Well that was interesting!
I really enjoyed that - not just picking my top ten, but trying to articulate why they were my top ten. In doing so, it inspired me to want to listen to them again.
And my, they are good. Aren't they?
Looking at the list again,we have a pretty even split between English and American bands - and, interestingly, a North-West whitewash for the English bands (albeit with a Manchester bias, and assuming you class Elvis Costello as an honorary scouser at least).
Is that coincidence, or in some way relevant? Is it because (Beatles apart) I was growing up in and around the same cities, at around the same time? Who knows.
Conversely, only one black artist on the list. Now I think I do understand this. I love soul music, and the blues, but my self-imposed criteria forced me to ignore compilations, and the bulk of my soul, reggae and blues collections are made up of singles compilations. Stevie Wonder is, unusually, a soul artist with as much of an album pedigree as a singles pedigree. (That said, Marvin, Jimi and Bob Marley were all 'bubbling under' the top ten).
And only one woman on the list. And to be honest, no-one else even close. Again, there are plenty of female performers in the collection, but not many that I listen to on a regular basis, or who overcome my built-in preference for boys with guitars.
But hey, enough of my yakkin'. Just listen to the music. And enjoy.
POSTSCRIPT: A new challenge has come through - having done top ten albums, now do your top ten songs. Now that will require some thought. Watch this space...