With all of the risk that I am undertaking with this review method, it is this category that provides the most uncertainty, and is certainly the most questionable in terms of how to rate music. If I were only judging musical quality and wanting to find the best written piece, this category would not be needed. I would be fine with reviewing music based on the other three categories. However, I am not just looking for the best, I am looking for the greatest. There is a difference, and the difference is the inclusion of this last category. Essentially, this category will take into account the historical importance and popularity of the music, as well as the traceable influential effects it has had on other music. It is not judging anything overtly musical, and so it is less weighted than the other categories, being out of only 30 points.
This category sets up a paradox: how can I scale and give value to something intangible? It will certainly be the toughest category for me to rate. When definitively rating music like this, it is only right to honor the music that has, for whatever reason, risen to high status within the music world. For what it is worth, there is no way I am able to rate a track from Michael Jackson’s album Thriller as being less great than a song by the band Lemon Jelly, simply because of its influential prowess. I will not rate a Frohberger toccata for harpsichord as greater than a movement from a J.S. Bach oratorio for the same reason. This category is to ensure that influential and important music gets a rating that they better deserve when going up against music of all kinds. It is a category that will not have too much effect on anything else, which means that new music is certainly welcomed in this blog and will not be overshadowed by older music.