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NPR Music remembers musicians — singers, songwriters, instrumentalists — and other visionaries we lost in 2016. Explore and celebrate their musical legacies.

The river banks in Sunderland here were once home to shipyards, but like the city's coal mines, they disappeared. In June, the voters of Sunderland voted by more than 60 percent to leave the European Union, even though it would put tens of thousands of local jobs at risk. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

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Evil Vs. Good Clem Snide
Burn the Light Clem Snide
Red Peppers J. Rawls
Get Lucky Daft Punk
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This Is What You Came For Calvin Harris, Rihanna
Peepers Polar Bear
Hope Every Day Is a Happy New Year Polar Bear
Paper Crane Absofacto
Resolute SBTRKT
Needed Me Rihanna
A Day in the Life The Beatles
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Instrumental #3 Prince
Till the World Ends Britney Spears
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Toxic Britney Spears & Stockholm Session Strings
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Oh Sheit It's X Thundercat
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Fred Taylor Jr. served as a kind of "apologist-in-chief" for Southwest Airlines. StoryCorps hide caption

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For The Man With A Thousand Sorries, Apologizing Became Second Nature

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Who's Sorry Now? Benny Goodman
Broccoli D.R.A.M., Lil Yachty

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Conservatives Wonder, Will The Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

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Fox Tales Koloto
Mechanica Koloto
Eastynato Daniel Szabo
The College Football Theme ESPN
Across the Field & Hang On Sloopy The Ohio State University Marching Band
Piano Fights 65daysofstatic

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