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FUV Essentials

So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

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.

David Bowie

David Bowie was the very first FUV Essentials artist: a consummate shapeshifter, rock star, and genius innovator. No artist defined the restless progression and mutability of music over the past five decades quite like Bowie, who would have turned 73 on January 8, 2020.

Joni Mitchell

On Joni Mitchell's 76th birthday — and fresh off of Brandi Carlile's magnificent October concert, recreating Mitchell's 1971 album Blue in its entirety — we're spinning songs from Mitchell's Clouds, Hejira, Ladies of the Canyon and so much more today, steeped in the music of this iconic FUV Essentials artist.


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