This past year has been one of the busiest of my life. We had a daughter turn 3, moved from one house we’d lived in for over 10 years into another one, and I had some of the largest, most complicated work deadlines ever.
Having said all that, I somehow managed to listen to more new music that I had in the previous five years or so, all because I finally made the leap into an online digital music service. After discussing it with some friends and giving it a test spin, I signed up for a subscription on Rdio and haven’t looked back. On the conservative end, I probably listened to 300+ albums that came out in 2014, and discovered 100s more from previous years that I’d missed.
Without making this too large of an advertisement for that service, I will say that because of time, I used it for managing my favorite music of the year. Due to the large intake of music, it’s easily my most eclectic in years, with minimal techno, modern classical, hip-hop, soul, and good-old straightforward rock and roll.
I’ve embedded it above (playing it will require signing up for a free account), but if it’s not working for you, or you want to go to the full mix/playlist, go right ahead now. It runs just under 2 hours in length and is 25 songs.
Having said the above, I also kept a playlist with all the songs of the year that really tripped my trigger. This is the master list from which I culled my favorites, and it’s incredibly long at 137 songs and 660 minutes (11 hours!). There is a ton of great stuff in it, and I guarantee you’ll find some new things spinning through it.
If you’re on Rdio already, please follow me at aaroncoleman0 (I’ve already hooked-up with several folks I recognize from reading my former site).