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At the end of each year, I pull together a list of my favorite new music. These lists are tracks from my favorite albums - not necessarily the best individual songs. They aren't in any best-to-worst order. Songs are listed here in the order I would put them on a playlist. It's like a mixtape recap for the year. I hope you enjoy it.

Because some friends have missed my earlier lists, I've compiled all previous years here. You can use the links on this page to purchase or stream individual tracks.

Latest update: 11/17/2014

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It started as a nice New Year's gift to friends. I would pull together songs from my favorite albums of the year and write extensive notes. Usually there would be a party and a stack of CDs.

It turned into a great way to remember the music I was actually enjoying at the time. Like everyone, my tastes change. Some things stay the same. I'm usually accused of liking anything with organs, handclaps, and horns.
GuardsNot Supposed ToIn Guards We Trust3:34
GenerationalsPut a Light OnHeza3:47
Willis Earl BealComing ThroughNobody Knows.3:55
Alabama ShakesAlways AlrightAlways Alright4:09
Tennis100 LoversSmall Sound - EP2:51
Yeah Yeah YeahsSacrilegeMosquito3:50
LordeRoyalsPure Heroine3:10
Chief KeefBaby What's Wrong With YouAlmighty So2:48
ElephantSkyscraperSkyscraper - Single3:27
FoxygenSan FranciscoWe Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic3:48
GuardsComing TrueIn Guards We Trust3:44
Ty SegallThe WestSleeper3:16
Vampire WeekendObvious BicycleModern Vampires of the City4:11
Dr. DogBroken HeartB-Room3:37
Mount MoriahBright LightMiracle Temple2:54
Katy PerryRoarPRISM3:43
GranvillePolaroidThe Singhles Club3:03
Elephant StoneA Silent MomentElephant Stone5:16
Yo La TengoOhmFade6:48
The Black AngelsDon't Play With GunsIndigo Meadow3:43
Kurt VileWakin On A Pretty DayWakin On A Pretty Daze9:31
Ty Segall & White FenceEasy RyderHair2:24
HowlerBeach SlutsAmerica Give Up3:09
Jack WhiteTake Me With You When You GoBlunderbuss4:10
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosThat's What's UpHere3:52
HospitalityBetty WangHospitality2:13
Alabama ShakesI Ain't the SameBoys & Girls2:56
Kishi BashiBright Whites151a4:13
Andrew BirdLusitaniaBreak It Yourself4:04
JapandroidsAdrenaline NightshiftCelebration Rock4:26
Of Monsters And MenLittle TalksMy Head Is An Animal4:27
Dr. DogDo The TrickBe The Void4:32
Sharon Van EttenGive OutTramp4:19
Cat PowerManhattanSun5:16
Divine FitsBaby Get WorseA Thing Called Divine Fits4:15
FoxygenMake It KnownTake the Kids Off Broadway4:49
Ty SegallLove FuzzTwins3:34
Frank OceanForrest GumpChannel Orange3:15
Shovels & RopeBirminghamO' Be Joyful4:01
The Cave SingersClever CreaturesNo Witch3:15
GenerationalsI PromiseActor-Caster2:39
AlexanderRemember Our HeartAlexander3:17
WoodsWho Do I Think I Am?Sun and Shade2:49
Tune-YardsBiznessW H O K I L L4:24
Thao & MirahElevenThao & Mirah4:01
BeirutSanta FeThe Rip Tide4:14
WilcoI MightThe Whole Love3:59
Smith WesternsDye The WorldDye It Blonde4:10
Alabama ShakesI Found YouAlabama Shakes EP3:01
CultsOh My GodCults3:21
GiversUp Up UpIn Light4:34
Stephen MalkmusSenatorMirror Traffic4:26
Lil WayneSorry 4 The WaitSorry 4 The Wait2:39
