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Bruce Springsteen at the final performance of Springsteen on Broadway, among the 100-plus songs, albums and live shows picked by members of NPR Music's team as the best musical moments of 2018. Taylor Hill/Getty Images hide caption

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Soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in 1964. Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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In Memoriam 2018: The Musicians We Lost

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Kacey Musgraves had one of country music's biggest albums of 2018, but it came only after she shrugged off any lingering obligation to pursue radio airplay. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Stagecoach hide caption

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Pussy Riot's performance at SXSW — one of Ann Powers' favorite concert experiences of 2018 — felt like an occupation of the senses. Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Mary Halvorson's volatile and cagey album Code Girl is her first set full of songs with lyrics, both a departure from and extension of her earlier work and one of Nate Chinen's favorite albums of 2018. Ross Mantle for NPR hide caption

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Nancy Wilson, photographed while performing during the Thelonious Monk Jazz Tribute Concert For Herbie Hancock at on Oct. 28, 2007 in Los Angeles. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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