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Shervin Lainez

Better late than never, right? Here are my favorite 20 songs released in 2018:

20. Caroline Rose - Bikini

19. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

Ever wonder what albums your fellow NPR fans listen to? We asked, you voted and below are the results our year-end listener poll for 2018. The list mirrors the NPR Music Top 50 Albums more than I've noticed in previous years. Like that list, listeners put Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Mitski and Lucy Dacus all in the top positions.

Art is identity, scream these best albums of 2018. Even when it's pure invention. The most striking things we heard this year mined personal experiences that could feel intimate as whispers or bold and overstuffed as superhero science fiction. Even in an era where listeners have been primed for the unexpected, genuine surprises arrived steadily across the last 12 months – a cascade of introductions, breakthroughs, revelations and rebirths to reward whatever precious attention you could give.

We recently put out a call asking listeners to share their thoughts about the songs on Courtney Barnett's latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and other tracks from her rich lyrical catalog. On this week's show, we share some of those listener stories and thoughts, and Courtney talks about what inspires her, the creative process and how her music can be interpreted.

Listen to the full interview with the play button at the top of the page and read edited highlights below.

Women in Australia's music industry --- more than 300 of them --- have now released their own version of a united front against sexual assault. Centered around the hashtag #MeNoMore, an open letter, including anonymized stories of abuse and harassment, was published today.

KOSU development specialist Chris White shares his 14 favorite songs of 2015, alphabetized "because I used to work at Blockbuster Video."

Courtney Barnett – "Depreston"

No other song captured a more accurate snapshot of a random day of house-hunting as great as this song. Also, few songs this year were flat-out better.

 

Clayton Bahr's Top 5 Albums of 2015

Dec 14, 2015

Tasting Notes host Clayton Bahr shares his five favorite albums of 2015:

5. Belle & Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

A discofied version of Belle and Sebastian. What's not to love?

4. AM & Shawn Lee - Outlines

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, Matt looks back on his favorite 2015 releases from Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett & Kendrick Lamar.

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