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FUV Essentials

There are many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history, discography — and WFUV takes a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we celebrate musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack. Let’s love these artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Regina Spektor

There has already been a Regina Spektor Day in New York City, and she's been honored on the Bronx Walk of Fame, but on her 40th birthday, WFUV is saluting this innovative singer, songwriter and pianist as one of our FUV Essentials.

The Pretenders

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Pretenders' landmark debut album and Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers will be together again, touring with the 2020 lineup of the band with Journey this spring and summer throughout North America. We're celebrating the band (and Hynde as a solo artist) as an FUV Essentials again.


Take a song that's powered by electric guitars and synths and break it down to its acoustic heart — that's what was so fascinating about "MTV Unplu


For their exploration, chutzpah, honesty, and for their ability to be dark, weird, and happily hooky at the same time, Wilco is and shall remain an FUV Essentials artist. The band's new album, Ode to Joy, is out now.