2017 IN REVIEW: MUSIC
As I like to do every year, I take time to reflect on the outgoing year. For me, this process usually starts with highlights from the past year. Given music is such a big part of my life, I like to highlight my favorite albums (a post on my year in cycling usually follows in the new year). Usually this list is informed by how often it was played, but music is emotional for me, so the albums that made my list in the past tended to be determined on how much an album "spoke" to me. This year, I decided to just look at the data, namely the number of plays an album had to determine my "top 9." In order to not penalize an album that came out late in the year, I normalized the plays to remove release date as a variable. It's interesting to look at it this way - there were a couple surprises in terms of the actual order, but no surprises in my top 9.