The Best Rock Bands on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Ranked 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 197 voters 10.1k views 52 items

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Are you ready to rock out to these NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts? This list showcases a few staple rock and rollers along with contemporary bands and artists that cross genres. The concerts performed by Ben Folds, Dave Matthews, and Amanda Palmer are far more intimate in Bob Boilen's office than their usual venues. Take this opportunity to listen/watch some old favorites in different light or discover new rock bands that are on the rise. 

But be sure to check out OK Go's Tiny Desk Concert as they help the show move from their old building to their new headquarters.  These are the Tiny Desk Concerts you want to watch anytime you're in the mood to head bang, chill out to a ballad or anything in between.

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"Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)"

"Here on Out"

"Don't Drink the Water"


"So Damn Lucky"

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"The Fear"

"Young Pilgrims"

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