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Read NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

June 12, 2012 – Hear our 50 favorite ecstatic, joyful, surprising and swooning songs of the last six months.

Arabian Knightz, a hip-hop group from Cairo, Egypt.

Read Revolutionary Road: Music From Carthage To Cairo

June 4, 2012 – From traditional folk to new hip-hop, hear a mix of music now playing in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

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Listen Live Alt.Latino Radio

June 1, 2012 – NPR's Alt.Latino spins Latin rock, hip-hop and psychedelic cumbia.

Underneath their helmets, the members of Daft Punk are actually listening to Making Time Radio.

Read The Mix: Making Time Radio WXPN

May 13, 2012 – Hear a mix of futuristic dancefloor fillers, including music from Four Tet, Grimes and Hot Chip. WXPN

The Beatles' "Michelle" won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1967.

Read The Muse Mix: 100 Songs That Cry Her Name JPR

April 23, 2012 – Listen to a mix of songs named after the women who inspired them, picked by Jefferson Public Radio. JPR

Bob Dylan's Bob Dylan came out on March 19, 1962. Few cared.

Read The Mix: 50 Failed First Impressions

March 19, 2012 – WNPR's Anthony Fantano highlights 50 debut albums that belied future greatness.

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Read The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix

March 9, 2012 – Before SXSW 2012, hear 100 handpicked highlights and discoveries in one music-packed place.

Gerald Levert performs at the 98.7 Kiss FM's R&B Jam 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Read The Mix: Slow And Low Valentine Jams

February 6, 2012 – Valentine's Day only comes once a year, so take it slow with this mix of soul and lovers' rock.

Allen Street, New York City's Lower East Side: Dancers in a Turkish club owned by Jo Levyon, December 1942. This photo is from the Library of Congress' American Memories project archive.

Read 78 78s: In Search Of Lost Time

January 23, 2012 – An esteemed collector shares 78 of his favorite vintage 78 RPM records from all around the world.

Tina Turner's epic version of "Proud Mary" is a full workout in a song. Trust us.

Read The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix

January 16, 2012 – You chose the most muscle-pumping, pain-annihilating anthems, compiled here in one gym-ready mix.

Huntsville, Ala., duo G-Side.

Read The Mix: Hip-Hop You Won't Hear On The Radio KEXP

January 9, 2012 – It's a big beautiful world out there — but you wouldn't know that from tuning into commercial radio. KEXP

Malian hip-hop group SMOD is one of the 12 acts playing globalFEST Jan. 8 in New York.

Read The Mix: The Sounds Of globalFEST 2012 WNYC

January 3, 2012 – From an Irish super-group to Malian hip-hop, hear fabulously diverse bands from around the world. WNYC

Every song on this mix is performed by monkeys. Every. Last. One.

Read Jingle Jams: A Holiday Mix For The Rest Of Us

December 15, 2011 – Everybody takes away something different from the holidays. Shouldn't your music do the same?

Wondering how we listen to music in 2011? There's an app for that. (One of them, pictured, is called Jamboxx.)

Read NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2011

December 14, 2011 – Hear a mix of what the year sounded like to us — funny, joyful, heavy and always surprising.

American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis (1926 - 1991), sits with his instrument during a studio recording session, October 1959. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Read The Mix: 100 Quintessential Jazz Songs Jazz24

November 28, 2011 – Listen to a mix of 100 quintessential jazz songs, as determined by the listeners of Jazz24. Jazz24

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