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The Contenders, Vol. 10: The songs we can't stop playing this week

Lake Street Dive's latest album is <em>Good Together.</em>
Shervin Lainez
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Lake Street Dive's latest album is Good Together.

This week's update to our running list of the year's best songs swings wildly from frenetic guitar rock to quiet reflections. It's a mix full of "the hurries and the worries," as Alkaline Trio puts it, wistful reflections on lost youth from Lake Street Dive, a sprawling double album from Cindy Lee and more.

NPR Music editor Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins host Robin Hilton as they consider the ways music can amplify feelings we didn't even know we had, push us in surprising directions and leave us in a state of wonder.

Featured artists and songs

  • Alkaline Trio: "Teenage Heart," from Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs
  • Lake Street Dive: "Twenty-Five," from Good Together
  • Les Savy Fav: "Void Moon," from OUI, LSF
  • La Luz: "Poppies," from News of the Universe
  • Cindy Lee: "Wild Rose," from Diamond Jubilee
  • Four Tet: "Loved" from Three

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Daoud Tyler-Ameen
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Robin Hilton
Robin Hilton is the Senior Podcast Producer for NPR Music. He also hosts the New Music Friday episodes of All Songs Considered.