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Best of 2012: Staff Picks

The diverse Rdio staff has many teams and departments, but all share a deep love for music. We got everyone together — support, mobile, marketing, and more — and delved back into the past 12 months to pick our absolute top tunes of the year. Want to know the songs that we couldn’t take off of repeat? Hear the Best of 2012: Staff Picks playlist now.

∞  12/10/2012 — 2:00PM


Celebrate the Season With Rdio's New Holiday Music Mix

If you can’t bear another year of listening to the same old Christmas carols, Rdio’s New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist has four dozen hand-picked audio treats to help you get into the spirit without putting “Jingle Bells” in your head in an incessant loop.

The holidays bring out the tender side of some, as on Elvis Presley's romantic “Blue Christmas.” It also can ignite hot passion, like Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s "Winter Palace,” or push a person to the heights of their abilities — just listen to Kelly Clarkson’s diva-tastic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

A newly remastered version of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Great Pumpkin Waltz” and a duet of “This Christmas” by Grease co-stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta tug at nostalgic heartstrings, while contemporary acts like Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, and Cee-Lo keep the party grounded in the present tense.

The season sounds bold and bright on the New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist.

∞  11/29/2012 — 2:00PM


Stars presents The North and The Greatest Pop Songs playlist


Canadian orchestral pop troupe Stars have been one of the most consistent indie groups of the last decade, releasing beautiful variations on their lush, melancholic sound. But they’re pop songsmiths at heart — their albums have been slowly focusing more and more on songcraft as they progress, and their latest album, The North, is no exception.

Stars teamed up with Rdio to create The Greatest Pop Songs curated by Stars, a playlist of great pop songs that never made it to the top forty. You may not have heard them before, but you won’t forget them now. Listen below:

∞  09/05/2012 — 6:00PM


Shovels & Rope Unveil New Album a Week Early on Rdio


South Carolina duo Shovels & Rope play a timeless, freewheelin’ brand of alt-folk that hearkens as far back as Johnny & June Cash and as modern as Jack White. Their first single, “Birmingham,” was a clattering, joyous affair, punctuated by harmonica and junkyard drums. Next week, the duo will release their debut full-length, O’ Be Joyful, but why wait? The album is on Rdio now, a week before the official release date.

The duo have also been busy putting together a playlist of their favorite songs. The 1-2 album-playlist punch is below.

∞  07/27/2012 — 6:00PM


Preview Dappled Cities’ Lake Air a Week Early on Rdio


On their last album, Sydney romantics Dappled Cities piled on layers of synth-y atmosphere to lend their songs grandeur. On new album, Lake Air, the melancholy quintet go grand in a different direction, opting for sparser production that isolates each instrument and highlights its importance.

The album isn’t out until next week, but you can preview the whole thing now, only on Rdio. Listen to the spacious and atmospheric Lake Air below, and just try to keep both feet on the ground.

∞  07/26/2012 — 5:00PM


Festival Watch: Splendour in the Grass


Besides having the best lineup announcement ever, Byron Bay festival Splendour in the Grass is also one of the country’s biggest winter festivals, best known for balanced, varied line-ups. This year’s assortment of artists is unparalleled: Jack White, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, At The Drive-In, Miike Snow, The Shins, Azealia Banks, Wolfmother, Kimbra, Lana Del Rey, Miss Higgins, Ladyhawke, Metric, Howler, and tons more are all scheduled to rock Belongil Fields.

Splendour on Rdio have put together a Splendour 2012 Lineup playlist for your enjoyment. Bump it on the way to the fest, on your way back, or in your living room.

∞  07/25/2012 — 5:00PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

At Rdio Sessions: Missy Higgins


Australian songstress Missy Higgins is hot off her tour with Gotye and back with The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle — she stopped by the Rdio HQ Penthouse for a performance last Friday. With the city of San Francisco as her backdrop, the Melbourne musician moved dexterously from the keyboards to guitar.

Ever wanted to know Missy’s favorite city to play and the song she can’t get out of her head? She indulged us and filled out an Rdio Survey. Find her answers below and view some fantastic photos of the event on Facebook.

Rdio Sessions - Missy Higgins

∞  07/04/2012 — 4:00PM

Influencer SpotlightsMusic

Vogue Australia: Influencers in Fashion and Music


If there’s any publication at the fashion forefront, it’s Vogue Australia. Worldwide, the magazine is a trendsetter: defining which fashions are in and out, discovering models and identifying what’s coming next.

Of course, Vogue’s also has flair when it comes to music, and they’ve found a way to show it on Rdio. The publication’s haute taste in classic pop and the new wave of indie music makes it an Influencer worth following. Listen to their Designers’ Picks on the playlist below, and then subscribe to their July 2012 playlist for what’s new and hot in the Vogue offices.

∞  06/20/2012 — 6:00PM


Only on Rdio: Stomp and Clap Along to The Lumineers’ Debut


Folk-rock trio The Lumineers formed their following the old-fashioned way. They began playing regular gigs in New York City and then Denver, where they developed their classic pop sound, infused with acoustic folk-isms like stomping and hand-clapping. Following an EP release, the band started attracting fans across the US, so they took the next step — releasing a full-length.

The band’s self-titled debut, The Lumineers, is out late in July, but you can hear it in full now, only on Rdio. Get your rustic, folk-pop fix below.

∞  06/14/2012 — 6:00PM


Follow Rdio Australia for the New Music Weekly Playlist

Australia, we know you want to discover the latest and best new music — that’s what Rdio is about, right? Make sure you know about each week’s best and brightest with our New Music Weekly playlist series.

Every week, RdioAU sequences the latest new releases on a playlist designed for your perusal, to help you find your new favourites, or rekindle your love for a forgotten beloved band.

This week’s playlist includes The Beach Boys, Missy Higgins, Japandroids, Wilco, and more.

∞  06/07/2012 — 5:32PM