Best Music Of 2012 The best music of the year, as decided by NPR Music.

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In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

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The stars of 2012, online and on air (from left): Nate Ruess of fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy. Matt Roberts/Getty Images, Tony Nelson/Corbis Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Robert Glasper at SXSW in March 2012. Erich Schlegel/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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