Thirty-Four (a lifetime mix)

It’s the end of the year; why not another list? This one is a bit different, though. A friend shared with me the idea of making a mix of songs from each year of your life. I loved the idea, so I’ve made my own. It was a challenging task! I tried my best to stick to one song per year, with a few exceptions for years when choosing only one was just too difficult. There were also some years in which good choices were relatively few. Below, I’ve included my final list and a link to the spreadsheet I created to work through my choices, which includes all the runners-up from 1980 through 2014.

If this inspires you to create a lifetime mix of your own, I’d love to hear it!

β€” CB, December 31, 2014


1980: β€œGames Without Frontiers,” Peter Gabriel

1981: β€œOnce in a Lifetime,” The Talking Heads

1982: β€œO Superman (For Massenet),” Laurie Anderson (released as a single in 1981; as a track on Big Science in 1982)

1983: β€œNew Year’s Day,” U2

1984: β€œWhen Doves Cry,” Prince

1985: β€œRunning Up that Hill,” Kate Bush

1986: β€œDon’t Give Up,” Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

1987: β€œTroy,” Sinead O’Connor

1988: β€œWhere is My Mind?” The Pixies

1989: β€œLovesong,” The Cure

1990: β€œEnjoy the Silence,” Depeche Mode

1991: β€œLosing My Religion,” R.E.M.; β€œUltraviolet (Light My Way),” U2

1992: β€œCrucify,” Tori Amos; β€œCome as You Are,” Nirvana

1993: β€œMayonaise,” Smashing Pumpkins

1994: β€œCorduroy,” Pearl Jam; β€œLast Goodbye,” Jeff Buckley

1995: β€œBullet Proof…I Wish I Was,” Radiohead; β€œSay It Ain’t So,” Weezer

1996: β€œH.,” Tool

1997: β€œLadies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (I Can’t Help Falling in Love),” Spiritualized

1998: β€œAngel,” Massive Attack

1999: β€œShe’s a Jar,” Wilco

2000: β€œDon’t Panic,” Coldplay

2001: β€œPagan Poetry,” BjΓΆrk

2002: β€œDo You Realize??” The Flaming Lips

2003: β€œSuch Great Heights,” The Postal Service

2004: β€œNaked as We Came,” Iron and Wine

2005: β€œJohn Wayne Gacy, Jr.,” Sufjan Stevens

2006: β€œHere We Are (Family in the Hallways),” The Appleseed Cast

2007: β€œThere’s a Limit to Your Love,” Feist; β€œYou Got Yr. Cherry Bomb,” Spoon

2008: β€œStrange Overtones,” Davide Byrne and Brian Eno

2009: β€œDaniel,” Bat for Lashes

2010: β€œMadder Red,” Yeasayer

2011: β€œI Don’t Want Love,” The Antlers; β€œThe Wilhelm Scream,” James Blake

2012: β€œTake Off Your Shoes,” Sinead O’Connor

2013: β€œProvider,” Midlake; β€œHrafntinna,” Sigur RΓ³s; β€œI Should Live in Salt,” The National

2014: β€œPrince Johnny,” St.Β Vincent


The spreadsheet.

The playlist on Rdio, which is partial due to the unavailability of some songs on that platform.

You want the liner notes? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE LINER NOTES! Seriously, they’re really long, is all.