fish (-7) Happiness
13. American Beauty (-2) Good Will Hunting
14. The Sound of Music (NR) Garden State
15. The Godfather Part I (NR) Finding Forrester
16. Forrest Gump (-8) There’s Something About Mary
17. The Shawshank Redemption (-11) Little Miss Sunshine
18. Mrs. Miniver (NR) A Beautiful Mind
19. Kramer vs. Kramer (NR) Pan’s Labyrinth
20. Field of Dreams (NR) Waiting for Guffman

Songs
This is a much tougher one to determine because there are so many more to choose from. I didn’t sit down and put a ton of thought in to the re-rankings, but I used my iTunes 5-star rating system and play counts as guides to help determine the best of the best. The top three remain unchanged, yet 12 songs dropped off the chart totally.

2011 2007
1. “1979” Smashing Pumpkins (=) “1979” Smashing Pumpkins
2. “Fight Test” Flaming Lips (=) “Fight Test” Flaming Lips
3. “For Crying Out Loud” Meat Loaf (=) “For Crying Out Loud” Meat Loaf
4. “The Good Life” Weezer (+6) “Across the Sea” Weezer
5. “Spaceman” The Killers (NR) “Old Flame” Alabama
6. “This Time of Year” Better Than Ezra (+1) “Flake” Jack Johnson
7. “Bat Out of Hell” Meat Loaf (+6) “This Time of Year” Better Than Ezra
8. “The Book of Love” Peter Gabriel (NR) “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” Meat Loaf
9. “Somewhere with You” Kenny Chesney (NR) “Sad Lookin Moon” Alabama
10. “Everybody’s Changing” Keane (+10) “The Good Life” Weezer
11. “Breathe Me” Sia (NR) “Neon Moon” Brooks & Dunn
12. “Take Me Down” Alabama (NR) “Livin on a Prayer” Bon Jovi
13. “Love in the First Degree” Alabama (NR) “Bat Out of Hell” Meat Loaf
14. “Across the Sea” Weezer (-10) “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night” Bon Jovi
15. “Another Cup of Tea” Tuesday’s Robot (NR) “Buddy Holly” Weezer
16. “Misery and Gin” Merle Haggard (NR) “Everlasting Love” Howard Jones
17. “Bad for Good” Meat Loaf (NR) “Tonight Tonight” Smashing Pumpkins
18. “Lose You” Pete Yorn (NR) “Oh Boy” Buddy Holly
19. “It Felt Good on My Lips” Tim McGraw (NR) “The Damage in Your Heart” Weezer
20. “Sandstorm” Darude (NR) “Everybody’s Changing” Keane
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