RMR’s Rating System Explained!

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You’ll truly find a gazillion of different ways to slice and dice a record. It seems to me that every blog, webzine, or magazine has its own rating method or none at all. Some count to 10 points for their ranking. Others still sport those terrible star things or go for the five-point system.

And – again – others go for the same solution but with half-point ratings in between.1) The accountants and die-hard statistical nerds will probably fancy the count by the hundredth. Easy for the percentage count. But bitch, please.

And RMR?

For those familiar with the beginnings of the RMR blog, we actually started out with these terrible stars. This oldish visual system that came with these godawful plugins that mostly were only good to attract hackers. Which looked like so:

Rating: 5 out of 10.

So, yes, for a while, in an attack of abject geekery, the RMR deck crew indulged in those garish starry things. They actually possessed no real usefulness beyond simply confusing the audience. Apart from looking totally ugly, that is.

On top of it all, if you wanted to know your rating, you needed to count the damned stars. And there’s a lot of them on a scale of ten, which inevitably annoyed everyone.

How does RMR rank records today?

The crew now works with a scale of 10. A numeric system is indeed less prone to fall prey to bad plugins. And it is beautifully adapted to modern ways of data mining. And don’t we love our stats over here. Numbers talk, you know.

Every track is rated individually. And that means every friggin’ one of them. So you bands out there, have care with those intros, outros, interludes, and so on. They all count. The stats wizard at RMR then sums everything up to the total score for the whole record. Plus or minus a point here and there for mood, emotion, or other unfathomable and very subjective cockamamie sentiments.2) We have feelings, too, you now.

The ‘new’ scale!

Okay, we agree. There are a thousand different ways to word something like that. But for all it’s worth, here is our choice. And if you find similarities to other rating definitions out there, well this is because they are all similar somewhat.

10 – Flawless
9 – Crackerjack
8 – Super
7 – Very good
6 – Good
5 – Okay
4 – Subpar
3 – Bad
2 – Wretched
1 – Abysmal
0 – Dead on Arrival

Now, before you cry foul, yes, there actually is a zero-rating on the above listing. Let’s just hope that this one will never be used. And – in truth – it is unlikely because we do make choices before publishing stuff.

So, there you have it. We may also publish this somewhere on the site so that the esteemed visitors can be duly informed.

But never forget, those ratings are only a small part of the review process and of limited importance. What really counts is your content, that stellar music that makes our bloggy world go round.


Ed’s note: This edition replaces the version from June 2021!


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