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The Alt.Latino Playlist

From your parents' favorite boleros reimagined to cumbia-punk, trapchata and the most PG-13 pop, Alt.Latino's got you you covered.

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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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NPR Classical

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

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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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Maggie Rogers' summer mixtape sweats with sweetness

Filled with pop mosaics, Surrender feels like a quintessentially summer album. Naturally, we asked Maggie Rogers for a roséwave playlist.

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110 songs for your summer getaway

Hit play and vibe all day. Roséwave is a lifestyle, not a genre, based around summer feels. To kick things off, here's a seven-hour soundtrack for your getaway or staycation.


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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Stay Or Go? 31 Chill Songs For Any Party

Roséwave is an entire vibe, but has never sounded so vibey. Whether you're on the way to the function or still shaking off outside jitters, this summer mix is for you.

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Songs For Freedom: A Juneteenth Playlist From Pianist Lara Downes

Music offers freedom. Freedom of expression — a way to rejoice and to mourn, to offer comfort, to call for change.

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NPR's 50 Favorite Songs Of 1971

Critics widely consider 1971 one of the best years in music history. For NPR's 50th anniversary, public radio stations turn back the clock and reflect on the year's best tracks.

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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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Alt.Latino's Espooky Szn

The leaves are changing colors, miniature candies are lining the walls of drug stores and tías y tíos are warning about the demonic roots of Halloween. Finally, Espooky season has arrived.