For 10 years, from 1988 to 1997,

a poll of the best albums of the year has been conducted on a number of music related USENET newsgroups. This page presenets the results of those surveys:

These surveys were taken back when the Internet was young and the primary means of electronic communication was through e-mail and USENET newsgroups.  Since the explosive growth of the World Wide Web, many more extensive and similar survey have been made available and have become popular.   I pass the "Bext Music of the Year" torch to these newer and more comprehensive surveys.

I continue to maintain these pages simply as a reference.  The historian and librarian in me makes me think that someone, somewhere, might be interested in the results of these early Internet Polls.

Best albums of the year:

compiled by: Joe Geigel -- last updated 1/14/2000