Ah, the end of year list: that time-honoured opportunity for critics to tell everyone what was notable in the past 12 months of music – advice which the world at large then ignores, and buys the Susan Boyle album instead.
It’s been a difficult year to summarise – there has been no tribe-uniting lightning rod, no one song or album that has unquestionably defined the times.
But that’s not to say there hasn’t been a staggering variety of brilliant music. And that’s what we’re here to celebrate.
And below, you can listen to all our tracks of the year – well, almost all – as a continuous playlist.