The 21 Best Legal MP3s of 2008

The 21 Best Legal MP3s of 2008These are twenty-one songs available as MP3s that we linked to in 2008. They’re all still available (as of today), so download them now and make yourself a mix as a way to remember what you were listening to last year. I hear a lot of people moaning about how 2008 was a terrible year for music, but the list below proves there was plenty of good stuff, and it wasn’t even that hard to find.

The Mountain Goats – “Sax Rohmer #1” from Heretic Pride. Posted Jan 3.

Jack Penate – “Second, Minute or Hour” from Matinee. Posted Jan 8.

Iron and Wine – “Innocent Bones” from The Shepherd’s Dog. Posted Feb 1.

Vampire Weekend – “Oxford Comma” from Vampire Weekend. Posted Feb 5.

MGMT – “Time To Pretend” from Oracular Spectacular. Posted March 26.

Laura Cantrell – “Love Vigilantes” (New Order cover) from Trains and Boats and Planes. Posted Mar 26.

The Krinkles – “Still in Love”. Posted April 1.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – “Country Roads” (John Denver cover) from Have Another Ball. Posted June 4.

Silver Jews – “Strange Victory, Strange Defeat” from Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. Posted June 6.

Conor Oberst – “Danny Callahan” from Conor Oberst. Posted July 17.

Of Montreal – “Id Engager” from Skeletal Lamping. Posted Aug 6.

Jeff Hanson – “If Only I Knew” from Madam Owl. Posted Aug 11.

Benji Hughes – “I Went With Some Friends To See The Flaming Lips” from A Love Extreme. Posted Aug 27.

Robyn Hitchcock – “Bad Case of History” from Luminous Groove. Posted Aug 29.

Juliana Hatfield – “Shining On” from How to Walk Away. Posted Sept 2.

The Broken West – “Auctioneer” from Now Or Heaven. Posted Sept 19.

Okkervil River – “Lost Coastlines” from The Stand Ins. Posted Oct 1.

The Lucksmiths – “Up with the Sun” from First Frost. Posted Nov 26.

Jay Reatard – “See/Saw” Matador Singles ’08. Posted Dec 1.

She & Him – “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” from Volume One . Posted Dec 18.

Eef Barzelay – “Lose Big” from Lose Big. Posted Dec 26.

Previously: The Best Legal MP3s of 2007; The Best Legal MP3s of 2006; 20 Tracks That Can Change Your Life (with liner notes). More MP3s.

Image via the Cassette Generator.

One thought on “The 21 Best Legal MP3s of 2008”

  1. It’s a shame that the Broken Wests’ album got overlooked on all those ‘Best of…’ lists but it was a solid album, super poppy, catchy, fun.

    They’re also going to be on that Josh Schwartz/ Alex Patasavas thing, Rockville, CA:

    So yay for good bands getting exposure and some good quality filmed live performances.

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