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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.

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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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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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.

Summer doesn't last forever, but it's always summer if you have roséwave in your heart. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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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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