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Viking's Choice

Where heavy metal, heady psych, dreamy ambient, furious punk and cotton-candy pop music all come to freak out. Curated by Lars Gotrich.

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Heat Check

The R&B playlist for slow-burners, oddly satisfying cross-genre concoctions and the discoveries you almost want to keep for yourself.

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The World Cafe Playlist


Listen to the songs featured on public radio's most popular music show.

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NPR Classical

Need a deep discovery experience? Try 1000 years of music. Our mantra: Bach, Beethoven, before and beyond.

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A World Cafe Halloween Playlist: Hits, Misses And Blood-Curdling Deep Tracks


However you're celebrating, one thing you don't have to worry about is the soundtrack for your Halloween — World Cafe has you covered.


Jazz Night In America: The Playlist

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

A modern jazz survey at ground level, from stone classics to state-of-the-art jams.

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The World Of Mary Lou Williams: A Turning The Tables Playlist


In these 20 tracks, you'll find Williams' prowess as a composer and pianist, as well as proof of her expansive influence on jazz and American music as a whole.

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Happy & Sad: 31 Bittersweet Bops For Summer's End

Like a pink ombré hair dye, some of the best pop songs illuminate the shades of change — whether they are seasonal, emotional, romantic or the big questions of life.

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The World Of Marian Anderson: A Turning The Tables Playlist

Though best remembered for her 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Anderson's career was more than one moment. Hear some of her best recordings, plus songs by those she influenced.

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The World Of Billie Holiday: A Turning The Tables Playlist

Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater offers a playlist of Billie Holiday's greatest songs paired with versions performed by other artists.