Best of 2015

Best of 2015: TECHNOLOGY

As I predicted years ago, technology continues to influence our lives in many ways. We are living in the modern age, and the proof is in the technology that surrounds us and makes us human: From phones to computers to the most sophisticated instruments, whether you’re looking inside your body or beyond the stars, you can’t do anything without technology.

best_of_2015_technology copyTechnology keeps pace with the fastest changes in our nonstop world, and that’s what makes it great. And when Silicon Valley heat meets New York City cool — when the bad boys work with the smart guys — it’s explosive. That’s when technology really shines and we get all. The. Feels. And. All. The. Greatest. Technology. And  when it comes to technology, 2015 was no different. We’re talking about technology. So let’s have some fun.

It’s time to celebrate the triumphs of human ingenuity. It’s time to showcase the brilliance of our finest minds. It’s time to list the BEST TECHNOLOGY OF 2015:

10. User-friendly technology

9. Saying “tech” instead of “technology”

8. (TIE) Reading the coolest magazine and web sites about technology / Technology that uses batteries

7. Rolling your eyes at new technology, to suggest you are too cool to care about technology

6. Using technology to improve the quality of your life

5. Buying technology with your hard-earned money

4. Sharing technology with family and friends

3. Finding that new piece of tech that makes you smile

2. Writing and researching new technology

1. Going ALL IN on the hottest technology!!! THIS IS NOT A GAME!!!

Best of 2015: STYLE

photodune-218814-relaxed-young-guy-using-laptop-xs-300x200One of the defining characteristics of style is its changing nature: What may be cool one year could be lame the following year, but then in the next year it could be the hottest thing anyone has ever seen … but then you blink, and the next thing you know everyone hates it again. (Think of what happened with shirts recently.) Good style, however, never goes out of fashion. And 2015 was definitely one of the most stylish years in recent history. Could this be the year good taste finally grew up? Could this be the year when being fashion-forward meant more than following bad trends? Could this be the year style finally came into its own? We will never know. But one thing is certain: 2015 was a great year for style.

Here are the TOP TEN STYLES OF 2015:

10. Interesting styles

9. Classic styles

8. Hot fashions that stand the test of time

7. “Could you do some research on the latest styles and then recommend new eyeglasses for me to buy? Thank you, computer. Entering credit card information now …”

6. (TIE) Breathtaking styles / Tuxedos

5. “Hennnnry!” “Yes, dear?” “How’s my style?” “It’s very nice.”

4. That moment when you realize you have good style

3. Going on twitter to make fun of the styles and then realizing you actually love the styles

2. The newest styles

1. The greatest fashions of style

Best of 2015: TELEVISION

Here it is! The first of my BEST OF 2015 lists! (NOTE: please read this essay before reading this and any future lists.) We’re kicking things off with a bang this year: our first topic is TELEVISION!

Of all the popular art forms, perhaps television had the best year in 2015. Not only did we witness the rise of new platforms — Netflix, AmazonTV, HuluTV — but new ways of watching T.V. shows, like binge-watching and other ways. 2015 was the year when the “boob tube” finally grew up … in fact, from now on maybe we should call it “Dr. Boob Tube, PhD, Chair of the Literature Department.”


This year gave us dramas with the sure-footed pacing of comedies and comedies with the emotional depth of dramas. Not to mention live spectacles (a new twist on an old tradition) and crime documentaries with the same commitment to truth as the finest newspapers! Whether you like it high-def or low-def, via cable or antennas, one thing is certain: T.V. is on the up and up. So let’s celebrate a truly amazing year for television. Here are the TOP TEN TELEVISION SHOWS OF 2015:

10. Riveting premium dramas

9. Informative cable specials

8. Creative animated cartoons

7. Enjoyable comedies

6. Serious television shows with an edge

5. “What a great show”

4. Television programs that kept us guessing … and also kept us SMILING

3. News on your television

2. (TIE) Television shows you can watch in different locations / Programs and related content I saw

1. The best in television shows

And just like that … my lists have begun! Check back soon for more lists.

