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I don't watch TV shows or movies, but I fall in love easily with songs that have a good story and 2021 was a year full of gripping tales by some brilliant storytellers.

Updated December 9, 2021 at 3:18 PM ET

We have many things to be grateful for: vaccines, a steady return to live events and a plethora of great tunes. We've already listed the best albums and songs of the year, so let's talk about the best new artists and breakthroughs of 2021.

In another unpredictable year of ups and downs, music once again came to the rescue. As we near the end of 2021, we want to know what albums resonated the most with you. So tell us: What were your favorite albums (or EPs) released in 2021? Use the poll below to tell us. You can pick up to five releases. Don't rank your list and don't vote for the same release more than once. (Those votes won't be counted.) We'll share the results in an upcoming episode of All Songs Considered. Please note we only require an email address to prevent ballot stuffing.

Updated November 22, 2021 at 3:47 PM ET

The Listening Party is over. Raise the Roof is out now.

This year's edition of the Tiny Desk Contest may have already crowned Neffy the winner, but NPR Music discovered thousands of talented artists during the process, and Weekend Edition is spotlighting some of those stand-out entries.

Updated November 12, 2021 at 5:49 PM ET

The event is over. Karen Dalton: In My Own Time releases Nov. 16

Join us for an online screening of Karen Dalton: In My Own Time. Bob Boilen from All Songs Considered will be joined by director Robert Yapkowitz and singer-songwriter Margo Price in a live conversation about the film.

Updated November 7, 2021 at 7:26 AM ET

The Listening Party is over; Snail Mail's Valentine is out now on Matador Records.

2021 Tiny Desk Contest winner Neffy recently claimed her Contest prize, performing her very own Tiny Desk concert. But NPR Music discovered thousands of up-and-coming artists through this year's Contest, and Weekend Edition is highlighting some standout entries this fall.

Updated October 22, 2021 at 4:54 PM ET

The Listening Party is over. A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle is out now.

The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest wrapped up last month with the announcement of this year's winner, Neffy, and her song "Wait Up." But the Contest's panel of judges saw thousands of incredible entries from around the country, and Weekend Edition has been highlighting some of them.

The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest wrapped up last month with the announcement of this year's winner, Neffy, and her song "Wait Up." But the Contest's panel of judges saw thousands of incredible entries from around the country, and Weekend Edition will be highlighting some of them over the next few months.

Updated September 23, 2021 at 3:34 PM ET

The Listening Party is over, but you can watch the album stream and conversation below.

Judges for this year's Tiny Desk Contest waded and watched and debated through thousands of entries, but today we finally have a winner: Her family knows her as Mecca Russell – we'll come to know her as Neffy.

Today "has been absolutely wild," she tells All Thing Considered's Mary Louise Kelly in a conversation this afternoon, following the announcement of the news early this morning. "My mom is bursting at the seams," she says, adding that her parents are "really happy, and that makes me happy."

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Picking one Tiny Desk Contest winner from the thousands of amazing entries we received this year wasn't easy.

Stream this playlist via Spotify or Apple Music.

My favorite days of summer are the ones when I'm floating.

Updated September 8, 2021 at 8:06 PM ET

NPR Music's second-ever Roséwave Happy Hour is over, but you can roséwave all year long.

Summer's never over if you have roséwave in your heart. NPR Music's summer soundtrack series is closing up its fifth (!) season soon, but not before another virtual soirée.

The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest closed for entries on June 7, and our judges are now combing through entries to find a winner. In the meantime, we've been sharing some of the many entries that have caught our eyes and ears. This week, we asked our friends at Jazz Night in America to curate a playlist of the best jazz entries to this year's Contest. You can also watch these entries in a YouTube playlist.

Stream this playlist via Spotify or Apple Music.

Stream this playlist via Spotify or Apple Music.

Updated July 14, 2021 at 8:04 PM ET

NPR Music's first-ever Roséwave Happy Hour is over, but you can stream DJ Cuzzin B's vibey playlist now.

The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest closed for entries on June 7, and our judges are now combing through entries to find a winner. In the meantime, we've been sharing some of the many entries that have caught our eyes and ears.

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