Frank Oceannature feelsNostalgia, Ultra3:44
The Black KeysLittle Black SubmarinesEl Camino4:11
Apex ManorTeenage BloodThe Year Of Magical Drinking3:13
Mount MoriahLamentMount Moriah2:33
TennisPigeonCape Dory3:02
The Head And The HeartCats And DogsThe Head And The Heart1:56
Fleet FoxesLorelaiHelplessness Blues4:25
GirlsVomitFather, Son, Holy Ghost6:24
Dr. DogShadow PeopleShame, Shame4:13
GirlsThe Oh So Protective OneBroken Dreams Club3:37
Sharon Jones and The Dap-KingsBetter ThingsI Learned the Hard Way3:40
Fitz & the TantrumsPickin' Up The PiecesPickin' Up The Pieces3:10
Gold MotelPerfect (In My Mind)Summer House3:14
TennisMarathonBaltimore - EP2:38
Family Of The YearChugjugThrough the Trees4:16
Tokyo Police ClubFavourite FoodChamp3:56
The Morning BendersCold WarBig Echo1:44
The Black KeysTighten UpBrothers3:31
Broken Social SceneTexico BitchesForgiveness Rock Record3:50
Best CoastBoyfriendCrazy For You2:30
Lil WayneWith YouI Am Not A Human Being3:49
She & HimGonna Get Along Without You NowVolume Two2:32
Kanye WestLost In The WorldMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy4:17
Sleigh BellsRill RillTreats3:50
Wolf ParadeOh You, Old ThingExpo 865:46
Arcade FireModern ManThe Suburbs4:40
Delta SpiritWhite TableHistory from Below5:09
Surfer BloodSwimAstro Coast3:19
Vampire WeekendCalifornia EnglishContra2:30
Cee Lo GreenFuck YouThe Lady Killer3:43
Floating ActionDon't Stop Loving Me NowFloating Action3:03
The GenerationalsWhen They Fight, They FightCon Law3:20
Dirty ProjectorsCannibal ResourceBitte Orca3:55
Grizzly BearTwo WeeksVeckatimest4:03
Erin McKeownThe RascalHundreds of Lions2:38
Florence + The MachineKiss With A FistLungs2:04
Heartless BastardsOut At SeaThe Mountain3:24
GirlsLust for LifeAlbum2:25
CornershopOperation PushJudy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast4:17
Black Joe Lewis & The HoneybearsGet Yo ShitTell 'Em What Your Name Is!2:49
Mayer HawthorneYour Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'A Strange Arrangement3:03
Andrew BirdAnonanimalNoble Beast4:47
Elvis Perkins In DearlandShampooElvis Perkins In Dearland4:21
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosHomeUp from Below5:03
Jay-ZD.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)The Blueprint 34:15
Pete Yorn & Scarlett JohanssonRelatorBreak Up2:34
Cold CaveLife MagazineLove Comes Close2:57
WilcoYou And IWilco (the album)3:27
Yeah Yeah YeahsHysteric (Acoustic)It's Blitz! (Deluxe Version)3:52
EelsAll the Beautiful ThingsHombre Lobo2:23
Lee Fields & The ExpressionsHoney DoveMy World4:07
Antony & The JohnsonsKiss My NameThe Crying Light2:48
The xxVCRxx2:57
Tokyo Police ClubYour English Is GoodElephant Shell3:12
Noah And The Whale5 Years TimePeaceful, The World Lays Me Down3:37
Vampire WeekendOxford CommaVampire Weekend3:16
Dr. DogThe Rabbit, The Bat & The ReindeerFate3:29
BirdmonsterBorn To Be Your ManFrom The Mountain To The Sea3:26
Fleet FoxesWhite Winter HymnalFleet Foxes2:27
CaesarsStrawberry WeedStrawberry Weed4:07
Stephen Malkmus & The JicksGardeniaReal Emotional Trash2:54
The Hold SteadySequestered in MemphisStay Positive3:33
The RaconteursSalute Your SolutionConsolers Of The Lonely3:00
SantogoldShove ItSantogold3:46
AdeleCold Shoulder193:12
Cat PowerAretha, Sing One for MeJukebox3:12
Conor OberstMoabConor Oberst3:37