A Quick Note About My Year-End Lists

The following post is painful, but I think it must be said. I know it will probably be controversial, but I’ve got to be true to myself and say what I feel is right.

I’ve been making my year-end “best of” lists since 2008. That’s seven years, give or take. When I started making my lists, almost nobody else online was making lists. I was one of the first people to realize that the internet was a place where you could make a list about things that happened in a year, and then share that list with other people who might enjoy it. And I capitalized on that realization to everyone’s benefit because my lists are the best.

list2PLEASE UNDERSTAND: I am not saying that I invented lists. Americans have been making lists ever since Henry David Thoreau made a list of the things he needed before he disappeared into Walden Pond. I wasn’t born yesterday — I’m actually one of the smartest people you’ll ever meet — so don’t say I am ignorant of the history of lists. I appreciate our country’s heritage. In America, we are free to make a list: we can type a column of numbers and then, for each number, type something that corresponds to that number, whether it’s the fifth best song of the year, or the third most important takeaway from the Republican debate, or simply: “Number six made me cry.” That is a profound freedom we enjoy, and I don’t take it for granted. Anyone in our country can make a list. But I need to emphasize: When it comes to making lists of the best movies, TV shows, trends, etc. of a given year … I AM THE BEST AT THAT AND I AM ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO DO THAT. If lists are a uniquely American phenomenon, then we must say I am the George Washington of lists.

So why am I bringing up this history? Because when it comes to lists, we have a problem, and I want to propose a solution. I feel that when people look at a year-end list — whether it’s a best-of list, or a worst-of list, or a this-is-what-happened-this-year list, they owe me a debt of gratitude and also a debt of money. Yes, I believe this. Have you ever heard of patent law, or trademark law? It’s the same principle. You can’t steal an idea and pretend it’s yours (and in some instances make it worse than it was before), and expect to get away with it. And I’m sorry, but … that’s what’s happening with all these year-end lists!

GroceryList41So how do we make this right? It’s pretty simple, actually: I am asking that people pay me a small “looking royalty” when they look at a list that I didn’t create. (You can still look at my lists for free.) Why is this fair? Because of one simple reason: Even if I didn’t create the original concept of a “Top Ten Movies of the Year” list (or a similar type of year-end list), what I did create was the idea of doing a good job making lists and trying to get people to look at those lists. And that is what everyone else making lists is trying to do, and that’s the “trademark” of my personal brand, which is “the man who makes the best year-end lists and gets everyone to look at his lists.” Or, to put it in natural dialogue: “Who’s that guy who always makes the best lists and gets everyone to look at them? I want to remember his name.” “Oh, totally! His name is David Rees, he’s the king of lists.”

Here is where you can pay your looking royalty:

 (I can’t post a donation link because PayPal is down. Please send me a check instead.)

As long as I’m writing this personal essay about lists, let me add another thing: It seems web sites’ year-end lists are starting earlier and earlier every year. People put away their Thanksgiving decorations, and the next thing you know, some online magazine is putting out a list of the best movies of the year! America, has it really come to this? How do these people know all the best things of the year have already happened if it’s still early December??? This honestly makes me very mad. And frustrated. So my pledge to you remains: I will NEVER start making my lists before the second week of December. Because everything hasn’t happened yet. Sometimes, when it comes to lists, I honestly can’t tell what the hell is wrong with everyone and sometimes if I think about it too much I toss and turn at night because it just drives me so goddamn crazy and a few weeks ago I almost fell out of bed I was so upset, and I could have hit my head on a wooden box that was near my bed.

Does all this mean I am going to stop making my lists? No. I am committed to my lists, and I am committed to being the best at everything I do. (That’s the secret ingredient as to why my lists are the best.) I will keep making my lists, I will keep sharing my lists, and you will keep loving my lists.

Okay, just wanted to get all that off my chest. Thanks for reading. Rest assured: I believe in lists, forever. My lists will start in a little bit. And it pleases me to say that this year’s lists are better than ever. You are about to enjoy some truly amazing lists. I am the best at lists.


David Rees, a.k.a.

“The King Of Lists”