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  1. NPR’s American Anthems Series: ‘Don’t Stop Believin” Goes On And On, Because We Need It To

    Thirty-eight years after it debuted on the album Escape, "Don’t Stop Believin’" is the go-to anthem for perseverance that has itself persevered, successfully riding wave after new wave of media. Though born in the era of rock radio and cassette mixtapes, the song found its real glory at the dawn of binge TV and the smartphone, and it has woven its way into weddings, bar mitzvahs, graduations, the 2005 World Series, The Sopranos and Glee.

    —Huffduffed by smokler

  2. Fascination, Friendship And Desire: Kathleen Hanna On The Reign Of ‘Rebel Girl’

    This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at

    The radio version of this story includes conversations with campers and counselors at girls’ rock camps, where "Rebel Girl" has become essential listening. Hear the piece at the audio link .

    —Huffduffed by smokler

  3. ‘We’re A Winner’ Married Black Pride To An Irresistible Beat: NPR American Anthems Series

    From its first few bars, filled with funky drums, a percolating guitar line and the glorious noise of people laughing and enjoying themselves, "We’re a Winner" — written by Curtis Mayfield and performed by his group The Impressions — unfolds like a soundtrack to the coolest party in town. But the song’s lyrics, a direct message about black pride rarely heard on the radio in 1967, were as serious as death and taxes.

    —Huffduffed by smokler

  4. “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as part of NPR Music’s American Anthem’s series

    In the spring of 2010, a flood ravaged the building that is home to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, closing it for months of repairs. When members of the Opry finally returned to the stage that fall, no song could have captured the moment better than "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." Brad Paisley and the late Little Jimmy Dickens, country stars half a century apart in age, led the singalong as their cohorts streamed from the wings to join them.

    —Huffduffed by smokler

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