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

Cover for Graceland

Paul Simon

  • Album: Graceland
  • Song: Graceland
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  • "Graceland"
  • Album: Graceland
  • Artist: Paul Simon
  • Label: WEA
  • Released: 1986
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Cover for Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis

  • Album: Inspiration Information
  • Song: Strawberry Letter 23 [*]
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  • "Strawberry Letter 23 [*]"
  • Album: Inspiration Information
  • Artist: Shuggie Otis
  • Label: Luaka Bop
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Cover for The Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd

  • Album: The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Song: Speak to Me/Breathe
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  • "Speak to Me/Breathe"
  • Album: The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Artist: Pink Floyd
  • Label: Capitol
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Ramones

  • Album: Rocket to Russia
  • Song: Rockaway Beach
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  • "Rockaway Beach"
  • Album: Rocket to Russia
  • Artist: Ramones
  • Label: Sire/London/Rhino
  • Released: 1977
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Cover for Back in Black

AC/DC

  • Album: Back in Black
  • Song: Back in Black
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  • "Back in Black"
  • Album: Back in Black
  • Artist: AC/DC
  • Label: Epic
  • Released: 1980
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Cover for Ultimate Collection

Billie Holiday

  • Album: Ultimate Collection
  • Song: Solitude
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  • "Solitude"
  • Album: Ultimate Collection
  • Artist: Billie Holiday
  • Label: Hip-O
  • Released: 2005
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Once

Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

  • Album: Once (Soundtrack)
  • Song: Falling Slowly (Reprise)
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  • "Falling Slowly (Reprise)"
  • Album: Once (Soundtrack)
  • Artist: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
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Cover for Exodus [Bonus Tracks]

Bob Marley & the Wailers

  • Album: Exodus [Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: Turn Your Lights Down Low
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  • "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
  • Album: Exodus [Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • Label: Universal
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Cover for The Beatles [White Album]

The Beatles

  • Album: The Beatles [White Album]
  • Song: Back in the U.S.S.R.
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  • "Back in the U.S.S.R."
  • Album: The Beatles [White Album]
  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Label: Capitol
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Boston

  • Album: Boston
  • Song: More Than a Feeling
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  • "More Than a Feeling"
  • Album: Boston
  • Artist: Boston
  • Label: Epic
  • Released: 1976
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Cover for 3 Feet High and Rising

De La Soul

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