Check out this article at NPR Music by Stephen Thompson. He has hand-picked 100 songs for artists appearing at South by Southwest Music Festival here in Austin this month. It includes the complete playlist with artist links and the ability to play each song, if you want to just browse through the list. However, I think you will like trying out their interactive web app (see below).
A really cool feature is a fully interactive multimedia web application. For each one, there is information about the artist and song, with hometown and brief description. There are links to download the MP3 song, stream that artist on Spotify or Rdio, or access iTunes or Amazon music stores
It offers shuffle play of all 100 songs, including the ability to pause, as well as skip forward or backward. You can click the heart to mark specific songs as a favorite, and you can later just click on a button to play your favorites. That makes it extremely easy to skim through all the songs and pick those that you like (and eliminate those you don’t).
Launch the The Austin 100 App by NPR Music.
Earlier there was a download available with all 100 MP3 songs as a single 795 MB zip file (over 6 hours of music), but that NPR download link is no longer active after SXSW. If you were lucky and downloaded it earlier, then you probably imported it into iTunes and made a playlist for it. However, the interactive web application on the “launch” link above still works and you can listen to all the songs.
Enjoy the music!