List of best apps are quite common on software blogs and sites (I have yet do my take).
Some of them turn into long-running series and Pricelessware is one of the prime examples.
What it does
Pricelessware is a site that holds annual list of freeware, based on alt.comp.freeware newsgroup. It is quite extensive – 2008 version lists over 160 apps in numerous categories.
Selection of software
I can only say that numerous apps from the list were already covered here and rest will be in the future. Pricelessware list is quite distanced from usual hype and as many as known gems it also lists plenty of good but less known software.
Pricelessware is not a part of my usual search routine but it is excellent place to simply discover some new utility. It also holds great value of software history. Only way I know to refresh in memory what apps were hot and popular back in 2000. :)
By the way would you be interested to see such kind of list by Rarst.net?