Music lovers know that we live in the age of abundance. Every year, tons of very good records keep pouring out of the internet, and while many people resort to algorithms to navigate this sea, for many others there is always a constant feeling that you are missing something. Truth is, too much abundance is cognitively demanding, and our cognitive resources are still scarce. Personally, I find comfort in exchanging music suggestions with friends. I like to trust others’ judgment, and I like to search for the good into something that someone else said it’s good. Empathy is a good way to make up for uncertainty. That’s why I like amateur end-of-year lists: they are like a bunch of recommendations from a friend who likes music.