Looking for a list of top-ranked companies, cities, actors, and so on? Your number one choice should be Gary Price's List of Lists.
The List of Lists (LOL) is a database of, well, lists. It began as a single web page in 1998, a hobby of reference librarian Gary Price. Like many of the other collections of web resources Gary has compiled, he made the lists of lists freely available on the web.
The LOL grew quite popular, but Gary's commitment to other projects and speaking engagements made the upkeep of the LOL impossible. In late 2000, Gary approached Trip Wyckoff, who ran a site called Specialissues.com, about taking over the upkeep and expansion of the LOL.
It took Wyckoff some time to transfer the LOL from an unwieldy web page to an easily maintainable database, but finally, in October 2002, the LOL was transferred to Wyckoff's Specialissues.com web site.
The LOL is organized by subject. Links to alphabetical categories appear on the right column of each page -- click on one of these links to access the individual lists included within that category.
Alternately, you can access a masterlist of all magazines available in the LOL. The masterlist entry pulls all of a magazine's rankings from all of the different subject headings into one place.
What kinds of lists can you find in the LOL?
Categories run the gamut, from agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting to wholesale trade and warehousing.
Popular lists such as the "500" lists published by Forbes and Fortune magazines are included, but you'll also find more obscure lists like the Metal Construction News Top 100 Metal Builders and Marketers list, Government Executive magazine's Top 100 Defense Contractors, and Pit & Quarry's MegaProducers (top crushed stone, and sand and gravel operations).
Although it's a database, there is no formal "search function" for the LOL. This isn't a problem, though -- you can easily search for content within each of the subject headings using your browser's "Find" function.
Although other parts of Specialissues.com are fee-based, no password is needed to access the LOL. Price and Wyckoff feel this is an important resource to the Internet community and will maintain it as such.
Gary Price's List of Lists
Click on the links on the right column, organized by category.
Gary Price's List of Lists By Magazine
Each masterlist entry pulls all of a magazine's rankings from all of the different subject headings into one place.
NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.