Alright – here’s an epic list of great, legal, free music for your summer playlist (over 200 free songs).
Summer must be the season for free samplers because there are a TON of them out there.
Here’s the best songs. Die hard music fans can download the rest of the samplers below.
- Wye Oak – Civilian – This is one of my favorite songs of 2011 from one of the best albums so far in 2011
- Bright Eyes – Shell Games – definitely in my top 25 best songs of 2011
- Young The Giant – My Body – #28 on my top songs of 2010
- Yeasayer – Ambling Alp – phenomenal song from one of my favorite bands
- White Rabbits – Percussion Gun- #3 on my top songs of 2009 (have to download the entire Brooklyn Sampler on iTunes)
- Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars – great rock song (in the Brooklyn Sampler on iTunes
- Miiike Snow – Animal – this one’s a little weird; but I guarantee you’ll be humming it to yourself after a few listens. And it’s actually pretty insightful.
- Freelance Whales – Hannah – a happy, fun song from a good band
- My Morning Jacket – Circuital – Good song from a good album (only $5 on Amazon)[UPDATE: I changed my mind. I don’t think it’s worth $5. If anything just buy the first song on the album!]
here’s all the Free Samplers.
I’ve listed the Samplers from Most-of-the-Songs-On-the-Sampler-Are-Good down thru Most-of-The-Songs-are-Bad (I’ve listed some of the best groups/songs on each one)
- Digits – Free 5 song EP – some good electro-chill music (I especially like the song Lost Dream)
- 2 albums of good indie Christian stuff from Catalyst (you do have to do a little more work for this one than the others – you have to sign up to receive info from Catalyst. But they reward you with TONS of free stuff- Songs from Lecrae, Gungor, John Mark McMillan, Thad Cockrell. Page CXVI and more
- Made in Brooklyn Sampler on iTunes – SO many good artists/songs. GREAT songs from the White Rabbits, Sleigh Bells, Bear in Heaven
- Spring Sampler from American Eagle – Yeasayer’s Ambling Alp song is worth the effort. Such a good song. Here’s the best three but the whole album sounds pretty promising: Yeasayer, “Ambling Alp” — Ra Ra Riot, “Boy” — Young Blood, “The Naked and Famous”
- NPR has a ton of good free music on their SXSW page (I’d recommend Firefox’s DownThemAll to get all the songs at once so you don’t have to right click each one individually!). Best Songs – Bright Eyes, “Shell Games” — Alexander, “Truth” — Wye Oak, “Civilian” — Young The Giant, “My Body”
- Lollapalooza 20 song sampler on iTunes – some legit songs on here from John Butler Trio, My Morning Jacket, Silversun Pickups, and a classic from Jane’s Addiction
- SubPop Summer Sampler on iTunes – Fleet Foxes, Handsome Furs, etc
- Bonnaroo 2011 Sampler – Alison Krauss, Iron & Wine, Ratatat, etc
- SPIN Magazine’s June Playlist on iTunes (not my style of music – heavier; but some may like it)
- Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Sampler on iTunes (definitely not my style of music but some might like it)