For the last seven or eight years it has become a bit of a tradition for my friends and I to email each other at the end of the year to share what we think were the musical highlights of the year. It’s a chance to look back at the music we’ve added to our collections, see if any of our selections match up and take the mickey out of anyone who picks something rubbish.
As the years passed the emails developed from a quick list of albums and songs to lengthy reviews of each selection that wouldn’t have been out of place on a trendy music blog or in the back of the NME. Although thoroughly enjoyable to read, the writing side of things became a bit of a chore as I’d try to come up with various different ways of saying “this is a really good song”. For this reason, and because I had a few free hours in the lead up to Christmas I thought I’d scrap the words and focus purely on the stats. I still keep all my music in iTunes and have all my devices synced up so I was able to look at all my play counts and ratings from the year so far. The result was the infographic below.
The results themselves didn’t really surprise me. I listened to a lot of great new music from new artists this year but it was the established bands at the top of their game that produced the best work for me, album wise. With my top songs I decided to avoid anything from the top 5 albums and go for standalone songs that got my head nodding and foot tapping on numerous occasions throughout the year. Yes, Get Lucky is included, I couldn’t help it!
So here it is. Let the abuse of my music taste commence!