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Let the lists begin

Michael Tortorich
Michael Tortorich is a reporter for The Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at reporter1 @ weeklycitizen.com.

Santa Claus is not the only one making a list and checking it twice around this time of year.

It’s that time again when the year winds down, and everyone takes a look back at the year that was – and then come the lists.

Lists upon lists upon lists.

The creation of lists has become something of an industry of its own in the media world. The end of the year is generally a dead period anyway when not much goes on. And after all, it is sort of entertaining to take a trip down memory lane, even if it spans only the last 12 months.

The Onion, in all of its cheeky satirical fashion, compiled a list of the top 10 stories of the last 4.5 billion years. “Evolution going great, reports trilobite,” reads one headline. Now that is an all-time list.

Other media outlets have focused their lists to within this new century, by including only the first decade as fair game. ESPN, for example, have been compiling some of the best sports moments since 2000.

People magazine gathered the biggest headline grabbers of the year. In the pop culture world, Tiger and Elin Woods were among the most talked about around the watercoolers.

People’s cover girl, singer Taylor Swift, may be best remembered not only for her country-driven anthems, but also for having her awards speech interrupted by rapper Kanye West.

The music world was abuzz with the unknown-turned-darling Susan Boyle, the red-hot surge of Lady Gaga and the mysterious death of Michael Jackson.

After the King of Pop’s death in June, his name skyrocketed to the top of various online search results. Jackson led searches on Google, Yahoo and Bing for the year.

The viral video of the year went to Boyle’s appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” as it racked up more than 120 million views on YouTube.

While Jackson was the top searched name on Twitter, the biggest event of the year was the Iranian elections, also known as #iranelection in th e Twitter world.

Other Twitter trends that topped the list were fairly typical. The likes of Harry Potter, American Idol and the Super Bowl led the way in the worlds of movies, television shows and sports, respectively.

As of right now, one of the trending topics is Santa.

Perhaps he is working on a few lists of his own. After all, it is that time of year.