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52 Songs of 2005

I’ve put together a list of 52 songs that the Hype Machine visitors have found exciting during most of this year.

For each month that the Hype Machine was up, I’ve selected seven songs out of 50 most popular tracks during that time. The site was only up for a couple of days in April, so there are only three for that month.

I’ve tried to include different artists, covers and quirky songs, so hopefully many of you will hear something new. This list is not a traditional “Top Albums” or “Top Tracks” list because I tried to highlight tracks that were popular during a given month while avoiding some of the tracks that any mp3 blog reader must have already heard.

All tracks, new (released in 2005) and old qualified for this list as long as many people listened or read about them. I was surprised to see so many covers on this list, but most of them are very impressive.

Some other excellent lists are up at (in no specific order) My Old Kentucky Blog, Gorilla vs Bear, work for it, Popsheep, Take Your Medicine, Grey Will Fade, and Information Leafblower. If I missed a good list, feel free to add it in the comments.

So give some of the 52 songs of 2005 a listen, tell the bloggers who mentioned the songs if you really enjoyed something and pick up a record or two. And if you have something on your mind, you are welcome to drop me a line or comment.

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