Independent music has always given itself naturally to experimentation—after all, if you’re going to challenge convention, it’s easier to do it from outside the mainstream. Mixing music from the bygone eras through today, the tracks here form a capsule history of art music as seen through an independent lens: the pop songs that make you stop and wonder what pop is and how it works. If you like something, add it to your library.

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