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The Cribs’ Gary Jarman Reveals Band’s Inspirations

Gary Jarman from The Cribs is helping Rdio listeners celebrate the release of the impressive new retrospective Payola, which features previously unavailable gems like the irresistible “Leather Jacket Love Song.” Jarman, the band’s singer and multi-instrumentalist, has kindly crafted this exclusive playlist of songs that have inspired the band since beginning in 2002. From Aztec Camera and Queen to the Ramones and Nirvana, it’s a fairly smart balance of artists from the United Kingdom and the United States spanning several decades and styles.

∞  12/03/2013 — 2:00AM


Fall in Love With The Lover’s Rock Playlist

Tomorrow is a holiday for beaus to make beautiful music together — figuratively and literally, so we’ve created the ultimate Lover’s Rock Playlist. Serenade your significant other with a diverse mix featuring some of the most loved recording couples throughout the ages, from Sonny & Cher and Matt & Kim to John & Jehn and Dean & Britta.

The Lover’s Rock Playlist teaches us that love may not be forever but these tunes are timeless.

∞  13/02/2013 — 1:00AM


Listen to Heavy Rotations 2013 for Fresh New Sounds

With the new year comes fresh excitement about where music will take us over the next 365 days. Our Heavy Rotation 2013 Playlist suggests a diverse group of exciting up-and-comers who we think have a good chance to be your most played tunes.

There are uplifting songs from the likes of Ms Mr and Rhye, mysterious duos who make hauntingly beautiful tracks free from ego. Little Green Cars offers a rousing take on country rock, Irish style. King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid) brings the experimental beats to put on immediate repeat, and rising Canadian star The Weeknd sounds poised to take it to the next meteoric level.

Listen to the playlist above for these selections and many more, a set of nearly two hours that offers the sound of the future.

∞  04/01/2013 — 2:00AM


Indulge in Rdio’s NYE: Guilty Pleasures 2013 Playlist

In the spirit of New Year’s Eve, we’ve decided to share some sweet secrets with you. Rdio’s NYE: Guilty Pleasures 2013 Playlist contains songs that we are finally ready to admit make us dance.

Normally, we’d be more than a little bit embarrassed about many of these songs, but it’s nothing that a little bit of courage as the clock strikes midnight won’t cure. At the very least, you’ll get to hear Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” with fresh, unashamed ears.

Happy New Year from all of us at Rdio!

∞  28/12/2012 — 2:00AM

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Rdio's Top Charts of 2012

Most Played Tracks 2012

As 2012 winds down, it’s time to look back on our musical journey and reflect on all jams past. This was a year full of heavy-hitting new releases but the most shared album in the world was a powerful contender from 2011. Adele’s 21 never left our charts in ‘12 — neither did Icelandic indie troupe Of Monsters and Men’s debut album, Alt-J’s Mercury Prize winning LP, and the soundtrack to Brazilian soap opera, Avenida Brasil.

Take a look below to see who else ruled the global Top Shared Albums on Rdio.

1. Adele - 21
2. Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal
3. Various Artists - Avenida Brasil EP
4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
5. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
6. Gotye - Making Mirrors
7. Paula Fernandes - Meus Encantos
8. Thiaguinho - Ousadia & Alegria
9. Audiogroove - 100% Top 40 Summer 2012
10. fun. - Some Nights

Naturally, these results are reflected back here at home, too, with the aforementioned artists and more making plenty of waves. Take a look at the Top Played Tracks in the U.K. to see who else made the grade:


  1. 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
  2. 2. Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  3. 3. fun. featuring Janelle Monae - “We Are Young”
  4. 4. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  5. 5. Psy - "Gangnam Style"
  6. 6. Alex Clare - "Too Close"
  7. 7. Coldplay - "Paradise"
  8. 8. Jay-Z and Kanye West - “Ni***s in Paris”
  9. 9. Skrillex featuring Sirah - "Bangarang”
  10. 10. Coldplay - "Princess of China"

Loved the list? Then listen to the 20 Most Played Tracks on Rdio 2012 in the U.K. below and discover how many of the words you may already know by heart.

∞  21/12/2012 — 3:00AM


‘Tis the Season for Rdio’s Christmas Playlist

Here’s something you can cross off your list: Nothing makes a holiday celebration more festive than the perfect music, and we’ve taken care of all of the groundwork. Press play on Rdio’s Christmas 2012 Playlist and you’ll be on the way to achieving the right spirit straightaway.

The set above offers a subtle yet playful collection of sophisticated holiday classics from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and Louis Prima, shaken and stirred with a dash of modern revelry from Eels, The Killers, of Montreal, and so much more.

Enjoy the songs and have a merry Christmas!

∞  21/12/2012 — 1:00AM


Listen to Coldplay Live 2012, Now on Rdio


It was almost a decade ago now that globe-trotting epic-rockers Coldplay released their last concert album, Live 2003. Since then, the band has become one of the world’s biggest, with a slew of hits that draw in the tens of thousands of fans to each show. Now, the band is inviting listeners to the live experience again, this time updated to include songs from X&Y, Viva La Vida, and their latest album, Mylo Xyloto.

The live album and DVD is simply titled Coldplay Live 2012, and it’s available to hear now, below. To see videos of the band in action, you can head over to Coldplay’s Online Store.

∞  20/11/2012 — 1:00AM