So I made four playlists of songs released this year, but maybe you don’t have the four-plus hours of patience necessary to wade through all that. Presented here, then, are ten highlights from those mixes that I feel critics and listeners slept on in this season of year-end list-making.
First mix Jukebox goes well with a night on the town.
Pop Radio would sound best coming out of car speakers.
Red States highlights the year’s best musicianship and songwriting.
Crush started off as just a catch-all for songs that didn’t fit the other mixes’ tenuous themes but ended up being where I put a lot of underrated gems.