Who decides what meets that standard? No single writer. No editorial board. No consensus by committee. No superstar-studded jury (though there are some luminaries in this bunch). Those formats all have value. But what makes this list different — and maybe a little weird but, to me, always insightful — is that each contributor makes their own pick.
What's nice about a list like this is the variety (and the unusual picks) that wouldn't be selected through consensus. It's not just a top ten of the latest trends.