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New Building, New Mix: Songs About Change

As the NPR Music team and others prepared to leave the network's old headquarters, mysterious messages began appearing on the windows and walls: "Everything will be better!"

As the NPR Music team and others prepared to leave the network's old headquarters, mysterious messages began appearing on the windows and walls: "Everything will be better!" Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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As they filled up their moving boxes to relocate to NPR's new offices, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton sent out a plea to listeners for the best songs about how to deal with change: breakups and letdowns, graduation, big moves, etc. You responded in huge numbers, and we picked a few standouts to play on this week's show. We've got classics from Led Zeppelin, The Animals and Neil Young and more modern favorites such as The White Stripes and Vic Chesnutt.

Bob and Robin also welcomed some fellow NPR friends to share some of their favorite moving-on songs. All Songs Considered intern Lorie Liebig shared a heartbreaking cut from The Head and the Heart, Stephen Thompson brought us a sweet and soothing track from David Mead, and Daoud Tyler-Ameen kicked things up with "Following Through" from D.C.'s own The Dismemberment Plan.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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Led Zeppelin

  • Album: Led Zeppelin II
  • Song: Ramble On

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Ramble On
Album
Led Zeppelin II
Artist
Led Zeppelin
Label
Atlantic

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The Animals

  • Album: Best of the Animals [ABKCO]
  • Song: We Gotta Get Out of This Place

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We Gotta Get Out of This Place
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Best of the Animals [ABKCO]
Artist
The Animals
Label
ABCKO

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Neil Young

  • Album: Harvest
  • Song: Out On The Weekend

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Out On The Weekend
Album
Harvest
Artist
Neil Young

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The White Stripes

  • Album: Elephant
  • Song: There's No Home for You Here

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There's No Home for You Here
Album
Elephant
Artist
The White Stripes
Label
V2

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Vic Chesnutt

  • Album: Drunk (Deluxe Reissue, 2004)
  • Song: Dodge

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Dodge
Album
Drunk (Deluxe Reissue, 2004)
Artist
Vic Chesnutt
Label
Texas Hotel
Released
1993

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Head & The Heart

  • Album: Head and the Heart
  • Song: Rivers and Roads

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Rivers and Roads
Album
Head and the Heart
Artist
Head & The Heart
Label
Disc Makers
Released
2010

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Billy Joel

  • Album: Stranger
  • Song: Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

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Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
Album
Stranger
Artist
Billy Joel
Label
Sony Music Distribution
Released
1977

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The Muppets

  • Album: The Muppet Movie
  • Song: Moving Right Along

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Moving Right Along
Album
The Muppet Movie
Artist
The Muppets

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David Mead

  • Album: Wherever You Are
  • Song: Astronaut

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Astronaut
Album
Wherever You Are
Artist
David Mead
Label
Eleven Thirty
Released
2005

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The Dismemberment Plan

  • Album: Change
  • Song: Following Through

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Following Through
Album
Change
Artist
The Dismemberment Plan
Label
De Soto

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George Harrison

  • Album: All Things Must Pass
  • Song: All Things Must Pass

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All Things Must Pass
Album
All Things Must Pass
Artist
George Harrison
Label
Capitol
Released
1970

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Flight of the Conchords

  • Album: Distant Future
  • Song: I'm Not Crying

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I'm Not Crying
Album
Distant Future
Artist
Flight of the Conchords
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2007

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