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Dawes, seen here performing at the Newport Folk Festival, had one of The Current's most popular songs of the year in "A Little Bit of Everything."

Read The Current's Surprise Hits Of 2011 KCMP

December 30, 2011 – Hear five songs that became unexpected staples on the Twin Cities radio station this year. KCMP

Thee Oh Sees.

Read The Year In Garage Rock: 5 Favorites For 2011

December 30, 2011 – It's an exciting time to be a garage-rock fan, not to mention an excellent time to convert.

A detail from the cover of Tom Zé's Grande Liquidāçao.

Read Psych Rock Redefined: The Reissues Of 2011

December 29, 2011 – This year saw a series of reissues function as part of a mission to extend psychedelia's reaches.

"Abducted," by Cults, tops the list of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2011.

Read Bob Boilen's Favorite Songs Of The Year

December 28, 2011 – Listen to Bob Boilen's favorite songs of the year, from Cults to Caveman and Milagres to M83.

The Joy Formidable, seen here at NPR Music's South by Southwest party, gave one of the best World Cafe performances of 2011.

Read David Dye's Favorite New Bands Of 2011 WXPN

December 28, 2011 – Hear the host's top five performances by emerging artists and download a song from each session. WXPN

One of the premier American dubstep DJs, Pretty Lights is renowned for his dazzling light shows.

Read The Year In Hipstep (Or Dubhop?)

December 28, 2011 – Dubstep beats have pervaded mainstream hip-hop, in a development that's been good for both genres.

Illustration: A music staff with books on it.

Read Staff Picks: The Best Music Books Of 2011

December 28, 2011 – NPR Music presents 12 titles ranging from album cover art to disco to Def Jam to metal to MTV.

Mavado.

Read The Top 5 Dancehall Tracks Of 2011

December 27, 2011 – Hear the delectably scandalous, dance-floor-ready anthems of the year.

Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.

Watch Bob Boilen's Favorite Live Shows of 2011

December 27, 2011 – Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

Norah Jones kicks off KPLU's list of great vocal performances in 2011.

Read Top 5 Jazz Vocal Performances Of 2011 Jazz24

December 23, 2011 – These tunes each exemplify how great singers and great songs fit together. Jazz24

Gil Scott-Heron.

In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2011

December 23, 2011 – Explore the musical legacies of the singers, instrumentalists and songwriters who died this year.

Milo Greene — ignored this year by NPR's staff, but not its interns.

Read Intern Uprising: Music We Missed In 2011

December 28, 2011 – Our interns tell us what we should have covered this year — and what we can't ignore in 2012.

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Matthew Dekay closes a party.

Read The 5 Deadliest Grooves Of 2011

December 22, 2011 – Hear five songs that find a way to dance-music alchemy, with grooves that kill every time.

PJ Harvey's Let England Shake tops John Schaefer's list of the year's best albums.

Read Music And The Big Idea: The Top 5 Concept Albums Of 2011 WNYC

December 21, 2011 – Some of the most memorable recordings of 2011 were not just great songs. They were about something. WNYC

Australian downtempo artist Oliver Tank, 21, is one of many underground gems on services like Bandcamp.

Read Who Needs A Record Label? The 5 Best Bandcamp Albums Of 2011 WXPN

December 21, 2011 – WXPN's Bruce Warren recommends some of the best artists making use of the independent music site. WXPN

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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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