Whenever New Year is around the corner, the Web is flooded with top 10s, best-of lists and all sorts of summaries and rankings that try to encapsulate a whole year in only a few lines. Web sites and blogs around the world create their own themed lists according to their main topic, so I thought it would be a good idea to create a meta-list; that is, a list with the most interesting lists you can find these days on the Internet. It’s certainly a good summary of the year that’s about to finish.
Most under-hyped apps
In this list published by Lifehacker, Gina Trapani includes a series of apps that she considers deserved more attention during the last twelve months. Songbird, Picasa 3, VLC Media Player and Opera are among them.
Best of Last.fm
The online music service has published a list with the most popular artists, albums and tracks of 2008, based entirely on users’ scrobblings. Coldplay has the most scrobbled song and album, while MGMT top the Artist ranking.
Top searches in Google
In keeping with tradition, Google has published its Google Zeitgeist, a list of the most searched-for terms during 2008. The list varies from one country to another, but the global ranking is topped by Sarah Palin. Kudos to her!
Most downloaded iTunes apps
The App Store features a list where you can see the top downloaded apps of 2008. The list is organized in several categories: games, entertainment, utilities, social networking and music, all in free or paid versions.
Most beautiful icon sets
The design blog Noupe has gathered an impressive collection with the 50 most beautiful icon sets created during this year. You’ll find icons for blogs, for the iPhone, for social networks… and many of them for free.
Best photos of 2008
The top photos of 2008 in Flickr is being created by users themselves. Flickr has asked all Flickr users to choose the best photo they’ve taken this year and add it to the special group “Your best shot of 2008“. Really worth a look!
Top 10 Videogames
Published by the Time magazine, this list includes the top videogames of 2008, though I must say I don’t agree with most of it – except for GTA IV’s first place, that is. The wooden spoon award is for Spore.
Most Pirated PC Games
Funnily enough, Spore does reach number one in the Top Pirated PC games list published by Joystiq. Other games in this list are Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty 4 and Fallout 3. Not something to be specially proud of, I guess.