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What 2016 Sounded Like

Mitski's song "Your Best American Girl" is one of Stephen Thompson's favorites of 2016.
Mitski's song "Your Best American Girl" is one of Stephen Thompson's favorites of 2016.

This year was a difficult one in the music world, with so the death of so many iconic artists — Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen were some of the biggest stars we lost. But 2016 also marked a year of some interesting musical experiments, as well as some albums from artists we haven't heard from in a while.

NPR's Michel Martin sat down with NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thompson to talk about what really impressed him in 2016. Hear their full conversation at the audio link; listen to some of Stephen's favorite songs from the year below.

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