Growing up, I didn’t really listen to very good music. In my younger years is was mostly contemporary Christian music mixed in with whatever they were playing on Sunny 95. As I made my way into high school, I mixed in a little Pearl Jam and They Might Be Giants, but my listening habits still largely consisted of crap. Even throughout college, where my favorites consisted of Live and Red Hot Chili Peppers, my taste in music wasn’t really where it is today.
It really wasn’t until I got my first job out of college that I started listening to indie rock. So while I call this compilation my “best of the decade” mix, it’s really the best of indie rock that has been the soundtrack of my past ten years. I’m not claiming these are the best songs written in the past ten years, only that they carry the strongest memories for me in my post-college life. And in true “High Fidelity” style, I present them to you in autobiographical order.