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Listen Top 10 Great Unknowns, From Second Stage

January 1, 2009 – While bigger bands attracted more attention, smaller acts made the year's most memorable music.


Listen Geniuses Collide In 2008's Best Jazz WESA

December 31, 2008 – The year's 10 best CDs feature brilliant musicians collaborating on a wide variety of recordings. WESA


Listen The Year In Music For Kids (And Parents) WXPN

December 30, 2008 – In 2008, kids' music vets went in new directions and emerging artists gave a glimpse of the future. WXPN


Listen Viking's Choice: A Year Of Beautiful Noise

December 29, 2008 – Working out his top CDs list like some odd game of solitaire, Lars Gotrich shares his best of 2008.


Listen The Best African Music Of 2008

December 29, 2008 – editor Banning Eyre chooses the continent's Top 10 albums of the year.


Read Songs Of The Year: Best Music Of 2008

December 23, 2008 – Here are the 10 albums that Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson treasured the most this year.

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Read Take Five's Top 5 Jazz CDs Of 2008

December 22, 2008 – As jazz obsessives, the folks behind the Take Five series just had to share their top picks of 2008.

Read The New Faces Of Classical Music WVXU

December 22, 2008 – WGUC's picks for 2008's best classical recordings are flush with the work of exciting young talents. WVXU

Read The 10 Best Mixtapes Of The Year

December 19, 2008 – Presenting the best rap legally slung on street corners or linked to on online message boards.

Read WNYC's Genre Mix: Top 10 Albums Of 2008 WNYC

December 18, 2008 – John Schaefer recommends standout music from 2008, touching on classical, pop, folk and world music. WNYC

Listen NPR Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2008

December 15, 2008 – See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.


Read Bob Boilen Picks The Year's Best Music

December 13, 2008 – We all need and want different things from music at different times, and gentility won out in 2008.

Listen The 10th Annual CD, Er, MP3 Gift Guide

December 14, 2008 – Weekend Edition director Ned Wharton presents his annual music gift guide — with a digital twist.


Read The Year On Vinyl: Dropping The Needle WFUV

December 11, 2008 – Here are 10 releases from 2008 that are worth the extra effort of being heard on vinyl. WFUV

Read Living Your Life With 2008's Best In Jazz KPLU

December 10, 2008 – The year's best jazz CDs reach into the listener's world rather than demanding the opposite. KPLU

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