Each of the participating critics was asked to select what he or
she considered the ten best records of the year and to a lot them one
hundred points in all, but not more than thirty and not less than five
to any one. Although it was not insisted upon, each was asked to make
at least one choice in six jazz categories, as follows: Big Band (BB);
Small Group (SG), of less than ten pieces; Piano (P); Vocal (V), male,
female or group; Blues (B), vocal or instrumental; and Reissue
(R). For obvious reasons, the Reissue category was kept separate from
the others in deciding the Top Twenty Jazz Albums of 1969.
In the pop field, each participating critic was asked to make at
least one choice in three pop categories, as follows: Pop Group (PG);
Male Vocal (MV); and Female Vocal (FV).
In both jazz and pop divisions critics were further requested to
elect a Musician of the Year, Best Composition of the Year, and Best
Arrangement of the Year.
Eligible albums were those issued between October 1st, 1968 and
September 30th, 1969. Where ineligible albums were voted for, they are
shown in the critic's listing but not included in the final