Love them or hate them, best-of lists — like the ones we've been posting for the end of the decade and the end of 2009, are a great way to hear music you may have missed or forgotten about. On the current episode of All Songs Considered, we look back at the past year in music — the best new artists, biggest surprises, best songs and so on — and share some of the albums and songs we loved most. It's not meant to be a definitive list, but a jumping-off point for discovery.
So listen to the show and tell us what you think. Here are the categories we covered:
Year's Biggest Surprise
Year's Best New Artist
Year's Best Album
Year's Best Song
Grab Bag (Other Notables)
Share your picks for each in the comments section below. And feel free to tell us about anything else that stood out most to you this year, from the year's best album covers to the year's biggest disappointments.