Jolie HollandYour Big HandsThe Living And The Dead4:03
Bon IverSkinny LoveFor Emma, Forever Ago3:59
IslandsKids Don't Know ShitArm's Way5:11
The Airborne Toxic EventSometime Around MidnightThe Airborne Toxic Event5:04
JamesWhite BoyHey Ma2:49
Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & The True LovesI'm Gonna Getcha BackRoll With You3:01
Lil WayneLet The Beat BuildTha Carter III5:09
Soul MessengersOur Lord And SaviorSoul Messages From Dimona3:58
Lily AllenSmile (Version Revisited)Alright, Still...3:13
SpoonYou Got Yr. Cherry BombGa Ga Ga Ga Ga3:09
Jay-ZRoc Boys (And The Winner Is.....) (Feat. Kanye West)American Gangster4:12
The Budos BandChicago FalconII2:53
The BeesListening ManOctopus4:47
Rilo KileySmoke DetectorUnder The Blacklight2:58
The Greyboy AllstarsHow Glad I Am (Feat. The Living Sisters)What Happened To Television?2:50
Amy WinehouseYou Know I'm No GoodBack To Black4:17
Jarvis CockerBlack MagicJarvis4:22
Ryan AdamsHalloweenheadEasy Tiger3:24
Andrew BirdScythian EmpiresArmchair Apocrypha4:35
BeirutScenic WorldLon Gisland EP2:53
WilcoImpossible GermanySky Blue Sky5:58
CaribouMelody DayAndorra4:11
I'm From BarcelonaOversleepingLet Me Introduce My Friends2:18
Bright EyesFour WindsCassadaga4:16
Saturday Looks Good To MeAppleFill Up The Room2:52
Josh RitterReal Long DistanceThe Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter2:43
Los Campesinos!It Started With A MixxSticking Fingers Into Sockets1:20
StarsReunion (Jason Collett)Do You Trust Your Friends?3:54
Feist1234The Reminder3:04
Okkervil RiverYou Can't Hold The Hand Of A Rock And Roll ManThe Stage Names4:54
Nina SimoneAin't Got No/I Got Life (Groovefinder Remix)Remixed & Reimagined3:19
Belle & SebastianWe Are The SleepyheadsThe Life Pursuit3:34
Yo La TengoMr. ToughI Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass4:06
PrototypesJe Ne Te Connais PasPrototypes3:00
Gnarls BarkleyCrazySt. Elsewhere2:58
BirdmonsterSpacemanNo Midnight6:50
The M'sMy GunFuture Women4:10
Spank RockSweet TalkYoyoyoyoyo4:12
Cold War KidsWe Used To VacationRobbers & Cowards4:02
DestroyerYour BloodDestroyer's Rubies4:16
Jenny Lewis with The Watson TwinsYou Are What You LoveRabbit Fur Coat2:52
Eef BarzelayBallad Of Bitter HoneyBitter Honey3:34
The Hold SteadyFirst NightBoys And Girls In America4:54
Yeah Yeah YeahsCheated HeartsShow Your Bones3:58
Arctic MonkeysA Certain RomanceWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not5:31
Cat PowerLived In BarsThe Greatest3:44
Ben KwellerSundressBen Kweller4:06
Band Of HorsesSt. AugustineEverything All The Time2:42
Jolie HollandCrush In the GhettoSpringtime Can Kill You3:01
The Long WintersCloudsPutting The Days To Bed3:34
Jimmy SmithStay LooseVerve//Unmixed 33:54
The BraveryPublic Service AnnouncementThe Bravery3:34
Clap Your Hands Say YeahThe Skin Of My Yellow Country TeethClap Your Hands Say Yeah5:43
Ryan Adams & The CardinalsBeautiful SortaCold Roses3:01
MarahThe Dishwasher's DreamsIf You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry3:56
The White StripesMy DoorbellGet Behind Me Satan4:01
Louis XIVPaper DollThe Best Little Secrets Are Kept3:25
StarsThe First Five TimesSet Yourself On Fire3:00
Hot Hot HeatYou Owe Me An IOUElevator3:04
Stephen MalkmusBaby C'monFace The Truth2:44
The New PornographersStreets Of FireTwin Cinema2:41
