Tis the season to .. make top ten lists

Wed Dec 9, 2009 11:35am EST
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Tis the season to be jolly -- and to make a list, with the end of decade sparking them galore ranging from the top words of the decade, to the top celebrity, or the stupidest gifts for the person with everything.

As 2009 ends the first decade of the 21st century, organizations are cranking out lists for the ultimate items or experiences of the decade called the noughties, aughts or even the naughties with websites hungry for bite-sized reads.

"Lists are quick and easy to digest compared to an in-depth article and often people are looking for quick information," said Nicole Feenstra, a travel editor at Canadian website Canoe.ca.

Media tracking company Global Language Monitor crowned "global warming" as the top word of the decade, followed by 9/11, as in the 2001 attacks on the United States and the last name of U.S. President Barack Obama.

The rise of China was deemed the decade's most read news story by the firm, but its choice of "twitter" as top word of 2009 was in dispute, with the New Oxford American Dictionary opting for "unfriend," referring to the action taken by users of the social networking site Facebook who have tired of a contact.

Language reference publisher Merriam-Webster Inc. said the word of the year was "admonish" after it topped its list of most searched words for three days when the White House announced plans to admonish Republican Joe Wilson for an outburst during a speech by Obama.

Lists of the best albums and best songs were produced by multiple organizations but rapper Jay-Z sorted that out by declaring his album "The Blueprint" the best of the decade.

Eminem was crowned best-selling artist of the decade by sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan while Billboard named Canadian Daniel Powter as the top one-hit wonder of the decade after his song "Bad Day" topped the U.S. charts for five weeks in 2006.   Continued...

<p>Rap artist Eminem performs during the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles June 27, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>