To open the latest Death Cab for Cutie album, Ben Gibbard sings, “I don’t know where to begin. There’s too many things I can’t remember.” He’s singing about the dissolution of personal relationships and wondering where things went south. There’s too many wrong turns to keep track.
I’ve been organizing the music in a given year through running playlists that I update every few days. This is not a perfect exercise, but it is a good way to remind myself of the year in pop music. Sometimes I will bury myself in an album or only listen to the theme song from the Stephen Hawking movie, but I will always come back to the playlist to keep track of the year. I don’t want to lose track of things. Here, I am going to take a final look at some of my favorite albums to reassure myself I remember.