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where can I download free mp3sWelcome to the first Sound Sunday edition in 2011!

As we enter 2011, which is going to be an exciting year, just as every year, we can dare to take a look back at some of the best music from the previous year. This edition features Best of 2010 compilations and samplers.

As always, the comments are open for you to share your thoughts on this week’s edition or  suggestions for future articles. You can also eMail me [tina at  makeuseof dot com]. Happy New Year!

SPIN – Best of 2010

Genre: compilation, alternative, rock, pop

legal download Every month SPIN Magazine releases a playlist with some of the best new artists out there. For January they have released a Best of 2010 compilation including bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Yeasayer, and MGMT.

You can download SPIN’s Best of 2010 sampler from iTunes using the download code 77TJ7MPJ36WK. The code expires on January 31st 2011!

SPIN Homepage.

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INQ Mag – Best of 2010

Genre: compilation, indie, ambient, electronic

free mp3 download INQ is a non professional, independent netaudio resource, dedicated to showcase free audio releases from netlabels and other sources. It is their belief that it’s not music that is in crisis, but the industry. To celebrate the growing amount of good free music and netlables, they have compiled a Best of 2010 album.

Download INQ Mag’s Best of 2010 from the FreeMusicArchive.

INQ Mag Homepage and Facebook.

WFMU – Best of 2010: Life from 43 Monty

Genre: compilation, rock

mp3 album download WFMU is an independent freeform station in New York and the Hudson Valley. The radio station regularly records live sets in their studios at 43 Montgomery Street in Jersey City, New Jersey. This album is a best of those live recordings.

Download Best of 2010: Life from 43 Monty from the FreeMusicArchive.

WFMU Homepage.

AllSaints & Clash – Best of 2010

Genre: sampler

free music Clash has teamed up with AllSaints Spitalfields to sponsor a Best of 2010 sampler that features  songs from 14 different artists, including The Phantom Band, Walls, The Gaslight Anthem, Maps & Atlases, and LCD Soundsystem.

Download the Best of 2010 sampler from the Clash Homepage.

Clash Homepage.

Pretty Much Amazing – Best Songs of 2010

Genre: mixed

how to download music free Pretty Much Amazing, aka PMA, a free music blog, posted its Best Songs of 2010 as early as October 2010. The list contains 50 tunes, some of which you can download for free, a song at a time. Also check out their list of Best Albums of 2010.

Download PMA’s Best Songs of 2010 from the Pretty Much Amazing blog.

Pretty Much Amazing Blog.

Young & Research – Tough Love Sampler 2010

Genre: sampler, indie, electronica, li-fi, new wave, post punk, shoe gaze

Tough Love Records released this sampler in late summer 2010. It features the music of friends, family, old flames, and future lovers. They have also put to gether two Best of 2010 samplers, which you can download one tune at a time from their homepage: Part I and Part II.

The Tough Love Sampler 2010 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Tough Love Records Homepage.

Star Slinger – Remixes 2010

Genre: alternative, electronic, soul, easy listening, hip hop

Created by Nottinghamsire born Darren Williams in April 2010, Star Slinger has put out three full albums in just about 8 months. His August release Remixes 2010 was so well received that Darren was approached for official remixes by bands like The Go! Team, The Morning Benders, and Broken Social Scene.

Since Bandcamp limits free downloads, Star Slinger made Remixes 2010 a free download from MediaFire.

Star Slinger MySpace and Homepage.

Good Luck – Demonstration 2010

Genre: punk, pop

Bloomington, Indiana pop punk band Good Luck wrote their first song in a basement in April 2007. They have since released two albums, one being Demonstration 2010.

Demonstration 2010 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Good Luck MySpace and Homepage.

Gizeh Records – Winter 2010

Genre: ambient, experimental, neo-classical, post rock

Gizeh Records is an independent label based in Leeds, England. This free record label sampler features a selection of artists from the Gizeh roster, including some older songs and some from forthcoming releases.

The Winter 2010 sampler from Gizeh Records is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Gizeh Records Homepage.

Forfolkssake – The Best of the FFS New Bands Panel 2010

Genre: folk

This old music website focuses on the folk scene in London, UK and beyond. With bands like Alessi’s Ark, Noah and the Whale, and Mumford & Sons folk music has made a return to the limelight. In their New Bands Panel, FFS introduces artists new to the scene.

The Best of the FFS New Bands Panel 2010 is a free download from Bandcamp. Unfortunately, you have to download the album one song at a time.

Forfolkssake MySpace and Homepage.

Enjoyed the selection and looking forward to more? In the meantime you should browse past editions of Sound Sunday. You can also get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback that you don’t want to post in the comments below.

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