Years ago, Noel spent his Decembers and Januaries putting together massive mix CDs of his favorite songs of the year. I loved those playlists and listened to them all through the next year.
It's been awhile since he made one, and I've missed them. Like with any good mixtape, the songs in their assembled order become the way they were impressed on my memory. Hearing any one of them out of their mixtape context made me anticipate what was supposed to come next.
I'm happy to report that, inspired by a particularly fine musical year with a bumper crop of great songs, Noel has put together a forty-song collection of tracks from albums that didn't make his top 15. Even better, the A.V. Club's Jesse Woghin turned it into a Spotify playlist. You can listen to all the songs start to finish, and you can share the playlist with friends on your social networks.
I have fallen in love with some of these songs. The criteria for a playlist like this is the boldness of the song's concept and execution. Glen Campbell, Sloan, Fountains of Wayne, Ron Sexsmith -- these are stunning songs that command your attention when they activate your speakers. Listen and enjoy!