I don't remember what started me thinking... It was a shower thought. (Probably something about the bell curve of the music I still listen to over the course of my life, with the greatest focus still being on the music of the 90s, despite the fact that I hated the 90s and the popular music of the time was fucking awful.)
Anyway, the thinking somehow ended up with me wondering what would happen if I had to narrow down certain years to individual songs. Then, given that bell curve, I wondered if I could even find songs for every year, eventually working my way back to the beginning of my life.
For whatever reason, a couple of weeks ago, I actually sat down, went through my collection - sorted by date - and tried to find something for every single year, which only ended up being difficult (to nigh-impossible) for about 4 or 5 of them. I was surprised how quickly I was actually able to narrow down years where there were a hundred songs I loved into a single track, especially compared to some of the years where there was nothing I particularly cared about.
Here are my results.