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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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Carly Rae Jepsen's chill summertime playlist features Fleetwood Mac, Robyn and Rosalía. Markus & Koala/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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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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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.