I recently received (It is a long story!) a hard drive containing Mint Cinnamon, the premier desktop of the long-time run-away number 1 distro on the famous list. Of course, I couldn't resist trying it, and I was totally taken aback. It was slow, applications were out-of-date, the availability of do-everything GUI's really added nothing that couldn't be done better by just editing a configuration text file, and the software manager sucked. There is more inventiveness in Gobang, a distribution that cannot even get on the Distrowatch top 100 list.
The Distrowatch top 100 list is grossly misnamed and does a real disservice to Linux in general. It is self-perpetuating; of course, viewers, at least when they first go there, hit on the top 4 or 5. Who would choose number 87 or number 37, or anything low, when a number 1 or 2 is equally available? So the top ones are firmly cemented in forever, and everyone else muddles around below with little chance of moving up. Distrowatch could just be a positive service providing information and links if they didn't muddy things with a list which does nothing but mislead.