June 30, 2014; Washington, D.C. – In the midst of bringing audiences new First Listens, Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, the NPR Music team crawled out from behind the CD stacks to make lists of their 25 Favorite Albums and 50 Favorite Songs from the first six months of 2014. Because, really why wait until the end of the year to share good tunes? The final lists include a wide-ranging collection of artists such as Sylvan Esso, John Adams, Beck, St. Vincent, Future Islands, Seun Kuti, Miranda Lambert, Arturo O'Farrill, Sam Smith, Yg and The War On Drugs. See the full collection and hear the music now at npr.org/music.
After reviewing the selections, check out how NPR Music'sBob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson got the conversation started last week, sharing their personal picks for "Favorite New Artist," "Biggest Surprise," "Favorite Album" and "Favorite Song" of 2014 on All Songs Considered.
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