Premature Top 10s

It’s only December 3 and already I’m seeing top 10 lists for 2014.

I know people want to get out ahead of the crowd. And yet, December is 1/12 of the year. It seems likely that something rating in the top 10 of anything might happen in that last 1/12. Can a top 10 list for any given year really be accurate if it’s compiled before January 1 of the following year?