There are twelve songs here, all available for listening in your browser or for download. This track listing is a cross between the best and the most interesting of what I heard last year. I like all of these songs and spent a lot of time listening to the albums they shipped on, but looking back, I have to say that none of the albums I acquired last year truly captured my imagination, really left me ecstatic.
However, I’m not going to make the mistake of interpreting that mild disappointment as an indictment of the state of pop music, or anything so wide-ranging. Even though this playlist is filled largely with newer artists, it’s no accident that for the most part these tunes sound a lot like the bands I was listening to in my twenties. Old age. It happens.
Still, that shouldn’t take anything away from the fact that I think this is a pretty good playlist. I’ve listened to it a few dozen times now as I readied it for publishing, and I still find it really enjoyable. I think you will too if you give it a shot.