Oklahoma music

Live music is my conduit to self-care. I love it all, from a piano concerto to a folksy singalong; but despite the ringing in my ears that complicates my lifelong pleasure, I like music best when it's a little loud. Live music awakens my senses and shelters me from everyday life's disorganized noise; I needed its clarifying energy more than ever this year. And the best thing about this form of self-care is that it takes place in community with others. It awakens connections, mind, body and soul — and that, I think, is what we need more than ever in 2018.

Chad Whitehead's Favorite Songs of 2018

Dec 19, 2018
Bao Ngo

Chad Whitehead, host of About What You’d Expect, breaks down his top 10 songs of 2018:

2018 was a great year for music. Here are some of my favorite songs that I tried to rank against each other (something I’m not very good at). I hope you find something on this list that you like! My bias is toward upbeat songs and I’ll admit, I don’t listen to lyrics that much. - Chad

10. Mt. Joy - "Silver Lining"

Last week, we counted down the top 25 Oklahoma songs of 2018. In total, we played 455 new songs on The Oklahoma Rock Show in 2018, so our final list was very competitive.

Check out our picks below.

25. Colourmusic - "Haunt Me"

24. Labrys - "Don't Know"

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.

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

Every month, NPR Music asks DJs from public radio stations across the country to name a new favorite song and, this month, KOSU featured Tulsa band Broncho.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now we hear a little of the Kennedy Center Honors. It's the annual celebration of the performing arts. And NPR's Lynn Neary was there.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we rewind to the 1990s, with Oklahomans in all their alt-rock loving, flannel-wearing glory.

Check out the tracklisting below.

Gobble gobble! Our Thanksgiving weekend edition of New Music Friday includes the warped and wild pop sounds of My Brightest Diamond, stunning instrumental records from Ed Harcourt and Jacco Gardner, punk with heart and humor from Art Brut and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined this week by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson as they do a quick sprint through the essential albums dropping on Nov. 23.

Featured Albums:

  1. My Brightest Diamond: A Million And One
    Featured Song: "It's Me On The Dance Floor"

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