Stereogum’s 50 Most Popular MP3s Of 2008

Affordably priced music is great, but free, legal MP3s are even greater. And arguing anonymously with strangers on the MP3 blogosphere would be a lot less constructive without them. So again we’ve crunched the last twelve months of database activity and come up with a list of the fifty most downloaded promo tracks we’ve hosted this year. Several cuts come from your favorite albums of 2008 (Hercules And Love Affair, Los Campesinos!, She & Him, Okkervil River, Department Of Eagles, Ra Ra Riot, Sigur Rós, Wolf Parade, Fleet Foxes), but there are surprises, too (a recently posted single from Iran, two tunes from Band To Watch Fredrik, etc.). And it wouldn’t be a 2008 playlist without “Time To Pretend” and a gratuitous “Paper Planes” remix. Collectively, these songs were downloaded over one million times from the Stereogum server, so what’s a few thousand more? It’s Hanukkah after all.

50 Radiohead – “Reckoner (Holden Remix)”
49 Love Is All – “Big Bangs, Black Holes, Meteorites”
48 Iran – “Buddy”
47 British Sea Power – “Atom”
46 Music Go Music – “Reach Out”
45 Annuals – “Confessor”
44 Hercules And Love Affair – “Hercules’ Theme”
43 Sigur Ros – “Gobbledigook”
42 Radiohead – “Reckoner (Diplo Remix)”
41 The Kooks – “Tick Of Time”
40 Portastatic – “Some Small History”
39 French Kicks – “Trouble”
38 Empire Of The Sun – “Walking On A Dream”
37 Dan Friel – “Ghost Town (Pt. 1)”
36 Fredrik – “Black Fur”
35 Damien Jurado – “Gillian Was A Horse”
34 School Of Seven Bells – “Connjur”
33 Juana Molina – “Un Dia”
32 Fredrik – “Alina’s Place”
31 Passion Pit – “Sleepyhead”
30 Fleet Foxes – “He Doesn’t Know Why”
29 Final Fantasy – “The Butcher”
28 She And Him – “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here”
27 Chairlift – “Evident Utensil”
26 MGMT – “Time To Pretend”
25 Jennifer O’Connor – “Here With Me”
24 Ratatat – “Mirando (YACHT Remix)”
23 Stereolab – “Self Portrait With Electric Brain (YACHT Remix)”
22 Wolf Parade – “Call It A Ritual”
21 The Dead Science (Feat Craig Wedren) – “Make Mine Marvel (Craig Dub Plate Mix)”
20 +/- {Plus/Minus} – “Snowblind”
19 The Dead Science – “Make Mine Marvel”
18 Bowerbirds – “In Our Talons”
17 My Brightest Diamond – “Inside A Boy”
16 Shugo Tokumaru – “Green Rain”
15 Ssion – “Street Jizz (Ruff Ian Levine Remix)”
14 Crystal Stilts – “Crystal Stilts”
13 Gang Gang Dance – “House Jam”
12 MIA – “Paper Planes (Remix For The Children By Adrock)”
11 Department Of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You”
10 Human Highway – “Moody Motorcycle”
09 Ssion – “Credit In The Straight World”
08 Ra Ra Riot – “Dying Is Fine”
07 David Vandervelde – “Someone Like You”
06 Talkdemonic – “March Movement”
05 Okkervil River – “Lost Coastlines”
04 Los Campesinos! – “How I Taught Myself To Scream”
03 Yeasayer – “Sunrise”
02 Peter Bjorn And John – “Inland Empire”
01 Marnie Stern – “Transformer”

Thanks to these artists and their labels for recognizing the value in freebies, and thank you guys for all the tip offs. Download here: ZIP.

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