1. "Mix Tape No. 14", put together by a friend who lives in San Francisco. Arrived in the mail Jan. 2. Lots of sad and lovely songs make this the highlight of 1999.
2. Helen O'Hara, "A Night in Ireland" (New World Music). O'Hara used to be the violinist for Dexy's Midnight Runners. This CD reminds you that you can recover from anything, even "Come On, Eileen."
3. The second CD of the two-disc soundtrack to "The Civil War" (Atlantic Theatre).
4. The first CD of the two-disc soundtrack to "The Civil War" (Atlantic Theatre).
5. The Dickies, "Dogs from the Hare That Bit Us"(Triple X). Punk? Whatever.
6, 7 and 8. Actually, not enough was released in 1999 to fill these spots.
9 and 10. (Technically, these could be seen as the worst releases of the year, depending on how you look at this list.) Two Urban Dance Squad reissues: 1991's "Life 'n Perspective of a Genuine Crossover" and 1989's "Mental Floss for the Globe". Remember this band's five seconds of fame for Mental Floss' "Deeper Shade of Soul"? No? Did you know they have two more records? The prospect of more Urban Dance Squad reissues gives us all something to look forward to in 2000.