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The Contenders, Vol. 4: Our running list of the year's best songs

Muriel Margaret
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Brittany Luse, host of NPR's It's Been A Minute, joins NPR's Stephen Thompson and host Robin Hilton to update our ongoing tally of songs that could end up on our best-of lists this year. Our latest mix includes classic, windows-down R&B from Summer Banton, Patrick Watson's gorgeous, solo piano cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," Madi Diaz's stirring reflection on the meaning and purpose of life and more.

Featured songs

  1. Empress Of: "Feminine," from For Your Consideration
  2. Rosie Tucker: "All My Exes Live In Vortexes," from UTOPIA NOW!3. Patrick Watson: "Perfect Day (Piano Komorebi Version)" (Single)
  3. Summer Banton: "Boyfriend" (Single)
  4. Madi Diaz: "God Person," from Weird Faith
  5. Friko: "Get Numb To It," from Where we've been, Where we go from here