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The final set of songs in my 365Songs playlist for 2009 is dominated by long block parties by a variety of artists. There’s everything from a Britney Spears block to an Ani DiFranco block to a block by Mike Doughty. There’s a block of Christmas songs near the end, and a heap of pop gems sprinkled throughout.

It’s the song the set ends with that means the most to me, though. During a piano karaoke evening at Studio 99 in Nashua earlier this year, I had the opportunity to sing an original song of mine (co-written by Andy Hicks of The Pluto Tapes way back in our days as members of Soma). And it’s that song, “Never Forget,” that rounds out this list.

It’s not a particularly complicated song, but it’s simplicity speaks to what I feel our approach should be to any year end festivities. The chorus goes like this: “I remember how much it hurt, how much I learned / I will never forget, never forget.”

Remember, but move on. But always remember.

Goodbye 2009. Here’s to a great 2010.

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Perhaps it’s because we’re nearing the home stretch, but many more songs in this fourth set are bringing back specific memories. The Joe Droukas cut is there because I saw him perform live in the living room of Ernest Thompson’s house on the eve of a weekend-long playwriting workshop. And the pop songs that appear directly thereafter—the songs by Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks, Black Eyed Peas, and Miley Cyrus—are songs I heard two or three times a day during my commutes back and forth to the lakes region that weekend.

The block of ABBA comes from watching Mamma Mia way too many times with my daughter, who became obsessed with the film after watching it at Grammie and Grampie’s house one weekend. Likewise, the back-to-back Disney princess songs—“Colors of the Wind” and “Reflection”—are there because of the Disney Princess Sing-A-Long Songs DVD that was a staple in our house this summer.

My favorite song of the year—and one of my favorite songs of all time—“Love is Dead” makes its appearance in this set, too. I stumbled across it thanks to the iTunes Free Single of the Week program, and I played that damn thing so much I can’t believe it’s not higher on my top 25 most played songs of the year.

Let’s see… what else? Oh, there’s a string of songs I procured by rejoining eMusic.com for a few months, all stuff I’d been hearing about after becoming a regular listener of the Sound Opinions podcast—Kristeen Young, She & Him, St. Vincent, etc.—as well as a couple of tracks from The Beatles Anthology 3, an album I return to pretty frequently. And, finally, as we draw to the end of this set, there’s the first appearance of YouTube cover band sensation Pomplamoose, doing their version of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. This marked the first of many times over the next couple of months when I’d find a great song on YouTube by total accident and then immediately have to have the MP3 in my collection.

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Well, the pop bubblegum whore in me certainly comes out a bit more in this set. Part of that is the obligatory four-song Michael Jackson tribute that happened during the week of his death, but part of it has to do with the weather getting nicer, the school year ending, and my stress-level lowering to its lowest point of the year. Sure, there are still bursts of Nine Inch Nails, but you are much more likely to find Peter Cetera and Ray Parker, Jr. in this set than in any other.

Also notable here (at least for me, as I look back): This is when there started being some days when I didn’t listen to any music at all, and where I had to pick a song from a TV show or a movie I’d seen that day. Frou Frou’s version of “Holding Out For a Hero” was probably chosen because we watched Shrek 2 that night, and Loudon Wainwright III’s “Daughter” was, of course, heard during a viewing of Knocked Up.

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The second 73 songs of my 365Songs playlist for 2009 go all over the place. From the get-go, we’re genre jumping between folk (Indigo Girls), off-Broadway performance art soundtrack (Blue Man Group), pop (Kelly Clarkson), rap (Eminem), arena rock (U2), and bluegrass (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss). But, somehow, it’s still working (at least for me, the guy who co-hosted a radio program called Complete and Utter Randomness back in college).

In this set, we also get a continuation of the “block party” theme with long sets of Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, songs from the soundtrack to The Transformers: The Movie, and even the somewhat obscure indie pop songstress Poe.

All in all, as we draw ever closer to the halfway point of the list, I’m feeling like the mix does a really good job of reflecting my eclectic tastes. You?

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When I look back at the first set of songs I assembled for my 365Songs playlist, a couple of things strike me.

First: the really early going was dominated by the songs I was playing all of the time in the aftermath of my annual post-Christmas iTunes buying binge. You’ve got a bunch of the songs that made their way onto my 25 most played of 2009—Mountain Goats, Au Revoir Simone, Flobots—and you’ve also got tracks from the soundtrack to Zack and Miri Make a Porno (that would explain the random appearance of Marcy Playground).

Second: Toward the end of this first set, you get your first “block party weekend” play with a threepeat of Nine Inch Nails. I’d thought, in hindsight, that I hadn’t started doing that until later in the year. But apparently this was something I was doing from the beginning.

Third, and Last: It’s got real flow. It seemed to me, when I initially heard Jon’s idea for the 365Songs challenge, that it might be hard to construct a mix that flowed. But it doesn’t seem to have been as hard as I’d imagined it would be.