1997. The year of the mud.
Anyone who was around / old enough / crazy enough to go to Glastonbury Festival in '97 was welcomed with tents underwater and floating portaloos.
The festival site became such a bog that the NME stage (now called the much less cool The Other Stage) actually started to sink.
But it was at this festival that I realised something quite wonderful. I was in this muddy hellhole with some of the best bands that have ever existed on our planet. Bands who were releasing music in a year that would shake more than the foundations of a sinking stage.
This year in many ways has shaped my life in music. Performances from the likes of Radiohead (best live performance ever) and The Prodigy (my boots sank into the mud) convinced me that I had to work in music for the rest of my life.
So quite a personal list, but there's varying nuggets of brilliance for everyone. After listening I'm sure you'll agree with me, 1997 was the best year in music.