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The 80 Best Albums of 2015

Travel back five years ago when the release calendar was rife with stellar albums. 2015 offered such an embarrassment of musical riches, that we selected 80 albums as best of the year.

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NPR Music 'Turning the Tables Live' at Lincoln Center

Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Jamila Woods, and Carly Rae Jepsen cycled through songs and conversation following an intro from I'm With Her.

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Blood Orange: Freetown Sound

It’s a flawed love-letter to the '80s, to the people who just want to dance, to the people who feel marginalized, to the people who feel oppressed. Given recent events, it’s an uplifting album in embarrassing times.

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Carly Rae Jepsen - "Boy Problems" (Singles Going Steady)

"Boy Problems" isn't reinventing the pop song, but it's pop music done well.

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Carly Rae Jepsen - "Last Christmas" (audio)

Carly Rae Jepsen's take on Wham's Christmas classic makes for a a minimalist, controlled song.

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Carly Rae Jepsen: E·MO·TION

With E·MO·TION's braintrust aiming for maximum pleasure-center overload, Jepsen has overlooked what made her such a ringing success: her voice.

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Carly Rae Jepsen – "Warm Blood" (Singles Going Steady)

Carly Rae's forthcoming Emotion is the pop album of the year so far, the very evocation of late '80s era pop music that Taylor Swift's 1989 failed to pull off.

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Carly Rae Jepsen on "I Really Like You" (video)

Pop megastar Carly Rae Jepsen explains how she got Tom Hanks to lip-sync to her new song "I Really Like You".

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Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

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In Defense of Being Fed Up with Irony

At what point did it become so important for us to be ironic and sarcastic? When can we finally move past our judgments and witticisms and just begin to play things straight?

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The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.

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The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

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Carly Rae Jepsen: Kiss

Forget Jepsen's monster smash "Call Me Maybe" for a moment (we know, it's hard). Kiss is a remarkably strong, well-made pop album that works entirely because of Jepsen's talent of a singer. Also, she samples Sam Cooke and the result is amazingly not terrible.

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In Defense of "Call Me Maybe" As the Song of Summer 2012

With Carly Rae Jepsen's recent smash, we are reminded of how great pop music can be whenever it decides to return to fun and innocence.

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