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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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Hispanic Heritage Month On The Playlist


Take a musical journey throughout Latin America, through cities in Central America, South America and Mexico to explore the rising Latinx voices and sounds that often fall under the radar.

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The Funkiest, Most Memorable Bass Riffs Ever: A Playlist


Sometimes bass guitar can be an overlooked instrument. Sometimes it gets relegated to the background. Not today, my friends. Not today.

Lil Baby performs during a Juneteenth voter registration rally on June 19, 2020 at Murphy Park Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Ga. One week earlier, he released "The Bigger Picture," a song protesting police brutality. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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.

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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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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 World Cafe Playlist


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

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Understanding The Impossibly Far-Reaching Influence Of This Heat

This Heat lasted for less than seven years, but helped shape the future of music, from noise rock to experimental electronica. Today, its groundbreaking catalog is finally available to stream.

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The Galaxy-Expanding, Peace-Loving Trumpet Of Eddie Gale: Hear The Essentials

The trumpeter, who died last week at the age of 78, was at the vanguard of jazz's midcentury development and is regarded as a legend by his peers.

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Start Here: Your Guide To Getting Into K-Pop

Korean pop's near-total global ubiquity may be intimidating for the uninitiated, but getting into the music shouldn't be. Our introduction includes tracks by H.O.T., Girls Generation, BTS and more.

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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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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.

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.

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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So why isn't Dolly Parton in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Fairfax Media Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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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.