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Top Shelf: 2019 Tiny Desk Contest Entries Our Judges Loved

An incredibly strong pool of artists entered this year's Tiny Desk Contest. And though there's just one winner, there were so many more entries our judges loved.
Clockwise from top left: Lauren Weintraub, King Hoodie, Bandits On The Run, The Collection, Grayson Erhard, Blessing Offor. Source: YouTube

This year, like every year, an incredibly strong pool of artists entered the Tiny Desk Contest. Our team of judges — Bob Boilen and Rodney Carmichael of NPR Music; Abbie Gobeli of KEXP; Raul Campos of KCRW; and some of our favorite Tiny Desk performers: Lucy Dacus, Jason Isbell and Ledisi — fell in love with the authenticity and songwriting of our winner, Quinn Christopherson. But there were many additional entries that really astounded them, too.

We decided to designate these entries — which represent some of the best songs we heard from this year's Contest — as

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