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We Insist: A Century Of Black Music Against State Violence

These songs take on some of the ugliest stories in our history and reflect the commitment of Black musicians to telling the truth of how Black people have been wronged, and survived, and fought back.

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Queer As Punk: A Guide To LGBTQIA+ Punk

"Queer punk" might be redundant if making over-the-top statements at the top of your lungs isn't precisely what makes punk "punk" and queer "queer." Here's a guide to the genre's history and legacy.

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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.

Music speaks truth to anger and frustration, but also provides a sense of hope and beauty. Rashida Chavis for NPR hide caption

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This Is How I Feel: A Playlist By Young Black Listeners

Music has always been a vital part of protest and social justice. We asked our young Black listeners: Is there one song that's helping you address your feelings right now?

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NPR Classical

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

Jake Blount is a banjo and fiddle player and queer activist. His new album, Spider Tales, links country and bluegrass traditions in America with roots in African mythology. Michelle Lotker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Not-At-All Exhaustive LGBTQIA+ Country Playlist

These music makers have wildly different relationships with genre and cultural conventions. They don't look or sound alike or share the same aims or aspirations. That's the point.

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Love In Abundance: A Guide To Women's Music

Women's music is music written by, for and about women (and, more often than not, women who love women). Our starter kit includes music by Cris Williamson, Ferron, Toshi Reagan, Ani DiFranco and more.

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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.

Lucinda Williams's iconic fifth album, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, defined Americana, but it's just one peak in a career that stretches 20 years forward and back in time from that moment. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lucinda Williams: A Guide To Her Best Songs

Williams's new album, Good Souls Better Angels, is another remarkable entry in a catalog that has, across more than a dozen albums, shaped Americana. Here's a map of her career's many high points.

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Isle Of Calm: Stream 6 Hours Of Soothing Music

Help settle your jangled nerves, slow your heart rate and string up a little hammock for your soul with 6 hours of calming music.

Isle Of Calm: Stream 6 Hours Of Soothing Music

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Bob Boilen's Playlist

What the creator of NPR Music's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts is listening to right now.

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The Alt.Latino Playlist

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and Stefanie Fernández uncover the best in new Latin music.

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The World Cafe Playlist

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

Bob Dylan's new single, "Murder Most Foul," is 17 minutes long and references more than 70 songs. We made a playlist of them all. Fred Tanneau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A List Of The Songs Named In Bob Dylan's 'Murder Most Foul'

There are more than 70 songs mentioned or referenced in Bob Dylan's new 17-minute single, "Murder Most Foul." Listen to them all.

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Stream The Austin 100 In Its Entirety

A multi-genre feast that spans 100 songs, six continents, 21 countries and 21 of our own 50 states (plus Puerto Rico).

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41 Women Who Should Be In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Dolly Parton, Carla Thomas, Fanny, The Runaways and Salt n Pepa are just some of the women who should be in the Hall by now.

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

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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.