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

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

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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

Cover for Graceland

Paul Simon

  • Song: Graceland
  • from Graceland
YouTube

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Song
Graceland
Album
Graceland
Artist
Paul Simon
Label
WEA
Released
1986

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Cover for Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis

  • Song: Strawberry Letter 23 [*]
  • from Inspiration Information
YouTube

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Song
Inspiration Information
Album
Inspiration Information
Artist
Shuggie Otis
Label
Luaka Bop

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Cover for The Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd

  • Song: Speak to Me/Breathe
  • from The Dark Side of the Moon
YouTube

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Song
The Dark Side of the Moon
Album
The Dark Side of the Moon
Artist
Pink Floyd
Label
Capitol

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Cover for Rocket to Russia

Ramones

  • Song: Rockaway Beach
  • from Rocket to Russia
YouTube

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Song
Rocket to Russia
Album
Rocket to Russia
Artist
Ramones
Label
Sire/London/Rhino
Released
1977

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Cover for Back in Black

AC/DC

  • Song: Back in Black
  • from Back in Black
YouTube

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Song
Back in Black
Album
Back in Black
Artist
AC/DC
Label
Epic
Released
1980

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Cover for Ultimate Collection

Billie Holiday

  • Song: Solitude
  • from Ultimate Collection
YouTube

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Song
Ultimate Collection
Album
Ultimate Collection
Artist
Billie Holiday
Label
Hip-O
Released
2005

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Once

Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

  • Song: Falling Slowly (Reprise)
  • from Once (Soundtrack)
YouTube

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

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Cover for Exodus [Bonus Tracks]

Bob Marley & the Wailers

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

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Song
Exodus [Bonus Tracks]
Album
Exodus [Bonus Tracks]
Artist
Bob Marley & the Wailers
Label
Universal

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Cover for The Beatles [White Album]

The Beatles

  • Song: Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • from The Beatles [White Album]
YouTube

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Song
The Beatles [White Album]
Album
The Beatles [White Album]
Artist
The Beatles
Label
Capitol

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Cover for Boston

Boston

  • Song: More Than a Feeling
YouTube

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Song
Boston
Album
Boston
Artist
Boston
Label
Epic
Released
1976

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Cover for 3 Feet High and Rising

De La Soul

  • Song: Magic Number
  • from
YouTube

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

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