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.

893 Essential Songs Since the Year 2000

We hope you had as much fun listening as we did putting the countdown together. View the final tally and nerd-out with playlists, spreadsheets and more.

893 Essential Songs

A musicheads guide to the listener-generated list of 893 essential songs.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Lizzo

Known for her powerhouse vocals, charismatic raps, and uplifting performances, Lizzo has emerged as a leading voice in her body-positive generation.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Brittany Howard

A prodigiously talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist who's become a torchbearer for a new generation of rockers, Brittany Howard is a Musicheads Essential Artist.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Otis Redding

Otis Redding shares the honorific the King of Soul with both James Brown and Sam Cooke. Not only is his influence heard in soul and R&B music, but his impact on the history of popular music is immense.