Listomania

Stereogum’s 50 Most Downloaded MP3s Of 2009

By brandon / December 29, 2009 - 4:30 pm

The purest year-end music list would be a playcount of the tunes you listened to most, and not the carefully sculpted, self-consciously eclectic 1-10s we end up reading. We know you’re as sick as we are of parsing critics’ picks, so here’s at least one countdown where you won’t find Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, or Dirty Projectors in the Top 10. That’s because the following fifty songs are ranked via the number of times someone clicked and downloaded them from our servers, and nothing else. It’s a list that finds Julian Plenti feeling pretty good about himself. Same goes for Rain Machine, Asobi Seksu, Handsome Furs, and our CMJ lineup. Of course, only you can tell us how many times you actually played the tunes after they left our nest.

50 Pictureplane – “Goth Star”
49 Glasser – “Apply”
48 YACHT – “Psychic City”
47 Chairlift – “Evident Utensil”
46 Volcano Choir – “Island IS”
45 The Dodos – “Fables”
44 Passion Pit – “Sleepyhead”
43 Peter Bjorn And John – “Nothing To Worry About”
42 Sonic Youth – “Sacred Trickster”
41 Telekinesis – “Coast of Carolina”
40 Atlas Sound (Feat Noah Lennox) – “Walkabout”
39 Dinosaur Jr – “I Want You To Know”
38 Lightning Dust – “Never Seen”
37 John Vanderslice – “Fetal Horses”
36 M Ward – “Never Had Nobody Like You”
35 Crocodiles – “Summer Of Hate”
34 Animal Collective – “Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix)”
33 Peter Bjorn And John – “Lay It Down (The Golden Filter Remix)”
32 Rain Machine – “Smiling Black Faces”
31 Fool’s Gold – “Surprise Hotel”
30 Papercuts – “Future Primitive”
29 Neko Case – “People Got A Lot Of Nerve”
28 Asobi Seksu – “Transparence”
27 Iron And Wine – “The Trapeze Swinger”
26 Julie Doiron – “Consolation Prize”
25 Taken By Trees – “Watch The Waves”
24 The Big Pink – “Dominos”
23 Florence And The Machine – “You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix)”
22 The Decemberists – “The Rake’s Song”
21 Handsome Furs – “I’m Confused”
20 O+S – “We Do What We Want To”
19 The Golden Filter – “Solid Gold”
18 Foreign Born – “Early Warnings”
17 St Vincent – “The Strangers”
16 The Thermals – “Now We Can See”
15 Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions – “Blanchard”
14 Real Estate – “Fake Blues”
13 Julian Plenti – “Games For Days”
12 Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp”
11 The Raveonettes – “Suicide”
10 Cold Cave – “Life Magazine”
09 Rain Machine – “Give Blood”
08 The Golden Filter – “Thunderbird”
07 Free Energy – “Free Energy”
06 Lissy Trullie – “Boy Boy”
05 Monsters Of Folk – “Say Please”
04 Vampire Weekend – “Horchata”
03 Florence And The Machine – “Kiss With A Fist”
02 Phoenix – “1901”
01 Radiohead – “These Are My Twisted Words”

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Everybody Wang Chung responsibly tonight, and we’ll see ya back here next year. We have a lot to discuss.

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