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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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Heat Check

The R&B playlist for slow-burners, oddly satisfying cross-genre concoctions and the discoveries you almost want to keep for yourself.

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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.

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NPR Classical

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

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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.

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The World Of Billie Holiday: A Turning The Tables Playlist

Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater offers a playlist of Billie Holiday's greatest songs paired with versions performed by other artists.

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The World Of Maybelle Carter: A Turning The Tables Playlist

The degree to which Mother Maybelle's guitar playing influenced the next century of country and roots music cannot be overstated. In this playlist, hear her Carter Scratch echo across generations.

The World Of Maybelle Carter: A Turning The Tables Playlist

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Playlist: Carly Rae Jepsen's Living Room Dance Party

The pop singer offers a roséwave playlist for a chill summertime: "Some sad, but mostly happy and all epic artists."

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The World Of Bessie Smith: A Turning The Tables Playlist

There's a world of music you enter when you open the Bessie Smith door. Our playlist showcases some of of Smith's best songs, as well as music from her influences and inheritors.

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Can You Dig It? 25 Golden Jams From A 1969 Vintage

A sweet mélange of soul, proto-funk, jazz, rock and Latin music that makes for an old-school roséwave soundtrack.

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Art Neville: In Memoriam Playlist

Art Neville's life connected directly to rock and roll's first notes. Travel through his funky catalog with The Meters, The Neville Brothers and his own solo songs.

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Moon Tunes: Songs To Celebrate Our Glowing Orb

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, a far-reaching playlist of off-the-beaten-orbit tracks for your space travels.

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Rosé Rising: 24 Songs For Your Summer Star Chart

Our playlist highlights each astrological sign's best and worst attributes, whether you're as meticulous as fellow Virgo Beyonce, moody as a Cancer (and Frank Ocean) or free-spirited as Bjork.

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American Anthem: The Playlist

Sometimes, a song isn't just a song: It's shorthand for an idea. Hear the music of NPR's American Anthem series, on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action.

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Playlist: Trixie Mattel's Pink Drink Makeover For Pride Month

For Pride Month, the drag queen and songwriter presents the antidote to a mundane makeover: a roséwave playlist, featuring Kesha, The Go-Go's and several former RuPaul's Drag Race competitors.

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Wade In The Water

Hear the history of American gospel music and its impact on soul, jazz and R&B.

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Director's Cuts: Music From Morning Edition And All Things Considered

Hear the snippets of music we play between news stories the way they were meant to be heard: in their entirety.

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Slingshot

Great songs by emerging artists, curated by NPR Music stations across the country.

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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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New Music Friday

Friday's the day when most new albums come out. This is your guide to cut through the noise and hear the most essential releases.

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All Songs Considered

A weekly playlist of songs heard on the popular NPR music discovery podcast.