To disambiguate: “Top” doesn’t mean “best”, apparently, it means albums you enjoy listening to better than others. Even though you might think certain albums are “better” than the ones you choose, these are the ones you like the best. Placing them in order from 1-5 should not be taken as an indication of relative artistic quality, but personal preference in terms of listening enjoyability. If you have Bobby Snodgrass’ “Live At Wallingford Corn Exchange” at number three, and The Poplins’ “It’s Tupperware Time!” at number five, this means the enjoyment value (the musical “tog rating”, if you will) of the Snodgrass album is palpably greater than The Poplins album, but in a critical sense you feel that the artistic value of each cannot be quantified in the way that enjoyment can. Apparently.
Your Top Five Albums must not appear in the Rolling Stone List Of Top 500 Albums List, even though you might feel your list is compromised by their exclusion. For instance, if you are completely off your fucking head and keen to showcase your Serious Rock n’ Pop Credibility to a peer group that apparently gives a shit about these things and rate Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On?” above all other albums in terms of listening enjoyment, it cannot, sadly, appear in the List Of Your Top Five Albums That Weren’t In The Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums List But Should Have Been. But feel free to choose any other album that shows you as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to rating long-playing records!