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Read Ken Tucker's Top 10: The Year In Music

December 20, 2011 – Fresh Air's critic looks back on a fruitful year and lists his favorite music releases of 2011.

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Read Download: NPR Music's Favorite New Artists Of 2011

December 19, 2011 – Each one gave us something to fall in love with this year, so we're passing the gift along to you.

Kelly Rowland, on the cover for her single "Motivation."

Read The Top 10 Top 40 Of 2011

December 19, 2011 – Pop right now is a mash-up of cosmopolitan dance beats and All-American ethnic and racial diversity.

The Head and the Heart.

Read New Adventures In Folk: The Best Of 2011 FolkAlley

December 16, 2011 – The Head and the Heart is one of many new folk groups that bend tradition while keeping it alive. FolkAlley

In these times of instability in the recording industry, more and more Symphony Orchestras (like the Cincinnati Symphony, photographed here) are making their own albums.

Read Charting Their Own Paths: Top 5 Orchestral Albums Produced In-house WGBH

December 15, 2011 – Once contracted to big labels, orchestras are now releasing their own impressive recordings. WGBH

Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver.

Read Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

December 14, 2011 – Though spring releases mostly held their ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots.

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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.

St. Vincent covers Big Black's "Kerosene" live at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

Read 5 Great Cover Songs From 2011

December 13, 2011 – Hear five cover songs that honor the past while translating familiar sounds into something new.

Pickwick were among KEXP's must-hear discoveries of 2011.

Read 5 Artists You Should Have Known In 2011 KEXP

December 12, 2011 – It was hard to keep up with all the great music this year. Catch up with these under-the-radar acts. KEXP

Read The Best Jazz Of 2011

December 9, 2011 – Here are 10 examples of radical imagination, and radical re-imagination, in a great year for jazz.

Vote for your favorite albums of 2011.

Read Vote For Your Favorite Albums Of 2011

December 9, 2011 – You've seen NPR Music's picks for the albums of the year, now it's time to tell us yours.

Fiction by the Ebene Quartet was one of our favorite albums this year.

Read Top Classical Albums Of 2011

December 8, 2011 – From modernism to Mendelssohn and the massive sound of Mahler, a wide-ranging top 10 list.

Girl In A Coma tops off our year-end celebration of the year's best music.

Listen Lo Que Más Nos Gustó: Alt.Latino's Favorite Artists Of 2011

December 7, 2011 – There was so much great music this year, it was nearly impossible to fit it all into one show.

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Best Music Of 2011

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

NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2011

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

Each one gave us something to fall in love with this year, so we're passing the gift along to you.

Download: NPR Music's Favorite New Artists Of 2011

Each one gave us something to fall in love with this year, so we're passing the gift along to you.

Though spring releases mostly held their  ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots.

Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

Though spring releases mostly held their ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots.

This year saw a series of reissues function as part of a mission to extend psychedelia's reaches.

Psych Rock Redefined: The Reissues Of 2011

This year saw a series of reissues function as part of a mission to extend psychedelia's reaches.

Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

Bob Boilen's Favorite Live Shows of 2011

Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

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