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click to enlarge Daughter’s NPR Tiny Desk performance
Daughter’s NPR Tiny Desk performance
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Before watching this performance, listen to any Anderson .Paak song to get a baseline of what he sounds like via recording. Not only does his voice sound that same live, his personality commands the stage Tiny Desk area. His presence is energy-giving, and take notice of his hands: while singing, he plays a different drum beat in each. So much raw talent.

Tash Sultana
The pure passion emanating from Tash Sultana is enough on its own, but paired with her insane looping ability – she sings in addition to playing and layering every sound heard in her music – takes this Tiny Desk performance to the next level. It’s fluid, captivating, and intoxicating.

Daughter may have made this top 5 under unfair conditions. I’ve loved the band since I first heard “Youth” (the song they open with in this performance). Singer Elena Tonra’s voice is both haunting and alluring. Goosebumps form every time I watch this.

St. Paul And The Broken Bones
Soul and funk, Paul Janeway standing on top of a table singing at the top of his lungs, and wearing golden shoes. Everything in this video equates to an effortlessly flawless execution of a unique and enchanting Tiny Desk performance. Just wait until Janeway belts out those high notes.

Surprise! T-Pain has a beautiful voice under all that auto-tune. This performance made the top 5 simply for its shock factor. The information on YouTube reads, “Somewhere along the way; somebody got it twisted. ‘People felt like I was using [autotune] to sound good,’ says T-Pain, in an interview that will air on All Things Considered. ‘But I was just using it to sound different.’”

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