The Spinto BandJapan Is an IslandNice and Nicely Done3:38
Architecture In HelsinkiIt'5!In Case We Die2:07
Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsThis Land Is Your LandNaturally4:31
Kanye WestTouch The SkyLate Registration3:57
John VandersliceTrance ManualPixel Revolt4:47
The Mountain GoatsThis YearThe Sunset Tree3:52
Erin McKeownYou Were Right About EverythingWe Will Become Like Birds4:03
Sufjan StevensCasimir Pulaski DayIllinois5:53
Broken Social SceneAll My FriendsE.P. To Be You And Me2:42
Bright EyesLuaI'm Wide Awake, It's Morning4:31
Tahiti 80ListenA Piece of Sunshine3:43
G. Love and Special SauceLoveThe Hustle3:39
MarahFreedom Park20,000 Streets Under The Sky4:35
DJ Numark & PomoUnwindBlend Crafters2:47
Vitamin DNo GoodHands On2:30
Loretta LynnHigh On A Mountain TopVan Lear Rose2:44
Ben KwellerJerry Falwell Destroyed EarthFuture Soundtrack for America1:21
The Black Keys10 A.M. AutomaticRubber Factory2:59
Ambulance LtdAnecdoteAmbulance Ltd3:16
Tift MerrittI Am Your TambourineTambourine3:44
Saturday Looks Good To MeUntil The World Stops SpinningEvery Night2:55
Modest MouseFloat OnGood News For People Who Love Bad News3:28
The High Water MarksQueen Of VerlaineSongs About The Ocean3:27
Bright Eyes & Britt DanielLet The Distance Keep Us TogetherHome: The Post-Parlo Records Split CD Series, Volume IV3:24
The Arcade FireRebellion (Lies)Funeral5:10
John VandersliceThey Won't Let Me RunCellar Door3:52
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn & Ginger Brooks TakahashiOh! SeptemberSongs From The Black Mountain Music Project4:11
Preston School Of IndustryCaught In The RainMonsoon3:10
Rogue WaveFalcon Settles MeOut Of The Shadow2:33
Po' GirlTake The Long WayVagabond Lullabies5:32
Mason JenningsBallad Of Paul And SheilaUse Your Voice3:27
Bobby Bare, Jr's Young Criminals' Starvation LeagueThe Terrible SunriseFrom The End Of Your Leash3:07
Belle & SebastianI'm A Cuckoo (by The Avalanches)I'm A Cuckoo3:59
The Black KeysHave Love Will Travelthickfreakness3:04
The Long WintersScared StraightWhen I Pretend to Fall4:17
EelsSaturday MorningShootenanny!2:55
Shelby Lynne10 RocksIdentity Crisis2:45
Yo La TengoGeorgia Vs. Yo La TengoSummer Sun3:59
Mando DiaoLadybring 'em in2:32
The StrokesBetween Love & HateRoom On Fire3:15
The Polyphonic SpreeLight & Day (Orchestral version)US Bonus CD2:47
The ThrillsOne Horse TownSo Much For The City3:14
The Go! TeamLadyflashEstuary English (Music from Memphis Industries Volume One)4:13
WilcoHandshake DrugsMore Like The Moon EP5:11
My Morning JacketMahgeetaIt Still Moves5:56
Yeah Yeah YeahsY ControlFever to Tell4:00
Dressy BessyLipstickLittle Music: Singles 1997-20022:36
CaesarsFun & Games39 Minutes Of Bliss (In An Otherwise Meaningless World)2:22
The ShinsGone For Good (alternate version)So Says I3:07
Camera ObscuraSuspended From ClassUnderachievers Please Try Harder3:46
The Be Good TanyasIt's Not HappeningChinatown2:41
Brendan Benson And The Wellfed BoysAlternative To LoveMetarie Extended Player4:12
Erin McKeownBorn To HumGrand2:11
Johnny CashFather And Son (With Fiona Apple)Unearthed Volume Three - Redemption Songs2:49
Cat PowerI Don't Blame YouYou Are Free3:05
M. WardFool SaysTransfiguration Of Vincent1:49
Rufus WainwrightVibrateWant One2:44
