Here’s how I make my best-of playlists.
1) Make a playlist of every song added to my iTunes library in the past year. (3,000-5,000 songs)
2) Make a second playlist of only the songs that were released in the past year. (500-2,000 songs)
3) Choose one song per artist to put into the best-of playlist. (150-350 songs)
4) Organize the songs from favorites to least favorites.
The end result is a playlist of songs released in the past year, limited to one song per artist, ranked in descending order. (If a musician is featured on another artist’s song, it’s possible they’ll show up more than once.)
On each page you’ll find a Spotify playlist, an Apple Music playlist and a list of all the songs.
I get that my lists are super long, but I figure it’s better to have more great songs and people can take from it what they want than limit it to some arbitrary number. If you’re interested in my top 20 tracks of the year, check out 1-20. You can do that for the top 10, 100, 300, etc.
Here are my best-of lists by year: