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Can't We All Just Get Along? Our Search For The Albums Everyone Loves

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When the NPR Music team started talking about the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon's Graceland, we soon realized everyone on staff agreed it was one of the all-time great records. That doesn't happen very often, especially in a group of people with such divergent tastes in music.

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This discovery got us thinking: Is it possible to form a top ten list of records everyone can agree on? The kinds of records that, if you put them on at a party, everyone would say, "turn it up!"

So we need you to vote. We've started by nominating 20 albums that we think will be loved by everyone who listens to them, and we want you to tell us whether YOU feel that love. To keep this running through the summer, we'll need more suggestions for albums that might fit the bill. Keep voting, and by August we hope to have a final list we can agree on.

A big quest like this one needs a big kickoff, so for this week's show Bob and Robin play a few selections they and the rest of the NPR Music team think everyone will love. Bob and Robin are also joined by folk singer Glen Hansard, who throws Bob Marley's Exodus into the ring.

We don't even scratch the surface of the surface with this show. But we hope to get the discussion going by fitting in as much in as possible, from quiet, emotional folk, and psychedelic funk, to high-strutting, head-banging rock.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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Shuggie Otis

  • Song: Strawberry Letter 23 [*]
  • From: Inspiration Information

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Strawberry Letter 23 [*]
Album
Inspiration Information
Artist
Shuggie Otis
Label
Luaka Bop

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Once

Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

  • Song: Falling Slowly (Reprise)
  • From: Once (Soundtrack)

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Song
Falling Slowly (Reprise)
Album
Once (Soundtrack)
Artist
Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

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Bob Marley & the Wailers

  • Song: Turn Your Lights Down Low
  • From: Exodus [Bonus Tracks]

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Song
Turn Your Lights Down Low
Album
Exodus [Bonus Tracks]
Artist
Bob Marley & the Wailers
Label
Universal

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De La Soul

  • Song: Magic Number
  • From: 3 Feet High and Rising

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Song
Magic Number
Album
3 Feet High and Rising
Artist
De La Soul
Label
Tommy Boy
Released
1989

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