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Taylor Swift performs during a Tiny Desk concert on Oct. 10, 2019. (Bob Boilen/NPR) Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption

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Taylor Swift

As she settled in for this stripped-down set, Taylor Swift looked out over the office. "I just decided to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them."

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Brittany Howard

The Alabama Shakes singer and guitarist brought an eight-piece backing band to the Tiny Desk for a set of deeply personal and affecting songs.

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Nuevofest 2019: The Smooth Grooves Of Los Rivera Destino

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The band, whose members have collaborated with Bad Bunny, was one of the many musical highlights of Nuevofest.

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Charly Bliss

The vibrancy of the band can feel childlike and candy-coated. But the group's songs are more about the pain of entering adulthood and leaving some of that sweetness behind.

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Sharon Van Etten

Nearly a decade after her first appearance at the Tiny Desk, Sharon Van Etten returns with a full band and a bigger, bolder sound.

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Molly Sarlé

After performing at the Tiny Desk as one third of the group Mountain Man, Molly Sarlé returns for a soul-stirring solo performance.

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Watch Valerie Simpson Perform A Tribute To Bessie Smith

Valerie Simpson burns it all down performing "Send Me To the 'Lectric Chair," a signature song of Bessie Smith, during the 2019 NPR Music Turning the Tables opening concert at Lincoln Center.

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The 5 Most Uplifting Tiny Desk Concerts

We've hosted roughly 900 Tiny Desk concerts, so it's a challenge to pick just five to match any superlative you can name. But for this list, we stick mostly to delicious, fantastic spectacle.

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The 5 Wildest Tiny Desk Concerts

Soak up an insane frenzy of high-kick histrionics, pounded pianos and berserker bagpipes, with a confetti cannon thrown in for good measure.

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Lianne La Havas' 5 Favorite Tiny Desk Concerts

Her own Tiny Desk concert has been viewed nearly 13 million times. But the U.K. soul star has some favorites of her own to share.

The Jonas Brothers play a Tiny Desk Concert on August 15, 2019 (Claire Harbage/NPR). Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Jonas Brothers

The brothers and their backing band gave a playful performance of three tracks from their latest album, Happiness Begins.

Josh Ritter (center) performs with Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell at a Tiny Desk Concert on Aug. 27, 2019. (Emily Bogle/NPR) Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Josh Ritter With Amanda Shires And Jason Isbell

In his second visit to the Tiny Desk, Josh Ritter had America on his mind. "We all have to fight against this notion that we're not all human beings."