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NPR: Songs We Love

NPR has an ongoing series, in which it spotlights "Songs We Love":


One feature is performances on Soul Train, so that would not be eligible for the site.

I know there have been other series-type features, where the source would add a song or album here or there, so I don't think this is too different. it just chooses a focus for each entry.

Most of the highlighted tracks have commentary; the Madonna and Dolly Parton have additional ones without commentary, but those are not part of the classics that they're putting the main spotlight on.

Note that there are two albums in the series; all of Gaye's tracks are listed, but not all of the Stones are. It is "Songs We Love," not Albums, so nothing wrong there, I suppose.

***Steve Reich: Music We Love**
It's Gonna Rain (1965)
Nurit Tilles and Edmund Niemann: Piano Phase (1967)
Steve Reich and Musicians: Drumming (1971)
Various artists: Six Pianos (1973)
Amadinda: Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ (1973)
Steve Reich and Musicians: Music for 18 Musicians (1976)
Various artists: Tehillim (1981)
Evan Ziporyn: New York Counterpoint (1985)
Kronos Quartet: Different Trains (1988)
Kronos Quartet: Triple Quartet (1999)
Bang on a Can: 2X5 (2008)
Mallet Quartet (2009)
Kronos Quartet: WTC 9/11 (2010)

***Madonna: Songs We Love***
Into the Groove
Open Your Heart
Papa Don't Preach
Like a Prayer
Express Yourself
Take a Bow
Ray of Light
Beautiful Stranger

***Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On': Songs We Love***
What's Going On
What's Happening Brother
Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)
Save the Children
God Is Love
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Right On
Wholy Holy
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

***Roy Orbison: Songs We Love***
Running Scared
Oh, Pretty Woman
In Dreams
Blue Bayou
Paper Boy

***Songs We Love: Going Postal***
(songs about writing/receiving letters)
Please Mr. Postman, The Marvelettes
Box Full of Letters, Wilco
The Letters, Leonard Cohen
Strawberry Letter #23, The Brothers Johnson
Care of Cell 44, The Zombies
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Fats Waller
The Letter, The Boxtops
Take a Letter, Maria, R.B. Greaves
Return to Sender, Elvis Presley
You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp), Chuck Prophet

***Songs We Love: The Rolling Stones' 'Exile On Main Street'***
Rocks Off
Shake Your Hips
Sweet Black Angel
Turd on the Run
Shine a Light

***Pavement: Songs We Love***
Summer Babe (Winter Version)
Cut Your Hair
Gold Soundz
Shady Lane

***Chopin We Love***
(artist; piece)
Murray Perahia,;Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25 [Étude No. 5 in G flat major, "Black Keys", Op. 10/5]
Krystian Zimerman; Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
Jean-Yves Thibaudet; Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
Maurizio Pollini, Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25 [No. 4 in C sharp minor, "Torrent"]
Artur Rubinstein; Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189 [Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28]
Yundi Li; Fantaisie-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
Maurizio Pollini; Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37 [No. 12 in C minor]Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
Ivan Moravec; Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6

***Elvis Presley At 75: Songs We Love***
That's All Right
Don't Be Cruel
All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
Love Me Tender
Suspicious Minds
Promised Land

***Def Jam's 25th Anniversary: Songs We Love***
Children's Story, Slick Rick
Mama Said Knock You Out, LL Cool J
99 Problems, Jay-Z
Brass Monkey, Beastie Boys
Fight the Power, Public Enemy
I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By [Puff Daddy Mix], Method Man/Mary J. Blige
Southern Hospitality, Ludacris
Hustlin', Rick Ross
Jesus Walks, Kanye West
Thong Song, Sisqo

***Dolly Parton: Songs We Love***
Dumb Blonde
Last Thing on My Mind
Just Someone I Used to Know
Coat of Many Colors
My Tennessee Mountain Home
Baby I'm Burnin'
9 to 5
Islands in the Stream

Re: NPR: Songs We Love

Great feature, but a bit difficult to add at AM, I think.

Re: NPR: Songs We Love

Thanks, Henrik. Do you feel it would be difficult in terms of distinguishing how to weigh it against other tracks? Like other series features, the source chooses what it wants to spotlight- in essence, anything not spotlighted/highlighted "suffers," if you will.

I would just look at the highlighted tracks (ones with commentary) and treat them as if they were regular tracks on a no-order list. Something to think about.