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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2019

Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominated the headlines this year, but 2019 was much more than that. We look back at the music we'll remember most and the marks it left on our cultural landscape.

ASC Year in Review 2019

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Interview: Raphael Saadiq

The soul musician behind one of the year's best albums, the heartwrenching Jimmy Lee, spoke with NPR music critic Rodney Carmichael as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, a special four-night series of Tiny Desk concerts at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Saadiq shared stories about his brothers' battle with addiction, the origins of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and what it's like to play two Tiny Desk concerts 10 years apart.

Interview: Raphael Saadiq

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Sheryl Crow At Tiny Desk Fest: 'The Truth Is The Truth'

Sheryl Crow had a lot to say in this Tiny Desk Fest interview with NPR pop critic Ann Powers.

Sheryl Crow At Tiny Desk Fest: 'The Truth Is The Truth'

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A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Of ELO

The longtime leader of ELO talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about his creative process, working with his heroes, like Roy Orbison, and his latest album, From Out of Nowhere.

A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Of ELO

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The 2010s: NPR Listeners Pick Their Top Songs Of The Decade

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton countdown NPR listeners' favorite songs of the 2010s.

Listener Picks From The Decade

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The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

Our review of the past decade in music continues with a look at the ways music production has changed and how technology has revolutionized sound both onstage and in the studio.

The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

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New Music Friday: Our Top 6 Albums Out On Nov. 22

Our final New Music Friday of 2019 ends with some heavy hitters, from Beck's moody-groovy Hyperspace and Coldplay's most ambitious album yet, to a batch of all-new songs from the late Leonard Cohen.

New Music Friday: Our Top 6 Albums Out On Nov. 22

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New Mix: Jesca Hoop, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Esmé Patterson, More

This week's essential mix of new songs includes a Brian Eno remix of a Lee "Scratch" Perry tune, Red Baraat percussionist Sunny Jain, singer Jesca Hoop and more.

New Mix: Jesca Hoop, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Esmé Patterson, More

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New Music Friday: Our Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 15

Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a posthumous release from rapper Lil Peep, gorgeous reflections from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, singer Mary Lambert and more.

New Music Friday: Our Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 15

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The 2010s: Latinx Music Before And After 'Despacito'

"Despacito" was more than a popular song. It was the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban."

The 2010s: Latinx Music Before And After 'Despacito'

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Serenity Now: Music And A Conversation With Joan Shelley

In this All Songs Considered guest DJ session, Joan Shelley talks about her latest album, Like the River Loves the Sea and shares songs by some of the other artists who've inspired her over the years.

Serenity Now: Music And A Conversation With Joan Shelley

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New Music Friday: Our Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 8

This week's best new albums include a solo release from Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr from Hamilton, the woozy world of FKA Twigs, country singer Luke Combs and more.

New Music Friday: Our Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 8

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Angel Olsen And John Congleton On How They Made 'All Mirrors'

Angel Olsen has reimagined her sound. On this edition of All Songs Considered, she and her co-producer, John Congleton reveal how they did it, with the help of a 14-piece string section.

Angel Olsen And John Congleton On How They Made 'All Mirrors'

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The 2010s: A Jazz Revival In Black Music

Pianist and producer Robert Glasper is on a mission to reconnect jazz with black music. In the past decade he's helped transform the work of artists like Kendrick Lamar, Brittany Howard and more.

The 2010s: A Jazz Revival In Black Music

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On Nov. 1

Our picks for the best albums out this week include Gang Starr's first new release in 16 years, humor and heart from country singer Miranda Lambert, the latest in Bob Dylan's Bootleg series and more.

New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On Nov. 1

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The 2010s: The Globalization Of Music

Our look back at the past decade in music continues as we examine the ways musical borders have fallen and why global sounds are more prevalent and popular than ever.

The 2010s: The Globalization Of Music

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Megan Thee Stallion At Tiny Desk Fest: 'I'm Always Trying To One-Up Myself'

After her Tiny Desk performance, the rapper joined NPR's Sidney Madden for a live conversation on playing with a band for the first time, hanging onto her Texas roots and plans for her debut album.

Megan Thee Stallion At Tiny Desk Fest: 'I'm Always Trying To One-Up Myself'

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New Mix: Torres, Julien Baker, Illuminati Hotties, More

This week's mix from All Songs Considered somehow took on a dog theme, beginning with a board game from the band PUP, where every move leads to failure and disappointment. But the music's still good!

New Mix: Torres, Julien Baker, Illuminati Hotties, More

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The 2010s: Queer Goes Mainstream

In the past decade, LGBTQ issues hit the mainstream in unprecedented ways, and music played a big part, with songs about queer love on the radio and anthems of allyship coming from all major genres.

The 2010s: Queer Goes Mainstream

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On Oct. 25

The fourth-quarter deluge continues this week with new releases from Rex Orange County, King Princess, Gallant and more, including the first new album in seven years from Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On Oct. 25

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The 2010s: The Rise Of Bandcamp

Since its founding in 2008, Bandcamp has become a buzzing, artist-friendly hub for music lovers, with pay-what-you-want pricing and lots of rabbit holes leading to music you won't find anywhere else.

The 2010s: The Rise Of Bandcamp

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Lankum And The Strange New Sounds Of Ireland

In this Guest DJ session with All Songs Considered, Radie Peat and Ian Lynch of the band Lankum talk about their new album, The Livelong Day, the evolving sounds of their native Ireland, and share their favorite Irish, off-the-radar artists.

Lankum And The Strange New Sounds Of Ireland

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The 2010s: Classical Music's Decade Of Reckoning

Is classical music dying? No. But its institutions, artists and promoters took some hits in the past decade, from bankruptcies to sexual harassment. Still, along the way, we heard a lot of terrific music.

The 2010s: Classical Music's Decade Of Reckoning

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New Music Friday: Our Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 18

It's a packed release week, with new albums from Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, the rapper Gucci Mane, warped hip-hop from clipping., the electronic artist Floating Points and more.

New Music Friday: Our Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 18

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