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In way only he can, Tumbleweeds All the Way Down host Jack Fowler created a fun year-end list of songs that he was surprised to learn were not performed by Jimmie Rodgers.

5. The Jackson 5 - "Blame it on the Boogie"

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You can hear a sense of wandering, the wistful shuffle of no fixed address, in Bedouine's music. She was born Azniv Korkezian but chose the artist name Bedouine from the Arabic-speaking Bedouin people, who wander the Middle Eastern desert as nomads.

Josh DeLozier's Top 15 Songs of 2017

Jan 2, 2018

Wiretap is an hour-long countdown of hottest alternative songs of the week, every Friday night at 10 p.m.

We asked Josh DeLozier, the show's host, to list his top songs of 2017 - here they are:

15. Samantha Crain - "Oh Dear Louis"

14. Kings of Leon - "Around the World"

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And I'm Rachel Martin with some historic music firsts on this first day of the new year.

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Images of Kentucky are often reduced to coal miners, bourbon, horse-racing and Loretta Lynn. This year, Oxford American magazine has dedicated its annual music issue entirely to Kentucky, and it explores soul jazz, punk rock, rap and more from the Bluegrass State.

What we try to do here at NPR Music isn't that complicated. First and foremost, of course, we like to introduce readers and listeners to artists they may never have heard that will challenge, excite and soothe them. We also enjoy celebrating, reframing, revisiting and enlivening the music everyone already knows and loves, to give it a new life in a changed world.

The Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his 17 favorite albums of 2017:

17. Erasure - World Be Gone

Vince Clarke has always had a knack for writing catchy tunes. Andy Bell is as flamboyant as ever. Game. Set. Match.

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