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The Contenders, Vol. 13: The songs we can't stop playing this week

Omar Apollo's latest album, <em>God Said No</em>, includes "Plane Trees (feat. Mustafa)," one of the songs we can't stop playing this week.
Aitor Laspiur
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Omar Apollo's latest album, God Said No, includes "Plane Trees (feat. Mustafa)," one of the songs we can't stop playing this week.

On this week's All Songs Considered, we update our running list of the songs we can't stop playing — tracks we love so much, they're contenders for the best of 2024. This includes new sonic adventures from Wilco, a long-lost track from Sondre Lerche, singer Omar Apollo's deeply affecting reflections on the circle of life, an ode to friendship from Charli XCX and Lorde and more. With NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and host Robin Hilton.

Featured songs and artists

  • Wilco: "Hot Sun," from Hot Sun Cool Shroud
  • Charli XCX and Lorde: "The girl, so confusing version with lorde" (single)
  • Sondre Lerche: "You Are Impossible," from Two Way Monologue (20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Omar Apollo: "Plane Trees" (feat. Mustafa), from God Said No
  • Remy Bond: "Summer Song" (feat. Air) (single)
  • Cassandra Jenkins: "Petco," from My Light, My Destroyer

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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.
Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson is a host, writer and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist and guest host on All Songs Considered. Thompson also co-hosts the daily NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created with NPR's Linda Holmes in 2010. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)