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There is so, so much good music being made all around the world — stunningly beautiful, deeply thought-provoking and powered by great beats. Here are 10 of our top picks for 2014.

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From solo acoustic sketches to orchestral arrangements, the year had great roots music for everyone.

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The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.

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Traditionally, the folks at NPR Music make a list of their 100 favorite songs of the year. But this time, they expanded the list to 302 songs and made a really long mix tape.

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The Irish folk-pop duo, once known as Guggenheim Grotto, strips away its electronic elements.

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