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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!"

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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"
  • Album: 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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