We're halfway through 2016, which means it's time to look back at the music that's stood out so far this year. NPR Music has weighed in on the year's best albums and songs; now, we're assessing what's actually been embraced by public radio stations across the country. In World Cafe's first-ever "Public Radio Top 10" countdown, hear the songs that have been played the most by noncommercial rock stations and hosts.
The music world is so broad and so diverse — even splintered — that a list like this can only sample a small section of the great music that's been released so far this year. With that in mind, enjoy the 10 most-played songs in 2016 so far, as reported by the Friday Morning Quarterback Triple-A radio chart — then go tune in to your local station and hear even more.