Most see the end of the year as a cause for celebration, but not NPR Music's interns. Our time here has come to an end. We'll miss the perks — the in-office concerts and the occasional free vegan cupcake, to name a few. We'll miss the people, too — these are some of the sharpest minds in online media. They've made us better writers and given us a pretty good idea of where music journalism is headed, and not once have we been called on to pick up the coffee. When it comes to overseers, none are as benevolent as these people.
So naturally, we were pretty stoked when we were invited to take part in the making of NPR Music's year-end list of 50 Favorite Albums. And when the time came for the team to battle it out on behalf of the bands we love, we were ready. With a fearlessness that could only be described as cute, we put forth our favorite music of the year.
What followed was nothing short of an onslaught. One by one, they dissected and disposed of our suggestions without pity. Granted, they tried to be polite about it, but that was a wasted effort. These were not just albums that were being brushed aside — these were our favorites. Our tastes and sensibilities were being called into question. We were left with nothing but our rejected records to console us.
Our tear stains have dried, but our egos remain damaged. To effectively repair them, we've taken a cue from the spring interns and created a list of songs from the year that the staff somehow missed. We even asked interns from earlier this year to toss in their picks. This isn't just another year-end list — this is the redemption of our musical tastes. As you'll hear, we think we've earned it.