Why does there have to be a best?

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  1. Oriondk

    Oriondk Member

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    It’s all subjective. Best jazz guitarist? Best pop rock song of all time? Best ballad of the 80s? Best whatever? Who really cares?
     
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  2. John Quinn

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    I think people enjoy lists - and rating their favorites.
     
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    I'm with the OP though, the proliferation of Best threads is kinda getting overdone. Easy enough to ignore, thankfully.
    The idea that one piece of 'art' is better than another is weird to me though.
    I guess it's better than the girl and cat memes.
     
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    It's a value thing. People like searching out the best value for effort.
     
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    Anacharsis Supporting Member

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    Absolutely. There is no best. It's fine to talk about, of course, but I think the strident arguments serve no purpose but to take some of the joy out of music, IMO.
     
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    “The best, Jerry, the best!!”
     
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    Carltone Gold Supporting Member

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    ‘Cause we all know who and agree what is the worst!
     
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    I dunno, every time I see a "What is the best ____?" thread, it seems to only take a couple responses before someone points out that "best is subjective."

    And thank goodness, because I prefer finding and exploring new sounds, and hearing new musicians. Even if they are not the "best".

    If there were a "best", how long before someone pushes the boundaries to make something new & exciting, and maybe even better than the old best?
     
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  11. Oriondk

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    Yeah, there’s more of an argument for who’s best when there’s more of an objective measurement, like in sports. When it comes to music or anything artistic, there’s really only opinion and personal taste.
     
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    OP, are you suggesting we have theads that ask, "What's an adequate such-and-such?":dunno
     
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    Most people know that it's all subjective, but even so, there are things in music that have had a big impact on lots of people, and there are things that haven't. To some extent, it can be interesting to know what has had a big impact.
     
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    For some people the best is not enough, but there can only be one bestest.
     
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    Well, second best. ;)
     
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    The idea is useful *only* as a tool to interrogate How you define Best and Why that Artist?

    I find TGP List threads to be un-good for the most part. But, personally? Hearing Jeff Beck when I was 16 and “realizing” that I felt he was “the best” was a big deal. He became a standard, a landmark I could lay out a map against.

    But assessing a list that includes Home Sweet Home and Every Rose has its Thorn in it? Not sure how that helps one’s critical thinking.
     
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    "The West is the best"

    Other than North, South, and East...
     
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    We must consensus
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    Right? Yay or Nay?
     
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    Muddy Waters said work to be good. There is no best. Just good.
     
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    Entirely a Wild Ass Guess:

    I think it's our brain trying to create benchmarks. Part of the whole tool-making evolutionary thing, involves use of the hands combined with judgement of results. So we continually search for better ways to do things - our brain assigns a quality rating for what is being done - and we automatically apply this to other people doing the same things.
     

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