Yesterday was my 50th birthday, so here’s a list of 50 significant records from each year of my life. Some of these were encountered in realtime, others were ex post facto. This grid corresponds to the year of each record’s release. I could make a second grid of the records that I listened to most during those years, which would be somewhat different. Caveat: I own all of these songs in one form or another. The record from 1963 was the only release I could find that I own which is halfway decent. I’m not such a fan of that particular Stones single. The rest are pretty amazing, though. Some years were very hard to pick. In the last 20 years, it got much easier to pick, even as the breadth of choices narrowed. Severely.
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