I told myself I wasn't going to do it this year.
In fact, I'd even overwritten all the past 20x year end playlists I had laboured over on previous calendar years. It had become clear that putting these year end playlists together was a whole lot of work for the very brief time that people were actually looking to listen to them.
So why then are you reading a bunch of words that will eventually be contradicted with an embedded 2017 year end Spotify playlist?
I don't know. I guess there is something that I find both comforting and addicting when it comes to putting playlists together. It's probably some sort of undiagnosed OCD (side note: is it still undiagnosed if I diagnose it?).
The truth is, putting together an end of year playlist based on the math that happens when you put an X between the 20 and the 17 is a really good (albeit, slightly daunting) way to do a deep dive on the year that was. And for me, this year had been my most "checked-out-of-society" stretch of calendar for some time. So trying to find 340 good songs from 340 different artists became my own little musical Everest. Having completed the task a few times before, I knew the brief but intense feeling of accomplishment that waited for me at the end; sometimes that's all you need.
And no, this is not a list of 'The 340 Best Songs of 2017'—because it would be mental to have 340 favourite anythings. And no, there is not any order of preference. It's just 340 songs/artists from the year 2017 that my ears got around to and liked a little more than some of the other things that made it into my headphones (don't @ me, unless of course it is with praise and or quality 2017 recommendations I may have missed).
Now, bring on 20X18.