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December 1, 2010 A wide-ranging look at the year in music, compiled by NPR Music staff and member stations. These are the 50 albums we enjoyed the most in 2010 — the ones that inspired us, surprised us and stayed with us more than any others.
December 21, 2010 Folk music with strings, electronic soundscapes with beats, rousing Latin pop, world-spanning jazz, blistering rock, timeless soul, choral music and more: Download a diverse and remarkable mix of 2010's best new music, handpicked by NPR Music.
December 27, 2010 Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: Year-end list-making is a war waged on and between music nerds everywhere. What you didn't know: Sometimes the lists make themselves.
Swedish House Mafia DJ Steve Angello (middle) was responsible for one of the biggest drops of 2010, "Knas."
December 31, 2010 A drop is the moment in a dance track when tension is released and the beat kicks in. NPR Music's Sami Yenigun presents the five best dance floor moments of 2010.
December 31, 2010 When NPR Music's interns were asked to help choose NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2010, they were stoked. When nearly all of their picks were dismissed, they were left with nothing but their rejected records to console them. This isn't just a year-end list; it's the redemption of their musical taste.
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December 28, 2010 Hear a "looped liturgy for the apocalypse" and "fire coming out of the fog" in this conversation about the year's best metal, drone and outer sound.
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Boston bluegrass band Crooked Still released one of the best albums of the year.
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December 23, 2010 There isn't a more knowledgeable source for contemporary folk music on the web than Folk Alley. Host Elena See clues us in to the best music she heard all year.
December 28, 2010 The cassette is the only audio format that at least tries to force you to listen to an album the whole way through. From an ambient Michael Jackson tribute to a rehearsal tape from a black metal band, Lars Gotrich picks 11 of 2010's best cassettes.
December 22, 2010 This year marked the 200th anniversaries of the births of two piano giants: Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann. The dates sparked numerous recordings of their music. WGUC's Robin Gehl picks the top releases.
Miles Davis' legendary and controversial Bitches Brew was reissued this year.
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December 21, 2010 Jazz24 music director Nick Francis selects his favorite reissues of the year, featuring Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Stan Getz and Kenny Barron and more.
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December 26, 2010 Alt.Latino invites Ernesto Lechner from WEXT's The Latin Alternative to help assemble a list of the year's best music. Together, they come up with selections that include records by Ana Tijoux, Carla Morrison, Alex Cuba and more.
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