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”


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

Comments (32)
  1. Jarkko  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

    What – no Dirty Projies? :(

  2. Marc  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

    Wow glad to see Now We Can See was so high!

  3. The Bublight  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

    A little end of summer postcard from Radiohead…I like stuff like that…Still get butterflies…

    • anon  |   Posted on Jan 1st, 2010 0

      I’m hoping that they’ll release more this year…and soon.

      Thom Yorke’s doing the soundtrack for the Tibet movie/documentary with Damien Rice, but I would like something from the full band.

  4. bubpie  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

    Aside from Phoenix, THAT is a good list for 2009. goodnight everybody.

  5. Montell Williams  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

    Last time I post on da gum until the next decade

  6. GO GO Golden Filter! Not only is that track badass, but everything they touch turns out the same. Glad to see classy dance music among Monsters of Fuck and Radiohead playing the same song over and over forever.

  7. kilbeyhands  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2009 0

    dirty projectors suck beyond words

  8. Im surprised “Call it a Ritual” by Wolf Parade wasn’t downloaded more….Unless that was late last year?

  9. I can only conclude the number of times an mp3 was downloaded had a lot to do how fast it was posted on SG before it was available for download anywhere else. Interesting list though…most people here enjoy the sounds of Phoenix more than they care to admit, hee-hee!

    My last post of 00s!!

    See y’all bitches next year.

  10. Happy New Years everybody!!! May the new decade bring us only good music… I hope…

  11. Down By Law  |   Posted on Jan 1st, 2010 0

    The playcounter doesn’t lie…(unless the listener can’t sit still for a whole entire song)…Taste-38,In the Flowers-37,Cannibal Resource-35…More people should learn how to listen to music and play the drums right…

  12. anon  |   Posted on Jan 1st, 2010 0

    Yay Radiohead! Please release something for the new year. Even a 3 minute song would be enough…

  13. sure guys, we can wait until monday for a soundgarden reuniting post

  14. bum~~  |   Posted on Jan 1st, 2010 0

    Was I the only one who liked ‘Change of Heart’? :C

  15. frédéric Garcia  |   Posted on Jan 2nd, 2010 0

    Oh no you were not!!! It was one of the best songs of 2009 in my opinion!

  16. Change of Heart is in my list. :-D

  17. cheerleader  |   Posted on Jan 2nd, 2010 0

    cheerleader was available on dozens of other sites. the songs that did best were exclusives to Stereogum…Rain Machine?

  18. Interesting list. I haven’t heard a lot of these yet, actually. I need to get busy.

    I dig “These Are My Twisted Words” a lot… can’t wait for a new Radiohead album (in 2010.. right?)

  19. ooooo interesting…
    sorry to plug shamelessly, but this seems like a pretty appropriate place to ask people who download discriminately to please do my survey for my dissertation which is about the internet and music:
    it’s not boring and quite fun and you can vent opinions and it all goes to a good cause, trust me.
    ethical plug. over. xx

  20. bob  |   Posted on Jan 4th, 2010 0

    is there a single download link for all 50 songs? clicking thru all the webpages is a bit much.

  21. What happened to Laura Viers and Shannon Stephens? Those two must havebeen in the top 50 downloads.

  22. Judge Mills Lane  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2010 0

    Whah. It’s so much work to download all this free awesome music.

    Whah. I hate (secretly love) Phoenix. Dance your lame ass off — Phoenix rules!

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