Music·Posted on Jul 12, 202221 Of My Favorite NPR Tiny Desk ConcertsTiny Desk supremacy.by Kasim KabbaraBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink NPR created one of the best musical platforms today with their Tiny Desk Concerts. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NPR / giphy.com NPR's Tiny Desk performances are one of my favorite YouTube guilty pleasures. Below is my list of performances for both new fans and day-one fans who want to go on a good music binge. Here are my favorite sets over the years: 1. Usher NPR / youtube.com Usher just had one heck of a performance this past week on Tiny Desk and reminded the world that R&B is not dead after other male R&B acts (Ray J, Omarion, Bobby V, and Giveon) had a tough week. The arrangement was phenomenal. Eric Bellinger and Veedo provided great backup singing. Honestly, the only problem I had with this Tiny Desk was that it wasn't longer (jokingly, but seriously). Usher's commandment of the room had me captivated and I was prepared to sing his entire catalog while doing my Saturday morning chores.Watch it here. 2. T-Pain NPR / youtube.com Possibly the first truly viral Tiny Desk, T-Pain put on a hell of a performance during his Tiny Desk, and in my opinion, made the platform a household name.The amazing part of this performance was Pain not using autotune and absolutely murking this performance using ballads! T-Pain revolutionized R&B and this your proof that he made autotune, autotune didn't make it. Watch it here. 3. Mac Miller View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com Mac Miller's Tiny Desk is heartwarming. The Tiny Desk showed how when Miller speaks, those in sight listened and were impacted.Miller passed away a month after this release and it's safe to say this was one of the last gifts he gave this world.Watch it here. 4. Noname NPR / youtube.com If I need to watch a Tiny Desk to clean my soul... This is the one.Noname's smooth voice matches her chill persona. She fusions rap, spoken word, and R&B well in her performance. Truly one of the most underrated artists in this generation.Watch it here. 5. Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com This is what I like to call a generational performance from Paak. This is the most-watched Tiny Desk and the best individual performance that we have seen in the series history. Every time I watch it I get more amazed than the last watch. The impromptu version of "Suede" at the end of the performance is incredible to watch to this day.Watch it here. 6. Dua Lipa NPR / youtube.com There are only a couple of "home" versions of Tiny Desk that I put on this list. The first one I knew I had to add was this one. The orange, her outfit, the rasp in her voice...all of it made for a must-watch performance. The bassist in this one also had a wonderful performance.Watch it here. 7. Mitski NPR / Via instagram.com Look...people may wonder why I added this one and all I'll say is, watch her perform "Class of 2013" and come back to me. The rawness is something I truly appreciate, and for that, I must add it to this list.Watch it here. 8. Sting and Shaggy View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com Sting and Shaggy is that duo you may have never wanted but didn't know you needed. The two provided amazing vocals with each other and the setlist was amazing. I hope in the future we can see more mashups on the Tiny Desk stage.The set ending with a mashup of Sting's "Shape of My Heart" and Juice WRLD's "Lucid Dreams" was a delight to watch!Watch it here. 9. SiR NPR / youtube.com Chasing Summer by SiR is one of the best R&B projects to come out in the last 5 years. His having the opportunity to use his soulful voice provided us with maybe the most emotional Tiny Desk we have seen in the series.Midway through the performance, he expressed he didn't want to be there due to the death of his godson but still coming to show up and show out is remarkable. His mom and brother being two of his three background singers show how talented a family he has.Watch it here. 10. Common View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com Common being able to do this Tiny Desk at the White House in 2016 of all years is powerful. The world was going through many changes and Common's talent was able to make us not think about it for 21 minutes.Keyboardist Robert Glasper and singer Bilal being part of the crew made this even more elite of a performance.Watch it here. 11. Florence + The Machine NPR / youtube.com What makes this performance special is you can visibly see the group adjusting from big stages to the Tiny Desk stage and doing it effortlessly.Watch it here. 12. Daniel Caesar View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com Daniel Caesar's performance is great because of how amazing his falsetto is. That's why his duet with H.E.R. on the slow jam, "Best Part," was just such a joy to watch.Watch it here. 13. Lizzo View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com Whether it's her vocals or her awesome flute skills, Lizzo put on one of the most uplifting and memorable Tiny Desk performances. Lizzo's energy in this is contagious and solidifies her as one of our greats. Watch it here. 14. Chloe x Halle NPR / youtube.com / Via instagram.com If you ever questioned why these girls are so accomplished at their young ages, put on this performance and bask in their glory. The Halle lower range + Chloe upper range throughout this video was crazy to watch. These two will become the vocalists of our generation with the trajectory they are on. Watch it here. 15. Billie Ellish View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com I love my little sister, she is the person in this world I love the most.When I heard Billie perform "everything i wanted" it made me instantly dedicate that song to her and think about our relationship. Billie and Finneas did a wonderful job on this Tiny Desk. Billie's soft voice shines all over this thing. A shame this was only 10 minutes.Watch it here. 16. BTS View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com BTS is REAL talent! This group really got it all and they radiate immaculate energy and comradery as soon as they hit the screen.As someone who didn't listen to much of their music before 2020, this Tiny Desk made me a big fan and I will be truly upset if I don't see them perform live anytime soon.Watch it here. 17. Blue Man Group NPR / youtube.com I'll be honest, when I first saw this years ago this was my first time ever listening to music from the group. This Tiny Desk made me a believer. Next time I'm in Vegas, a ticket will be purchased.Watch it here. 18. Sesame Street Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NPR / giphy.com If this was a ranking of most unique Tiny Desks, this got to be the first one. Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and crew put on a heck of a performance for Sesame Street's 50th birthday.Watch it here. 19. Chance The Rapper View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com I'm not shy about my sentiments about 2015–17 Chance the Rapper being one of my favorite all-time rapper runs. This performance showed how unique of a performer Chance is. Re-watching this Tiny Desk to write this gives me a great nostalgic feeling.Watch it here. 20. Rex Orange County View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com One of the last Tiny Desk recorded before Covid was a treat for viewers. Rex has a natural gift of his live voice being identical to himself in person. The performance of "Pluto Projector" had me obsessed the first time I listened to it.Watch it here. 21. Tyler, The Creator View this photo on Instagram NPR / Via instagram.com Tyler is currently the best performer in rap. Five years ago, after he dropped his album "Flower Boy," he appeared on Tiny Desk for a beautiful rendition of "Boredom," "Glitter," and "See You Again." The lighting, great background singing from Kaye Fox & Kiandra Richardson, and Tyler's chaotic energy make this performance one of my favs ever.Watch it here. What you all think? Which Tiny Desk Concert did you love or still have on repeat?