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, if you take the top ten albums of Yugoslav rock (out of one hundred of them) and apply the weighted points system that gets used for those sort of lists (ten points for the first spot, 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 the people who organized the voting that was, by the way, limited to the local Belgrade cocoon), which is something that occurs to no one because, naturally, in the actual list Idoli are on top, 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 bitter). So, another proof that neither myself nor Tesla belong to that company.
To be honest, it doesn't mean much to me because it doesn't quite match my opinion. For instance, I think Kako bubanj kaže didn't quite turn out the way it was supposed to. Although there are good songs on it that we still play, I believe it's one of the two weakest Orgazam albums. I think Lišće prekriva Lisabon deserves to be on that list much more.
On the one hand, I was glad — it's nice when someone remembers you, when you hear that someone appreciates your work; "It was not all in vain", as they say — and on the other hand, I believe that lists and similar 'rankings' don't reflect reality. Sure, this is a collection of a great number of relevant people's opinions, but if it were another hundred people being polled, or had the poll been organized a few years earlier, the result might not have been the same. [The fact that Odbrana i poslednji dani is ranked No.1 and Paket aranžman is ranked No.2] doesn't mean much to me. It was a long time ago, after all, and life goes on, bringing new things that are more current and contemporary, which from this point of view seem more important to me and have, I think, been more fulfilling to me. [...] It's interesting that the ranking of the [Idoli] albums on this list is inversely proportional to the number of copies they sold. I really couldn't tell you if the list is fair, or whether some album is missing, or if some of those that made the list are overrated/underrated. It's just a matter of taste after all, and in matters of taste...
In the same online piece, 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 Teška Industrija could have been ranked a bit higher. Anyway, I'm glad that we're among the 100 most important.
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!] spot is great, as far as I'm concerned [...] The Istina album features "Pogledaj dom svoj, anđele", and it's been ranked at No.43... That made me laugh...