Brian Eno

NPR Music's Top 20 Songs Of March

Mar 31, 2020

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Music affords an escape, takes us back in time to reflect on the present, mirrors our aches and joys and offers serenity. As relentless news about the coronavirus continues, these songs were gifts during difficult times.

I'm all alone in the studio.

I had so many new songs to share; I didn't want to split the show with a co-host.

Five out of my top 10 albums for 2017 are debuts, and that makes me happy. Moses Sumney, Overcoats, Tom Adams, Gracie and Rachel and ALA.NI all made exceptional first albums, finding a place in my fervent listening over artists I've loved for many more years. In fact, the most senior artist on my list (in terms of album-making) is 27-year-old Laura Marling with her sixth album, Semper Femina.

We've officially closed the books on 2016 (finally), and we're ready to fall in love with some new music, from the big and hopeful to the crushingly sad.

On this week's All Songs Considered: After some speculation on Pink Floyd's just-announced album The Endless River, Robin kicks off the show with Broncho's "Class Historian," which he describes as the most immediately catchy song he's heard all year. Not to be out-catchied, Bob retaliates with Rubblebucket's "Carousel Ride," from the band's upcoming release Survival Sounds.