As longtime readers know, every year I compile a two-CD mix of the year’s best music. I’ve been doing it since 2000, which shows, among other things, that I’m 1,000 years old.

This year’s mix is done and ready to go. If you’re interested, go check it out. It was an excellent year for music, so this year’s mix is an embarrassment of riches.

In honor of the mix, here’s my favorite song of the year, off my favorite album of the year, from my favorite artist of the year: Cory Branan’s “The Corner.”


Here’s the set list for the mix:

side one.
1. shovels & rope: hail hail
2. cory branan: yesterday
3. rizzle kicks: down with the trumpets
4. alabama shakes: i ain’t the same
5. tame impala: elephant
6. bruno mars: locked out of heaven
7. regina spektor: don’t leave me (ne me quitte pas)
8. japandroids: the house that heaven built
9. alt-j: breezeblocks
10. k’naan: waiting is a drug
11. hacienda: veronica
12. jake bugg: lightning bolt
13. wintersleep: zones
14. a.c. newman: encyclopedia of classic takedowns
15. fun.: some nights
16. hospitality: the right profession
17. the coup: the guillotine
18. jack white: i’m shakin’
19. dr. john: getaway
20. rye rye: sunshine (f. m.i.a.)
21. fiona apple: hot knife

side two.
01. the beach boys: think about the days
02. bahamas: lost in the light
03. cory branan: the corner
04. first aid kit: emmylou
05. father john misty: hollywood forever cemetery sings
06. the avett brothers: the once and future carpenter
07. the tallest man on earth: little brother
08. the lumineers: classy girls
09. miguel: do you…
10. edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros: that’s what’s up
11. kopecky family band: my way
12. trampled by turtles: alone
13. dr. dog: that old black hole
14. macklemore: same love (f. mary lambert)
15. midtown dickens: this is my home
16. woods: cali in a cup
17. lord huron: the ghost on the shore
18. the david mayfield parade: sea of heartbreak
19. mumford & sons: i will wait
20. cat power: 3.6.9
21. gotye: somebody that i used to know

Let me know what you think, what I missed, and what music you enjoyed this year.