I have curated 12 playlists over the past 12 months that show progression and change in my music taste. The songs are also associated with memories made that month, which allows me to remember the 4 weeks in an entirely different way, as opposed to through pictures or writing. Each playlist has a cover picture that I took during that month to further contribute to the memories as well. The playlists are quite long, so here is a list of my 5 favorites from each month.

January

My first snow

Natalie Merrithew

1. Hands Down - The Greeting Committee

2. June, After Dark - Elliot Root

3. Peach Pit - Peach Pit

4. Sleep Apnea - Beach Fossils

5. Sedona - Houndmouth

February

Daddy's Beemer's album release concert

Natalie Merrithew

1. Seven - Rainbow Kitten Surprise

2. Penthesilea - Daddy's Beemer

3. I Got - Young the Giant

4. 1985 - Bowling for Soup

5. Library Magic - The Head and The Heart

March

My spring break flight to Orlando

Natalie Merrithew

1. Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams - Camp Cope

2. I Think I Like When It Rains - Willis

3. Nikes - Frank Ocean

4. The Moon and You - SondorBlue

5. Shotgun - George Ezra

April

The best pizza I've ever had

Natalie Merrithew

1. Ohio - Caamp

2. Mission to Mars - Rainbow Kitten Surprise

3. Paranoid - Post Malone

4. Let's Be Still - The Head and The Heart

5. There Will Be Time - Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal

May

Car rides with my best friend

Natalie Merrithew

1. Leave It In My Dreams - The Voidz

2. LA Devotee - Panic! At The Disco

3. Sum of My Cares - The Long Faces

4. Give Yourself A Try - The 1975

5. no tears left to cry - Ariana Grande

June

Downtown Charleston

Natalie Merrithew

1. 911 / Mr. Lonely - Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Steve Lacy

2. Waiting For My Chance To Come - Noah And The Whale

3. The Chain - Fleetwood Mac

4. Want You Back - 5 Seconds of Summer

5. It's Called: Freefall - Rainbow Kitten Surprise

July

Charleston coffee shop

Natalie Merrithew

1. Not a Second to Waste - A Rocket To The Moon

2. Speakeasy - Alex Ernst

3. 7 (Acoustic) - Catfish and the Bottlemen

4. Love It If We Made It - The 1975

5. Hey Barbara - IV of Spades

August

Weekends in college

Natalie Merrithew

1. Sunflower - Rex Orange County

2. Royals - Lorde

3. Supernova - House of Lions

4. TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME - The 1975

5. Best Friend - Rex Orange County

September

Music Midtown

Natalie Merrithew

1. Stand Tall - Childish Gambino

2. Superposition - Young the Giant

3. Nina Cried Power - Hozier, Mavis Staples

4. 1999 WILDFIRE - BROCKHAMPTON

5. party favor - Billie Eilish

October

Car rides with my boyfriend

Natalie Merrithew

1. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park

2. Saw You In A Dream - The Japanese House

3. Are You In The Mood? - Bay Faction

4. Only Just A Call Away - The Struts

5. It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) - The 1975

November

Outside my apartment

Natalie Merrithew

1. thank u, next - Ariana Grande

2. Killer Queen - Queen

3. Thomas County Law - Iron & Wine

4. come out and play - Billie Eilish

5. Radio Gaga - Queen

December

Christmas decorations

Natalie Merrithew

1. ROS - Mac Miller

2. Inside Your Mind - The 1975

3. Elephant - Tame Impala

4. breathin - Ariana Grande

5. I Like America & America Likes Me - The 1975

I think that this is the most effectively I've managed to record memories for an entire year. It was a really fun process, too - I was able to find new music and rediscover old music to make new memories to. Now I will always have a personal soundtrack for 2018. I hope this inspires you to document your year through music, you won't regret it!