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NPR Music: A Decade of Music and Memories
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There's been a world of change in the ten years since NPR Music first started in November 2007. Consider how, just about a decade ago, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was publishing a list of his favorite "CDs" of 2007. It almost feels quaint now.

In an attempt to celebrate (and process), we've recapped each of the past ten years, from 2007 to 2016, in a list of the musical moments that shaped our past decade. We've also recorded individual podcasts to accompany that list — miniature time capsules of sorts where NPR Music staff members discuss definitive memories of that year. We'll update this page with a new episode each weekday for the next two weeks. Join us as we look back and dig into an era of NPR Music, one year at a time.

10 Years of NPR Music

  • 2007

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    NPR Music's Bob Boilen, Jacob Ganz and Ann Powers discuss 2007, the year in which Apple released the iPhone, Radiohead dropped In Rainbows in unprecedented fashion, and M.I.A. became a household name with "Paper Planes."

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  • 2008

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    NPR Music's Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson and Lars Gotrich take it back to 2008 for the very first Tiny Desk Concert, the birth of Bandcamp, and the wide release of Bon Iver's now classic, For Emma, Forever Ago.

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  • 2009

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    NPR Music's Bob Boilen, Jacob Ganz, Lars Gotrich and Nate Chinen revisit 2009, a year that brought us the debut of The xx and a brilliant album from Vijay Iyer, Historicity, as well as the tremendous losses of Michael Jackson and Jack Rose.

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  • 2010

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    NPR Music's Bob Boilen, Marissa Lorusso and Daoud Tyler-Ameen take on 2010, a year of long winded titles, such as when emo made a comeback with the band The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and a revived interest in American Football. It's also the year Kanye West dropped his opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and The Beatles arrived on iTunes.

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  • 2011

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    NPR Music's Bob Boilen, Ann Powers and Jacob Ganz discuss the British soul invasion of 2011- marked by James Blake's chilly electronic debut, Adele's massive 21, and the loss of Amy Winehouse and how the arrival of Spotify in the US changed how we listen to music.

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  • 2012

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    NPR Music's Robin Hilton, Anastasia Tsioulcas and Stephen Thompson look back at 2012, the year of Pussy Riot's protest, Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, Amanda Palmer's crowd-funded album Theater Is Evil, and one of the biggest hits of all time, "Gangnam Style."

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  • 2013

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    NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Sidney Madden join co-host Robin Hilton to revisit 2013's surprise releases from My Bloody Valentine, David Bowie and Beyoncé, the loss of George Jones and Lou Reed and more defining moments from the year.

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  • 2014

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    NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Rodney Carmichael join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at 2014, including the tween juggernaut "Let It Go" from the Disney musical Frozen, Macklemore's sweep at the Grammy's, the return of Outkast and D'Angelo and the peak of the vinyl revival.

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  • 2015

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    NPR Music's Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at 2015, including "Tomatogate," the Sufjan Stevens masterpiece Carrie & Lowell, Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" and what was perhaps the biggest music story of the year: Hamilton.

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  • 2016

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    NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to revisit landmark moments of 2016, such as the loss of David Bowie, Prince (and so many more towering figures in music), the year of Beyoncé, the return of Gucci Mane and the short-lived farewell to American Idol.

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