My top albums of 2005 (rated based on personal preference, pure style, and musical genious):
10) Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
09) The Juliana Theory – Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat
08) Anberlin – Never Take Friendship Personal
07) Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
06) Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree
05) Mae – The Everglow
04) Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness
03) Thrice – Vheissu
02) Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit
01) Motion City Soundtrack – Commit This to Memory

Best Songs of 2005 In No Particular Order (view iMix on iTunes):
• Fall Out Boy – Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year
• Coheed & Cambria – Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood & Burial)
• Thrice – The Earth Will Shake
• Anberlin – The Feel Good Drag
• Reggie and the Full Effect – Get Well Soon
• Panic! At the Disco – The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is the Press Coverage
• Something Corporate – Watch the Sky
• Mae – Someone Else’s Arms
• Jack’s Mannequin – Dark Blue
• Motion City Soundtrack – Feel Like Rain
• Death Cab for Cutie – What Sarah Said
• Copeland – You Have My Attention
• Daphne Loves Derby – Pollen and Salt

Best Old Spins of 2004:
3) The Pantom of the Opera (Movie) Soundtrack
2) Relient K – Mmhmm
1) Green Day – American Idiot

5 Years Ago I was listening to:
• Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
• New Found Glory – New Found Glory
• Lifehouse – No Name Face
• Sister Hazel – Fortress

10 Years Ago I was listening to:
• Mariah Carey – Fantasy
• dc Talk – Jesus Freak
• Jars of Clay – Jars of Clay
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for my musical tastes a decade ago. dc Talk and Jars of Clay are still good, but Mariah Carey? Divas are such a turnoff.

20 Years Ago I was listening to:
• Uhm… couldn’t say for sure, but perhaps George Winston‘s rendition of the children’s tale, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” and probably some other children’s music.

2006: What to look for
• Angels & Airwaves
• Plus 44
• Matchbook Romance

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at 2005 and further. Let’s see what ’06 can bring us!