Musicheads®

Musicheads® Essentials is a web feature that gives the Current staff a chance to share some of our favorite albums of all time with our listeners. Join us each week as a different Current host or staff member picks an essential album from their collection and tells you why they love it.

Listen to Musicheads® Essentials features from #893albums


With your help, we've compiled a list of the 893 most essential albums of all time.

During the 893 Essential Albums countdown, the music was interspersed with Musicheads Essentials features, produced by The Current's Derrick Stevens. Listen to 30 of those features using this Musicheads Essentials playlist.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Beastie Boys


For their silly/savvy proclamations and unique approach to samples, the Beastie Boys are Musicheads Essential Artists

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Beastie Boys.

Musicheads Essential Artists: The Velvet Underground


For their brief but immeasurable impact on the history of rock music, the Velvet Underground are Musicheads Essential Artists.

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting the Velvet Undergroud.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Patsy Cline


For paving the way for women in country music and beyond, Patsy Cline is a Musicheads Essential Artist

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Patsy Cline.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Talking Heads


For their hybrid approach to new wave and experimental music, Talking Heads are a Muischeads Essential Artist

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Talking Heads.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Joni Mitchell


For her bold and passionate approach to music, Joni Mitchell is a Musicheads Essential Artist

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Joni Mitchell.

Musicheads Essential Artists: The Replacements


Hometown heroes the Replacements are today's Musicheads Essential Artists

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting the Replacements.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Chuck Berry


For his signature and influential guitar licks, Chuck Berry is a Musicheads Essential Artist

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Chuck Berry.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Elvis Costello


For his contributions to rock 'n' roll and beyond, Elvis Costello is a Musicheads Essential Artist

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists and today we're highlighting Elvis Costello.

Who are The Current's most essential artists?


Which artists should earn a spot on the Musicheads Essential Artists turntable?

What makes an artist "essential"? It's not a question we take lightly, so we're asking you, our fellow musicheads, for help. We'll take your picks and play them during our Spring Member Drive.