tbh i just don't have this kind of time... i feel like if i listen to 40 or 50 records then that's a good year for me.
Sure, but if you don't like those records as much as your favorites from previous years, then that still would give you time to go listen to other stuff, right?
Right, my point wasn't to dispute with you whether it is or isn't a good year, but to dispute the contention that you couldn't have listened extensively and STILL think it's a little weaker of a year.
I'll totally grant you though that, in a fair amount of the cases, it's coming from someone whose listening habits are on the slimmer side.
I just think it's extremely difficult to compare years of music anyway. My point was just that you can go out and find stuff you love if you're not loving what you're listening to. There are so many albums out there that I think it's odd to suggest that there is nothing out there that could wow you, which is what I felt like the person who started this conversation was hinting at. Not saying there's an absolute rule of "If you listen to more stuff, you're bound to rank every year the same" or anything like that. Just that people are, by and large, in control of how much they get out of a year of music.