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: Billie Eilish

The headline of Billie Eilish's career is her remarkably quick rise to fame, but it's the talent fueling that rise that makes her a Musicheads Essential Artist.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Jackie Shane

Jackie Shane was a versatile performer who could sing to the rafters with a ballad, fill the dance floor with a hit, or bring an audience to its knees with her messages of tolerance and self-love.