YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike (trans. YU 100: the Greatest Yugoslav Rock and Pop Music Albums) is a book by Duško Antonić and Danilo Štrbac, published in 1998. It features a list of top 100 former Yugoslavpopular music albums, formed according to the poll of 70 Serbian music critics, journalists, artists and others.
The voters were music critics, journalists, artists closely associated to the former Yugoslav popular music scene, and others. There are only several musicians among them. Each of them suggested ten former Yugoslav popular music albums he considers the greatest, and the second part of the book features short biographies of every one of them, and each one's choice of ten albums. The list was completed according to their suggestions. The voters were:
Funny thing, those top ten albums of Yugoslav rock (out of one hundred of them), because if you apply the weighted points system for those sort of success lists (ten points for the first one, nine for the second, eight for the third, one for the tenth), turns out Azra gets the top spot (as it should, although that wasn't the intention of those that organized the voting, limited, by the way, to Belgrade), which is something nobody would think, as, of course, Idoli are the first, then comes the Belgrade trio [Šarlo Akrobata, Električni Orgazam, Idoli], then all the others, while, among the one hundred albums, the most successful is Dugme, then Čorba, then me (no, I'm not regretting). So, another proof that neither me, nor Tesla belong to that company.
It doesn't mean much to me, because it doesn't really match my opinion. For instance, I think that Kako bubanj kaže didn't turn out like it should have. Although there are good songs on it that we still play, I believe that it's one of two weakest albums by Orgazam. I think that Lišće prekriva Lisabon deserves to be on that list much more.
On one hand, I was glad. It's nice when someone remembers you, when you hear that someone appreciates your work, as they say: 'It was not all in vain". And on the other hand, I believe that lists and similar 'rankings' aren't realistic. This is a great number of opinions of relevant people, but if it were other hundred, or if the poll was organized a few years earlier, the result might haven't been the same. It does't mean much to me [the fact that Odbrana i poslednji dani is ranked No.1 and Paket aranžman is ranked No.2]. Still, it was a long time ago, and the life goes on, bringing new, going things, which, from these point of view, seem more important made me happier. [...] It's interesting, the fact that the places [Idoli] albums took are inversely proportional to the number of copies sold. I really don't know if the list is 'fair', and if some album is missing, overrated or underrated. Still, it's just a matter of taste, and in matters of taste...
For the same text, Vedad Hadžiabdić, Teška Industrija guitarist (whose album Teška Industrija was ranked No.95), stated:
In my opinion, it includes everything that was important on the Yugoslav rock scene. [...] From this point of view, I think that Teška Industrija could have been ranked a little higher. Anyway, I'm glad that we're among 100 greatest.
I never attached all that much importance to these types of lists because, in the end, it's just a collection of individual viewpoints. Of course, having said that, back 15 years ago when they told me I made the list, I was a bit surprised, and it wasn't like I wasn't glad. My thinking is similar today, some things have definitely been unjustly omitted, and a lot of the overrated albums have been included. Besides, you can just glance through the list and look at each album individually for a few moments, and ask yourself 'how many of these songs have successfully stood the test of time', 'how many of them are still alive today'. The answer explains a lot of things... My 98th [sic!] place is great, as far as I'm concerned [...] The album Istina features the song "Pogledaj dom svoj, anđele", and it has been ranked at No.43... That made me laugh...