It's that time of year -- time for making lists! Of course, my personal favorite end-of-year lists are the ones featuring the best and worst movies of the year (I will release mine in a few weeks), but my second-favorite lists are the "top franchise" charts. The granddaddy of the "top franchise" charts is, of course, Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500, which was released this week.

The methodology for selecting the Franchise 500 is an objective one, which is posted directly on the site. It's always interesting to watch the charts and see the new entries, as well as the ones that have risen quickly. You can learn a lot about market and industry trends from reviewing the charts from year to year. To read this year's list, click here.