This isn't a tourney, it's a structured poll. The idea is this. Let's say you have someone unfamiliar with a particular genre. What 10 albums would be essential for that person to get started and understand what the genre is all about. Obviously these have to be great albums, though not necessarily the greatest since accessibility is also important. The genres are: Rock Blues Soul Jazz Country Reggae Classical Opera Hip-Hop/Rap/Dance Gospel World Folk Soundtracks These are ALL broad genres that have lots of sub-genres, but I think it's a good breakdown. Each person gets to 'nominate' 3 from as many areas as you wish. There are no seconds, all nominations will be part of the later voting to select the 10 essentials for each genre. Feel free to nominate less that 3 and also, don't feel like you have to nominate for all categories. I certainly am not knowledgable enough to put my 2 cents in on the Hip-Hop category. Please list the genres and your nominations. However, genres are tricky things and some nominations may get moved. One last thing. While it's not banned, try to limit greatest hits and box sets. In the case of Robert Johnson, the complete works makes sense as a nomination. In the case of Led Zeppelin a box set of all their work really isn't as valid as nominating Led Zeppelin 4. On the other hand a box set such as the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz is a great nomination. Use your own judgment. BTW, look for a similar thread on essential movies. EDIT: I forgot to mention that for classical and opera, we're not going to focus on the particular performance. In other words, Symphony #7 - Beethoven is what we're after not Toscani's version. Also, for the most part you should pick a single work such as a symphony, except where the works are very short, e.g., all of Chopin's Etudes would be acceptable as one entry.