Songs We Love Handpicked by NPR Music staff and public radio hosts.
Songs We Love

Songs We Love

Handpicked by NPR Music staff and public radio hosts

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Straight Down

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07Burning Inside

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    Burning Inside
    Album
    Million Dollar Ecstacy
    Artist
    Million Dollar Ecstacy
    Label
    Manufactured Recordings
    Released
    2016

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Eli Paperboy Reed's new album, My Way Home, comes out June 10. Roberto Chamorro/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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06My Way Home

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    My Way Home
    Album
    My Way Home
    Artist
    Eli Paperboy Reed
    Label
    Yep Roc
    Released
    2016

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Zayn Malik's debut solo album, Mind of Mine, follows his departure from the boy band One Direction, with which he released four albums in four years. Miller Mobley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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03Drive

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    Drive
    Album
    Resistor
    Artist
    Lera Lynn
    Label
    Resistor Music
    Released
    2016

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12If I Had A Horse

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    If I Had A Horse
    Album
    Rx
    Artist
    Ryan Beaver
    Label
    St. Beaver Music
    Released
    2016

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05Drivin'

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    Drivin'
    Album
    Robert Ellis
    Artist
    Robert Ellis
    Label
    New West Records
    Released
    2016

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06Reflecting Lights

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    Reflecting Lights
    Album
    The Follower
    Artist
    The Field
    Label
    Kompakt
    Released
    2016

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William Bell's new album, This Is Where I Live, comes out June 3 on Stax Records. Ginette Callaway hide caption

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01The Three Of Me

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    The Three Of Me
    Album
    This Is Where I Live
    Artist
    William Bell
    Label
    Stax Records
    Released
    2016

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01A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey

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    A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey
    Album
    A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey
    Artist
    Leyla McCalla
    Label
    Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi
    Released
    2016

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01Baby Miloh Two

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    Baby Miloh Two
    Album
    Baby Miloh Two
    Artist
    Miloh Smith
    Label
    KEAIP Music
    Released
    1969

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03Bitterness Centrifuge

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    Bitterness Centrifuge
    Album
    Atomic
    Artist
    Mogwai
    Label
    Rock Action
    Released
    2016

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01White Heat

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    White Heat
    Album
    Become Alive
    Artist
    Dave Harrington Group
    Label
    Other People
    Released
    2016

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02Karate

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    Karate
    Album
    Metal Resistance
    Artist
    Babymetal
    Label
    RAL
    Released
    2016

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01I Was Insane

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    I Was Insane
    Album
    I Was Insane
    Artist
    Raphaelle
    Released
    2016

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