New York magazine’s music blog, respironic, recently reviewed the week in music by NPR Music staff.

The writers concluded that, while there were some truly great albums released this year, they were also “many, many, many less great albums” than they would have been otherwise.

The list included the aforementioned John Legend’s new album, and the one by the National, The Weeknd, that received the most critical acclaim of all time.

The authors went on to list some of the lesser-known acts who made up NPR Music, the most of which are listed below.

Listen to the full playlist below, and check out the full list of NPR’s music blogs below.

NPR Music Music, The Best and Worst of the Best of NPR News This is NPR Music Podcasts Podcasts, a weekly feature that brings together NPR Music contributors for an in-depth look at the latest news and analysis from NPR.

Listen here: The Best of New Music from NPR Music This is the playlist that NPR Music Senior Music Editor Ben Thompson compiled, compiling a list of the 100 most-watched music videos on YouTube.

The playlist is curated by NPR Senior Music Writer Andrew Ross.

Listen Here: The Most Popular Music Videos on YouTube This is a list compiled by the folks at, which aggregates the top-performing music videos from across the web.

Listen Now: The Top 20 Most-Viewed Music Videos of All Time This is The Best Of The Best, which is a weekly look at music videos produced and released over the last five years.

The weekly feature, produced by NPR’s newsroom, focuses on the best-and-worst music videos that feature a range of diverse performers.

Listen: The 10 Most Popular Artists in NPR Music History This is Sounder’s playlist of the top ten most popular artists in NPR music history, including artists like Kendrick Lamar, T.I., Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and more.

Listen (with comments and suggestions) Listen Now (with annotations): The 10 Best Albums of the Year This is Spotify’s playlist for the year in music, featuring albums by Kanye West and more, plus the new releases from Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift.

Listen now (with suggestions) Sounder Music: Best Album of the Century This is one of Sounder Media’s playlist highlights, including some of Spotify’s biggest releases of the year, including Rihanna’s A Head Full of Dreams and Taylor’s The Hills.

Listen below: The 20 Best Album Tracks of All-Time This is an exhaustive list of music videos created by artists who were either instrumental in shaping or influencing the direction of contemporary music.

Listen for more Listen Now This is where you can also find the 10 best songs from The Year in Pop Music, a playlist of songs that defined the sounds and soundscapes of the ’80s, ’90s, and beyond.

Listen this playlist Listen Now You can listen to the playlist for all 10 episodes of The Year In Pop Music on Spotify, as well as listen to all of the albums on Spotify’s digital store.

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