NPR Tiny Desk Concerts are extremely popular
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts are extremely popular (Image via NPR)

A Tiny Desk Concert is unique in its own right. One of our go-to online entertainment options ever since it debuted in 2008 is NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. On the NPR Music YouTube site, you may watch free videos of the NPR Tiny Desk concerts. They are well-known for the setting that their title suggests – a tiny space and backdrop of a decorated bookshelf.

These Tiny Desk Concerts have more than 100 episodes, making them one of the most recognizable places to find some of the top musicians. It’s a fantastic way to catch musicians (and the bands) we adore or are just getting to know who are working hard for a bare-bones, close-quarters performance in an office setting. This article is based on the writer’s subjective views, so feel free to let us know your favorite Tiny Desk concerts in the comments below!

Top 5 NPR Tiny Desk Concert performances

Top 5 Tiny Desk concert performance
Top 5 Tiny Desk concert performances (Image via NPR)

The early 2000s saw the start of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert, which has continued ever since. This peculiar venue has performed various musical genres, including jazz, R&B, rap, hip-hop, rock, and radio pop.

Finding the top Tiny Desk shows is difficult because they have a huge collection of performances from the greatest musicians in the world. We chose to simplify things for you by creating a list of the top NPR Tiny Desk Concert performances ever.

Most of the many concerts have over a million views, and several Tiny Desk videos have over 10 million views. Here it is, our ranking of the top five Tiny Desk performances.

5) Mac Miller

It was never clearer that Mac Miller was a soulful guy than during his Tiny Desk performance. This short concert, made public just one month before Mac died suddenly, depicts one of the last moments of his musical and personal journey as he sings and rhymes along to songs from his Swimming album while being supported by guitar, violin, drums, and piano.

Before he passed away, Mac Miller gave one of the best little desk concerts. The rowdy tone of Mac Miller’s three-song Tiny Desk show changed as he started the third song. He was giving the first public performances of songs from his new album, Swimming.

He wiped his chin and focused his gaze on “2009,” appearing to be a young guy just beginning to crack the code.

4) Anderson.Paak & the Free Nationals

When Anderson. Paak & The Free Nations entered the room six years ago and produced one of the best Tiny Desk concerts. Since a large chunk of their music is set over a soulful hip-hop foundation, your best bet is to categorize it as a musical mashup in the broadest sense conceivable.

When Anderson appeared on NPR Tiny Desk Concert soon after the release of his 2016 breakthrough album, Malibu, people already knew he was really gifted. Those talents—singing, rapping, and drumming—were displayed here, significantly contributing to establishing his star. To date, his performance has received the most YouTube views for the entire series.

Guitarist Jose Rios and bassist Kelsey Gonzalez add a hard-rock edge to the Hi-Tek-produced “Come Down,” the album’s opening track. When you hear them perform the “Heart Don’t Stand A Chance” opening jazz chords, it’s difficult to definitively identify this R&B.

3) T-Pain

In hindsight, it isn’t easy to imagine how many music fans, including us and possibly you, ever questioned T-Pain’s ability to sing properly without Auto-Tune. This NPR Tiny Desk Concert altered everything.

We have nothing but the deepest sympathy for you if you have ever questioned T-Pain’s ability to sing without the use of auto-tune. We suggest you pull up a chair and take in this brief desk symphony. In an interview, T-Pain commented on the use of auto-tune. He said, “People felt like I was utilizing it to sound good. But all I was doing was exploiting it to sound unique.

Pain, however, claims that the instantly famous performance was unplanned. On the Gus & Eddie Podcast, he claimed that he anticipated visiting NPR for a talk radio interview. In fact, he put out his cigarette just before walking in. T-Pain and Tiny Desk have never been the same 20 million views later.

2) Dua Lipa

Only a few brilliant NPR Tiny Desk Concerts are included in this list. This was the first we realized we needed to include Dua Lipa. Dua Lipa‘s performance was one that people had to see. This is because of the orange, her clothing, and the rasp in her voice. In this one, the bassist had a superb performance as well.

In just one and a half years, the orange background home recording session of this modest desk concert undoubtedly captured the attention of the majority of visitors. It has been fascinating to observe Dua Lipa’s extensive exploitation of the mainstream music landscape.

The singer, Dua, sums up the issue when she introduces “Love Again.” She said, “It’s about attracting good things into your life, when things aren’t quite going your way.”

1) Billie Eilish

People undoubtedly and immediately dedicated “Everything I Wanted” to their loved ones when they saw Billie Eilish perform it. On this Tiny Desk, Billie and FINNEAS did a fantastic job. Billie’s sweet voice captured the audience’s ears and attention throughout the event.

Billie Eilish became one of the biggest pop sensations in the world very rapidly. She did this with the help of her several Grammy Awards. During the pandemic’s peak in August 2020, one of the best home recordings of a modest tabletop concert was made.

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Bias Sinha is a Writer at Spiel Times. She is an introvert who is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Education. Moreover, she used to work as a freelance content writer. She is interested in books, old movies, and K-dramas. In her leisure time, she likes to read, make DIY crafts, create scrapbooks, watch series and spend time with her fur baby. Furthermore, she is also writing her own book.