Never mind the best-of-the-decade-type lists. Starting today, we'll go year by year. Each playlist will be as long as one standard tape's side. That is, no longer than 45 minutes.
The first is 1954, for the simple reason that it is the first I could get a good 45 minutes together; it is also the year that rock'n'roll broke.
There is no regular schedule for the release of new yearly lists, but I guess it's going to be about once a month.
And here's the first list: