XLR8R's Best of 2012: Top Downloads, Part One

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As another year rapidly comes to a close, we here at XLR8R have once again put our heads together to evaluate all things we liked—and didn't like—over the past 12 months. In the process, we've also cooked up an entire slate of Best of 2012 coverage, which we'll be rolling out gradually over the days and weeks ahead. That said, we've actually elected to kick things off with something that has very little to do with our own opinions—a list of the top 100 songs from our Downloads section. Even casual XLR8R readers have likely noticed our dedication to giving away free music, as we make a point to post several tracks on the site each day. Now that 2012 is winding down, we've checked the stats for the whole year and compiled a list of the 100 most popular tunes, the first half of which can be streamed and downloaded below. The second half can be found in Part Two, along with a link to download all 100 songs in a single ZIP file; those who simply want the whole package of tunes will be able to grab it with a single click.

It's a diverse collection of music, and while many XLR8R regulars (Shlohmo, Lapalux, FaltyDL, etc.) do appear on the list, many newcomers also populate its ranks. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Lianne La Havas, whose savvy selection of remixers earned her four separate slots on the list. Scroll down and dive in; there's plenty to explore and a lot of great music to hear—even better, it's all free.

100. Deech "Urnite (Slugabed Remix)"

99. Robag Wruhme "Pokatoll"

98. Neon Jung "Delirium Tremens (Nathan Fake Remix)"

97. Cassie "Me & U (Mak & Pasteman Bootleg)"

96. Foxes "Warrior (T. Williams Remix)"

95. Lemonade "Neptune (Sinjin Hawke Remix)"

94. LFO "LFO (Mak & Pasteman Leeds Basshouse Mix)"

93. DJ Rashad & DJ Manny feat. Brenmar "Stick Up"

92. Daniel Klauser "Simply Swag (Chaos in the CBD Remix)"

91. Artek "Out of Touch"

90. Ambassadeurs "Duke Red"

89. Shigeto "Huron River Drive"

88. Jimmy Edgar "U Need Luv"

87. Screamin' Rachael "Extacy"

86. Indian Wells "Night Drops"

85. Pále "Orchidea"

84. Clu "Evening Ever"

83. Jessie Ware "Sweet Talk (Saux Remix)"

82. Humans "Horizon (Nautiluss Remix)"

81. Bondax feat. Bobbie Gordon "Just Smile for Me (Last Japan's Sunset Remix)"

80. Julio Bashmore "Troglodytes"

79. Todd Terje "Swing Star Pt. 1"

78. Policy "One Last Time (FaltyDL Remix)"

77. Knx. "j?M.FRºZE"

76. Tyga "Rack City (Taz Buckfaster Remix)"

75. ?kkord "Submerged"

74. 96Wrld "Clark"

73. Kid606 "I Want Her Wings"

72. Giraffage "With You"

71. Warpaint "Billie Holiday (Sei A Edit)"

70. Lapalux "Gutter Glitter"

69. Submotion Orchestra "Blindspot (Maribou State Remix)"

68. Mo Kolours "Mini Culcha (Beautiful Swimmers Remix)"

67. Flosstradamus & DJ Sliink "Test Me"

66. Fidser "Activate (Space, Ladies Remix)"

65. Reid "Miami"

64. Tokimonsta "Fame Boozer's Lullaby (feat. Rucyl)"

63. Mistakes are OK "Koala (BNJMN Remix 2)"

62. Fort Romeau "SW9"

61. Jodeci "Freek N' You (Tokimonsta Frickinyoo Remix)"

60. Nils Frahm "Si (Plasma Rüby Remix)"

59. Supreme Cuts "Lessons of Darkness (Apology)"

58. Lianne La Havas "Is Your Love Big Enough? (Ganggaddy Remix)"

57. Giraffage & XXYYXX "Even Though (Teen Daze Remix)"

56. Surkin "Gold Island (Bok Bok & L-Vis 1990 Remix)"

55. Eprom "Realization"

54. Scuba "Flash Addict"

53. Breton "The Commission (Lapalux's Aquatic Centre Remix)"

52. Mario "Let Me Love You (Lapalux Remix)"

51. Maze Hill "Long Haul (LV Remix)"


XLR8R's Best of 2012 coverage will continue for the next two weeks, so check back each day for additional year-end round-ups. In the meantime, don't forget to vote in our Best of 2012 Readers Poll.