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FUV Essentials

There are so many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history and discography — so WFUV is taking a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we'll celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years and still continue to do so. Let’s love these essential artists while they’re here, and also honor those who have departed too soon.

The Cure

Over the course of 13 studio albums since 1979, from the post-punk minimalism of 'Three Imaginary Boys' to 2008's grandly euphoric '4:13 Dream,' Robert Smith and the Cure have intimately bonded with their devout fans, offering a healing salve for sadness and self-doubt.

Stevie Wonder

From child prodigy to elder statesman of American pop, soul, R&B, jazz and funk, Stevie Wonder's masterful musical journey has already stretched a remarkable 55 years and continues to evolve while marking major mileposts


On the first day that MTV launched, back on August 1, 1981, the seventh video played on the nascent channel was the Pretenders'


FUV Essentials, both on-air and online, celebrates the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years, examining their impact, influence and discography. Few American bands have balanced Southern Gothic, sun-splashed punk-pop, and bruising, abstruse rock 'n' roll more deftly than R.E.M., a quartet-turned-trio that thrived for 31 years, until its breakup in 2011.