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Viking's Choice Holiday Special

Bubbly pop songs sidle up to filthy headbangers and dreamy ambient in a six-hour playlist of unexpected holiday music.

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A holly jolly Jazz Night: Our favorite holiday tunes

'Tis the season for spending time with the ones we love. Here's a collection of the Jazz Night team's favorite holiday music, including timeless classics and a few brand-new bops.

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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.

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NPR Classical

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


Louder Than A Riot: The Soundtrack

Louder Than A Riot reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. Follow along with the music featured in every episode.

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Roséwave: 102 Songs To Soundtrack Your Summer

Whether you're ready for Hot Vax Summer or preparing for a more cautious reentry to everyday life, roséwave understands. Here are 101 songs to soundtrack your summer, wherever you're at.

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Playlist: Rosé All Day With Mickey Guyton

Mickey Guyton's roséwave playlist celebrates the women who have influenced her. "Turn it up, hug your girlfriends and enjoy!" the country singer-songwriter says.

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Jazz Night's Favorite Grooves Of 2021, So Far

This year, our ears have been craving songs that made us move – think of these 2021 releases as songs to play as we "return to outside."

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Stay Or Go? 31 Chill Songs For Any Party

Roséwave is an entire vibe, but has never sounded so vibey. Whether you're on the way to the function or still shaking off outside jitters, this summer mix is for you.

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Songs For Freedom: A Juneteenth Playlist From Pianist Lara Downes

Music offers freedom. Freedom of expression — a way to rejoice and to mourn, to offer comfort, to call for change.

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NPR's 50 Favorite Songs Of 1971

Critics widely consider 1971 one of the best years in music history. For NPR's 50th anniversary, public radio stations turn back the clock and reflect on the year's best tracks.

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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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Bob Boilen's Playlist

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

San Jose de Gracia, Mexico — July 30, 2021: San Jose de Gracia is nestled in the middle of the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. The community claims that it was founded 200 years ago but today only 12 members are living there. While water first brought the settlement, the rainy season has shifted. This left the community without a waterfall going into the canyon. Sofia Aldinio hide caption

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Songs and Pictures For Climate Change: A Playlist for the Planet

As the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Summit winds down, NPR's Picture Show looks at work by photographers that highlight climate change.

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2021 Songs Of Summer

Every summer gets its own unique soundtrack — a fresh batch of hit songs, all vying for an unofficial title: Song Of The Summer. Often these songs are on the wind, everywhere, dominating not just the airwaves, but also the cultural conversation. And sometimes, a song of the summer is just a great new music discovery. So we gathered together a bunch of NPR Music contributors and asked them to name their Song Of The Summer.

Our Songs Of Summer For 2021

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Makes Your Heart Sing: What Mexican Regional Means To You

A breakdown of all the reasons and ways members of the Alt.Latino community hold Mexican Regional near and dear to their hearts.