Album of the Year (website)

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Album of the Year popularly known by the initialism AOTY is a website that aggregates reviews of music albums. For each product, a numerical score from each review is obtained and the total is averaged. An excerpt of each review is provided along with a hyperlink to the source. Ratings are averaged and albums ranked in a chart intended to give an overall picture of critical appraisal of current releases, based on the averaged score out of 100. Short extracts of the review are provided, with hyperlinks to the original article.

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Many review websites give a review grade out of five, out of ten, out of a hundred, or even an alphabetical score. AOTY converts such a grade into a percentage.

In the media

AOTY is often used by magazines such as No Ripcord, [1] Drowned in Sound and Consequence of Sound to refer to their rating. On 13 February 2015 the website Consequence of Sound published an article about the "sophomore album slump". [2] Study organizers began with Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time, published in March 2013. From there, they reviewed the aggregation website AOTY, comparing the scores of 80 debut records with their follow-ups. 66.25% of the time, the grades dropped, which the article took as evidence of the "sophomore slump" phenomenon.

Drowned in Sound, sometimes abbreviated to DiS, is a UK-based music webzine financed by artist management company Silentway. Founded by editor Sean Adams, the site features reviews, news, interviews, and discussion forums.

<i>Consequence of Sound</i> American music website

Consequence of Sound (CoS) is an independently-owned Chicago-based online magazine featuring news, editorials, and reviews of music and movies. In addition, the website also features the Festival Outlook micro-site, which serves as an online database for music festival news and rumors.

A sophomore slump or sophomore jinx or sophomore jitters refers to an instance in which a second, or sophomore, effort fails to live up to the relatively high standards of the first effort. It is commonly used to refer to the apathy of students, the performance of athletes, singers/bands, television shows, films and video games (sequels/prequels).

On 5 August 2017, AOTY added The Needle Drop rating. [3]

On 12 January 2018, AOTY added The Observer .

Similar sites

The site is similar to other review aggregator websites such as Metacritic and AnyDecentMusic? in that it gathers reviews to assess critical acclaim.

A review aggregator is a system that collects reviews of products and services. This system stores the reviews and uses them for purposes such as supporting a website where users can view the reviews, selling information to third parties about consumer tendencies, and creating databases for companies to learn about their actual and potential customers. The system enables users to easily compare many different reviews of the same work. Many of these systems calculate an approximate average assessment, usually based on assigning a numeric value to each review related to its degree of positive rating of the work.

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.


Once an album or release has five reviews from different sources, it enters the current Best Albums chart.

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  1. "Want to keep track of all of our 2015 review scores? The folks at @aoty got you covered". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. "Proof the "sophomore album slump" is a real problem". Consequence of Sound. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. Fantano, Tony. "I wanna thank @aoty for including my reviews and scores in their aggregated rankings. It means a lot and shows they're on the ball". Retrieved 6 January 2018.