by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Tune in later this week for Said the Gramophone's 15th annual Best Songs list.

Posted by Sean at December 16, 2018 1:32 PM

Hooray! Glad y'all are still doing this. One of my favorite ways to discover some new things.

Posted by Jim Bishop at December 16, 2018 2:28 PM

Yes! Thank you!

Posted by Nick at December 16, 2018 3:54 PM

I've been refreshing the page, hoping for this... Looking forward to this year's list!

Posted by Michelle at December 16, 2018 4:13 PM

Yes! Can't wait!

Posted by Dennis at December 16, 2018 5:25 PM

Yes! Been checking every day of December to see. Loving your blog since 2005! Looking forward to your 2018 list.

Posted by Joseph Long at December 16, 2018 5:26 PM

hurrah! Im excited

Posted by aaron at December 16, 2018 7:55 PM

Yay!! As always, been excited for this.

Posted by Gordon at December 16, 2018 9:10 PM

A light in the dark, truly. Looking forward to reading and listening!

Posted by Brennan at December 16, 2018 9:49 PM

Thank you! This is a favorite end-of-year music list. So pleased you continue to share it.
Really appreciate the time and effort you invest in curating the Best Songs.

Posted by Joe at December 16, 2018 10:12 PM

Yeehah, can't wait!

Posted by Maks at December 17, 2018 4:12 AM

Praise be!
Always a highlight not just of the festive period but of the whole year. Thank you, glad I kept the faith.

Posted by Chris at December 17, 2018 6:02 AM

yes! Always love this list! Any way you could create a Spotify playlist with all the songs on there? It's nice to be able to listen offline

Posted by Ross at December 17, 2018 9:19 AM

Hooray! I've been following your lists for years and they have always been my favourite. Full of little gems for me to discover. Thank you.

Posted by Michelle Purchase at December 17, 2018 9:24 AM

I get the fear every year that maybe this will be the last! So glad it isn't and fingers crossed it never is!

Posted by Patrick at December 17, 2018 10:34 AM

Yay, I've been checking in regularly for this! The only year-end list I care about. :)

Posted by Britt at December 17, 2018 11:31 AM

got worried for a minute there! It's hard to convey how much I love this list every year. I'm as big a fan of the Grand Celestial Jukebox of Streaming as anyone, but this direct connection is special. I still don't know how else to say "here is a song I love, and I have made sure you can hear it, whoever you are". Thanks very much for keeping it going.

Posted by Evan at December 17, 2018 11:41 AM

Yes! This is one of two compilations I look forward to every year, and I'm excited to listen to the latest volume. Like Michelle, I've been refreshing the blog for this. :) Thank you for all you do!

Posted by Steph at December 17, 2018 12:53 PM

Very exciting! I've also been refreshing the page waiting for this:)

Posted by Ross at December 17, 2018 2:45 PM

this warms my heart. Like many others, I've been checking every few weeks hoping you'd come back in time for the year end madness.

Posted by Luci at December 17, 2018 4:04 PM

Yours is my favorite list every year. I always find something new and unexpected. Thank you for the time you put into this.

Posted by Joe at December 18, 2018 7:53 AM

đź‘Ť one of your many refreshers it seems!

Posted by Mark at December 18, 2018 8:31 AM

Thank you! I know this is a lot of work and you don't have to do it, so I really appreciate the effort you put into the list. I always find a new favorite.

Posted by Robin at December 18, 2018 11:45 AM

Thank you! As many others have said, I've been hoping/refreshing for this. Always a joy. Looking forward to the new format.

Posted by Rob at December 18, 2018 1:14 PM

Thanks again, Sean, and all who have worked so hard and well at STG. I see I have much listening ahead of me in the next several days. I look forward to the changes to come; please preserve the links backwards as well.
Happy New Year!

Posted by J at December 31, 2018 12:43 PM

So grateful :)

Posted by Tyler at January 7, 2019 8:58 PM

So glad you are still doing this! I always discover some great new stuff.

Posted by Regan at December 18, 2019 8:18 PM

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Sean Michaels is the founder of Said the Gramophone. He is a writer, critic and author of the theremin novel Us Conductors. Follow him on Twitter or reach him by email here. Click here to browse his posts.

Emma Healey writes poems and essays in Toronto. She joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. This is her website and email her here.

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Mitz Takahashi is originally from Osaka, Japan who now lives and works as a furniture designer/maker in Montreal. English is not his first language so please forgive his glamour grammar mistakes. He is trying. He joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. Reach him by email here.

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Back to the World
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Weird Canada
Destination: Out
Endless Banquet
A Grammar (Nitsuh Abebe)
Ill Doctrine
A London Salmagundi
Words and Music
Petites planétes
Gorilla vs Bear
Silent Shout
Clouds of Evil
The Dolby Apposition
Awesome Tapes from Africa
Matana Roberts
Pitchfork Reviews Reviews
i like you [podcast]
Nicola Meighan
radiolab [podcast]
CKUT Music
plethoric pundrigrions
Wattled Smoky Honeyeater
The Clear-Minded Creative
Torture Garden
Passion of the Weiss
Juan and Only
Horses Think
White Hotel
Then Play Long (Marcello Carlin)
Uno Moralez
Coming Up For Air (Matt Forsythe)
my love for you is a stampede of horses
It's Nice That
Song, by Toad
In Focus
WTF [podcast]
The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
The Hood Internet

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st-viateur bagel
café olimpico
Euro-Deli Batory
le pick up
kem coba
le couteau
au pied de cochon
mamie clafoutis
tourtière australienne
chez boris
alati caserta
vices & versa
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drawn + quarterly
+ bottines &c

casa + sala + the hotel
blue skies turn black
montreal improv theatre
passovah productions
le cagibi
cinema du parc
pop pmontreal
yoga teacher Thea Metcalfe

Cult Montreal
The Believer
The Morning News
The Skinny