- Decide who the very best contenders are. (Don’t forget Gustav Mahler.)
- Count them. For the sake of example, suppose there are sixteen.
- Rename your quest: to create the Top 16 list, and include them all.
Mr. Tommasini might complain that being so inclusive is not exciting enough, so here’s a compromise: If there are sixteen worthy candidates, make a “Top 15” list, and agonize over who gets the axe.