Jazz singer Nina Simone pictured in 1978, the year she recorded and released the song "Baltimore." J. Minhan/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis hide caption

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Top row: Audience members rate the music during our All Songs Considered listening party. Bottom row, left to right: Susan Rogers, Bob Boilen, Amelia Mason, James Reed, Stephen Thompson. NPR hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Matt Pond PA, Desaparecidos Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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