Choosing our favorite 16 Boston songs of the year is like choosing your favorite child -- if you were the Duggars or some other family with a few hundred kids. While mainstream pop continued to die a slow painful death, it was another bang-up year of music coming out of the isolated Boston music scene. What we have in our region are legions of musicians making music on their terms and their own way, and the result is a fantastically eclectic batch of new tunes that proved this year was one of the best around town. The selections below, listen alphabetically, aren't any sort of ultimate Best Of, though they do reflect what we've enjoyed the most, what we've hyped on these digital pages, and what we had spun on VanyaRadio. If you read this website on the regular, you should be quite familiar; if not, then dive in and hear something new and exciting.
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Quilt, “The Roller”
We’re not ones to call out notable omissions on the Boston Music Awards ballot, but seriously where the effffff was Quilt? The homegrown psych-pop band released a killer record, Plaza, via Mexican Summer back in February, played everywhere from your living room to the Museum of Fine Arts, and gave us in-fucking-credible ’60s-kissed pop nuggets like “The Roller.” What the shit, nomination committee?