1996 Year End Charts & Awards
Updated March 13, 1997
Jon tells us:
Chris Phillips tells us:
Listeners at Triple J radio station in Australia have made Professional Widow #98 on the Hottest 100 Countdown for 1996.
You may recall seeing on this web site a few weeks ago a request to vote for Tori on Philadelphia's WXPN radio station's listener's poll. Steve Pielocik now has the results of this poll! We both thank all of you who voted for Tori. Also, on January 10 1997, the Philadelphia Inquirer printed a story about Tori fans spamming the stations email address with votes! :
"Though it's not as high as we all may have liked, Boys For Pele has been ranked number 11 in WXPN's countdown. It's still wonderful exposure for this fabulous album and number 11 certainly is not too shabby for a critically panned album." Here is the top 20:
1 - Lyle Lovett - "The Road To Ensenada"
2 - Shawn Colvin - "A Few Small Repairs"
3 - REM - "New Adventures In Hi-Fi"
4 - Fiona Apple - "Tidal"
5 - Counting Crows - "Recovering The Sattelite"
6 - Dar Williams - "Mortal City"
7 - Nil Lara - "Nil Lara"
8 - Dave Matthews Band - "Crash"
9 - Suzanne Vega - "Nine Objects of Desire"
10 - Wallflowers - "Bringing Down The Horse"
11 - TORI AMOS - "BOYS FOR PELE"!!!!!
Not only do the critics at Spin have great taste (see below) but so do its readers. Tori ranked high in 3 categories for the 1996 reader's poll that appears in the Febuary 97 issue. Special thanks to Robbie Heacock and Marci for being the first to tell me!
Best Female Singer
1. TORI AMOS
2. Courtney Love
3. Alanis Morissette
4. Gwen Stephani
5. Shirley Manson
2. TORI AMOS
3. Trent Reznor
4. Alanis Morrissette
5. Marilyn Manson
1. Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
2. Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire
3. Beck - Odelay
4. Tori Amos - Boys For Pele
5. Bush - Sixteen Stone
Ariel's Best Eight Albums (NSR #4: The Best of 1996) was posted to the rec.music.reviews newsgroup. Tori's Boys For Pele ranked #1! The article said (and this is a beautiful review):
"'I'm just coming out of the cell in my brain...'
If there are three things that 1996 will be known for in my mind, they are 1) it's the year I finally got my act together 2) it's the year I finally got my mind together and 3) it's the year Tori Amos released one of the best albums ever made. Really, #3 is, in many ways, responsible or at least partially responsible, for #s 1 and 2. Now, knowing that, I had, at one point, decided to try to be objective about this, and not name my favorite artist as the creator of the the best album of the year. So, I turned off my biases and listened again, and lo and behold, this was still the best of the year. I'm still not entirely sure it's not the best of the last decade or so.
As always, Tori's music is pure in it's sweetness, tainted in it's darkness, and awesome in it's beauty. As always, her voice is that of an angel, but an angel that has touched the dirt of the earth and come away just a little less than clean. And yet, it's different from her previous works. It carries with it a passion, and a pain, that not even Little Earthquakes can match - that Under The Pink can't compare to. To listen to this album is both agony and comfort. It is a genuine catharsis... the most painful kind. It will tear every piece of loneliness and hurt you have inside you from your soul, and make you look it right in the face, just before Tori whispers in your ear that yes, everything will be okay, and starts to stitch you up again. This album will change lives, break hearts, and heal souls.
The word "genius" is too often flung around in the music business, as in the film industry, often being attributed to anyone who can keep a tune, or write one. The word should not be used so frivilously. It should be saved for people who deserve it. And if that's not Tori Amos, I don't know who it is. And if this is not a masterpiece, I don't know what is."
The War Against Silence (#101, Jan 2, 97) is an article that appears in the rec.music.reviews newsgroup. In their Best of 96, Tori's Boys For Pele ranked #4. The comment was:
Radio 1, a big radio station in the UK, did a chart of their listeners' favorite dance tracks of all time and Professional Widow was ranked #27.
RILLOM was the first of many people to tell me about this good news. It shows that the readers of Rolling Stone do not agree with its critics! (Rolling Stone printed a strongly negative review of Boys For Pele early in 1996.) This appears in the January 23 issue:
In the Melody Maker Reader's Poll, Tori ranked 10th in the Best Female Artist category!
Julia tells us:
Angie tells us:
British EWF David Heil posted the following to the rec.music.tori-amos newsgroup:
British EWF Jon sent me this fascinating news:
Milo sent me this:
Dedicated EWF Monica Sanghavi tells us that Boys For Pele was rated the 13th best album of 1996 by Spin Magazine in the January 1997 issue! The description of the album that appears in that issue says:
In Billboard magazine's year-end issue, Boys For Pele was ranked the 100th album of 1996 in terms of sales, and Professional Widow was in the top 10 on the 1996 Dance: Club Play Chart.
In Gavin's year-end charts, Tori is listed several times. Boys For Pele is #32 on the A3 chart and #68 on the College Albums list. Caught A Lite Sneeze is #47 among Alternative Singles.
In the "Best and Worst of 96" issue of Entertainment Weekly, in the Music section, Tori's In the Springtime of His Voodoo got voted for Worst Song Title. How rude!
Tori's name appears in an article on the CNN Web Site from December 25th called Kiss draws most concert crowds in 1996. While she was not in the top 10 list for the year based on ticket gross, her name was mentioned. Many thanks to John, mr. saint for making me aware of this!
"On the plus side, a number of new acts established themselves as solid, if not spectacular, concert draws this year: Alanis Morissette, Oasis, Bush, Smashing Pumpkins, Phish and Tori Amos in particular..."
Jenny posted the following news to the rec.music.tori-amos newsgroup:
I will also add that Tori was also voted 91st best album of all time (for LE) in Atlanta by the listeners of 99X.
Tori devotee Jose has this to say about some stuff that appeared in a Toronto newspaper (I don't know which one) and that were written by a Jane Stevenson:
"It seems that Tori is well received by Toronto music critics because this year she made two different lists. The first one was a "look back at those music makers (who) made news in 1996". Under the category of LOVABLE WEIRDOS: Beck and Tori Amos. She was also in today's paper in the entertainment section:
'Best Concerts of 1996... Without further ado, here are the Top 10 concerts that rocked-or at least rattled- Toronto in 1996.
1. Lenny Kravitz
2. k.d. Lang
3. Aretha Franklin
5. Bob Dylan
6. Rod Stewart
7. TORI AMOS, May 27, Massey Hall: The kooky but lovable Amos completely captivated her audience, whether playing piano or harpsichord (she sat in between the two on stage) and managed to make her "out -there" film images projected onto a large, triangular screen behind her seem perfectly acceptable in the 90's. Amos, a classically trained child prodigy, is a woman of distinct vision and style. May the years not change her into a cynic.
8. Sting w/ Sarah McLachlan
9. Neil Young w/ Oasis
10. Garth Brooks'
Wow!!! She's amongst some pretty huge acts! - but we already knew that. It's nice to have The Dew Drop Inn Tour confirmed as a truly amazing show, but it's too bad that the writer of both columns (Jane Stevenson) has to constantly refer to Tori as "kooky" or "a weirdo"."
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