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 Album: Bob Dylan, 'Desire'

One of Bob Dylan's most atmospheric albums, 'Desire' features the swooping violin of Scarlet Rivera and the electrifying protest song 'Hurricane' as well as 'Sara,' one of the most nakedly autobiographical compositions in Dylan's entire catalog.

Musicheads Essential Album: Prince's 'Dirty Mind'

With his third album, 'Dirty Mind,' released in October of 1980, Prince leaped to the head of the class, laying the sonic blueprint that would help define the music of the 80s and beyond.