2013 was a big commercial year for all things R&B and soul music. But you can't exactly call it a banner year artistically. From throwback to eccentric to gut-wrenching, these songs suggest the state of R&B in 2013.
Hear public radio stations' favorite songs of the year — from jazz to indie rock to cutting-edge classical. A wide range of programmers sent NPR Music their Top 10 lists, and we gathered all the tracks into one mighty stream.