My Annual Soundtracks

Each year I write about the music I’ve been listening to over the past twelve months and decide which songs best express the seasons I’ve been in.

My Soundtrack for 2011

Hurray! It’s time for my annual soundtrack. I can hardly believe I’ve now made five of these things. These are the twelve songs that impacted me the most this year.

I love the cohesiveness of this mix. Tracks one and twelve form bookends, a kind of point and counter-point that frame three narratives. Tracks two through four depict the rise and fall of unrequited affection. Tracks five through nine all have something to say about heaven. Tracks ten and eleven are about regaining perspective.

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My Soundtrack for 2010

I’m proud to bring you my fourth annual soundtrack! As always it was a lot of fun putting it together. (Here are my soundtracks from 2007, 2008, and 2009.)

I have a few rules when picking the songs for my soundtrack. First, I limit myself to twelve songs, which is somewhat of an arbitrary number. Second, I limit myself to one song per artist. Third, I use both quantitative and qualitative data to make my decision. The quantitative data is how many times I played the song (I use my Last.fm account to keep these stats). The qualitative data is how the song impacted me personally. Finally, I can’t repeat a song from a previous soundtrack. Something else to keep in mind is that these songs weren’t necessarily released in 2010; they are songs that impacted me in 2010. (Also, the songs aren’t ranked; this is how I have them ordered in the playlist.)

With that said, here’s my soundtrack.

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My Soundtrack for 2009

I really enjoy creating my annual soundtrack. It’s fun to consider the music I’ve been listening to over the course of an entire year and decide what songs best express the seasons I’ve been through. This marks the third such soundtrack I’ve made. (Have a look at the ones from 2007 and 2008.)

I have a few rules when picking the songs for my soundtrack. First, I limit myself to twelve songs, which is somewhat of an arbitrary number. Second, I limit myself to one song per artist. Third, I use both quantitative and qualitative data to make my decision. The quantitative data is how many times I played the song (I use my Last.fm account to keep these stats). The qualitative data is how the song impacted me personally. Finally, I can’t repeat a song from a previous soundtrack. Something else to keep in mind is that these songs weren’t necessarily released in 2009; they are songs that impacted me in 2009. (Also, the songs aren’t ranked; this is how I have them ordered in the playlist.)

Now it is my pleasure to unveil this year’s soundtrack.

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My Soundtrack for 2008

All December I was excited to write this article. Sadly, my site was disabled around the beginning of the year so this post was delayed until now. Last year at about this time I created this soundtrack for 2007 packed with the twelve songs that impacted me the most during that year. It’s been one of my most viewed posts since, so I figured I’d create a new one for 2008.

I have a few rules when picking the songs for my soundtrack. First, I limit myself to twelve songs, which was done last year somewhat arbitrarily and this year for consistency. Second, I limited myself to one song per artist. This made for a couple of really difficult decisions, as you’ll soon discover. Third, I used both quantitative and qualitative data to make my decision. The quantitative data is how many times I played the song (I used Last.fm to keep these stats). The qualitative data is how the song impacted me personally. And I added one new rule: I didn’t allow myself to repeat a song from my previous soundtrack. Something else to keep in mind is that these songs weren’t necessarily released in 2008; they are songs that impacted me in 2008. (Also, the songs aren’t ranked; this is how I have them ordered in the playlist.)

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My Soundtrack for 2007

I have noticed that some authors are now including a list of the music they listened to while writing their book (Donald Miller comes to mind). I thought that might be a pretty cool thing for me to start doing. Below is my soundtrack for 2007. Each of these twelve songs has impacted me this past year. I’ve even set up an easy way for you to buy this soundtrack!

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