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I'm after a sidebar widget that will show the tags of my site's currently (within the last day) most viewed posts, in order to achieve a rudimentary 'trending topics' widget.

Does this require a plugin (and if so which one), or can it be achieved with some nifty code?

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there is plenty of plugins in the wordpress directory. here is one http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/popular-widget/screenshots/

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