Every year, XLR8R posts something in the vicinity of 1,000 tracks for free download. It's a practice that, though once common, seems to be nearing extinction among music blogs and websites as a whole, which makes it almost a point of pride for us to strive to continually bring new, exciting, and, most of all, free music to our readership on a daily basis. Some of the tunes in our Downloads section are ridiculously obscure, some of them are surprisingly mainstream, and others actually come from some of our favorite artists. But regardless of their origins, each free download has an equal opportunity to climb the popularity chart, and every once in a while, we like to give some extra shine to the most exceptional of the bunch. Now that December has arrived and the end of 2013 is just around the corner, it's once again time for us to kick off our annual Best of the Year coverage, and we're starting things off this week with our list of the top 100 downloads to hit XLR8R during the past year.
We've split up our Top Downloads of 2013 list into five parts this year, as we'll work our way up from 100 to the single most popular track of 2013 in increments of 20 and cap it all off with a ZIP file for everyone to download the whole bunch for free. Track streams and links to download and read about each individual song are included below, where we get the ball rolling with numbers 100 through 81.
100. TM-404 "303/303/303/606"
99. Big Chill Allstars "Lazy Days (Hackman Remix)"
98. Samaris "Góða Tungl (Sei A Remix)"
97. Larkin & The Sky "Polygon (Empty Mix)"
96. Sieren "Blue Memories"
95. Alizzz "Arista"
94. Andy Cato "Sundown Sant Agnes (Biosphere Remix)"
93. Eloq "C'mon (Slugabed Remix)"
92. Azari & III "Lost in Time (VCO Remix)"
91. A Sol Mechanic "1992"
90. Mogadishu "Shades and Rays"
89. The Golden Boy "Do You"
88. El Perro Del Mar "Hold Off the Dawn (Gidge Remix)"
87. The xx "Fiction (Kid Smpl Remix)"
86. Letherette "After Dawn (Bibio Remix)"
85. Sampha "Without (Bodhi Remix)"
84. Kid A "BB Bleu (Dolor Remix)"
83. SecondCity "You Feel"
82. Palace "About You"
81. Holy Other "Held (Fort Romeau Remix)"
XLR8R's Best of 2013 coverage will continue throughout the next few weeks, so check back each day for additional year-end round-ups.