SpoonSomething To Look Forward ToKill The Moonlight2:17
Modest MouseHere It ComesEverywhere And His Nasty Parlour Tricks3:10
DovesPoundingThe Last Broadcast4:45
Ben KwellerCommerce, TXSha Sha3:52
WilcoJesus, etc.Yankee Hotel Foxtrot3:51
CornershopStaging The Plaguing Of The Raised PlatformHandcream For A Generation4:35
Cody ChesnuTTBrother With An EgoThe Headphone Masterpiece Volume 10:13
The RootsThe Seed (2.0)Phrenology4:27
The Apples In StereoWhere We MeetVelocity In Sound2:52
The VinesOuttathaway!Highly Evolved3:02
Cody ChesnuTTLook Good In LeatherThe Headphone Masterpiece Volume 23:55
The Jackson 5ABC (readymade super 524 mix - Konishi Yasuharu)Soul Source Jackson 5 Remixes 25:17
The Flaming LipsFight TestYoshimi Battles The Pink Robots4:14
Rhett MillerThis Is What I DoThe Instigator3:10
Steve EarleAmerika v. 6.0 (The Best That We Can Do)Jerusalem4:19
Brendan BensonTiny SparkLapalco3:15
Badly Drawn BoyYou Were RightHave You Fed The Fish?4:52
Bobby Bare Jr.I'll Be AroundYoung Criminals Starvation League4:36
Spencer DickinsonAway BabySpencer Dickinson3:17
InterpolNYCTurn on the Bright Lights4:19
Johnny CashThe Man Comes AroundAmerican IV: The Man Comes Around4:26
The Black CrowesSoul SingingLions3:53
The StrokesWhen It StartedIs This It?2:57
Russell SiminsJim's ProblemPublic Places2:59
Jay-ZIzzo (H.O.V.A.)MTV Unplugged5:08
John HiattEverybody Went LowThe Tiki Bar Is Open3:20
WhiskeytownBar LightsPneumonia10:28
Ike ReillyHail! Hail!Salesmen And Racists4:35
Pete YornLife On A ChainMusic For The Morning After3:47
Old 97'sSingular GirlSatellite Rides Bonus Disc4:15
Lucinda WilliamsLonely GirlsEssence4:02
Ryan AdamsWhen The Stars Go BlueGold3:31
Stephen MalkmusPink IndiaStephen Malkmus5:54
WeezerIsland In The SunThe Green Album3:20
The AvalanchesFrontier PsychiatristSince I Left You4:48
The Dandy WarholsSolidThirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia3:08
BeulahGene AutryThe Coast Is Never Clear3:35
Badly Drawn BoyOnce Around the BlockThe Hour of Bewilderbeast3:44
The Devil And Bunny Show featuring Adam Duritz and Dave ImmergluckCrossing Muddy WatersI-10 Chronicles/2 - One More For The Road3:38
Erin McKeownLa Petite MortDistillation3:01
Arab StrapLove DetectiveThe Red Thread4:00
The WordAt The CrossThe Word2:40
MarahPoint BreezeKids In Philly2:14
The JayhawksWhat Led Me To This TownSmile4:09
Steve EarleTranscendental BluesTranscendental Blues4:13
White HassleLet It Be MeLife Is Still Sweet3:04
Yo La TengoOur Way to FallAnd then nothing turned itself inside-out4:18
The JayhawksMr. WilsonSmile4:26
Billy Bragg & WilcoAirline To HeavenMermaid Avenue Vol. II4:50
Bono (Lanois)Falling At Your FeetThe Million Dollar Hotel4:54
U2Wild HoneyAll That You Can't Leave Behind3:46
U2New YorkAll That You Can't Leave Behind5:30
Johnny CashSolitary ManAmerican III: Solitary Man2:25
Dar WilliamsAnother MysteryThe Green World3:03
Yo La TengoLet's Save Tony Orlando's HouseAnd then nothing turned itself inside-out4:59
ClintonButtoned Down DiscoDisco And The Halfway To Discontent3:35
North Mississippi AllstarsShake 'Em on DownShake Hands With Shorty4:08
Kid RockAmerican Bad AssThe History of Rock4:32
Aimee MannRed VinesBachelor No. 2 or, the last remains of the dodo3:44
Jill SobuleRainy Day ParadePink Pearl3:04
Neil YoungGood To See YouSilver & Gold2:49